Zurich

Zurich

As the economic capital of Switzerland, Zurich is a buzzing, contemporary city. It is also a hub of culture with over 50 museums; a party city with a great nightlife; and it's at the sharp end of the fashion industry. With an enviable urban quality of life, an alpine backdrop and a focus on sports and activities, Zurich lives the good life.

Explore the city starting with the pretty St Peterhofstatt square. Here you'll see the Church of St Peter which boasts the largest church clock face in Europe on its tower. The clock has chimed: its time to hit the shops. Head to the famous Bahnhofstrasse, where the most glamourous residences and the all the chic shops in Zurich can be found. Peruse the shops, gaze at the fabulous fashion and watches on display, and perhaps stop off at Sprungli and taste one (or several) of the many delicious flavours of luxemburgerli (macaroons).

Zurich is a party city, and if music is your thing, consider traveling to Zurich during the Zurich Open Air festival or the Street Parade, a house and techno festival.

Hop on a boat for a cruise of the waters of lake Zurich or the Limmat river. Or if you'd like to make a splash, head for the biggest waterpark in Europe: Alpamare, which is sure to provide hours of fun for the kids if you're here with the family.

From the great height of the 871 metre (2,857 foot) Uetliberg mountain you can admire a breathtaking panorama of Zurich and its lake, against the stunning snowy mountains. Zurich is a well-placed base for skiers and snowboarders, and you'll find all the equipment you could ever need at Alpraush. In the summer, head to Atzmännig for an exciting ride on the 700m summer toboggan run.

A real must-see in Zurich, the National Museum of Switzerland is situated in a fairytale-like castle and contains the finest collection of art and artefacts documenting the history of Swiss civilization. At the museum of contemporary art, the Kunsthaus, you'll find some splendid works of art, likewise, at the Rietburg Museum which specialises in non-European art: add them to your travel itinerary.

An ambassador of fine wine, Zurich organises Expovina: The Zurich International Wine Fair. Around 4,000 wines from 22 countries and 5 continents will be available on the Bürkliplatz square: get tasting and take home a some of your favourite. Or if beer appeals more, don't miss the Zurich Beer Festival (Oktoberfest) which is celebrated by all: Zurich is a German-speaking city after all, and the culture comes with it. For the kids, highlights are sure to be Zurich Zoo or the fantastic world of the Knie Circus Zoo in Rapperswill, just half an hour from Zurich. Like the sound of Zurich so far? This is only the tip of the iceberg…

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