Switzerland’s Zurich is renowned as one of the most beautiful cities on the European continent. This city has a lot to discover – the magical alpine beauty, art and history. Zurich is the gateway to the whole Swiss nation.
Zurich is alive with a vibrant cultural atmosphere, beautiful medieval structures, and some of the world’s finest dining and nightlife. Alpine winter sports in Zurich are stuff of legends but if you prefer something a little more sedate, there are myriad contemporary and historic architecture masterpieces, museums and art galleries to explore.
So, whether you’re looking for a full-throttle adventure or relax for a while, there’s nowhere better than Zurich – welcome aboard.
As a top global travel destination and the jewel in Switzerland’s crown, Zurich sparkles with life and excitement unlike any other city. Whether you’re looking to hike the many mountain trails, swim in the pristine blue waters of Lake Zurich or ride the legendary fluffy powder, Zurich will not disappoint the outdoor enthusiast. For a less physical approach to experiencing the wonders of Zurich, take a relaxing stroll through the streets of a city that artfully blends the old and the new in Zurich’s medieval Old Town with its massive churches and guildhalls.
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How do I get to and from the Zurich airport?
Zurich is famous for its spectacular public transportation system, which includes the airport tram, train and shuttle bus services. Zurich Airport (ZRH) is about 10 km (6 miles) away from the city center. The fastest route into the city center is by rail, which connects the airport to the city with a quick, 15-minute ride that runs every 5-10 minutes. The airport shuttle bus takes around 40 minutes to reach the city center.
What about getting around the rest of Zurich?
Thanks to the unified fare system for public transportation in Zurich, getting around the city is economic and convenient. The system means one ticket can be used across all forms of public transportation. Zurich has a city rail service, streetcar service, and regular buses throughout the city. One of the best ways to discover Zurich is by bicycle – discover and explore at your own pace on a rented bicycle from one of the many available services.
What currency do I need in Zurich?
The Swiss franc is the currency of Switzerland. Your best option is to check with your bank at least a couple weeks before your flight to ensure it has the currency available. Currency exchanges are also available at most airports, however, note that exchange rates can vary.
Recommended attractions of Zurich
So much to do, so little time! Exploring Zurich is sure to turn up numerous new and exciting places - some of the most popular tourist attractions in Zurich include:
- Kunsthaus Zürich
- Lake Zurich
- Altstadt (Old Town)
- Schauspielhaus Zurich and Zurich Opera House
- Hoch-Ybrig ski resort
Kunsthaus Zürich – the museum of fine art is a must for art lovers and home to several of Europe’s most iconic art masterpieces.
Lake Zurich: Go for a dip in its pristine waters. During the warmer months, the waters are a surprisingly pleasant temperature, despite its alpine location. Lake cruises are also available, during which you will have prime opportunities to witness the splendor of the Swiss landscape.
Altstadt (Old Town): home to numerous historical sites, charming old buildings and the old merchants’ guildhalls. Grossmünster church and the historic Rathaus (town hall) are also located in the Old Town area.
Pop on over to the Schauspielhaus Zurich, one of the city’s most historically prominent theaters, or the Zurich Opera House for a serious cultural experience unlike any other.
During the winter months, ski buffs and snowboarders can hit the slopes of the nearby Hoch-Ybrig ski resort to enjoy the deep, fluffy powder on satisfying runs.
Zurich and its art
If a stroll through an art gallery or museum is more your pace, Zurich offers more than 50 museums and over 100 art galleries to choose from. Some of the more popular venues include the Rietberg Museum, Kunsthaus Zürich, Schauschpielhaus Zürich, and Zurich Opera House.
Don’t miss the Swiss chocolate!Of course, no visit to Switzerland would be complete without sampling some of the world famous Swiss chocolate! As one of the premiere chocolate-producing regions in the country, it would be wrong not to visit one of the many Zurich confectioners, such as Confiserie Sprüngli or Honold for some chocolate tasting that is out of this world.
Enjoy the landscape of Zurich
To burn off the calories, a hike up Üetliberg will reward you with spectacular panoramas across the city and to the snow-capped peaks of the Alps. No matter where your interests lie, you’re sure to find something for all interests and all ages in Zurich. So, what are you waiting for?
More information about attractions in Zurich can be found in our travel guide.
Zurich’s restaurants: A real treat for foodies
After a long day sightseeing, exploring the hills and mountains, marveling at the glorious stained-glass windows of historic churches, it might be time for some R&R. When it comes to great eating, nightlife and entertainment, Zurich will not disappoint.
One signature meal that even shares the cities name: “Zürcher Geschnetzeltes”, a veal dish containing lots of cream and mushrooms. The “Zürcher Zouftschriibertopf”, which loosely translates as “guild writer’s stew” is another very hearty dish, and consists of beef, pork and veal filets, bacon, liver and kidney together with carrots, peas and potatoes. The more famous representatives of Zurich’s cuisine are Raclette, a special cheese that is molten and eaten with potatoes and onions, and of course the notorious cheese fondue, where molten cheese with wine is mopped up with pieces of bread.
Zurich has lots of exquisite options to choose from if you have a sweet tooth: Honold and Confiserie Sprüngli are a must for chocolate lovers looking for a fix of some of the nations finest chocolate. Try the Luxemburgerli, a small macron that comes in eight different flavors.
See further details on the best places to eat and drink in Zurich.
Shopping in Zurich
For an upmarket shopping experience, we recommend Grieder – a department store housed in a impressive building on the Bahnhofstrasse. It offers many of the world’s most coveted luxury brands, homeware, a beauty salon and the Greiderbar, for an all-day lunch.
Visit Sihlcity – a bustling and vibrant shopping mall with an expansive assortment ranging from clothing to homeware and household items and last but not least souvenirs. This is a great place to shop for souvenirs for your friends and family. If luxurious watches or jewelry are not your thing, maybe consider an original Swiss army knife. Also popular with Zurich locals, Sihlcity is a great place to people-watch.
Miami - ZurichFlight duration: 09:10 hrs total, Frequency: 2 x daily
Departure MiamiTerminal: Concourse JCounter opening time: 3 h prior to departure
Airbus A330-300Height: 16.80 mLength: 63.70 mSeats: 236
Crew:Pilots: 2Cabin crew: 11
Arrival ZurichDistance to city centre: 12 km