Zurich travel guide
Zurich is Switzerland’s largest and busiest city and a global financial metropolis located on the northwest shore of Lake Zurich in the German speaking part of the country. Our Zurich travel guide aims to bring relevant travel and tourism information about Switzerland’s most famous and one of Europe’s coolest cities. And Zurich is a bubbling cauldron of interesting and exciting things to see and do.
A renowned cultural centre, there are over 150 galleries and museums dotted around Zurich. You are unlikely to take in all of them in a single visit, but one you must not miss is the Swiss National Museum whose spectacular architectural features alone make it worth a visit. In the setting of a neoclassical castle with numerous towers and courts, the museum showcases Zurich’s rich art and cultural history. The Kunsthaus Gallery with its impressive art collection from the middle ages to contemporary pieces is another must-see attraction. Numerous other museums include exhibitions of steam trains or toys and the Beyer Museum has a fascinating collection of clocks and watches.
You would expect an elegant city to yield an elegant shopping area and the retail golden mile of Zurich is called Bahnhofstrasse. As you tread the pavements gazing at luxury goods such as designer fashions, jewellery, watches and furs at prices only the very wealthy can afford, you might dream a little about the fabulous wealth hidden in the bank vaults below street level.
One dream that is within everyone’s grasp is a visit to Confiserie Sprϋngli, also in Bahnhofstrasse where exquisite chocolate and delicious pastries can be bought and consumed as you watch the elite shoppers strolling by. Alternatively you can visit the Lindt and Sprϋngli Chocolate Factory and retail outlet, where, if you are lucky, you might be offered free samples.
St Peter’s Church with its 13th century clock tower and Fraumunster with its incredible stained glass windows are also places not to be missed as you traverse the streets of the old town, dotted with galleries and quaint shops selling books and antiques. And all of this is set against the most stunning alpine landscape in Switzerland, with its usual abundance of leisure activities on offer.
When you have filled up on culture, chocolate and snow sports, you should know that Zurich has the highest concentration of clubs in Switzerland. It’s buzzing nightlife starts late (after 11 pm) and throbs on well into the small hours, making it ideal for after a show at Shiffbau, once a steamer factory and now an impressive theatre complex. After all, if you are in the world’s most desirable place to live, you will want to cram as much as possible into your visit.