Where to begin when describing a holiday in Zurich? Switzerland's biggest city has no end of attractions, including the iconic Grossmunster Church (which offers great views of the city) and the charming Old Town area (Niederdorf). For the most lavish window-shopping you'll ever do, head down Bahnhofstrasse, which boasts boutiques by some of the biggest, most exclusive brands in the world. No trip to the city would be complete without an idyllic exploration of Lake Zurich by boat, and if you want to party then you're in the right place: Zurich has the highest concentration of clubs in Switzerland.
Airlines such as easyJet, British Airways and Swiss offer direct, flights to Zurich from a huge range of UK airports including London Heathrow, London Luton, Birmingham and Edinburgh. The average journey time is around one hour and 45 minutes, and you'll land at Zurich Airport. You can easily get to Zurich itself by taking one of the trains straight from the airport, while buses and taxis are also available.
Getting around during your holiday in Zurich is simple thanks to the extremely sophisticated and efficient public transport network. Buses, trams and trains are all available to get you to various points in this great city as swiftly as possible. Add to that the fact that areas like the Old Town are easily negotiable on foot, and the result is a hassle-free city break where you can spend your time sightseeing and enjoying yourself rather than working out complicated routes.
There's no denying that hotels in Zurich can be expensive – what else can you expect from a city that's so important to the international business community? That said, you can still seek out bargains if you do your homework online – basic accommodation can be sought out if you don't mind sharing bathroom facilities and aren't fussed about the little extras.
If you want to really make the most of your Zurich holiday without spending too much, then invest in a ZurichCard, which will get you free admission to the many museums in the city, along with discounts in various shops and limitless access to buses, trams, trains and boats. You can opt for the 24 hour or 72 hour card. When it comes to eating, you don't have to splurge your cash to get the real taste of Switzerland. Tasty treats like rosti (fried potato cake) as well as bratwurst sausage are cheap and hearty – perfect to keep you going as you wander the famed streets of Zurich.
Updated 15th May 2013
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