For the finale of our travel A - Z series, we’re looking closely at the Swiss capital, Zurich.
This cosmopolitan city combines lively, urban life with a sense of the natural world. The city offers all the modern amenities you’d expect, yet you can easily reach the Swiss Alps in less than an hour from the city centre.
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Zurich is widely known to offer some of the best quality of life in the world to its inhabitants. It’s well-connected, clean and safe - what more could a visitor possibly want?
With so much to see and do, smart and savvy visitors can enjoy Zurich in all its glory, as well as save time and money, with a Zurich Card. With unlimited travel on public transport, reduced or even free admission to over 40 museums and many more experiences, we’d recommend it to anyone thinking about visiting the city.
Zurich is a fashionable city, so naturally, it’s streets are lined with shops offering the latest trends.The main shopping street, Bahnhofstrasse, is one of the most exclusive and expensive in the world. Lined with department stores and upmarket boutiques, as well as plenty of Swiss chocolate shops, it’s worth a visit (even if you are just window shopping)!.
The FIFA World Football Museum attracts visitors from all over the world, football fans or not. Housed across three floors, there are thousands of items of exclusive memorabilia and apparel to see, interactive experiences to take part in and plenty of history to discover.
The beautiful Altstadt, or Old Town, is great for a leisurely wander. Stroll through the narrow cobbled streets, admire the 19th century architecture and walk up to Lindenhof Park for panoramic views of Lake Zurich and beyond.
Bikes can be hired for no cost in the city, providing a deposit is pre-paid. With over 340km of cycling routes throughout the city, visitors can freely explore as far and as wide as they wish.
Where to Eat:
Switzerland is home to hearty, traditional cuisine influenced by French, German and Italian flavours. There’s also a few Swiss specialities that simply must be tasted upon visiting.
Cheese fondue is a firm favourite with the locals. What can be better than a huge pot filled with melted cheese and crusty bread?! Get your fix at Le Dézaley, a restaurant renowned for its fondue. It specialises in fine, local food and wine from the Suisse-Romande region.
The city is home to Hiltl, the world’s oldest vegetarian restaurant. Choose from over 500 dishes or indulge in the famous Hiltl buffet where food is weighed to determine the price of the meal. Hot dishes, fresh salads and desserts await visitors.
Tourists need not ever go thirsty in Zurich. Fresh drinking water is available from over 1,200 fountains dotted all over the city. All visitors have to do is provide their own reusable water bottle.
As with most major cities, trendy bars are hidden around every corner. The Old Crow Bar is special, however, which is situated just a stone’s throw from Limmat River. Offering over 1,600 spirits, the majority being fine whiskies, traditional and forgotten cocktails are served alongside their very own inventive creations.
Where to Stay:
Hotel Florhof, a renovated aristocratic mansion, oozes class and sophistication whilst staying true to its lengthy history. It’s situated in a tranquil spot, surrounded by quiet cobbled streets, yet is only a 10-minute walk from the bustling centre. Its interior is fresh and unfussy; perfect for guests wanting somewhere to peaceful to reside. Doubles from £161 per night.