Holidays in
Zurich

Classic meets cool in Switzerland

In some ways, Zurich is just what you’d expect – an appealing, industrious city with fine museums and a great riverside setting. But Switzerland’s biggest city is also a fresh, surprising place, brimming with energy and an infectious sense of fun. On Zurich holidays you can expect to find cool food halls, daring modern art and wild nightlife.

The Old Quarter, with its cobbled alleys, churches, twisting lanes and swish shopping streets is the place to experience classic Zurich. Here you’ll find the Fraumunster – an elegant 13th-century church – and cafés offering macaroons, fondue and frothy beers. Just east of here, the Kunsthaus has an impressive selection of fine art, with works by Monet, Van Gogh and Rodin. Zurich’s success was built on merchant guilds and banking, but many former industrial sites have now been taken over by bars, clubs and markets. In Zurich-West, you can enjoy street food and art installations by day, before settling down to cocktails amid fairy-lit shipping containers at night.

Outdoors, holidays to Zurich can include scenic river and lake cruises, and the nearest ski resorts are only an hour away. Uetliberg, the city’s own mountain, has trails for hiking and mountain biking, or sledging, and an observation tower at its summit – perfect for gazing back at a city that bubbles with life.

Three tips for a top trip

Snap up a Zurich CardTrams, trolley buses and trains make Zurich easy to get around on public transport. A Zurich Card covers travel and offers discounts in museums and some shops.
Explore the suburbsCentral Zurich is packed with attractions, but don’t neglect the suburbs. A 10-minute bus ride takes you to Wipkingen, with its village vibe and great places to eat and drink.
Jump in the riverThe Limmat river is a big part of city life. There are several places to swim, but centrally-located Letten is good for river dips and al-fresco beers.

Best attractions to see in Zurich

Kunsthaus

Visitors to what is arguably Switzerland’s best gallery can gaze on fabulous Gothic and Venetian paintings, Swiss works and modern art from around the world.

Lake Zurich

Zurich curls around the northern tip of Lake Zurich, and you can gaze on its calm and rather lovely waters from waterfront gardens or rooftop restaurants.

Viadukt

This former railway viaduct is a great place to see Zurich’s alternative side. It’s filled with boutiques, coffee shops and bars, with a market hall and restaurants.

Your Zurich questions, answered

Swiss chocolate is world-renowned, and you’ll find it everywhere. Hardcore chocoholics should visit the massive Lindt Chocolate Shop in Kilchberg, at the edge of the city.

Switzerland has four official languages – in Zurich they speak Swiss-German – but this is an outward-looking, international city where English is also widely spoken.

The world’s largest electronic dance procession, the Street Parade attracts up to a million house and techno fans to a route along the lake shores in mid-August.