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  • Festive lights cover the Limmatquai street and River Limmat

    Festive lights cover the Limmatquai street and River Limmat

City Breaks » Zürich City Breaks

Culture Shopping & Nightlife History Scenic Beer Festivals

Zürich city breaks are situated in the preserved Old Town, a world-famous opera and elegant shops and restaurants. Switzerland's largest city offers countless possibilities for encountering nature as well as culture and lifestyle. Zürich has more than 50 museums and its exquisite cultural events calendar offers a huge variety of productions all year round.

The city is a shopper's paradise; from international fashion labels, jewellery and watches, to bookshops and farmer's markets - there is something for everyone!

Zürich is the largest city in Switzerland and is the financial centre of the country which houses the stock exchange and many international companies. The city is perfectly located for people on a winter Zürich city break as the city is within a close distance to tourist resorts in the Swiss Alps.

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Possible Excursions

Marvel at the panoramic view of the city, lake and snow-covered mountains from the Uetliberg, Zurich's local mountain.

Take the Polybahn, a 19th century funicular, up the steep hill for a fine view and sip a cup of coffee on the lovely terrace perched on top of the hill.

Enjoy a boat trip on Lake Zurich. The brilliance of sunlight reflecting on the water, the sound of the hull parting the waves and the scent of fresh air an experience for all the senses! The Lake Zurich Steamer Company makes this and much more possible!

The Zurich Christmas Market is popular with visitors throughout the winter months enchanting both the young and old to experience the festivities this magical city has on offer.

There are many more European destinations for you to explore with Fred.\. Why not start by checking out our Ostrava city breaks and trips to Frankfurt.

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We have a wide fange of Zurich hotels for you to choose from when planning your holiday to Switzerland. However, we can also offer trips to many other destinations within the country, such as Geneva city breaks and hotels in Arosa.

Our Zurich Hotel Recommendations

Hotels Novotel Zurich City-West 4*

Why we like it: The modern and spacious rooms which radiate a warm atmosphere. Location: In the trendy district of Zurich-West next to the Hardbruecke train station. Features: Restaurant, bar, terrace, lift, fitness area, indoor pool, playground, parking. Accommodation: 144 modern rooms with en suite facilities, telephone, TV, minibar, safe, Wi-Fi. Fred.\ Special: 3 for 2 nights 14.07 - 08.08.14
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Sorrel Hotel Ruetli 3*

Why we like it: The recently renovated hotel offers everything for a pleasant city breal. Location: In the heart of the old town. Museums, shopping opportunities and the main train station are within easy reach. Features: Bar, lift. Accommodation: 58 attractive and air-conditioned rooms with en suite facilities, TV, minibar, safe, hairdryer, telephone, Wi-Fi. Fred.\ Special: 4 for 3 nights 01.04 - 10.05.14, 16.07 - 10.08.14 (Thursday arrival)
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Largest city in Switzerland


Approx. 375,000



Time Difference


Dial Code

+41 (Switzerland)


Swiss Franc CHF

International Zurich Airport

In close proximity to Zurich (10 min to Zurich Main Station by train).

Flight Time from London

1hr 40min


Zurich's Bahnhofstrasse stretches from the main station down to the shores of Lake Zurich and is one of the world's most expensive and exclusive shopping avenues. The 'mother of all shopping streets' guarantees a sophisticated opportunity to window shop. High-quality Swiss goods, jewellers, watchmakers and international designer labels can be found here

Old Town

You will find a myriad of small boutiques, antique shops, bars and cafés in the Old Town on the left and right bank of the River Limmat.


The Niederdorf, which is the old part of Zurich, is more for young people. Aside from a lot of fast food places you will find a lot of trendy clothes stores here.


On Saturdays from May to October, Bürkliplatz fills with stalls during the weekly flea market.


The oldest vegetarian restaurant in Europe (opened in 1898) and still one of Zurich's gastronomic highlights. Its main attraction is a large salad bar, containing more than 40 different types of freshly prepared vegetables. The restaurant is also known for its vegetarian Indian specialties.


One of Zurich's most famous restaurants with a long history serving some of the best food in town. The decor includes original paintings by Klee, Chagall, Matisse, Miró, Kandinsky, Braque, Bonnard, and Picasso.

Zurich Zoo

The zoo is home to 320 different species from all over the world and is situated in beautiful parkland above Zurich's city centre. One of the zoo's highlights is the 11,000sqm hall containing several hundred plants and animal species from the Madagascan Rainforest.

Niederdorf & Oberdorf District

Zurich is a pedestrian zone with lots of boutiques hidden away in a patchwork of alleys. At night the many bars, restaurants and street artists turn the Niederdorf into an exciting centre of entertainment for the awaiting public.


Don't miss one of Switzerland's most renowned art galleries featuring all the main European art periods from the Middle Ages until today.


One of the three major churches in the city; the twin towers of the church are regarded as the most recognisable landmark in Zurich.


A small canal that used to be part of the city fortifications between Limmat and Sihl.

Jacob Coffee Museum

Describes the evolution of coffee and different aspects of the culture that has developed around it.


One of the best known venues in Zurich with four bars across two floors, ranging from a spectacular, chandelier-laden main bar to a comfortable lounge area, arranged with large cushions and wooden furniture.

The most popular place to seek out nightlife in Zurich is the Old Town, on the left bank of the River Limmat, with many bars and cafes tucked away on the side streets such as Niederdorfstrasse and Oberdorfstrasse. New bars and clubs keep opening up in the city, especially to the west of the Hauptbahnhof in the fourth and fifth districts, around Langstrasse and Escher-Wyss-Platz.