Zurich

Zurich is largest city in Switzerland and one of the most visited in Europe. The location of the city make it important hub for everyone who travel across Europe.Lake Zurich offer an amazing view and relaxing atmosphere with all that Swans swimming around . Surrounded with mountains city looks beautiful and peaceful but is very vibrant city and center of economy, culture and urban scene.

HOW TO GET THERE

By the air you can get to this city from every destination in the world. Zurich airport i connected with lot of flights Also many low cost companies have connection with Zurich so now that make it even more reachable. Train station and bus station are also connect with all major cities in Europe so with ICE trains you can get fast to any place in Zurich from any place in Europe. Having on mind that Switzerland has great roads driving to Zurich from any location in Europe is easy and fun.

WHAT TO DO AND WHAT TO SEE THERE

Most of the interesting sights are in the old town around the river and lakefront.

  • Grossmünster, Zwingliplatz, . Old Romanesque church, symbol of reformed Zurich, where reformer Huldrych Zwingli was appointed the people’s priest in 1519. Go up the tower for a great view of Zurich, though the stairs can be quite small and steep. Tower 4CHF/2CHF students
  • Fraumünster, Kämbelgasse 2, Old Gothic church (former convent) with window paintings made by Marc Chagall. Free organ concert in 2015 Wednesdays 7:45-8:00 am. No photos or videos allowed inside.  
  • Landesmuseum, Museumstrasse 2. Tu-Su 10AM-5PM and most public holidays including M.The biggest Swiss history museum. You can also learn about the various traditions of the cantons comprising Switzerland.10CHF
    • Zurich West. This modern quarter used to be an industrial one, but modern urban developments made it into a centre of vibrant night life. Take the tram to Dammweg and browse the Viadukt food market before wandering through the many new boutique shops under the arches of an abandoned rail viaduct, finishing up at the famous Freitag tower.  
      • Lake Promenade. Especially during summer, the lake is a beautiful place to spend the evening or the weekend. Starting from Bellevue, the boardwalk goes for about three kilometers along the lake towards Tiefenbrunnen. About halfway from Bellevue there is a meadow where you will find thousands of people on a sunny day.  
      • Chinese Garden, This small but beautiful Chinese garden was offered to the city of Zurich by the Chinese city of Kunming as symbol of gratitude after Zurich helped Kunming with technical knowledge.  
      • Le Corbusier House, (near Chinese Garden),  A beautiful, modern villa planned by the famous Swiss architect. The visiting hours are very limited (i.e. one day / week only in the summer) and entry is expensive. Additionally, there is a legal battle between the city (owner) and the long time tenant.  
      • Lindenhof. The hill in the heart of the old town. A beautiful view of the city and one time location of a Roman fort.  
      • Niederdorf. The old town offers beautiful alleys, restaurants and shopping mainly aimed at younger consumers. In the evenings, people visit the Niederdorf’s many bars.  
      • Bahnhofstrasse. One of the busiest and best known shopping streets in the world. Highly refined. Certainly a must-see for every tourist in Zurich! (see below).  
      • Museum Buehrle, Zollikerstrasse 172, . A rich private art collection worth visiting – although a little less rich after a recent brazen robbery in broad daylight. Call ahead, as it’s currently not open during regular hours. 
      • Jacob Coffee Museum, Seefeldquai 17, An original museum which describes the evolution of coffee and different aspects of the culture that has developed around it. The museum is closed for renovation until September 2013.  

    Buildings on river Limmat

    • Beyer Watch Museum, Bahnhofstrasse 31 – 8001 Zurich, Monday to Friday 2.00pm – 6.00pm. The Beyer Watch museum is located downstairs from the very fancy (and expensive) Beyer Store on Bahnhofstrasse. It is small but fascinating. They have many watches dating back hundreds of years. Many are one-of-a-kind, beautiful examples of exquisite watch-making. Open Monday-Friday 2-6 pm. CHF 8.
  • Take a trip on the Zürichsee with one of the two old steam ships. There are a few different routes you can choose from, which will vary mainly in the distance. Or rent a small rowboat.
  • Go up Üetliberg, a hill overlooking Zurich. You can hike up, or take a train from the main station. Enjoy the 360 degree view from a tall viewing tower (not for vertigo sufferers!). This is also the start of the planetenweg (planetary walk), an 8 mile walk along the ridge with models of the planets along the way. These are scaled down in true proportion to the solar system. To look at Zürich from the other hills, go to the Irchel (Tram station Milchbuck) or Käferberg (Bucheggplatz, walk up the hill and keep right of the forest).

 

Zurich has proportionally more clubs than any other city in Europe. You will find anything from very “fancy” clubs to places you can just chill. If you want, you can go to a club every night. There is always a Club that has a party going and Zurich’s young make sure to splash all their income on going out. A lot of clubs are located in the so called Zurich West (District 5).

ACCOMMODATION 

Zurich is the financial centre of Switzerland and most travellers come with an expense account. The hospitality sector focuses therefore mostly on the 4 and 5 star sector. Zurich is known for its superb hotels, but these won’t come cheap. Best is to go on a company rate, because rack rates are sometimes ridiculous.

NOTE

Zürich, like most cities in Switzerland, is relatively safe. Nevertheless, be on guard for thieves and pickpockets. Carry your wallet or purse in a secure way, not in your hip pocket or a backpack outer pocket. In particular, thieves are known to operate around the Zurich main train station. Do not let your bags out of sight for even a moment.

Public transport is very safe. You can use it without any special precautions.

If you decide to bicycle in the city, understand that Zurich is a city of public transport

 

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Zurich Cityscape, Switzerland
Zurich Cityscape, Switzerland