Zurich Switzerland largest city in Switzerland is a diverse cultural hot spot which makes for one of the most relaxing city breaks in Europe. Set on the shores of the magnificent lake Zurich, the city is filled with green spaces and chilled out cafes, and it is easy to forget that you are in one of the world’s financial and technological hubs. Zurich is an efficient and modern city which still retains its historical old world charm.
Discover Zurich’s Old Town
Zurich’s old town is a medieval marvel begging to be explored. The narrow lanes of days gone past still remain, and are lined with high-end boutiques, classy cafes and gourmet restaurants. Overlooking the Old Town is the Grossmunster, a gothic church with two bell towers that has been a symbol of Zurich for centuries.
The Lake and the Limmat River
Lake Zurich is 22 miles long and is a popular spot for locals and tourists alike to cool off and relax. Regular cruise boats give visitors a tour of the lake and views of the alps, the lakeside beaches and the quaint villages that have built around the shore. The water in Lake Zurich is clean and fresh, and swimming from the beaches is encouraged in the summer months.
Another water feature in Zurich is the Limmat river, which divides the city into east and west. River cruises are also popular amongst visitors, and will give you a scenic overview of the city centre.
Things To Do
The Zurich Museum of Art - often shortened to the German Kunsthaus, is a must do for lovers of modern art. Holding works by some of the biggest and most significant artists of the 20th century, including Munch, Giacometti and Picasso. The museum covers every major modern art movement, from early cubism to post-modernism.
A celebration of love, understanding, freedom and techno music, the Zurich Street Parade is a one of a kind event that attracts people from all over the world on the second Saturday of August. With nearly 1 million attendees, the street parade is a colourful and chaotic festival with incredible costumes, street performances, and some of the best techno and house music in the world. Hotels fill up very quickly for this weekend, so make sure to book in advance, and bring your silliest hat!
Where to Stay
Zurich can be an expensive city to stay, but the hostels in Zurich have the advantage of being clean, good value for money and very hip. The Youthhostel Zurich is close to the train station and provides a great modern hub for exploring the city.
If you are looking for a five star stay in the city, the magnificent Baur Au Lac is one of the best places to stay in the country. With a lakeside location, a private park for hotel residents and a michelin star restaurant, this stunning mansion is THE place to go if you want to push the boat out.