Travel to Zurich, Switzerland

Switzerland’s leading city

A vibrant metropolis set amidst natural surroundings, Zurich offers an abundance of opportunity. Resting on the north shore of Lake Zurich, the skyline of snowcapped Alps offers a magnificent background to the urban city scape. Boasting over fifty museums to explore, from the modern Kunsthaus to the Swiss National Museum, Zurich has much to display. In the center, see how contemporary architecture meets the historical Altstadt (Old City) where art galleries and specialty shops have stood since the middle ages. Enjoy the brightly colored stain-glass windows of the Grossmünster Church and climb the tower for a panoramic city views. Heading there in the summer? Take a refreshing dip in the River Limmat, right in the heart of city. Or braving the winter? Be warmed with an indulgent cup of Swiss hot chocolate.

Suggested stay
2 nights

Recommended things to do in Zurich, Switzerland


Swiss alps. Zurich, Switzerland
Swiss Alps Small Group Day Tour from Zurich
Enjoy high-altitude adventure beneath soaring mountain peaks on this Swiss Alps small-group day trip from Zurich. Travel through the Brünig Pass to the highlands of the Bernese Oberland with your guide. Cross the Aare Gorge footbridge for spectacular valley views, and admire the majestic Lake Toten.

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Old town. Zurich, Switzerland
Zurich Old Town Walking Tour
Discover centuries of Swiss heritage on this 2-hour walking tour of historical Zurich. With your guide, stroll along the bustling Bahnhofstrasse, and take in top attractions such as Fraumünster and Grossmünster.
 
 
 
 
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Famous chocolade of Zurich, Switzerland
Small-Group Chocolate and Sweets Walking Tour of Zurich’s Old Town
Bring your sweet tooth and get ready for a tantalizing array of delicious treats on this decadent walking tour of Zurich. Your expert guide will help you discover wonderful artisanal shops and tell you all about the history of chocolate in Switzerland.
 
 
Book now, from €79

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Recommended hotels in Zurich, Switzerland


We have carefully selected the following list of hotels, based on ratings, customer reviews, location and price. Choose from three classes:
1. Economy – good quality at a reasonably low price. 2. Comfort – a little extra luxury for a good price. 3. Premium – the finest features for a luxurious stay.

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Hotel Kindli
Situated by the Lindenhof in the middle of Zurich’s old town, within short walking distance of the famous Bahnhofstrasse this charming city hotel carries an atmosphere of a private residence to all its guests. All room are furnished in English country-house style, yet each of them are preserving there own personality offering all modern amenities. The hotel restaurant offers classical European dishes, with a slight colonial influence, and takes great pride in traditional swiss hospitality as well as it’s attentive friendly service.

Located within the City Center.

Transportation from hotel to Zürich Hauptbahnhof:  It’s a 10 minute walk to Zürich Hauptbahnhof (800 m).

Hotel Rössli
Located the historical center of Zurich, a short walk from Bellevue square and the Kunsthaus Hotel Rössli features elegant and luxurious rooms. Many restaurants and pubs can be found in the surroundings so can the sights and the attractions of the city. If you want to have a delicious meal just go to the restaurant on the first floor, Il Gattopardo, and you won’t regret it.

Located within the City Center

Transportation from hotel to Zürich Hauptbahnhof: Walk to Helmhaus tram station and take the tram number 4 to Bahnhofquai/HB station (tram ride approximately 5 minutes). 

Hotel St. Josef
The Hotel St. Josef presents itself as a quiet, cozy city hotel in the center of Zurich, located close from Zurich Main Train Station. It is ideal for residential, business, and leisure travelers and it offers elegantly furnished room with all modern amenities. Having a great Swiss or international meal at the hotel restaurant featuring a summer terrace leaves all hotel guest extremely satisfied.

Located within the City Center.

Transportation from hotel to Zürich Hauptbahnhof:  It’s a 10 minute walk to Zürich Hauptbahnhof (800 m).

 

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Hotel Glärnischhof
In the unique location, the very center of Zurich, middle of the financial district, right next to famous Bahnhofstrasse, the congress hall, the Tonhalle concert hall and Lake Zurich Hotel Glärnischhof offers amazing breakfast served every morning, acces to Luxor Fitness Center with sauna and steam bath in the same building. Hotel rooms arefurnished and equipped in an elegant and contemporary style. In each room, Airlux-mattresses ensures a good sleep. Swiss specialties made from regional products are served at the hotel restaurant.

Located within the City Center.

Transportation from the hotel to Zürich Hauptbahnhof: Walk to Stockerstrasse tram station and take the tram number 6, 7 or 13 to Bahnhofstrasse/HB station (tram ride approximately 5 minutes). 

Marktgasse Hotel
This newly renovated but still historical hotel what can be felt as in the slightly uneven floors is located in Zurich´s Old Town, a few minute walk from the Grossmünster and Lake Zurich. It boasts beautiful, modern rooms, an amazing terrace and restaurant where guests can awake their taste buds. A special area for relaxing and pampering is the Fitness Area, Group Classes and the Hamam. An ideal place to fit in some exercise or seek out peace and quiet.

Located within the City Center.

Transportation from the hotel to Zürich Hauptbahnhof:Walk to Rathaus tram station and take the tram number 4 to Bahnhofquai/HB station (tram ride approximately 4 minutes). 

Hotel Glockenhof Zürich
Situated next to the central Bahnhofstrasse shopping street, just a few minutes walk from Zurich Main Station this 4-star hotel’s main aim is keeping its guests happy by fulfilling all of their needs, paying attention to every detail, making them feel at home and wanting to come back again. Guests are welcome to stay in stylish and specious rooms decorated with bright colours. Hotel guests can relax having a drink at the garden terrace and satisfies their appetites with International cuisine, fine Swiss specialities and vegetarian dishes which are served in the 2 restaurants of the Hotel Glockenhof Zürich.

Located within the City Center.

Transportation from the hotel to Zürich Hauptbahnhof: It’s a 9 minute walk to Zürich Hauptbahnhof (750 m).

 

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Widder Hotel
Housed in nine historic houses transformed in to a luxurious hotel, the Widder Hotel is situated in the heart of Zurich, the historic center, just a stroll away from the magnificent lake and Alpine panorama. Because of its unique location hotel guests can within walking distance get to all of the historical sights and interesting attractions of Zurich. Guests are welcome to stay in differently decorated rooms filled with details preserving their uniqueness. During summer, guests can dine in the courtyard tasting all of the exquisite meals prepared by the two hotel restaurants never failing expectations of its guests.

Located within the City Center.

Transportation from the hotel to Zürich Hauptbahnhof: It’s a 9 minute walk to Zürich Hauptbahnhof (750 m).

Baur au Lac
The Baur au Lac thanks to the profound taste of its guests has the leading position in the international luxury hotel industry. Set in its own park, the hotel enjoys a unique location overlooking the lake and the Alps and yet is still just a few minutes walk from the Paradeplatz financial district and the Bahnhofstrasse, Zurich’s celebrated shopping high street. The hotel features elegant and luxurious rooms and suites with free minibar use and boasts its two famous restaurant which are serving the most wonderful dishes your mouth have ever tasted.

Located within the City Center.

Transportation from the hotel to Zürich Hauptbahnhof: Walk to Paradeplatz tram station and take the tram number 6, 7 or 13 to Bahnhofstrasse/HB station (tram ride approximately 3 minutes). 

Alden Luxury Suite Hotel Zurich
Alden Luxury Suite Hotel is the smallest five stars luxury hotel in Zurich, housed in a historic building, set close to the Zurich Lake, the Old Town and the Financial District. It features luxurious and spacious rooms, each one designed to provide comfort to its guests. Traditional and innovative dishes are served at Alden Restaurant causing mouth-watering and appetite awakening. Our bar will provide intimate and romantic atmosphere with a selection of fine wines and first class whiskeys, and those guests seeking complete relaxation can enjoy the hotel’s comfortable library.

Located within the City Center.

Transportation from the hotel to Zürich Hauptbahnhof: Walk to Tunnelstrasse tram station and take the tram number 13 to Bahnhofquai/HB station (tram ride approximately 9 minutes).

 

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More info about Zurich, Switzerland


flight iconArriving in Zurich

Zurich Airport ( ZRH ), also known as Kloten Airport, is situated just 10 km (6 miles) from the Zurich city center, so it’s quite easy and fast to get there.

How to get to the city centre from Zurich Airport?

By train: The fastest and the cheapest way is to catch a train from the airport train station and in approximately 10 minutes you will find yourself at Zurich main station.
Single train ticket: CHF 6.60 (what is equal to USD 7 or €6).
If you are planing to use public transportation besides just the journey from the airport to the city center it may be wise to buy a ZürichCARD directly on arrival at Zurich Airport. For more information click here.

By tram: The ride on Line 10 from Zurich Airport to Zurich Main Station takes approximately 35 minutes.
Single ticket costs: CHF 6.60 (what is equal to USD 7 or €6).

By shuttle bus: Minibuses run at least once an hour in both directions between the city center and the airport. Transfers to or from your hotel, by shuttle bus can be arranged online or through the hotel reception so the transport is even easier.
Single ticket costs: CHF 25 (what is equal to USD 26 or €23) . For more information click here.

By taxi: The journey from the airport to the city center takes around 15 minutes. The taxi ranks are located in front of Arrivals 1 and 2. The price for a taxi ride from the airport to the centre of Zurich is around CHF 70 (what is equal to USD 74 or €64).

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Zurich HB (Hauptbahnhof) is the main train station in the city of Zurich.
Services: Tourist Information, Baggage Consignment, DHL, Currency Exchange, Lost Property Service, Bicycle Rental, free Wifi and more.
For more information, visit their website.

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Discover Zurich

On foot: All major sights are within walking distance from Central Station and can be discovered in just a few hours on foot. Old Town of Zurich, the Grossmünster and Fraumünster churches, Lake Zurich, the Lindenhof and the famous Bahnhofstrasse are all within a 1 or 2 kilometer radius and easy to reach on foot in just 20 to 30 minutes.

By Bus or Tram: Bus and tram wide connection is operated by ZVV and services the whole city. Arround every 300 meters you can find a bus or a tram stop with timetable information, next connections, a zone map and ticket machine.
You can purchase tickets for 1 hour or Day Passes for various zones. Instead of Day Pass you can purchase a ZürichCARD depending on your needs.

Best time to go
Between June and August (Summer).

Language spoken
German.

Weather forecast
Check the weather forecast here.

The Swiss Franc (CHF) is the currency of Switzerland so don’t forget to exchange your money although some merchants may accept Euros.

Street Parade – The world’s best and colourful house and techno parade takes place every year in Zurich on the second Saturday of August. This year parade will be making its way around Zurich’s lakeside for the 25th time on Saturday, 13th August 2016. So this year, as the jubilee is approaching this event will astonish its participants and viewers even more than ever.