Cheap flights to Zurich
If you’re after true class, stunning mountain views and restaurants to die for then don’t look much further than Zurich. Europe’s largest street party takes place in Zurich. So it’s time to forget all those associations with Swiss banks and finance because Zurich is now officially one of Europe’s hippest and most vibrant cities. It’s flush with trendy bars, cafes and music venues catering to all tastes and, the closer you look, the more you’ll realise that this place has a lot more in store than you realised.
Travel to Zurich and you’ll find all sorts of gems, from art house cinemas where you can wile away a bohemian hour or two, to school playgrounds that turn into open-air clubs when evening falls. Then there’s jazz clubs, spectacular rock venues and as always those obligatory traditional Irish-style pubs.
Feel the need to get fit after hibernating through the winter? Take part in the International Zurich Marathon! Running through some of the country's most picturesque neighbourhoods will put a real spring in your step. zurichmarathon.ch
Attracting more than 6,000 athletes, the Zurich Triathlon, on 26 July, is your chance to run, bike and swim Zurich in the one day. Swim the clear waters of Lake Zurich; bike the city; race up "heartbreak hill" to the tune of ringing cow bells. lakezurichtri.com
Sechseläuten, known as the "six o'clock bells" spring festival, dates back to the 14th-century custom of ringing the Grossmunster bell at 6pm to proclaim the start of summer. If you happen to be in the area, don't miss the festival's climax, the burning of the Böögg snowman, at 6pm on the Sechseläuten field. swissinfo.ch
Celebrate the Swiss National Holiday on 1 August with fireworks, cheese and fondue. Scattered around the city centre are stalls selling raclette, fondue and sausages. Find a seat in one of the many beer gardens and enjoy the party atmosphere with the locals until the fireworks begin. A fun day for the whole family.
Enjoy an unforgettable day in Brunni, where you can take a walk in the snow, whiz down the 2km sledge run and then warm up with hot coffee, mulled wine and or even a fondue in a real mountain hut, the Schittelstübli. schlittelstuebli.ch
Swiss Christmas markets are a must in December. One of the best around is in Einsiedeln. Set against the fantastic backdrop of the historical Benedictine monastery and sprawling along the length of the main street, it's particularly well worth a visit. einsiedler-weihnacht.ch
Do't miss UNESCO World Heritage Site Jungfraujoch. Take in a guided tour and see the world of Bernese Oberland. Catch the snow and ice show and visit the ice palace for a great day out. jungfrau.ch
Need some R&R when on holiday? Experience one of the best spas in Zurich at Thermal Baths and Spa Zurich. Swim through the 100-year-old stone vaults of the former Hürlimann Brewery right inside the mountain, or in the open-air rooftop pool, from where you can enjoy panoramic views of the city (150 Brandschenkestrasse, thermalbad-zuerich.ch).