The jewel in the Swiss crown, the magical alpine city Zurich stretches along the shores of Lake Zurich and the Limmat River. Part of the region known as the Swiss Plateau located between the Jura mountains and the Swiss Alps, the Zurich landscape is relatively flat with plenty to recommend it.
Discover the best that this Central European country has to offer - Zurich will greet you with awe-inspiring sights, a vibrant cultural atmosphere, and some of the finest food and entertainment found anywhere. Indulge yourself in the legendary world of Swiss chocolate, explore the winding, cobbled streets of the Old Town, swim in the lake, hike in the mountains, ride the slopes – Zurich has something for everyone.
Wrapped elegantly around the northern part of the picturesque Lake Zurich, the city after which it is named is every bit as splendorous as the pristine waters of its lake. Lovers of the great outdoors and alpine sports will find some of the world’s finest, deep powder runs for skiing and snowboarding. Hike or bike through the rugged terrain during the summer, and hit the slopes at nearby resorts, such as Hoch-Ybrig during the winter.
Those looking for a particular old-world feel will be impressed by Altstadt – the Old Town – home to the famous Renaissance-era guildhalls, Grossmünster church and Rathaus (town hall). Culture and architectural aficionados are spolit for choice as Zurich has more than 50 museums and over 100 galleries, and renowned cultural and performance venues, such as the Theatre am Neumarkt and Zürich Opera House.
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Is it easy to get to and from the airport in Zurich?
Zurich Airport is approximately 10 km (6 miles) from the city center of Zurich, which is easily accessible by airport tram, train and shuttle bus service. The trip from the city center to the airport takes about 10-15 minutes by train, which departs every 5-10 minutes. The journey by streetcar (Line 10) is 35 minutes and 30-40 minutes by airport shuttle bus.
What about public transportation around the city?
The public transportation system in Zurich uses a unified fare plan which means one ticket is valid across all forms of public transportation. Including train, streetcar and bus. Bike rental is an affordable way to see the city at your own pace. There are also ferry services running along the Limmat River.
Which time of year is the best time to visit Zurich?
Anytime is a good time to visit Zurich. During the summer, the temperatures are warm enough for swimming in the lake, hiking in the mountains, and exploring the city. During winter, visitors come and play in the snow, go skiing or sledging at the many mountain resorts located nearby Zurich.
Discover the many wonders Zurich has to offer.
Whether you enjoy historic sites and museums, the arts, outdoor activities or nightlife and entertainment, Zurich has something for everyone. Here are a few of the top attractions:
- Architectural heritage of Zurich
- Lake Zurich
- Prehistoric alpine settlements of Grosser Hafner and Kleiner Haffner
- Lake Zurich
- Hauptbahnhof (central train station)
The architectural heritage of Zurich is a striking blend of old and new, featuring baroque, classic and neo-classic masterpieces alongside contemporary works such as Le Corbusier House and Prime Tower.
Take a cruise on the pristine waters of Lake Zurich and witness the full splendor of the Swiss landscape, or take a ferry ride along the Limmat River.
Stop by the prehistoric alpine settlements of Grosser Hafner and Kleiner Haffner, which are designated UNESCO world heritage sites dating back approximately 7,000 years.
Wander the galleries of Kunsthaus – one of Europe’s largest and most prestigious modern art museums.
Explore Aldstadt - the historic city center and home to Grossmünster church, the 9th century Fraumünster church and the beautiful Rathaus.
Lake Zurich: Go for a pleasant swim in the sparkling waters of Lake Zurich during the summer.
Shop in European style on Langstrasse and around Hauptbahnhof (central train station).
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Find out more about the popular attractions in Zurich and read our Zurich guide.
Discover the Swiss cuisine
After working up an appetite, you can take your pick from one of the many cafes or restaurants lining the city streets and offering an extensive range of food and beverages. ‘Chocoholics’ are truly spoilt for choice in Zurich. As the nation’s largest chocolate-producing region, there are chocolatiers aplenty, such as Confiserie Sprüngli and Confiserie Honold.
From traditional Swiss fare such as fondue or Zürcher Geschnetzeltes (Swiss Ragout), to food from around the world and Michelin star gourmet dining experiences, you are sure to find something to whet your appetite. Dance the calories off at the epicenter of Zurich nightlife in the ‘Züri-West’ district or across town in the Niederdorf district.
Shopping highlights in Zurich
A great place to start your shopping is the Bahnhofstrasse. From local delicacies and souvenirs all the way to haute couture – all this and more await the discerning shopper. The Bahnhofsstrasse is also stuffed with shops offering jewellery, clothing and fine Swiss watches. Even the main station itself is a gigantic shopping centre.
Old town lures in locals and tourists alike with its small shops and historical buildings. The Limmatkai, a boardwalk along the river Limmat, offers shopping opportunities for a younger crowd.
Find Swiss souvenirs for your friends and family
Underneath the arches of a viaduct in the Züri-West neighbourhood, you will find the unique shopping area of the “Viadukt”, where latest fashion meet the gourmet offerings of the food market, including local cheese, wine or seafood.
When you are looking for souvenirs but luxury watches and jewelry exceed your budget, there is a souvenir that is not only distinctly Swiss but also useful in countless situations: the original Swiss army knife. A box of fine Swiss chocolates will also satisfy anyone who couldn’t make the journey with you.
New York - ZurichFlight duration: 07:50 hrs total, Frequency: 5 x daily
Airbus A330-300Height: 16.80 mLength: 63.70 mSeats: 236
Crew:Pilots: 2Cabin crew: 11
Arrival ZurichDistance to city centre: 12 km