Art and history in Zurich
Known as a city where banks from around the world sit side-by-side, there is plenty to see in Zurich that is not money-related. There's a traditional old town which is a treat to stroll around, a magnificent art gallery and choice of museums to view. Take time to also visit ancient churches, the large zoo and a shopping street lined with the best brands in Europe. Lake Zurich is also within walking distance of the centre of town and is lovely to see at any time of the year.
When is the best time to travel to Zurich?
The summer months can be hot, and in winter the temperature hovers around freezing and it is often foggy. Spring and autumn are usually mild. To experience a festival, visit Zurich in August when there is a street parade for the Techno Festival, or try the Sechseläuten Festival held in April when the locals burn winter by setting fire to an effigy named "Böögg".
Some useful facts before travelling to Zurich
There are many languages spoken in this cosmopolitan city. The majority of locals speak Swiss, French, German and English. When it comes to eating out in Zurich, expect to pay 20% to 30% more than in London. A budget meal costs around 25 CHF, for example.
Accommodation is priced at roughly 120 CHF for a hotel room, and it costs approximately 34 CHF per person for a stay in a hostel. There is a range of accommodation available, from budget rooms to 5-star hotels.
Getting around Zurich by public transport
Zurich International Airport is 13km from the centre of the city. Travelling from the airport is easy - on level 2 there is a train station and the trip into town takes 10 minutes. A single fare is around 6.60 CHF. Hop on a tram and the journey will take 40 minutes and cost the same as the train. Taxis are available, and the average fare is around 70 CHF. Once in the centre of Zurich, it is possible to walk to most areas and take in the sites. A top tip is to purchase a ZürichCard which covers public transport and special offers for a selection of attractions, activities and museums.