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The largest city in Switzerland and a hub for transport, finance, culture and learning, Zurich is a dynamic and vibrant destination. Sandwiched between the Swiss Alps and Lake Zurich, the city is a great destination for outdoor enthusiasts. In the summer, visitors can have a go at a variety of watersports, while the nearby countryside boasts an extensive network of walking and hiking routes. In the winter months, visitors can have a go at a number of winter sports in the local area, while the city itself offers lively nightlife, great museums and fantastic shopping throughout the year.
Old Town – The historic centre of Zurich remains the most characterful and atmospheric part of the city. Home to lots of historic structures, as well as several university buildings and the city’s town hall, visitors can spend hours exploring the pretty streets, boutiques and traditional restaurants that dot the area.
Züri-West – Once a gritty and industrial part of Zurich, Züri-West, also known as District 5, has undergone a transformation in recent years and is now one of the city’s creative hotspots. A great variety of markets, boutiques, bars and restaurants make the area an excellent destination for an alternative day out.
City – The area west of Bahnhofstrasse, in the centre of Zurich, is known as the City. Home to Zurich’s main train station as well as a number of historic buildings and squares, the area has plenty to explore during an afternoon of sightseeing.
Lake Zurich – A trip to Lake Zurich is a must for anyone visiting the city in the summer months. Energetic visitors can have a go at one of the many watersports on offer, while others can enjoy a relaxing stroll along the lake’s shore or cool off with a dip at one of the many swimming spots.
Many of Zurich’s most famous sights can be found in the old town, close to the lake and riverfront. The Romanesque Grossmünster and the Gothic Fraumünster are two of the best known churches in Zurich, and the old town is also home to the Landesmuseum, the Kunsthaus, the Lindenhof and the Niederhof. For great views of Zurich, stroll along the lakeside promenade or head up to the top of the Grossmünster and enjoy panoramic vistas.
Thanks to its vibrant cultural scene and varied landscape, Zurich offers a fantastic variety of things to do. The city’s museums, galleries, churches and shops will take days to explore, while Zurich’s lively nightlife will keep holidaymakers busy into the wee hours. Visitors who want to explore the local landscape can hike up to the top of nearby Üetliberg, from where they can enjoy 360˚ views of the city, take the train to nearby ski resorts in the winter months or make the most of the summer by getting out onto the lake and having a go at water skiing, kayaking, windsurfing or wakeboarding.