Language: German / French
Currency: Swiss Franc
Many mistakenly believe Zurich is the capital of Switzerland; it is in fact Berne, however you would be forgiven for thinking this as Zurich is the financial centre of the country. Populated by wealthy inhabitants, it is a charming city of natural beauty that can easily be covered by foot.
The Old Town dates back to medieval times, and has been preserved well through the centuries. The Grossmunster Cathedral, the Fraumunster, and St. Peterskirche are all much admired churches, the latter being the eldest and has the biggest clock face in Europe. All three are in close proximity of each other, near the river Limat.
One of the city’s many lakes, Lake Zurich, has a number of bridges crossing it, and mountains can be seen in the background. Those wanting to enjoy the fresh air can head to Uetliberg, the highest point of the city, which offers views over the city and lake. Take the Sihital Zurich Uetliberg Bahn (S10) to get there for the most interesting journey.
The Zurich Zoo and the Botanical Gardens provide family fun, while art lovers have the Kunsthaus (Fine Arts Museum) on Heimplatz. A few of Monet’s Water Lilies series are here. The Swiss National Museum is located on Museumstrasse, right next to the train station.
There are many places to dine in style in Zurich, whether it’s on a rise looking over the lake or by the river Limat. Stylish shops are located along Bahnhofstrasse, which gets compared to New York’s Fifth Avenue, while the areas of Oberdorf, Niederdorf and Belevueplatz are the liveliest, most vibrant districts.