Enjoy the experience of a lifetime in this sophisticated Swiss city. Surrounded by the jaw-dropping majesty of the Alps, this lively metropolis on the shores of Lake Zurich will spoil you for choice year-round. With an almost endless selection of outdoor, cultural, historic and culinary experiences, you’ll return home with magical memories of a city that has it all.
Surrounded by breath-taking alpine beauty, it’s easy to see why Zurich is considered one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Whether you are looking for an adrenalin-fueled outdoor experience or something more sedate, Zurich will not let you down.
In winter, experience the exhilaration of riding fresh, deep powder, riding a sled or enjoying a walk in snowshoes. In summer, hike the mountains and enjoy spectacular alpine vistas extending across the lake and the city below. For a less physical approach, stroll along the Limmatquai to the Old Town and enjoy urban exploration amongst the cobbled lanes and alleyways opening onto picturesque squares in the Niederdorf district.
Zurich offers more than 150 art galleries and museums in which you can while away the time while learning about Swiss art, history and culture. Or why not unwind for real after a day on your feet and treat yourself to a luxury Swiss spa experience in opulent surroundings.
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What is the best way to get to Zurich city center from the airport?
Public transportation in Switzerland is legendary and Zurich Airport is no exception. The distance from the airport to the center of the city is approximately 6 miles, and there are several easy options that run from the airport to get you to your destination. The easiest option is to take the extremely efficient rail service connecting the airport to the center of Zurich, which has a journey time of approximately 15 minutes. There is also a regular shuttle service running, which takes around 40 minutes. Multiple limousine services, taxi services and ride share such as Uber are also available at the airport.
Is it easy to get around in the city?
Traveling around Zurich using public transportation is fast and uncomplicated. In the city center, there are bus stops or ZVV streetcar stops approximately every 300 meters with timetables, maps and other useful information available. All forms of public transportation in Zurich use a unified fare system, which means that one ticket is valid for all public transport including streetcars, trains and buses. Remember to validate your ticket before boarding.
Does Zurich use the Euro currency?
The official currency of Switzerland, and therefore Zurich, is the Swiss Franc (CHF). Nevertheless, a lot of places are happy to accept EUR currency as payment - however, you should expect to receive any change due to be returned in Swiss francs.
Places of interest in Zurich
Whether you appreciate historically significant architecture or the confrontational boldness of modern architecture, you’ll find it all here in a perfect blend of the historic and the contemporary. Or choose from more than 150 art galleries and museums incorporating everything from Swiss art, the Old Masters and contemporary works. Some of the top places to visit include:
- Altstadt (Old Town)
- Zurich-West quarter
- Prime Tower, Pavilion Le Corbusier, Kunsthaus Zurich, Migros museum of Contemporary Art
- Swiss National Museum
In and around Zurichs Altstadt
The Altstadt (Old Town) is home to four of the main churches in Zurich, located along the banks of the Limmat river. The best way to explore this area is on foot – admire Chagall’s stained glass windows at the Fraumünster, built in 853 on the remains of a former abbey for aristocratic women, or appreciate the Romanesque-style Grossmünster, the Gothic opulence of the Wasserkirche or the clock tower of St.Peter’s – the oldest parish church in Zurich.
For a trendy urban vibe, head to the Zurich-West quarter, right next to the Altstadt. A former industrial area, it has been transformed into a vibrant hotspot that brings together art, design, food, shopping and culture and is also home to Zurich’s tallest building, the Prime Tower.
Art and history in Zurich
Lovers of modern art will appreciate the Kunsthaus Zurich, focusing on modern Swiss art and curating one of the most important collections in the country, featuring exhibits from the Middle Ages to modern times. Or visit the Migros Museum of Contemporary Art where you’ll find more than 1,300 works by 700 artists.
The Swiss National Museum is located on a peninsula between the Sihl and Limmat rivers. Designed by Gustav Gull, the building features towers, courts and its own park.
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Good eating in Zurich: more than just fondue
Treat your taste buds to an experience of gastronomic proportions in Zurich, where you’ll find it hard to choose from the multitude of restaurants, cafes and bars offering everything from Michelin-starred dining and traditional Swiss cuisine to innovative street food. No visit to Zurich would be complete without stopping in at one of the boutique chocolatiers dotted throughout the city.
Local specialties include Zürich Geschnetzeltes, veal served with rösti potatoes, Wiedikerli, a grilled pork bratwurst named after the Wiedikon district or air-dried raw Stadjäger sausage, which is entirely cured and prepared in Zurich. These are all served in plenty of restaurants and available for purchase in many other places around the city. If you prefer a sweeter palate, local culinary delights include Luxemburgerli, the light and airy mini macaroons available from bakeries and patisseries throughout the city, and of course from Confiserie Sprüngli, which has been based at Paradeplatz since 1859. Other local sweet treats to savor include the thin, crispy Tirggel cookies and Straumann Hüppen, long wafer rolls with a creamy chocolate filling.
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Shopping in Zurich
Each quarter of Zurich offers its own unique shopping experience – whether you are looking for mouth-watering chocolates to take home, luxury timepieces and jewelry on Bahnhofstrasse, want to hit the trendy and traditional boutiques for bargains in the Old Town or check out the hip designer kit and local urban labels in Zurich-West, this city has got it covered. Have yourself an upmarket shopping experience at the Grieder department store at Bahnhofstrasse 30, which dedicates its 32,500 sq. ft of floor space to popular luxury brands and high-end homewares. It also features a concept store on the top level.