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.
On a sunny day head out to Silberweide Nature Station. It's the perfect place to see fascinating flora and fauna in the Greifensee region, and is a great day out with the kids.
Each December, some 10,000 runners don their winter warmers to take on a course through the streets of Zurich's Old Town, named Zurich Silvesterlauf (New Year's Eve Race). The roads are closed to traffic and the festive decorations provide a welcome distraction for participants tackling the course. The event is supported by enthusiastic crowds who line the route cheering the runners on.
Make the most of the Swiss summer air at 870m above sea level. Strohwelten auf den Bächlihof towers over beautiful Zurich and truly shines with great outdoor activities for the whole family during the warmer months. Try the two-hour walk from Strohwelten auf den Bächlihof to Felsenegg (Adliswil). zuerich.com/en
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
Christmas Markets in Zurich are a must in December, and one of the best is in Einsiedeln. Set against the fantastic backdrop of the historical Benedictine monastery and stretching along the length of the main street, there are delightfully decorated market stands, enchanting Christmas illuminations and an enormous Christmas tree. The warm spiced wine on sale is excellent.
Swiss National Day takes place on 1 August and is celebrated all over the country with music, drinking, traditional dancing and huge firework displays. Check local listings for details and join in the party! myswitzerland.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
Cold and sick of the snow? Experience one of the best spas in Zurich at Thermal Baths and Spa Zurich. Swim through the hundred-year-old stone vaults of the former Hürlimann brewery right inside the mountain, or bathe in daylight, in the open-air rooftop pool, from where you can enjoy panoramic views of Zürich. For more information visit thermalbad-zuerich.ch.