The largest city in Switzerland; Zurich, is one of the world’s major financial centres. However, the city is also rich in culture with plenty of museums galleries, orchestras and theatres. Perhaps surprisingly, its also a great party city with a fantastic night life. Former industrial district Zurich-West is one of the coolest places to party the night away at.
Swiss Rail (SBB) provides fast and efficient transport to the city centre. The station is located below Arrivals and trains leave every 10 minutes for Zurich and other destinations; travel time is ten minutes and fares are determined on the type of pass and the number of city zones crossed. The Glattalbahn tram line services other nearby cities and the outskirts of Zurich. Taxis outside of arrivals terminals 1 and 2 cost US$44 for the 20 minute ride to the city centre (Tel: 0848 850 852). Hotel shuttle buses and a variety of public bus services extend across various routes.
The original ‘Curhaus’ of the Dolder Grand dates back to 1899. The hotel enjoys an elevated position, providing views of the city, lake and Alps. Guests benefit from restaurants, a spa, business facilities and an art collection! www.thedoldergrand.com
Zurich’s tallest luxury hotel, Swissotel Zurich is ideally close to Zurich’s business, culture, shopping and entertainment and just 5km from both Zurich Airport and the city centre. www.swissotel.com/hotels/zurich
The Michelin-starred Restaurant Rigiblick, is located in the hotel of the same name and offers light and imaginative cuisine using a combination of home-grown, quality products with carefully selected ingredients from all over the world. www.restaurantrigiblick.ch
In the heart of Sihlcity, Switzerland’s biggest shopping centre, the Rüsterei serves European cuisine to suit all tastes. Remains of the former paper factory, such as the 60-metre-high chimney and ceiling-high columns add a special feel.
Take a full day guided Alpine coach tour to Jungfraujoch – Europe’s highest rail station towering at 11,333 feet and you’re officially at the top of Europe! The tour also takes in the Bernese Oberland mountains, the Ice Palace and Sphinx Observation Terrace. www.viator.com/tours
Or try a shorter, four-hour Zurich Afternoon City Tour departing from Sihlquai bus terminal at 1pm daily. See top attractions including the Opera House, St Peter’s Church, China Garden and the National Museum before taking a cable car ride over Lake Zurich. www.viator.com/tours