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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Zurich - a video postcard

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Zurich City Reviews

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    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.

  • 40%


    Leave it for the Bankers

    Try to avoid if possible. Stay somewhere else in Switzerland. Ueitilberg was cool and neighbouring cities like Lucerne are very pretty and filled with enjoyable people.

  • 30%


    Good for a day

    I would recommend Zurich for a day and a half tops. You can hike the mountain nearby and visit old town, but it's too expensive to stay long and there's not too much to do

    Insider Tip:But food and chocolate in the grocery stores to avoid paying for expensive meals. It can be 25 CHF for a salad. Take advantage of free breakfast and make a sandwich for later

  • 60%


    Just come after you get rich

    Everybody told me how Zourich was expensive, but I was still surprised at just how expensive it was. It's a beautiful city in a beautiful country, but unless you have a lot of money to spend I'd go to Austria or France instead.

    Insider Tip:You can borrow a bike for free next to the main train station, which is really nice. The National Museum (also near the station) was one of the best I've visited so far, and surprisingly cheap (about 10€)

  • 40%


    Expensive city. Great stop if going on a ski trip nearby.

    I found Zurich too expensive and pretentious for me. It was snowing when I was there and the city is quite beautiful when covered in snow. However, I felt like there are way too many tourists looking to spend money on overpriced brandy things. Although some people might find that to be a good thing, it's just not my cup of tea. i still feel like it could be a cool place to visit for half a day if you are going on a ski trip at the mountains close by.

    Insider Tip:If traveling in the winter, make sure you pack warm clothes. Also avoid going there on Sundays because everything (shops and most restaurants) are closed. Only the underground shopping area at the train station is opened and trust me, there isn't much to see there.

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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