Zurich is the largest city in Switzerland and is a great place for a European City Break. The city is located on Lake Zurich at the mouth of the Limmat River which splits the city in two. Although Berne is the Swiss capital, Zurich is the financial and cultural capital of the country and is a model of Swiss efficiency. The city is the most cosmopolitan in the country and has a lively nightlife with much to see and do on a city break.
Air: Zurich Airport (ZRH) is also known as Kloten Airport and is located close to the city centre. This airport is the busiest and largest in the country and as such has many flight options. From the UK the options include bmi from Edinburgh, BA from Heathrow, Gatwick and London City and Easyjet from London Luton. There are also a myriad of options from other destinations including many long haul routes to the Americas and Asia.
To get to the city from the airport the best option is the train which only takes 12 minutes with departures every 10-15 minutes. Alternatively there are bus sevices to central Zurich or the surrounding region.
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Rail: The main station is Hauptbahnhof in the city centre. The station has local services as well as Intercity services run by Cisalpino (Italy), ICE (Germany) and TGV (France). These service connect Zurich to Amsterdam, Berlin, Barcelona, Budapest and others. Checkout for the best Eurorail options.Ferry: It is also possible to reach Zurich from the water. Ferries servicing Lake Zurich will be an option.
What to See and Do
Zurich's's numerous attractions include the following:
Street Parade: The biggest open air techno rave in Europe! This occurs on one day a year in August and turns Zurich into Party Central!
Polybahn: The Polybahn is a 19th Century funicular that runs from Zurich Central and terminates at at the main building of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology. The track length is only 176 metres and cars leave every 2.5 minutes.
Old Town: The Oldtown is along the Lake front and around the river and it is here many of the sights will be found.
- Grossmunster - This is an old Romanesque church which played an important part in the Protestant reformation. The twin towers
of the church are one of the most recognised sights in the city. Organ receitals are common in the evenings.
- Landesmuseum - This is the Swiss National Museum and covers the period from prehistory to the current day.
- Langstrasse - The red light district of Zurich. A centre for night life as well as strip clubs and seedy bars.
- Lake Promenade - A lovely place to have a walk along the lake and enjoy the sunshine. Especially popular in summer.
Zurich has a highly efficient, safe and clean public transport system. Most tickets are valid for trains, trams, buses, boats and cabke cars!
Tram and Bus: Validate your ticket before you board. The network is extensive and wll likely cover where you want to go.
Ferry : River buses and Lake Steamers operate from Zurich. The timetable is much reduced in winter.
Train: The S Bahn is the regional rail system which is an efficient option for regional destinations.