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Switzerland’s financial powerhouse, Zurich has long had a reputation as a serious business hub. But it is so much more than that, with glorious medieval buildings to delight any amateur historian, and a proliferation of trendy bars and clubs, attracting a younger, more alternative crowd, wearing jeans rather than suits. With a picturesque position on Lake Zurich and magnificent alpine backdrop, Zurich is the gateway to the Alps and to many other Swiss cities, so it makes a perfect base.

Things to see

Zurich’s main landmark, dominating the city skyline, is the Grossmunster, a Romanesque Church with highly decorative twin towers. A narrow, steep staircase in one leads to the very top section, from where you can take in a panoramic view of the city, a variety of medieval buildings and modern glass, with snow-capped mountains in the distance. For another great view, climb the Lindenhof Hill in the center of Zurich. Art lovers should visit the nearby Kunsthaus, Zurich’s fine arts museum and one of the most important collections in Switzerland. It includes works by Monet, Van Gough, and Rodin. If you happen to be there on a Wednesday, entry is free. For retail therapy, head to the Bahnhoffstrasse, one of Europe’s major shopping boulevards. It dazzles with designer boutiques and chic cafés. In summer, take a stroll along the Lakeside Promenade. You’ll discover landscaped gardens, interesting little museums, and lakeside restaurants.

Hotels in Zurich

Set up for business and leisure, Zurich hotels include several 5-star choices, so if you plan to go upscale, this is the city to do it. The luxury hotels offer full-service spas, Michelin-starred restaurants ,and the kind of elegance which comes naturally to a city famed for its luxury brands. If you don’t have that kind of cash to splash, then there are plenty of mid-range hotels to choose from, offering amenities including complimentary WiFi and restaurant dining. Styles vary from traditional Swiss, with log fires and wood paneling, to sleek modernity. Budget hotels are also available, mostly self-catering apartments.

Where to stay

The Niederdorf district on the east bank of the river, is the center of Zurich’s old town, so has most of the cultural attractions, including the Grossmunster and the major museums. The buildings here are full of historic charm and it is the liveliest district in the evening, with a range of international restaurants, bars, and clubs. There are plenty of hotels, including both luxury and budget options. If you’d rather be in the modern part of Zurich, close to the shops and café culture of the Bahnhoffstrasse, then stay on the west side of the river.

How to get to Zurich

Zurich Airport is Switzerland’s largest and a European hub, so it is very convenient for international visitors. From the airport, trains, buses, and trams all go to the city center. The train is the quickest option, with a journey time of 12 minutes. Tickets covering all public transport are available for single journeys or as weekly passes. The larger hotels provide shuttle services from the airport. Zurich is also easily accessible by train from other European cities, including from Milan, Paris, and Berlin. Some budget airlines fly to Basel. From there, it is a 90 minute train journey to Zurich.

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