Zurich maybe the world's banking capital, but it also has a rich culture and an ancient history that beckons discovery. Medieval Zurich is built around the River Limmat on the edge of Lake Zurich, it is the largest city in Switzerland but still retains an old world atmosphere of charm and tradition. Colorful clock towers and steeples dominate the skyline, whilst in the bustling streets you will find beautiful and elegant shops, romantic squares and attractive traditional pubs and restaurants.
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Zurich Airport (ZRH): The airport is located eight miles (12km) north of Zurich. Transport: Transfers from Airport to Zurich city center are available by train on Swiss Rail SBB. The station is located below the arrivals terminal at ZRH and departures are every 10 minutes for Zurich, train fare is CHF 6.80 one way, with a journey time of 10-15miniutes. The rail service at Zurich Airport is quite extensive with many destinations in Switzerland being available direct from the Airport. A Shuttle bus is available to the city centre with a journey time of 30 – 40 minutes and a cost of CHF 25.
Alternatively you can take the Streetcar (Line 10) which takes 35 minutes in to the city.
Places of interest in Zurich:
Zurich. Interesting tourist attractions include St. Peter's church (which boasts Europe's largest clock face) and the twin-towered Grossmunster (the 17th century Town Hall). Also worth a visit is the famous Kunsthause museum.
Attractions in Zurich: For one of the best and refreshing panoramic views of the city and of Mount Rigi (1797m) take a ride on the Polybahn or Rigiblick Funicular for panoramic views of the city and Lake Zurich in the distance. Stroll through the charming district of Niederdorf in the old town, with its 14th century buildings, small plazas, restaurants, busker's and winding cobbled streets that await to be explored. Here you will also find an interesting array of antique shops, fashion stores, bookshops as well as superb wine and pastry outlets and cafes. The Niederhof is also part of Zurich's buzzing nightlife with a wide selection of bars, restaurants and night clubs.
Excursions in Zurich: Relax on a summer cruises on the lake or visit Medieval Regensberg and the Castle at Rapperswil, both are within easy reach and well worth a visit.
Local transport in Zurich: Think Swiss, think efficiency. Zurich is noted for its safe, clean and effective public transportation system. The city is easy to navigate and explore, with trams and buses running across the city daily from 5.30am to midnight. The easiest way to get around is to use a travel pass known as the Tageskarte (one day ticket) that allows travel on all buses and trams for 24 hours. In the summer months bicycles can be hired free of charge from various rail stations. Taxi's are safe but expensive. The Zürich Region is served by efficient rapid transit trains (S-Bahn) which run every 15 to 30 minutes.
Cultural Interests in Zurich: Zurich's Museum of Fine Arts is well worth a visit. The museum houses some of Europe's most extensive collections, from 15th century masterpieces to the modern art works of Dali, Hockney, Munch, Cezanne, Monet, Gaugin, and Picasso.
Shopping in Zurich: Most shopping is centered around the pedestrianised Bahnhofstrasse, where you will find top label boutiques and exquisite souvenir shops.
Nightlife in Zurich: For upbeat entertainment try the Latin Quarter for excellent jazz clubs and bars. You will find plenty of pubs, cafes and restaurants with International menus or traditional cuisine. Try a beef or cheese fondue in one of the pubs around the Bahnhofstrasse. Zurich has many colorful street parades and festivals throughout the year. The Niederhof district in the old town is also part of Zurich's buzzing nightlife.Flights to Switzerland
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Switzerland is both a fantastic summer and winter destination with spectacular alpine scenery and some of the most beautiful lakes and countryside in Europe. Whatever your interests, Switzerland is the perfect choice for all tastes.
Climate: Conditions vary with warm but wet summers and severe winters. Higher peaks remain covered in snow for much of the year and enjoy plenty of sun in the winter, while the valleys below are often shrouded in cloud and fog. Skiers should be wary of The Fohn, a warm southerly wind which can quickly raise temperatures, causing avalanches. The Valais area is noted for its dryness.
Major Events: The Film festival in Locarno. The Montreux and Bern Jazz Festivals. International Balloon week in Murren. The Lucerne International Music Festival.
Top Attractions: The mountain range of the Eiger, Monch and Jungfrau. The Jungfraujoch railway in the Bernese Oberland. Zermatt and the Matterhorn. Chillon Castle in Montreux. Lucerne Transport Museum. Alpine scenery throughout Switzerland and the Grossmunster Church in Zurich. Major Gateways: Basel Mulhouse (BSL). Berne (BNE). Geneva (GVA). Zurich (ZRH). Typical flying time from the UK: 1 hr 45 mins.