Situated in the Swiss Plateau on relatively flat terrain, Switzerland’s largest city sparkles with life and excitement at the edge of the pristine Lake Zurich. The jaw-dropping majestic beauty of the alpine landscape, winter sports, fine dining and entertainment, historic architecture, art galleries and vibrant cultural atmosphere await your arrival.
The breathtaking beauty of its physical location overlooking the Limmat River and Lake Zurich is just the start. Switzerland’s largest city offers a dazzling array of opportunities for exploration, discovery and experience in one of the most beautiful cities in the world. 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 the Üetliberg (elevation approx. 870 m/2,854 ft) will be rewarded with spectacular views over the city and the lake to the snow-capped peaks beyond.
If art, history, culture and architectural heritage are more your thing, explore the steep cobbled streets and buildings of the Niederdorf district in the Old Town or take your pick from the more than 150 museums and art galleries that call Zurich home.
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 River.
Whether you are looking for a city steeped in history or a city with a contemporary post-industrial edge, Zurich is your destination. Book your flight to Zurich today.
What about getting to and from the airport?
Zurich offers easily accessible transportation to and from the airport by airport streetcar, train and shuttle bus services. The airport is located roughly 10 km (6 miles) from the city center and the extra-reliable rail service connects the airport to the city with a 15-minute ride that runs every 5-10 minutes. The shuttle bus takes around 40 minutes.
What about getting around the city?
Zurich public transportation is simple, fast and reliable thanks to its unified fare system. This means one ticket works across all public transportation services including train, streetcar and bus. Another great way to explore Zurich is by renting a bicycle and taking it at your own pace.
What currency is used 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.
Meet Zurich – the Swiss city that has it all
Zurich is known as one of the most beautiful cities in the world – and when you arrive you’ll see why. Set against the impressive backdrop of the Swiss Alps, Zurich pulses with a vibrant atmosphere, beautiful medieval structures and some of the world’s finest dining and nightlife. So, whether you’re looking for a full-throttle adventure or to relax for a while, Zurich has it all:
- Altstadt (Old Town) with the church Fraumünster
- Architectural highlights in Zurich
- Lake Zurich
- Prehistoric alpine settlements of Grosser Hafner and Kleiner Haffner
Urban explorers will love discovering the cobbled streets of the Altstadt (Old Town), home of Fraumünster Church with its windows by Chagall and Giacometti, and the old merchant guildhalls and Rathaus (town hall).
Go across to the elevated area at Lindenhofplatz for glorious views back across the Altstadt.
The architectural heritage of Zurich is a striking blend of old and new, featuring Baroque, Classicism and Neo-Classicism masterpieces alongside contemporary works such as Le Corbusier House and the Prime Tower.
In summer immerse yourself in the pristine waters of Lake Zurich or if you prefer to be on the water, take a relaxing cruise on the lake for some prime Instagram-worthy opportunities to capture the splendor of the Zurich landscape.
Visit the Kunsthaus – Zurich’s revered modern art museum in its impressive locale boasts some of Europe’s most iconic pieces and is among the most prominent museums on the continent.
Take a trip to the prehistoric alpine settlements of Grosser Hafner and Kleiner Haffner – UNESCO world heritage sites located just outside Zurich and inhabited as early as 7,000 years ago.
Zurich Card makes everything much easier
Get a Zürich Card – it provides access to local public transportation as well as offering a host of discounts and other savings on local attractions, restaurants and exhibitions. Available for purchase at Zurich Airport, the central train station and outlets throughout the city.
Further details on the fascinating Zurich attractionsthat await your visit can be found in our Zurich travel guide.
Enjoy Zurich – day and night
Zurich has cafes, bars, restaurants and hotels around almost every corner with something to suit every taste. Thanks to its diversity, you’ll find not only traditional Swiss cuisine, but also food from around the world alongside plenty to satisfy any sugar cravings. Let the hip “Züri-West” entertain you – considered the epicenter of Zurich nightlife, which has one of the highest densities of nightclubs in Europe.
The “badis” are public swimming pools, that are a unique Zurich invention. What makes them special is that after a the sun sets, they turn into the perfect spot to enjoy riverside or lakeside refreshments and get your night started. As a university town, it has a vibrant club scene, lots of live music venues and countless little bars and restaurants of all varieties. Famous names like Cabaret Voltaire, where the Dada Movement was born in 1916, are still part of the nightlife of Zurich.
For more on the wonderful restaurants and bars on offer in Zurich, see our selection in our guide about where to eat and drink in Zurich.
Traditional Swiss cuisine
There is no shortage of enticing cafes and restaurants in Zurich where you can stop for a break between excursions. The Central European location of Zurich lends itself to a diverse culinary landscape that features local Swiss cuisine such as the savory “Zürcher Geschnetzeltes” (Swiss Ragout) or sweet Tirggel (Swiss Christmas biscuits) alongside foods from around the world and Michelin-starred dining experiences. For romantic alpine vistas to gaze upon while dining, book at one of the restaurants overlooking Lake Zurich. If you have a sweet tooth, Zurich will not disappoint – as the largest producer of chocolate in Switzerland, it has chocolatiers aplenty.
Shopping in Zurich
Shop European style ‘til you drop along Langstrasse and the area surrounding Hauptbahnhof (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.
Discover the Swiss shopping paradise and book a flight to Zurich now!