Explore the heart of Europe in beautiful Zurich

  • Zurich, the "Water City"

    Zurich's spectacular Old Town (Altstadt) has a 2,000-year history, having developed from a small Roman customs post into a world-renowned tourist destination. You'll understand why Zurich is affectionately known as the "Water City" when you visit. Not only does a wide river flow through its heart, but the shores of spectacular Lake Zurich are right in the city's own backyard.

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  • Old World charm

    If you're looking for charm in a destination, you can't beat Zurich's eclectic ambiance. Despite the fact that the city is a vibrant business and education hub, there's definitely an Old World feel in its picturesque streets and neighborhoods that reflect its multicultural heritage. Here on the Augustinergasse in Zurich's heart, you can't help but feel this vibe.

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  • Food for thought

    Whether you're craving street food, slow food or fine food, you'll find it among Zurich's many dining options. You can choose from every type of cuisine in the city's 2,000+ restaurants. Worth sampling are the local specialties, such as the "Zürcher Geschnetzeltes" pictured above and the cheese fondue, for which Switzerland is famous.

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  • Classic street art

    It seems like anywhere you turn while touring Zurich, you'll see a work of art. This famous statue from Greek mythology graces the promenade overlooking Lake Zurich and is a popular spot from which to snap a souvenir photo.

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  • Magical murals on the wall

    The Church of Our Lady (Fraumünster) is best known for its famous stained glass windows created by Marc Chagall.  The church was built on the remains of a former cloister for aristocratic women founded in 853. Don't miss the impressive frescoed walls, depicting local Zurich legend, by Swiss artist Paul Bodmer that line the passageway of the ancient cloister.

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  • A chocoholic's dream

    Chocolate lovers beware! There seems to be a chocolate shop around every corner in Zurich. Swiss chocolate has deservedly earned the reputation of being of the highest quality. And it's no wonder, as strict regulations surround the chocolate-making process. While ingredients such as cacao beans can be imported, the production of the actual chocolates must take place in Switzerland in order to be sold as a verified Swiss chocolate. 

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  • Graceful swans everywhere

    There isn't a lake in Switzerland that doesn't have its family of friendly swans, to the delight of residents and visitors alike, and Zurich is no exception. The graceful swans provide a classic photo opportunity for photographers, as well as a delightful experience for swan admirers of all ages.

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  • Cultural hub

    The Zurich Opera House stands majestically on the Sechseläutenplatz in the heart of the city and is considered to be among the best opera houses in the world. The magnificent square hosts a wide variety of special events and open air concerts throughout the year, many of them free to the public. The square is also the hub for the international Zurich Film Festival, held in late September.

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  • Summertime and the livin' is easy

    The expansive promenade that hugs the shores of Lake Zurich is a pleasure to stroll anytime of the year. However, in the summer months, when the air is balmy and the night is long, musicians, artists and street performers add to the ambiance of this beautiful strand.

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  • Tick-tock, a very big clock

    Visitors to Zurich can't help but notice the huge clock face that dominates the St. Peter church in the heart of Old Town. It's actually famous for being the largest tower clock face in Europe. It also carries the distinction of being the oldest parish church in Zurich, with the original 9th century foundation walls still visible beneath the altar.

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  • Bahnhofstrasse, where shopping is king

    For a shopping experience like no other, head over to the main train station (Bahnhof) and make your way down the world-famous Bahnhofstrasse. Whether you're in the market for a Swiss watch, a Bally bag, a Swiss army knife, or just some souvenirs of your visit, you'll definitely find it here. Look for other great shopping venues in Old Town, where boutiques and specialty shops offer unique items. For local handicrafts, hand-painted silk scarfs, wood carvings, etc., head over to the neighborhood of Schipfe, one of Zurich's oldest districts. 

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  • Grossmünster, Zurich's famous cathedral

    Legend has it that the 12th century Grossmünster cathedral, its twin towers regarded as perhaps the most recognized landmark in Zurich, was built on the graves of the city's patron saints. If you feel up to climbing the 200 steps to the top of the tower, you'll be rewarded with magnificent views of the city below.

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  • Just say "cheese"

    Switzerland is famous for its cheese, and rightly so. The milk produced by contented cows in the green pastures that dot the countryside and Alpine mountaintops has to be some of the best in the world. As they do with their chocolate, the Swiss set high standards for cheese production, and it shows!  

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  • Go jump in a lake: Zurich's lake that is!

    What would Zurich be without its lake? The city's very own "sea" is perfect for summer swimming and all kinds of water sports. Rent a paddle boat and explore the shore, or hop on a ferry and sail along Lake Zurich for an unforgettable view of the Alps surrounding the lake's rim.

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  • Water, water everywhere – and, oh, so good to drink

    Zurich has 1,200 public fountains that produce top-quality, pleasant tasting drinking water from its Alpine mountain sources. So don't feel hesitant filling your bottle at these many fountains sprinkled around the city. Sure, you can buy bottled water, but why would you want to when the best things in life are free?

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  • Glorious view from the Lindenhof

    For an unforgettable view down onto Zurich's Old Town, make the relatively easy climb up to the tranquil Lindenhof hill. This city park actually has its own fascinating history. In the 4th century, a Roman fort stood on this site. In the 9th century, the grandson of Charlemagne built a regal palace as a place of residence here. Today, it gives you a "regal" view of Zurich's enchanting Old Town.

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  • Explore the lake for breathtaking scenery

    Views of magnificent Alpine vistas and quaint lakeside towns are just a short ferry ride from Zurich's centrally-located pier. It's no wonder that rock star Tina Turner spends her time in her estate overlooking Lake Zurich, as do many celebrity expats looking for paradise on earth.

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  • A step back in time

    As part of your Lake Zurich cruise, you'll have the opportunity to stop in Rapperswil for an unforgettable step back in time to the Middle Ages. This beautifully preserved Medieval town is truly a sight to behold. Make the climb up the hill to the castle for a sweeping view over the town and the Alpine vistas in the distance. Check out the town's three lush rose gardens, June through October.

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  • Family fun in Rapperswil

    When in Rapperswil, the town square offers all sorts of fun activities for children. From romping through the water park, enjoying a puppet show in the square, to a visit to the famous Knies Children's Zoo in town, this is definitely a destination for young children to enjoy on a day's outing from Zurich.

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  • Romance on Lake Zurich

    A loving couple embrace on the Rapperswil Castle hill as the sun sets over Lake Zurich. Could anything be more romantic?

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