Currency: Swiss Franc
Zurich is the financial centre and largest city of the Switzerland. The city is home to a large number of financial institutions and banking companies. Airport and Station of Zurich are the largest and busiest in Switzerland.
The scenic lanes of the Old Town, on either side of the Limmat River, reflect its pre-medieval history. Throughout the city centre, green space extends to the shores of Lake Zürich, which are lined by attractive public parks, and up to the slopes of Zürichberg. Significant artworks are displayed in the Kunsthaus and the Rietberg Museum. Zürich has nurtured a rich cultural life, and its theatres and opera have often been differentiated by innovation and experiment.
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Zurich is famous for luxurious lifestyles, high-end shopping, and fancy chocolates. The city is also well-known for mainstream clubs and bars that can be found in Zurich West. Zurich is a gateway to explore central Switzerland.
CLIMATE: Zurich lies in the temperate climate zone and has four distinct seasons. The summer months between June and August (average temperature is around 21 degree) are the best time to visit Zurich though it also makes it one of the most costly holiday seasons. The winter months between December to February are off season and city is usually visited by skiers and snowboarders.
PEOPLE & LIFE STYLE: People are very outgoing and courteous. Majority of the populace comprises of Germans followed by Italians. The official language of Zurich is German.
GETTING TO ZURICH: International travellers arrive at Zurich Airport (CODE: ZRH) located in Kloten Area. Over 60 passenger airlines operates to Zurich Airport that makes easy for traveller around world to fly in and out of Zurich. Zurich Airport also has its own Train station that connects passengers to Zurich city and other major cities in Switzerland. The railway network is mainly operated by the Swiss Federal Railways but the city is also served by major Euro City Trains.
VISA: Depending upon the purpose of your travel, you will be required to apply for different type of Swiss Schengen Visa. Type of visa also differs based on your nationality and length of stay.
CURRENCY: As Switzerland is not a part of European Union they are not obliged to accept Euros and stick to Swiss Franc (Code: CHF). Many merchants accept Euros but the exchange rates are usually unfavorable hence it is advisable to carry Swiss Francs.
Travel insurance is must when visiting Swiss
Prefer buying Swiss Pass hence don’ ride taxis
Tap water is safe
Don’t smoke in public areas
Emergency Numbers: The most important emergency number is 112 (Pan-European emergency number), Police – 117, Fire – 118,
Few top destinations near Zurich:
Schaffhausen: Located in north-eastern Switzerland, Schaffhausen is a capital city of Canton situated on the river Rhine, next to German border. Being a small city it can be easily explored on foot. The symbol of mediaeval Old Town of Schaffhausen, Munot fortress is visible from distance. The houses of the Old Town are richly decorated with oriel windows and lavishly painted facades with many of them dating from Gothic and Baroque times.
Lucerne: Lucerne is a compact city in central Switzerland located on Lake Lucerne surrounded by snowcapped mountains. Its colorful old town is well-preserved and is bordered by landmark of Town, Museggmauer (Musegg Wall). It is one of the most visited cities of Switzerland that can be easily covered in a day trip from Bern and Zurich. Lucerne serves as a perfect base for the travelers who wish to explore Mt. Pilatus, Mt. Rigi, Mt. Titlis and Jungfraujoch.
Interlaken: Interlaken is a traditional resort town surrounded by the Alps uniquely positioned between Lake Thun and Lake Brienz. Interlaken literally means in between the lakes. It is a perfect base for those who wish to explore a lot of Bernese Oberland. Though Interlaken is a small town which can be easily navigated it is a significant and popular tourist destination in the Bernese Highlands. Interlaken is also famous for adventure activities.
Engelberg: Engelberg is an alpine town in central Switzerland located at an altitude of around 1000 meters which was formed around a medieval monastery and even till date Monks still live, work and teach here. Engelberg is well-known for its diverse ski and freeride area. Engelberg is very well connected to other cities of Switzerland by train.
Bern: Bern, Switzerland’s Capital, is built around a crook in the Aare River. It traces its genesis back to the 12th century, with medieval architecture preserved in the Altstadt (Old Town) which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Some of the most notable sites in the Old Town include the Cathedral, the Zytglogge and Kafigturm towers and the Holy Ghost Church. Set in the heart of Switzerland, Bern becomes a perfect base for excursions throughout Switzerland.
Activities in or around Zurich / Attractions in or around Zurich
Lake Zurich: A crescent shaped lake in Switzerland that lies at an altitude of over 1,300 feet. Cruises are available in different lengths with variety of services. Summers are the best time to visit Lake Zurich as warm water makes boating, swimming and sunbathing feasible.
Swiss National Museum: The Swiss National Museum in Zurich is the largest culture and history museum in Switzerland that present Swiss history from its beginnings to the present. The museum is centrally located with a few minute walk to the main Zurich train station. Apart from regular exhibitions, several temporary exhibitions are held each year.
Kunsthaus Zurich: The Kunsthaus Zürich is a museum of fine art in Zurich that operates under aegis of the Zürcher Kunstgesellschaft. The Kunsthaus is a dynamic institution with collection spans from the Middle Ages to contemporary art.
Museum Rietberg: The Rietberg Museum is the third-largest museum in Zürich that primarily focuses on non-European art and design in Switzerland. The collection of Museum is frequently complemented by temporary exhibitions. It is located in Rieterpark in central Zurich.
FIFA World Football Museum: The FIFA World Football Museum is an association football museum owned and operated by FIFA. The FIFA World Football Museum recounts to the narrative of how world football's overseeing body has created affiliation football universally and made it the undisputed number one game on the planet, joining countries and continents. At the heart of Zurich, the museum is located opposite Bahnhof Enge train station.
Uetliberg Mountain: The Uetliberg is a mountain in the Swiss plateau that offers a panoramic view of the entire city of Zürich and the Lake of Zurich. The most convenient way to get to Uetliberg Mountain is by trains which usually run every half an hour.
Old Town (Altstadt): The beguiling, vehicle free Altstadt, or old town, is the city's noteworthy heart. It’s interesting squares and medieval back streets are home to comfortable bars, customary Swiss eateries and little clothing shops and a significant number of the city's most critical religious tourist spots. The Old Town is the oldest part of the city of Zurich. The Roman Empire started here in Zurich, making Altstadt over 2000 years of age.
Bahnhofstrasse: Bahnhofstrasse is Zürich's primary downtown road and one of the world's most expensive and elite shopping streets. You can walk loose along the lake in the mid year as well as enjoy mulled wine or hot chocolate at every corner in the winter.
Lindenhof: Lindenhof is a tree-covered park in the old town of Zurich with fantastic views to the River Limmat, the Lake Zurich and to the Niederdorf. It is the site of the Roman and Carolingian era Kaiserpfalz around which the city has historically developed.
Great Minster (Grossmunster): Located in the old town, the Grossmünster is a Protestant-Reformed church and is among one of the four major churches in the city. The church is open daily though timings on Sundays are restricted.
Swiss Pass: It is a popular Swiss Rail Pass that provides unlimited access on Swiss Travel system network. The pass is offered with 04 different options 3, 4, 8 and 15 days. You get the benefit of unlimited travel on bus, boat & train within the country, complimentary entry to over 460 plus Museums and discount on Mountain excursions. This is a value for money card for those who wish to travel extensively as point to point tickets are usually expensive, moreover; Swiss Pass also offers you flexibility.
Jungfrau: Jungfrau is one of the main peaks of the Bernese Alps and a region that starts from a picturesque village of Interlaken and stretches out to Jungfrau Mountain range in the South. Home to highest train station of Europe, it is listed as “World Heritage Site of the Swiss Alps” by UNSECO. One can reach the top of Europe by boarding a train from either Grindelwald or Lauterbrunnen that passes through Kleine Scheidegg. Enjoy the breath taking view of snow capped peaks from Sphinx Observation Terrace and Plateau. The attraction is open 365 days a year.
Mt. Titlis: A mountain of the Uri Alps that is accessed through the resort village of Engelberg. Located in central Switzerland, It is renowned for the world’s first revolving cable car. At the top of Mount Titlis apart from fantastic view of Swiss Alps, one can also visit the Glacier Cave and enjoy a cliff walk, the highest elevation suspension bridge in Europe. An optional Ice Flyer Chairlift allows you to fly over the glaciers. The attraction is open 365 days a year.
Mt. Pilatus: It is the landmark mountain of Lucerne in Central Switzerland that overlooks the city offering stunning views of Alps from 2,132 meters above the sea level. Tomlishorn is the highest peak of Mount Pilatus. It is also home to world’s steepest cogwheel railway and the Dragon Ride cableway that takes a mere 3-4 minutes to reach Pilatus.
Rhine Falls: The Rhine Falls, close to Schaffhausen, is one of the top sights among Switzerland's brilliant characteristic miracles. A visit to the Rhine Falls offers a one of a kind encounter. With the width of over 150 meters and a height of 23 meters, it is the biggest waterfall in Europe. A boat ride is must for those who are seeking for an unforgettable experience. The Adventure Park guarantees an unadulterated rush as you climb and take off high over the ground.
Lake Lucerne Cruise: Lake Lucerne is the postcard-perfect Swiss lake with its sparkling blue water and surrounding snow-capped peaks. A great way to witness the beautiful alpine peaks, hear about the history and learn about the land around the lake is on a Lucerne boat tour available in different lengths with variety of services.
Kapellbrucke (Chapel Bridge): The most distinguishing sight in Lucerne is the Kapellbrücke, a covered wooden bridge with a water tower with an octagonal roof running diagonally across the Reuss. A fire in 1993 severely damaged the bridge and though it is rebuilt and restored, fire damage can still be seen on few parts of the Chapel Bridge.
Lion Monument: Carved out of natural rock, Lion monument is one of the best-known sights in Lucerne. American author Mark Twain once depicted the Lion of Lucerne as the saddest piece of the rock in the world and till the present time despite everything it moves the thousands who visit every year. Planned by Thorwaldsen in 1820, the landmark recognizes the demise of 26 officers and in excess of 700 troops of the Swiss Guards, warriors who were executed in the course of protecting King Louis XVI amid the assault on the Tuileries in the French Revolution in 1792.
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