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Zurich


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Switzerland's showy urban heart
Switzerland's largest city and main hub, Zurich is where many of the nation's bankers and scholars bump shoulders. This cosmopolitan city ranks highly in terms of livability, but for all its wealth and global prestige, the Old Town remains charming, if almost spotless. The ridges flanking Zurich's river valley offer romantic views, but the best way to hit the ground running in Zurich is to follow the river itself as it cuts through the Old Town, then meets Lake Zurich. Along the way, indulge in detours, from upscale chocolatiers to low-stress beaches.

For sweeping views of the city and plenty of hiking opportunities, visit the Uetliberg. This is Zurich's closest mountain, and a piece of greenery easily accessible by train. For a more stereotypically Swiss landscape, visit the nearby Appenzee, with its lush valleys dotted with small chalets, and scenic outlooks accessible by cable car. Seek out the Berggasthaus Aescher Wildkirchli, a 170-year old guesthouse built into a cliff and accessible by cable car. You can also get right up to the massive Rhine Falls, to feel its power, then visit the charming village of Stein am Rhein. Chur is another pleasant little town, with winding, car-free streets in the historic center. From Zurich, you can take a boat to Rapperswil, home to Europe's longest wooden bridge. Finally, if you head due east, you can visit Lichtenstein, to cross that country off your list, then make a stop at the more memorable UNESCO-listed St. Gallen, home to what was once one of medieval Europe's primary monasteries, and which hosts a 9th-century library which is not only one of Europe's oldest, but easily among its most beautiful.

Where to stay in Zurich

All of the accommodation options we offer in Zurich have been hand-picked, and provide the perfect base for exploring this beautiful bubbling hub. From a stunning 14th century riverside hotel, to a series of interconnected medieval townhouses stocked with unusual amenities, we have plenty of memorable options. Once we start preparing your customized itinerary, we will present our recommended options for you to select from.
Historical Boutique Hotel
Excellent historical yet modern riverside hotel.
Modern Boutique Hotel
Small, charming boutique hotel located in the heart of Zürich‘s historical center.
Small Boutique Hotel
A smart, charming boutique near the train station.

Things to do in Zurich

If you're not careful, Zurich could absorb your entire vacation (and all your savings). This city offers everything, but one of the best activities is the simplest: follow the river as it cuts through Zurich's historic heart, until it reaches the lake. Then keep going! The Uetliberg offers great views from up above, but there's plenty of scenery in all directions, from across Lake Zurich, to the astounding early medieval monastery and library at St. Gallen, or the micro-state of Lichtenstein. When we send you your customized itinerary, you will be able to choose additional excursions to include in your vacation package.
Chocolate, Mountains, and Medieval Towns Private Tour
Bernese Oberland Pick and Mix Private Tour
Lucerne and Mt. Pilatus Private Tour

Frequently Asked Questions about travel to Zurich

How can I get around Zurich?
Zurich has an excellent public transportation system, but if you're in town for any length of time, the Zurich Card is a good idea, especially if you plan to visit the environs and museums on your own. The Card offers unlimited rides on public transportation, and in many restaurants, Card holders are offered a free snack or sweet!
Is Zurich safe?
Like everywhere in Switzerland, Zurich is very safe.
How long should I stay in Zurich?
We recommend spending at least two nights in Zurich. Beyond the beautiful, historic Old Town, there are some cool neighborhoods to discovery, to say nothing of the surrounding mountains, valleys, and lakes.
Does Zurich have options for people with dietary restrictions?
Zurich's cosmopolitan culinary scene has plenty for everyone, from gluten-free bakeries to vegan eateries.
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