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It's Switzerland's largest city but visitors to Zurich might just find it quaint and quiet enough to forget they're in one of the world's leading financial centers! Here are a few highlights to discover nestled within the picturesque Alpine landscape.

Lake Zurich

Lake Zurich

Sightseeing in Zurich doesn't get much better than taking a boat tour across its pristine lake. Or why not pack your bathing suit and join the locals for a summertime swim?

Swiss National Museum

Swiss National Museum

The "Landesmuseum" boasts one of Europe's most important art collections, spanning right back to the prehistoric era. It's open from Tuesday to Sunday and under-16s go free.

Mount Pilatus

Mount Pilatus

Make time for a day-trip to the quintessentially Swiss city of Lucerne, and ride the world's steepest funicular railway to the summit of its scenic mountain, Pilatus!

Old Town

Old Town

The "Altstadt" dates back to an ancient Roman-era settlement and remains a treasure trove of historical buildings. It's Zurich's main hub of tourism – and for good reason!

Grossmunster

Grossmunster

Legend has it that the executed saints Felix and Regula picked up their heads, walked uphill, and prayed before dying at the spot where the Grossmunster church was later built!

Zoo Zurich

Zoo Zurich

A popular family attraction all year round – even when it's cold! If the outside temperature drops below 10°C, get there by noon to witness the delightful penguin parade!

Opera House

Opera House

Not only is the grand 19th-century "Opernhaus" a must-see but, as the home of the Zurich Opera, its performances are too! Book tickets in advance to make sure you don't miss out.

Planning Your Zurich Visit

Best time to visit?

The stunning landscape makes Zurich a charming place to visit in all seasons, but if you really can't stand the cold then you should probably stick to peak season – June to August.

How many days?

You could satisfy your city-sightseeing urges within a couple of days, but it would be silly not to book an extra day at least to visit the Alps, and perhaps another to take advantage of Zurich's museums. All in all, four or five should be perfect!

Best area to stay?

Staying around the Old Town is certainly most convenient for visitors, but where exactly takes a little more research. Niederdorf is a mostly pedestrian area full of lively bars and restaurants, but if that sounds a little too busy, then try the slightly quieter Lindenhof. Seefeld is a popular lakeside district, but at the opposite end you'll find Enge & Wollishofen, which is considerably more relaxing if only because it's further from the sights!

Good to know

  • Language
    German
  • Currency
    Franc (CHF)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+01:00)
  • Country Code
    +41
  • Best time to visit
    Year-round is lovely, but the warmest months are June through August.

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What people are saying about Zurich

It was amazing from the start till the end, the tour guide was so nice, he welcomed me at the meeting point, explained all required rules for Corona, drove us safely to the waterfalls and during the trip he was always giving us info about Switzerland in general and in details, we explored everything also gave us some time for ourselves to explore.. helped me taking photos and drove us back to Zurich.. it was a really nice trip and would definitely plan another one with u.. thxx

From Zürich: Stein am Rhein and Rhine Falls Reviewed by Doaa, 08/29/2020

I was there with my wife and my 20 months old son. We enjoyed the trip to the fullest. The van was comfortable and with all the safety precautions in the corona situation. Mr. Andy is a good guide with a good skills in English as well as German. Getting to know the history of the city and the country was very interesting for us. A comfortable car seat was made available in the van. The view from the alps was so ecstatic. I recommend this trip.

Great experience with tour guide Peter and lady, pls execuce me as I don't remember her name, to visit Lucern and mount Pilatus. Tour guides gave detailed information throughout the tour about places which might not be possible to know otherwise.

From Zurich: Lucerne & Mount Pilatus Day Tour Reviewed by Rajeshkumar, 09/14/2020

Great! Tour guide was very good and knowledgeable. He took good care of participants and paid attention to covid hygiene priorities. Finishing the tour with chocolate cake and amazing view at the final stop was perfect!!!

Worth every penny! A beautiful day traveling through the Alps! Peter was an excellent guide and extremely knowledgeable. I felt very safe on this tour with the precautionary measures taken due to covid.