Quick Travel Guide to Zurich

March 8, 2008 · Posted in Europe, Travel 

Zurich is the largest city in Switzerland. This picturesque city rests on the banks of the Limmat River and Lake Zurich, and it is nestled in a truly beautiful hilly woodland. The city is home to a population of 366,809 inhabitants (this rises to around 1 million if you take the greater metropolitan area into consideration) and contrary to popular belief it is not the capital of the country (that is, in fact, Bern).

It is, however, the country’s main commercial area (its low tax rate has long attracted companies from all over the world to headquarter in it) and is considered a world city ranking it alongside cities such as London, Paris, New York and Tokyo.

Located in the north of Switzerland, Zurich is a popular destination for tourists and it boasts an abundance of attractions to suit all tastes. The city boasts its own Internalional airport in the Zurich International Airport, which is the largest and busiest in the country and makes travelling to the city from abroad easy. The airport is just a quarter of an hour from the city centre and is ably serviced by rail and bus.

The city has a very reliable public transport system that makes travel around Zurich extremely manageable and day passes for all bus and rail services are very affordable.

The city has a long history with the arts and boasts many museums, galleries, operas and theatres. For those looking for nightlife, Zurich has something to cater to everyone’s tastes. Each year it plays host to The Street Parade, one of the world’s largest outdoor techno parties attracting around a million people each August.

The city is renowned for its many bars, pubs and clubs, and is also home to many fine cafes, restaurants, cinemas and leisure facilities. It really is a city with something to offer everyone’s tastes.


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