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Meet Zurich - the vibrant lakeside heaven

Fly away from Washington and create magical alpine memories in Zurich. Nestled at the foot of the Swiss Alps and reigning majestic over the northwestern tip of Lake Zurich and the Limmat and Sihl Rivers against the impressive backdrop of the Swiss Alps, it’s easy to see why Zurich is regarded as one of the most beautiful cities in the world.

All year round Zurich never fails to impress. The splendorous beauty of its physical location on the banks of the Limmat River and the shores of Lake Zurich is only the beginning. Whether you come to Switzerland’s largest city to see, do, experience, taste, explore or discover, you’ll find something here for everyone.

Experience the thrill of fresh, deep powder in winter or hike in the mountains and swim in the pristine waters of Lake Zurich in summer. Efforts invested in a climb to the summit of the Üetliberg (elevation approx. 870 m/2854 ft) will be rewarded with unparalleled panoramic vistas to the snow-capped peaks beyond. For those who prefer to be driven, there is a train to the summit.

Take a leisurely stroll along the banks of the Limmat to discover centuries-old buildings and masterpieces such as the Chagall and Giacometti windows of the Fraumünster Church, the Romanesque-style Grossmünster church and the exquisitely Gothic Wasserkirche nestled along the cobbled streets of the Aldstadt (Old Town). Follow the river along the Limmatquai waterfront to the 17th century Rathaus (town hall).

Book your flight from Washington to Zurich now and collect your own experience.

LX3201: IAD - ZRH 17:55 - 07:55
Flight duration: 08:00
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LX3200: ZRH - IAD 11:45 - 15:20
Flight duration: 09:35
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  • All timetable details may be subject to change. Insofar as is permitted by law, SWISS accepts no liability for the correctness and completeness of the details provided.

How to get to and from Zurich airport?

Zurich Airport is a 15 minute train ride or 40 minute shuttle bus ride from the city center. The services are very efficient and timely and run regularly. There are also always taxis awaiting your service outside the terminals.

How can you get around the city?

Public transportation in the city is integrated, which means one ticket can be used for all forms of public transport including streetcar, U-Bahn (light rail) trains and buses. Zurich does not have an underground subway system as such, but does have several underground stations that are part of the light rail system. Another way to explore the city in fine weather is to rent a bike and explore at your own pace.

What currency is used in Zurich?

Zurich uses the Swiss franc as its currency, along with the rest of Switzerland.

Make memories in Zurich

Come discover Switzerland’s largest city. Zurich greets you with the majestic beauty of the Swiss Alps framing the pristine waters of Lake Zurich and the Limmat and Sihl Rivers. It has a sophisticated combination of the traditional and the contemporary – a vibrant and electric atmosphere, beautiful medieval structures and some of the world’s finest dining and nightlife. So whether you’re looking for an adrenalin-fueled ride or some R&R, you’ll find it all in Zurich.

Attractions of Zurich

It’s hard to decide which attraction to visit because Zurich offers a lot. To make it easier for you we collect the most popular attractions of Zurich:

  • Lindenhofplatz with it’s views of Zurich’s old town
  • Lake Zurich
  • Hoch-Ybrig for winter activities
  • The Kunsthaus
  • Zurich’s parks

Feed your photo gallery with pictures from the elevated site at Lindenhofplatz for spectacular, expansive views back across the Altstadt.

In summer immerse yourself in the cool, pristine waters of Lake Zurich or take a relaxing lake cruise to savor the majestic splendor of Zurich’s alpine landscape.

In winter take the family to experience winter sport unlimited on the legendary runs at nearby winter playground, the Hoch-Ybrig resort.

The Kunsthaus (Museum of Modern Art) champions Swiss art and is home to one of the most important collections in Switzerland, featuring pieces spanning the Middle Ages to modern times. Take time out in one of the 70 parks and green spaces in the city. There are countless opportunities to engage in exercise and wellness activities in an urban environment. Or treat yourself to a luxury Swiss spa experience.

Hint for Zurich visitors

Consider a Zürich Card. Available for 24 or 72 hours, it enables travel on local public transportation, boat trips, discounts on entry to key attractions, museums, restaurants, nightlife, wellness and family offers. It is available at Zurich Airport, the central train station, outlets throughout the city and online.

Get more information about Zurich’s attractions in our travel guide.

What Zurich’s cuisine has to offer

Sightseeing is hungry work and Zurich has plenty of enticing cafes and restaurants featuring local Swiss cuisine alongside foods from around the world. Zurich chefs are known for their creativity in presenting many different ways to try a traditional cheese fondue.

Those with a sweet tooth will delight in finding themselves in the biggest chocolate producing region in Switzerland with boutique chocolatiers around every corner. Visit Confiserie Sprüngli on Paradeplatz in the heart of the financial center to sample their world famous “Luxemburgerli” – little macarons that come in different flavors. As night falls, head to the epicenter of Zurich nightlife at Züri West to discover the coolest bars and clubs.

To restore energy levels, a hearty meal is recommended: the “Zürcher Zouftschriibertopf”, which loosely translates as “guild writer’s stew”, and traditionally consists of beef, pork and veal filets, bacon, liver and kidney combined with carrots, peas and potatoes. The veal-based “Zürcher Geschnetzeltes” on the other hand contains lots of cream and mushrooms. Cheese-lovers are best served with the notorious cheese fondue, which ist perfect for sharing with others.

Get more information about restaurants in Zurich.

Shopping tips for Zurich

Work out your credit card along Langstrasse and the area surrounding Hauptbahnhof (the central train station), home to high-end haute couture and souvenirs.

The home of retail therapy in Zurich resides in a Gothic Revival building at Bahnhofstrasse 30. Upmarket department store Grieder is 3,000 m2 of luxury brands, high-end homeware and a beauty salon. Keep your strength up by stopping in at Greiderbar, which serves an all-day lunch.

For whiskey connoisseurs a visit to the Old Crow Bar on Schwanegasse is a must for sampling from a menu of more than 1,200 rare whiskies and cocktails.

If you want to get the taste of Zurich – book your flight from Washington to Zurich now!

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