Create unforgettable memories in the alpine paradise Zurich. Zurich is nestled at the foot of the Swiss Alps and reigning majestic over the northwestern tip of Lake Zurich and the Limmat and Sihl Rivers, framed by 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.
Anytime of the year is a good time to visit Zurich and all year round the city will not fail to impress. The breathtaking beauty of its physical location on the shore of Lake Zurich is only the beginning. In Switzerland’s largest city there is no end of things to discover, explore, see, do, and taste, no matter what you are looking for. Zurich turns it on year round and you’ll find something here for everyone.
Powder hounds, come in winter to experience some of the best winter sports fields on the planet blanketed in deep, fresh powder and exhilarating runs. In summer come hike in the mountains or to the summit of the Üetliberg (elevation approx. 870 m/2854 ft) to appreciate spectacular panoramic views and immerse yourself in the sparking, pristine waters of Lake Zurich. If you prefer something less strenuous, take a stroll along the banks of the Limmat and discover centuries-old buildings and masterpieces such as the Chagall and Giacometti windows of Fraumünster Church and the exquisitely Gothic Wasserkirche along the cobbled streets of the Aldstadt (Old Town). Along the Limmatquai waterfront, you will find the 17th century Rathaus (town hall).
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How to get to and from Zurich airport?
Zurich Airport is 10 km (6 miles) from the center of Zurich and serviced by very reliable trains and shuttle Journey times are 15 minutes by train and around 40 minutes by shuttle bus. There are always taxis available outside the terminals.
How can you get around the city?
Public transportation in Zurich is integrated, so one ticket is valid for riding all forms of public transportation. If you are more sporty you can rent a bike and discover hidden gems or the parks by bike. If you like you can also drive around Lake Zurich by bike.
What currency is used in Zurich?
The Swiss franc is the currency of Switzerland. So you can pay with the Swiss franc in Zurich too.
Attractions in Zurich
Zurich greets you with its majestic beauty and a sophisticated combination of the traditional and the contemporary – a vibrant and dynamic 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 a little refined R&R, Zurich has it covered.
- FIFA World Football Museum
- Lake Zurich
- Winter sports
- The Kunsthaus (Museum of Modern Art)
- 70 parks and green spaces
Football fans won’t want to miss a visit to the FIFA World Football Museum at Seestrasse 27, where you’ll celebrate the rich heritage of “the beautiful game” of football and its unique ability to inspire and connect people from around the world.
Get out and about on the water on a relaxing cruise of Lake Zurich and marvel at the majestic splendor of Zurich’s alpine landscape.
In winter take the family for a winter sports unlimited experience on the legendary runs at nearby winter playground, the Hoch-Ybrig resort.
The Kunsthaus (Museum of Modern Art) is a champion of Swiss art and curator of one of the most important collections in Switzerland, featuring pieces spanning the Middle Ages to modern times.
Take a break in one of the 70 parks and green spaces in the city with plenty of options to engage in exercise and wellness activities in an urban environment. Or treat yourself to a legendary luxury Swiss spa experience.
Zurich Tipp: Zürich Card
For travel on local public transportation, boat trips, discounted entry to key attractions, museums, restaurants, wellness and relaxation, nightlife and family offers, buy a Zürich Card. It is available for durations of 24 or 72 hours and on offer at Zurich Airport, the central train station, outlets throughout the city and online.
Outdoor activities and Swiss chocolate
For those inclined towards a little more action, Zurich is not short on opportunities for hiking, jogging, water sports, winter sports, exercise in urban surroundings and bicycling trails. Sightseeing is hungry work and you can take your pick from plenty of enticing cafes and restaurants with local Swiss cuisine and foods from around the world. For a traditional food experience, the chefs of Zurich are known for their creativity in presenting many different ways to try a cheese fondue. Those with a sweet tooth will delight in being at the center of the biggest chocolate-producing region in Switzerland. Visit Confiserie Sprüngli on Paradeplatz in the heart of the financial center to sample their world-famous “Luxemburgerli” – little macaroons. As night falls, dance off the calories in Züri West – epicenter of Zurich nightlife and home to the coolest bars and clubs.
Find out more about the attractions on offer in this beautiful city. See Zurich’s attractions in our guide.
Zurich, the home of cultural gastronomy
The culinary landscape in Zurich has everything from sophisticated Michelin-starred dining experiences to traditional Swiss cuisine and innovative street food. And no gastronomic experience in Zurich would be complete without a visit to any of the boutique chocolatiers around almost every corner.
Visitors with a sweet tooth are in for a treat. The Swiss chocolate industry has one of its main players in Zurich, Confiserie Sprüngli. A small macaron that comes in eight different flavors is their biggest hit: the Luxemburgerli. Other traditional sweets of Zurich are even older than chocolate: The the “Tirggel” dates back to the 15th century. It’s a round biscuit made from honey, ginger, aniseed, coriander, rose water and flour, that is baked in traditional wooden moulds. “Hüppen”, a waffle role, can even be traced back to the 14th century.
For a more hearty dish, try the cities signature dish, “Zürcher Geschnetzeltes”, a veal dish with lots of cream and mushrooms. The notorious cheese fondue or the similarly fantastic Raclette are perfect for sharing and are guaranteed to restore your energy levels after a long day of sightseeing.
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Shopping in Zurich
Give your credit card a workout Swiss-style on Langstrasse and the area surrounding Hauptbahnhof (the central train station) – home to high-end haute couture and souvenirs.
The home of Zurich retail therapy resides in a Gothic Revival building at Bahnhofstrasse 30. Upmarket department store Grieder is 3,000 m2 of luxury brands, high-end homeware, a beauty salon and the Greiderbar, serving all-day lunch.
Shop for Souvenirs in Zurich
If luxury watches and jewelry slightly exceed your budget, there is no need to worry. There are other Swiss icons available: consider an original Swiss army knife or a handcrafted cowbell. A box of exquisite Swiss chocolates or some local chesse are aso fantastic gifts for friends and family.
London - ZurichFlight duration: 01:40 hrs total, Frequency: Sun,Mon,Tue,Thu,Fri
Arrival ZurichDistance to city centre: 12 km