Zurich Vacations

A city known for chocolate, watches, banks, industriousness and the founding of the Dadaist artistic movement, Zurich wields incredible financial power yet still manages to have a down to earth, affable atmosphere. A lack of major skyscrapers means the city’s Altstadt (old town) dominates the low skyline. The historical center's Grossmünstern ... Read more
church and Landesmuseum (an architectural marvel even without its magnificent exhibits) give tourists a taste of Swiss history and culture. Nature lovers won’t be disappointed; Zurich has world-class skiing nearby at Flumserberg as well as the planetenweg (planetary walk) along the Uetliberg ridge, offering stunning panoramas of Zurich’s scenic skyline. Shopaholics can spend the day at the legendary Bahnhofstrasse, one of the most expensive and exclusive shopping streets in Europe, and cap off the evening at the Schauspielhaus, one of the finest German-speaking theaters in the world. Cheese and fondue fanatics will find Zurich’s dining scene heavenly. Attention, partygoers: Zurich has the highest number of clubs per capita in Europe!

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Zurich things to do and experiences

  • Zürichsee
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  • Zurich Zoo
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  • Zurich Old town (Altstadt Zürich)
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Summer brings the crowds to Zurich because the warm temperatures are perfect for outdoor dining and even swimming in the lake, but this does mean that prices will jump and you’ll have more competition for space ... Read more
at cafes. The traditional wintertime off-season won’t necessarily get you any cheaper prices because tourism stays bustling while ski season in the Alps is in full swing. For moderate temperatures and fewer crowds, aim for a trip in late spring or early fall, when biking around Lake Zurich will still be pleasant (although you probably won’t need to pack the bathing suit).

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Zurich reviews & trip reports

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The old town was beautiful. Other than that nothing special. There is not so much of a nightlife, somewhat expensive

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Florianópolis, Brasil

Awesome country. One of the best to live in the World. Everything works perfectly and Zurich is a nice hub to explore Switzerland, especially by train.


LOVE Switzerland. Very picturesque and looks exactly like a post card. No edit needed!! Will definitely go back. Went to visit a friend who lives there and we spent most of the time doing outdoorsy things. Went hiking in Luzern and went to a nude spa (promotes body confidence and worth the experience), shopping in Bern, went to local bars. I went in July/August and recommend bringing a jacket as it started to cool down.

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I love how this city is modern, has a history, wonderful nature, great night life, good working ethic and so on.
I am truly amazed how they keep everything up and yet so good.
I loved Zurich.
It's the biggest city in Switzerland and it's full of shops, restaurants and bars. It's not really expensive, it depends where you go.
People are OK. I am not really sure if they like the tourists or not, but they were very nice to us.
I liked the famous lake and the bridge of love where you can put your name.
The views from the are breathtaking. I would love to see it again at the near future.

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Oakville, Canada

Loved the city and the lake. So clean and modern. Drinking Water is available everywhere

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Foster City, California, USA

Zurich is the largest city in Switzerland, and the official language is the Swiss variety of German.

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San Francisco, California, USA

Beautifully situated on a lake, Zurich is achingly gorgeous. If you want an incredible night of traditional Swiss fondue, try heading to Chäsalp. If you like crazy cocktails, head to The Dolder Grand Bar.

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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Where u can fill in your heart w love, excitement, relaxation from all the local people around in their escape of
summer heat by jumping into water

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São Paulo, Brazil

Zurich is a city with many cultures. About half of the population is not originally from Switzerland. It is a pretty city with lots of outdoor activity during summer and lots of nightlife too. it is very expensive though, if compared to other European cities, so dining out and shopping here are not really a good idea.

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The cleanest city I've ever been to and everyone is so friendly. Walking around Lake Zurich is majestic with all of the swans and sites of the alps in the background. It made me want to learn German so someday I will be able to move here.

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