Zurich City Breaks
A stylish city with a beautifully preserved old town, a world famous opera and elegant shops and restaurants, Zurich is nestled amidst hills and lakes and with more than 50 museums to experience. Add to this an exquisite cultural events calendar which offers a huge variety of productions all year round and Zurich becomes very appealing.
The city is a shopper's paradise, with international fashion labels, jewellery, watches, bookshops and farmers markets offering something for everyone. From Zurich, there are some great ways to see the beauty of the region including the Uetliberg mountain, which towers over the city and offers panoramic views of the lake and the Alps. The Polybahn funicular railway also offers great views of the city.
For a more in-depth look at the city, check out our definitive guide to a Zurich city break.
- Flight time from London: 1 hour 40 min
- Zurich Kloten Airport: 10km from the city centre; transfer time about 10 min
- Nearest railway station: Zürich Hauptbahnhof
- Currency: Swiss franc
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.
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 specialities.
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.
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 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.