Zurich travel guide

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You're Going to Love Zurich

Switzerland's most dynamic city may be compact, but it doesn't feel that way. Brimming with old world charm, full of luxury stores, Michelin-starred restaurants, world-class art galleries, and nightlife venues, Zurich has everything vacationers could ask for.

Art lovers can spend whole days absorbed by the masterpieces on display in the Kunsthaus. Skiers can shop for luxury timepieces in the city center and be on the slopes in the afternoon. In the summer, you can rent a boat and explore Lake Zurich during the day, before taking your seat at the Opera House, and trying gourmet restaurants like Mesa in the evening.

Zurich allows travelers to experience the beauty and sporting attractions of the Alps along with the attractions of an upscale, safe, and efficient world city. Not many cities can offer that kind of versatility, which is why so many people fall in love with this beautiful Swiss destination.

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When to Visit Zurich

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Zurich is a great place to visit at almost any time of year. If you intend to mix shopping with skiing, the ski season is obviously the time to go, so book a trip between November and late March. For the best sightseeing weather, July and August are ideal. Early July might actually be best, as it's festival season in Zurich, when Züri Fäscht takes over the river banks.

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How to Get to Zurich

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Where to Stay in Zurich

If your budget can stretch that far, check out some of Zurich's luxury accommodation options, like the Widder Hotel, the Park Hyatt, and Hotel zum Storchen. Slightly more affordable options include the Art Deco Wellenberg and the business-friendly Hotel St. Gotthard. Budget options are thin on the ground, but hostels like Youthhostel Zurich and City Backpacker provide relatively cheap dorm beds and singles.

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Shopping Streets

Zurich is an expensive place to shop, but it's also a great place to pick up luxury items. Bahnhofstrasse is probably the number one shopping street, hosting the upscale department stores Jelmoli and Globus as well as luxury good stores like the watch retailer Beyer Chronometrie and gourmet food stores like Läderach. Niederdorf is the place to go for edgier, cheaper boutiques. You'll find apparel stores like Panta Rhei and the Concept Store and plenty of specialty outlets on streets like Kruggasse.

Groceries and Other

Grocery shopping isn't cheap in Zurich, but you can cut down the cost by shopping at supermarkets like Aldi, Lidl, and Migros. There are also many gourmet delicatessens along with wonderful chocolate stores like Confiserie Sprüngli if you want to try out Swiss delicacies. Expect a gallon of milk to cost around CHF5.40 and 12 eggs to come to CHF5.20.

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Where to Eat in Zurich

Zurich is full of incredible places to eat. Kronenhalle is probably the cream of the crop, with its walls covered in artworks and menu stuffed with Swiss delights. But it's closely followed by restaurants like Zunfthaus zur Waag, the Michelin-starred Mesa Restaurant, and Le Dézaley. If all you want is a feast of fondue try Raclette Stube, and if you need a vegetarian meal give Elle'n'Belle on Limmatstrasse a try. Meals will cost between CHF25 and CHF70 at high-end restaurants, so budget accordingly.