Zurich is Switzerland’s largest city, nestled at the foot of the Swiss Alps and reigning majestic over the northwestern tip of Lake Zurich and the Limmat and Sihl Rivers. Located in the Swiss Plateau on relatively flat terrain, Zurich has everything you need for a weekend getaway and more.
Often referred to as the “gateway to Switzerland”, Zurich is home to the nation’s busiest airport and railway station with excellent connections to the rest of the country. The historical heritage of the city of Zurich traces its roots back more than 2,000 years to the Roman Empire.
Throughout history Zurich has evolved as a global financial center. With one of the highest concentrations of banks and financial institutions in Europe, this has significantly contributed to its consistently high-ranking global status for quality of life and livability.Once you’re here, it’s easy to see why. The jaw-dropping majestic beauty of the alpine landscape is just the beginning.
Zurich really does have it all – winter and summer sports as well as a strong underlying current of wellness, fine dining and entertainment, historic architecture, art galleries and a vibrant cultural atmosphere. Not to mention excellent public and other transportation services. Experience the sparkling jewel in the Swiss crown and book your flight from Paris to Zurich today.
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What about getting to and from the airport?
Located only 10 km (6 miles) form the center of the city, Zurich Airport is very well connected by reliable and timely train and shuttle bus services. The airport train service runs every 5-10 minutes on a journey that is approximately 15 minutes long. Traveling to the city by shuttle bus is a journey of approximately 40 minutes.
What about getting around the city?
Fast, reliable and easy are the characteristics of the public transportation system in Zurich. Offering multiple modes of transportation including streetcar, train and bus, the system is integrated to enable the use of one ticket across all modes of public transportation.
What currency is used in Zurich?
Switzerland uses the Swiss franc as its currency, therefore so does Zurich.
Meet Zurich – the Swiss city that has it all
Zurich is known as one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Once you land it’s immediately obvious why. Set against the impressive backdrop of the Swiss Alps and its elegant lakeside location, the city of Zurich pulses with a dynamic atmosphere, its skyline dotted with beautiful medieval structures and contemporary architectural silhouettes, and home to some of the world’s finest dining, most exclusive spas and wellness oases and vibrant nightlife. So, whether you’re looking for a full-throttle adventure, entertainment, culture or relaxation, immerse yourself in Zurich.
Sometimes, especially when the time of the trip is short, its hard to decide which are the attraction you have to see. In the following you will find the most popular attractions:
- Altstadt (Old Town)
- Üetliberg (870 m/2,854 ft)
- Gothic Wasserkirche
- Lake Zurich
- Zurichs UNESCO world heritage sites
Urban explorers will love discovering the cobbled streets of the Altstadt (Old Town), home of the Fraumünster Church with its windows by Chagall and Giacometti, the old merchant guildhalls and the 17th century Rathaus (town hall).
If a hike up the Üetliberg at an elevation of approx. 870 m/2,854 ft seems a little extreme, take the train to its summit and enjoy the spectacular panorama view of Zurich or instead head to the elevated area at Lindenhofplatz for glorious views back across the Altstadt.
The Gothic Wasserkirche on the banks of the Limmat River is a small church, which was built in the 13th century. The church was built on a small island of the Limmat but now it’s located on the shore.
Immerse yourself in the pristine waters of Lake Zurich or take a lake cruise to see the city from the water for some excellent Instagram-worthy opportunities to capture the splendor of the Zurich landscape.
If modern art does it for you, don’t miss a visit to the Kunsthaus – Zurich’s revered modern art museum houses some of Europe’s most iconic pieces in its impressive building at Heimplatz 1.
Visit the prehistoric alpine settlements of Grosser Hafner and Kleiner Haffner – UNESCO world heritage sites located just outside Zurich and last inhabited around 7,000 years ago.
Tip for visitors of Zurich
Get around with a Zürich Card – this provides access to local public transportation, offers a host of discounts and other savings on local attractions, restaurants and exhibitions and is available for purchase at Zurich Airport, the central train station and outlets throughout the city.
Discover more about what makes this city so special in our guide of Zurich’s attractions.
Dip into the Swiss culinary landscape – more than just cheese 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 to traditional Swiss cuisine and international fare. You can find tips for a variety of dining experiences in Zurich in our Travel Guide. After dark, let your hair down and dance the night away in “Züri-West”, where you’ll find one of the highest concentrations of nightlife venues in Europe.
The perfect place to start your night might surprise you: the public swimming pools or “badis”. They are a unique Zurich invention. During the day, people take a dip and relax in the sunshine, but as soon as the sun sets, the badis turn into the perfect place to enjoy riverside or lakeside refreshments and people-watch. As a university town, Zurich has a young and active club scene, and countless live music venues and cosy bars to choose from.
Cabaret Voltaire: This artsy lounge and bar is considered by some to be the spiritual home and birthplace of the Dadaism art movement. It was founded in 1916 by Hugo Ball and Emmy Hennings as a gathering place for artists and writers to peacefully protest against “the madness of the times”.
Shopping in Zurich
Shop European style ‘til you drop along Langstrasse and the area surrounding Hauptbahnhof (the central train station), where you’ll find retailers of the finest haute couture fashion, souvenirs and cafes for breaks between shopping sessions.
Upmarket department store Grieder is located in the heart of Zurich in a Gothic Revival building at Bahnhofstrasse 30. Offering 3,000 m2 of shopper’s paradise, Grieder is bursting with some of the world’s most coveted luxury brands, high-end homeware and a beauty salon. Drop in to Greiderbar, which serves an all-day lunch.
Paris - ZurichFlight duration: 01:20 hrs total, Frequency: 7 x daily
Departure ParisTerminal: 1Counter opening time: 2 h prior to departure
Arrival ZurichDistance to city centre: 12 km