City Guide Zurich, Switzerland

Visiting Zurich

Switzerland's largest city, Zürich finds itself ideally situated in a picturesque alpine setting. The Limmat River runs through the city centre into the breathtaking expanse of Lake Zürich. From Niederdorfstrasse in Zürich's Old Town to the former industrial area and currently hip district of Zürich West, the city is brimming with nightlife. For a great taste of Swiss life in a stunning setting, be sure to check out this entirely enticing destination.

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Switzerland Podcasts

Tips for the Slopes

Colm speaks to Jon Fauver of Outdoor Interlaken, Interlaken's leading ski school, to find out which is harder to pick up - skiing or snowboarding? In this podcast Colm also learns when the ski season starts and ends and more

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Zurich Videos

Zurich - a video postcard

Watch our video postcard of Zurich to see the city's top attractions, bars, restaurants and more.

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Zurich City Reviews

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    Everything is expensive (duh), but the city is incredibly clean and in perfect working order (trains, toilets, etc.)

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    How can they charge that much!?

    I absolutely loved Zurich but my goodness everything is outrageously priced. Fortunately the supermarket was the closest to a reasonable price we could find so we practically lived in there. Beautiful city, wonderful end to our interrailing trip.

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    It's expensive so I wouldn't stay more than a few days but it's beautiful and I had an amazing time.

    Insider Tip:Take a day trip to Lucerne. Take a train to Arth Goldau and from there ride the cogwheel train to Mt. Rigi for amazing views. Then take the cable car down to Weggis and boat to Lucerne. INCREDIBLE. The most beautiful views of my whole Euro trip. Also, take a swim in the river in Zurich!

  • 40%


    Only need a day

    There really wasn't a lot to see/do and it was very expensive. The walking tour was good, and we went swimming in the lake. Also worth checking out Utiliberg if you're interested in a hike or nature. But realistically, food/drink and shopping are very expensive here.

    Insider Tip:There are only 3 hostels in Zurich (so I'm told) - do your research.

  • 60%


    Recommendation for budgeted tourists

    I was greeted by really nice and friendly staff when I checked in, which left us a good impression. The lobby was huge and has a lot of facilities, though most of them charges 1 or 2 euro like snooker. We lived in a 4 bed mixed dorm, there were lockers and a sink in each room, a socket and bed light besides each bed, which I appreciated. The bathroom was fine. There is a supermarket and tram station to the city centre nearby. In overall, it was a really nice experience.

Switzerland: Itinerary

Home to some of the highest mountains, deepest lakes, and greenest pastures on the continent, Switzerland is one of the most picturesque destinations you will ever visit. For the purpose of this trip, however, we have homed in on four of its major cities which serve as gateways to all this remarkable country has to offer.

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