The city of Zurich is nestled in the heart of Switzerland and is regarded as one of the most sought-after destinations in Europe. Sitting on the northern part of the majestic Lake Zurich, the city offers a multitude of interesting spots and exciting activities for the tourists to explore and enjoy. This city is easy to reach. The country’s largest and busiest airport, the Zurich Airport, welcomes visitors who travel by air. For visitors coming from the nearby European cities, there are trains, buses, boats, and private cars that lead to Zurich.
Because of so much to see and do in Zurich, no tourists wish to leave this stunning city right away. To provide a home for the Zurich escapade, accommodations of various types sprawl in different corners of Zurich. While most of the hotels are within the 4 to 5-star range, there are affordable and decent ones in the likes of Hotel Adler, Radisson Blu Hotel, and Ambassador à l’Opéra. But take note that the luxurious ones such as the Dolder Grand, Hotel Widder, and Baur au lac are worth every penny.
What is great about Zurich is that most of its tourist spots are situated in one location, which makes hopping from one destination to the next a breeze. Notable attractions are concentrated in the Old Town around the lakefront and the river. This spot boasts of over 50 museums, all of which have quality displays, ranging from art and history to private collections. The Swiss National Museum and Rietberg Museum are only examples of what to see in the Old Town of Zurich.
Discerning tourists carefully plot their visit in time for the celebration of Zurich’s colorful and upbeat festivals. Sechseläuten is a traditional spring festival that happens every April, while the Zurich Festival which comprises of concerts, operas, dance, and other theatrical acts happens in June. Street Parade, happening on the second week of August, is the biggest techno party in Europe. The good news is that, the nightlife here does not depend on festivals and annual events, as the night scene is always alive and jumping at any given time. Here, the peak of the party starts after 10:00 in the evening and it goes on until the wee hours of the morning after.
The trip to Zurich is never complete without the shop-and-dine experience. Zurich’s establishments are packed with famous designer brands, jewelry and the world-renowned Swiss watches. And of course, the Swiss chocolates such as Frey and Lindt seal the Zurich experience. Its authentic culinary dishes, most especially the Zürigeschnätzlets served with Rösti is a must-try. Many kinds of meats, most especially sausages, make the dining experience in Zurich fulfilling. With an array of natural attractions, from the snow-capped mountains of the Alps to the banana-shaped Lake Zurich, from its network of galleries and museums to its vibrant festivals and nightlife, the varied interests and features seen and experienced in Zurich makes it Switzerland’s most important tourist destination.