Zürich

How to get to Zurich from Wales

Zurich, one of the most beautiful cities in Europe, can now be easily reached from Wales with Helvetic Airways flying from Bristol Airport to Zurich International Airport.

direct summer flights to Zurich from Bristol. See flight plan here

Swiss Travel Advice & Booking by

Switzerland Travel Centre in London

For a Zurich picture gallery click here and here

Main attractions here

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About Zurich

Zurich is the largest city in Switzerland, an important commercial and manufacturing centre and the financial centre of Switzerland. Academic institutions to mention are the Zurich University, renowed for its national and international research, the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, the Eidgenoessische Technische Hochschule (ETH) which is consistently ranked among the top universities in the world and the Conservatory of Music. It is considered to be the city with the highest standard of living on earth.

Zurich attracts many visitors

Zurich is a fun city and full of buzz. It attracts more than one million visitors per year and a visit does not have to break your bank account either.  Choose wisely where you stay, eat & drink and take some time to research your trip and look for Zurich tips available from various websites, this will help not to fall into tourist traps. One thing is for sure, you will always get quality for your money in Switzerland, starting with your flight to Switzerland by he Swiss airline Helvetic Airways.

Zurich for the culture lover

Zurich is a cultural city. It has an impressive number of art galleries (100)  and more than 50 museums, to mention are the Swiss National Museum the Landesmuseum and the Museum of Modern Art, the Kunsthaus which covers 4000 paintings and  sculptures. Both are within easy reach from the Zurich’s main railway station (Hauptbahnhof)
Zurich also hosts one of the most important theatres in the German-speaking world the Schauspielhaus and for Opera lovers an Operahaus with a stunning interior and which showcases some of the worlds best operas, performed by both local and international artists of renown. If you are an admirer of the work of the literary work Thomas Mann, (Death in Venice) did you know he spent the last years of his life in Kilchberg and is buried there. The S8 train takes you to Kilchberg from Zurich.

 

Zurich with the family

Even if you don’t have children with you, you will enjoy a visit the Zurich Zoo, with its 11,000-square-metre eco system hall, containing several hundred plant and animal species from the Madagascan Masoala Rainforest. You and your family would also enjoy a visit to the University maintained  Botanical Garden. Your children most certainly will enjoy a visit to Europe’s largest water park, (as certified in the Guinness Book of World Records) the Aquapark Alpamare in Pfaffikon which is easily accessible from Zurich with the  Dolderbahn (an aerial cable car) and takes you to the Dolder Recreational Area The Dolderbahn leaves from the Romerhofplatz. (Romerplatz you reach with tram no. 3, 8, or 15) At the Dolder recreational aerea you will also have many other attractions, eg.minigolf in the summer, an ice scating rink in the winter. The family might also enjoy a  boat trip on Lake Zurich with one of the many lake steamers which depart from …… You could  build into your boat trip a visit to Rapperswil (located at the east side of  Lake Zurich),  and visit the Children’s Zoo, owned and run by the Swiss National Circus, Zirkus Knie. For the  return trip to Zurich you could take the  train if you don’t want to return by boat. It is a nice trip along the shores of lake Zurich, known as the golden coast, due to the fact that it gets the sun all afternoon until late in the evening.

Zurich transport offers special sightseeing trips on board a vintage on special dates.The tour lasts two hours. Details here

 

Zurich for the young & trendy

still to come

 

Zurich for the explorer

Uetliberg (285feet) is  Zurich’s local mountain and gives visitors to the city a chance to
experience hiking and mountain biking in the summer  and sledging in the winter without having to leave the city. To get there, take the mountain railway Uetlibergbahn More information here From the Uetliberg station, you can hike 10 minutes to the summit, where there is a cafe and restaurant with a great view. On a clear day, you can see as far away as the Black Forest. If you are up to an easy hike, which also children would enjoy, embark on a panorama trip from  Uetliberg to Felsenegg  (see diescription here)
Felsenegg (795m) is another vantage point you can also reach without much effort by train from Zurich’s Hauptbahnhof to Adliswil (15 mins) Get off in Adliswil and walk  uphill (10min)  to the  aerial cable car, the cable car Adliswil-Felsenegg

Zurich treats

For a Spa Wellness experience in Zurich take a look here and in particular take a look at this excuisite Thermal Bath & Spa.

 

 

Visiting Zurich at Christmas

At Christmas, the Old Town has a special charm with all the festive street lights and  its many Christmas markets. The biggest christmas market is in the Lindenhof .See:  Zurich Christmas Markets From Zurich you can easily make a daytrip by train to great Christmas markets in other Swiss cities. Lucerne, Berne & Basel are only 3/4 hour away by train. If you wish to go a bit further and make it an overnight trip from Zurich, the Christmas markets in the Black Forest (Freiburg) and in the Alsace, Strasbourg and Colmar are well known and easily accessible by train.

 

Special offers for visitors

Save yourself money with the ZurichCard
Getting about in Zurich with public transport is easy and economical with the Zurich Card The card  also offers many discounts and free museum entry.

Zurich Breaks Special Offers see here

 

 

Annual Events in Zurich

The people from Zurich the  ” Zürchers” like to enjoy themselves and know how to party. Visit Zurich on the dates of certain annual event and you can experience a colourful Zurich when the whole city celebrates the biggest spring festival the Sechseläuten a street parade and burning of the the ‘Böögg’ – a symbolic snowman. The quicker his head catches fire and explodes, the finer the summer should be.
Equally colourful is the Street Parade, the most attended technoparade and party in Europeand the largest annual event in Zurich. Proceeding take place along the side of Lake Zurich  on the second Saturday in August.
But it is the Caliente Festival which draws more than 100,000 visitors to Zürich every year. South American rhythms and a unique combination of live concerts, dance shows and markets create a two day tropical atmosphere in a European city.  It  is the largest festival for Latin American culture in the German-speaking countries.
The annual Zürich Festival,  one of the most important European festivals for contemporary performing arts. With its mix of theatre, opera, dance and classical music, it fills the city’s cultural venues and outdoor spaces with a programme full enough to keep any culture-lover busy. (Festival information & dates here)
Cinema lovers will like the annual open-air cinema in Zurich which enjoys a picturesque lakeside setting.
Finally, the  ‘Züri Fäscht’ , is a folk festival of fun, held once every three years  (the next ‘Züri Fäscht’ will take place from the 5th – 7th  July 2013) The festival transforms the city of  Zurich into a showground topped off by a lavish fireworks display on the lake. (see on YouTube here)
For information and dates of all of this year’s Zurich events see here

Zurich Restaurants

Overview here

The Swiss in Wales have eaten in and liked:

Rheinfelder Bierhalle , which is next door to Brasserie Johanniter in the old town (Niederdorfstrasse)

Both serve tasty home cooked local cuisine. The Bierhalle is less fancy looking but the food is better value than at the Johanniter and is frequented by mainly the locals. It has a great choice of Swiss dishes and serves a fantastic Roesti. It was packed each night we passed. We went twice. The Johanniter looks great, more for the tourists and a bit dearer.
If you wish to go to a bit more upmarke restaurant in the Niederdorf, we recommend the …. Its interior is stylish and the food (Italian) tastes good.

 

Zurich links:

Zurich on Wikipedia

Out and about in Zurich

Zurich Hotels

The Swiss in Wales have stayed in and liked:

Hotel Basilea*** and Hotel Ruetli***; both in the old town (Niederdorf) in Zaehringerstrasse. The Ruetli is a bit dearer. The cheapest hotel in this street is Hotel Martha ** It is modern & clean but rooms are very small.

All  three are situated near the main railway station (Hauptbahnhof)

We also stayed at Hotel Rex***, situated in a quiet residential area near the ETH. (you can walk it from the station but it is uphill, better to take tram Nr 7  from opposite the station, Bahnhofstrasse, get out at the 4 th stop) The Rex has a great breakfast and rooms are spacious. Of the four hotels mentioned, the Rex is further away from the station.

The Swiss in Wales like to book with booking.com or contact the hotels directly.

 

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