Zurich at a glance
The largest Swiss city and the country’s financial and cultural centre, Zurich lies on the banks of the River Limmat, surrounded by snow-capped mountains and facing beautiful Lake Zurich. One of Europe’s scenic treasures, Zurich offers excellent restaurants, luxury shopping and a number of historic sights to explore.
With a history dating back 2,000 years, Zurich has stood witness to many significant events throughout history. A primary centre for the Protestant Reformation, Zurich grew to be the financial home for banking giants and financial institutions.
Today, Zurich is not only the financial centre of Switzerland, but also maintains a significant art and science scene. Numerous museums, art galleries, concert halls and theatres give the city a cultural significance. Combined with the city’s booming economic importance, Zurich has long been ranked as having one of the best living standards in the world.
Perfect if you’re looking for:
- Art and culture
- Picturesque setting
- A bustling city break
Zurich has three main forms of public transportation – the S-Bahn (local trains), trams and buses in addition to public boat services that operate on the river and lake.
Travel on public transport is based on zones. Ticket prices vary according to the number of zones you wish to travel through and tickets can be used across all forms of transport.
Dining in Zurich
The traditional ‘nach Zürcher Art’ (cooked in the Zurich style) cuisine is rich in flavour and ingredients. Meat, mushrooms, potatoes and cheese make up many of the city’s popular dishes.
Chocolate shops and cafes abound in Zurich, and there is a growing international food scene with Asian, Italian and Turkish restaurants among the city’s favourites.
Must-try local dishes
- Zürigeschnätzlets – chopped veal served in a mushroom cream and wine sauce
- Raclette – melted cheese served with potatoes and pickles
- Tirggel – a hard, sweet pastry consisting of flour and honey
Shopping in Zurich
Zurich is a good city for shopping, the Bahnofstrasse is popular and is labelled as one of the most exclusive and expensive luxury shopping avenues on the globe. The highly recommended Seefeld is a favourite spot for picking up more personalised goods. There is also the Old Town which is blessed with character and cobblestone paths, this area is perfect for souvenir shopping and visitors will be spoilt for choice when it comes to food and drink. For a fashion fix, head over to the Kreis District 4&5 for designer labels set in urban, hipster surroundings.
Get your tailor-made city break itinerary
Osprey Holidays can create a fabulous short break to Zurich designed completely around your needs. We can arrange whatever you need, including:
- All travel and transfers on days of your choice
- Accommodation from our handpicked range of Zurich hotels, to suit your budget and requirements
Our award-winning team can provide expert advice and recommendations, from general questions to tiny details. Contact us now for your tailor-made itinerary.
- Important information
Population 379,915 Languages German, French, Italian, English Currency Swiss Franc Visa Information No visa required for EU citizens
- Average temperatures
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- Interesting facts
Explore Zurich by bike. Rent one free from the main train station (all year) and other locations around the city (May-October).
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- Distance from airports
Zurich 13 km
- Railway stations