Jaw-dropping alpine beauty, winter sports, fine dining and entertainment, historic architecture, art galleries and a vibrant cultural atmosphere: This is Zurich. 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.
Whether you are looking for a destination steeped in history or a city with a contemporary post-industrial edge, Zurich is your destination.
Zurich will not fail to impress. Recommended time to visit is anytime – any season. The breath taking beauty of its physical location at the rendezvous point of the Limmat River and Lake Zurich is just a start. Stroll along the banks of the river, or hike in the mountains then take a dip in the lake or indulge in your favorite winter sports. A hike up Üetliberg (elevation approx. 870 m/2854 ft) will be rewarded with spectacular views over the city and the lake to the snow-capped peaks beyond.
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How can you get to and from the airport?
Zurich Airport is approximately 10 km (6 miles) from the city center, which is easily accessible by airport tram, train and shuttle bus service. The rail service is renowned for its reliability and efficiency and only takes 15 minutes between the airport and city center. Trains leave every 5-10 minutes. Travel to the city center by shuttle bus takes approximately 40 minutes. Zurich has a unified fare system, which means tickets are valid for all forms of public transportation.
What about getting around the rest of the city?
Public transportation in Zurich is famous for its efficiency and reliability. Thanks to the unified fare system, tickets can be used across different forms of public transportation, which includes trains, trams and buses. Cabs are also always available and there are bicycle rentals throughout the city, so you can explore at your own pace.
What currency do I need in Zurich?
The Swiss franc is the currency of Switzerland. Your best option is to check with your bank at least a couple weeks before your flight to ensure it has the currency available. Currency exchanges are also available at most airports, however, note that exchange rates can vary.
Dive into the Swiss culture in Zurich
Switzerland’s largest city has it all! Here is a selection of some of the most popular attractions in Zurich:
- Le Corbusier House and Prime Tower
- Altstadt (Old Town) with Grossmünster church, Rathaus (town hall) and many other attractions
- Schauspielhaus Zurich and the Zurich Opera House
- Swiss National Museum.
- Lake Zurich
- Prehistoric alpine settlements
- UNESCO World Heritage
The architectural heritage of Zurich is a striking blend of old and new, featuring Baroque, Classicism, Neo-Classicism masterpieces alongside contemporary works such as Le Corbusier House and Prime Tower. Aldstadt (Old Town) is home to the old merchant guild halls, Grossmünster church, Rathaus (town hall) and many other attractions of interest.
For an on-stage cultural experience, visit the theater, Schauspielhaus Zurich or the Zurich Opera House. If museums and art galleries are more your idea of a cultural experience, Zurich has more than 100 art galleries including Kunsthaus, which is home to one of the largest collections in Europe, and more than 50 museums, including the Swiss National Museum.
Lake Zurich: Take a dip in the pristine waters of Lake Zurich or if you prefer to be on the water instead of in it, take a boat cruise around the lake.
Just outside Zurich are the prehistoric alpine settlements and UNESCO World Heritage sites of Grosser Hafner and Kleiner Hafner that are believed to have been inhabited around 7,000 years ago.
Architecture and art in Zurich
If art, history, culture and architectural heritage are more your thing, explore the steep cobbled streets and buildings of Niederdorf in the Old Town, or take your pick from the more than 50 museums and over 100 art galleries that call Zurich home.
Zurich is also the birthplace of the Dada art movement. For a more religious experience, marvel at the opulent detail of the Romanesque-style Grossmünster church or Augusto Giacometti’s exquisitely Gothic Wasserkirche on the banks of the Limmat. St. Peter Church at St. Peterhoffstatt 2 dates back to the 9th century and is the resting place of the first mayor of Zurich (1360) and home of Europe’s largest four-faced clock.
Don’t miss the Swiss chocolate and nightlife
There is no shortage of enticing cafes and restaurants in Zurich where you can stop for a break between excursions. Or for romantic alpine vistas to gaze upon while dining, book in at one of the restaurants overlooking Lake Zurich. As the largest producer of chocolate in Switzerland, Zurich had chocolatiers aplenty, such as Confiserie Sprüngli on Paradeplatz. As night falls, head to the epicenter of Zurich nightlife at “Züri-West”.
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World-class cuisine in Switzerland’s largest city
The culinary landscape in Zurich has something to suit any taste from Michelin-starred gourmet dining to cafes and chocolate shops. “Züri-West” is recognized as the epicenter of Zurich nightlife, with one of the highest densities of nightclubs in Europe.
Sharing the city’s name, one of its most famous dishes is “Zürcher Geschnetzeltes”, a veal dish with lots of cream and mushrooms. Another hearty meal is “Zürcher Zouftschriibertopf”, which loosely translates to “guild writer’s stew”, and combines beef, pork, veal, bacon, liver and kidney with vegetables, such as carrots, peas and potatoes. Another Swiss classic is Raclette, a special cheese that is molten and poured over vegetables und often meat. The notorious cheese fondue is perfect for sharing, because who doesn’t love sitting around a pot of molten cheese und wine, ready to dip in bread sticks.
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Public swimming pools, the so-called “badis” are great for taking a dip during a hot summer day. But the people in Zurich have transformed them into something more: as soon as the sun sets, the “badis” transform into lakeside lounges, where you can enjoy refreshments. It is a great start to discover the vibrant nightlife of Zurich. As a university town, it has a very active club scene, live music venues and countless cosy bars and restaurants.
Swiss souvenirs for everybody
“Im Viadukt” is a unique shopping area that can be found underneath the arches of an actual viaduct in the Züri-West neighbourhood. There, you can shop for the latest fashion items or enjoy the culinary highlights of the nearby food market, complete with fine wines and local cheese.
If you are looking for souvenirs but do not have the budget for luxury watches or jewelry, consider getting an original Swiss army knife. Not only is it a distinctly Swiss item, it will also last forever because of its high manufacturing quality.
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