Make magical memories in the stunning alpine city of Zurich. Surrounded by jaw-dropping natural beauty at the foot of the Swiss Alps overlooking the sparkling Lake Zurich, this buzzing metropolis is the perfect blend of urban and outdoor life. The extensive gastronomic line-up provides plenty of fuel for your days of exploration and discovery in this beautiful Swiss city.
When you land in Zurich, aka the gateway to Switzerland, you will immediately be greeted with stunning scenery, fresh mountain air, shimmering waters and endless opportunities for exploration, discovery and experience. Zurich has a rich cultural atmosphere steeped in history and an architectural heritage that is a harmonious blend of old and new. Marching to the beat of the underlying pulse of its dynamic and vibrant energy, this cosmopolitan jewel in the Swiss crown promises many wonderful alpine memories in an unforgettable location.
A full social calendar of events means there is always something happening in Zurich. From events for lovers of food, dance, music, fashion and LBGT, experience Zurich through exhibitions, lectures, trade fairs, concerts, live shows and parades.
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What is the best way to get from Zurich airport to the city center?
The best way to reach Zurich city center from the airport is to use public transport and take the train. The journey by train takes around 15 minutes from the airport to the centre of Zurich. Services run frequently and are fast, super-reliable and easy to use. Other options for getting to Zurich central from the airport include the No. 10 tram on the Glattelbahn tram service, which runs approximately every 15 minutes directly from the airport to Zurich’s main station. There is also a shuttle bus servicing the airport with a journey time of around 40 minutes. Limousine, taxi and ride-share services are also in plentiful supply at the airport.
When is the best time to visit Zurich?
Any time of the year is a good time to visit Zurich. It is located on the Swiss Plateau and has four distinct seasons. In the summer months of June, July and August temperatures can reach as high as 86° F. Fall is in September, October and November with temperatures ranging between 44.6° F and 63.5° F. In the winter months from December to February, the average temperature is around 32° F and may sometimes drop to below zero. Spring months are March, April and May with temperatures ranging from 45.5° F to 64.4° F.
How do I get around in Zurich?
The city uses a unified fare system, so one travel card is valid across all forms of public transportation, including water transportation services. Just remember to validate your ticket before boarding your chosen service.
Places of interest in Zurich
No matter whether you’re here for an adrenalin-fueled ride or to soak up local culture, Zurich has something for everyone. Indoor or outdoor, relaxation or extreme sports, activities on grass or tarmac – whatever you seek, Zurich will deliver. Popular hotspots include:
- Uetliberg mountain
- Altstadt walking tour
- Art in public places
- Museum Haus Konstruktiv
- FIFA World Football Museum
Enjoy the view over Zurich
Take on the 2-hour hike up the Uetliberg, elevation 2,854 feet, and be rewarded with lots of spectacular content for your Instagram. The mountain offers panoramic views of the whole city and across Lake Zurich.
Old Town of Zurich
Explore the Old Town on foot to discover charming historic squares opening out from quaint alleyways and cobbled lanes. The Altstadt is also home to four of the major historic churches in Zurich.
Zurichs museums and galleries
The city has a vibrant cultural life and serves as a stage with more than 1,300 pieces of art waiting to be discovered in public places, where you can brush up on your photography skills and fatten up your Instagram feed. For a slightly different indoor cultural experience, visit Museum Haus Konstruktiv, the leading institution in Switzerland for constructivist-concrete and conceptual art.
The only one of its kind in the world, the FIFA Football Museum is a thrilling interactive experience covering 32,500 square feet for football fans of all ages. Test your skills on the giant pinball machine to see if you’ve got what it takes.
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Cuisine of Zurich
Calling gourmands, foodies, gastronomes and food lovers – Zurich’s culinary landscape has something for every palate. Comprehensive and expansive, it includes everything from traditional local dishes to Michelin-starred dining, innovative street food and international flavors.
Traditional Zurich eating
A must for carnivores in Zurich is local classic, Zürcher Geschnetzeltes, thinly sliced pan-fried veal in a mouth-watering creamy sauce. Or try the local bratwurst with hot mustard or the air-dried Zurich Stadjäger sausage from street vendors and restaurants that are part of the fabric of the city.
Vegetarian food in Zurich
Non-meat eaters never fear – Zurich‘s got you covered. The Guinness Book of World Records lists Zurich as home of the world’s first vegetarian restaurant, established in 1898. Indulge in local non-meat goodness and dip into a delicious cheese fondue. Whether your fondue experience is traditional in a cozy chalet, under the stars in an alfresco dining terrace, on a boat or simply a takeout, there are many creative ways to enjoy this local tradition.
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Nightlife in Zurich
With the highest number of clubs per capita in Europe, Zurich has plenty of nightlife to choose from. Whether you fancy a cocktail, beer, live gig, reading, karaoke, sports match or dancing ‘till dawn, you can get amongst it after dark in Zurich. Dancefloors, takeout food stalls and restaurants are open until the small hours and the diversity of entertainment options on offer means there’s something for everyone. In the summer a number of riverside and lakeside facilities transform into riverside and lakeside bars, known to locals as “Badi-bars”. All year round, you can dance to your own beat in one of more than 500 clubs, bars and concert venues including everything from cozy corner bars and karaoke bars to sophisticated cocktail lounges and all-night party central dancefloors.