Zurich is an inspired choice for holidays or breaks and visitors enjoy its spectacular location on the Limmat River and Lake Zurich.
Seasons are quite defined in Zurich and although winters are cold with intermittent fog in November and December it can be hot in summer. Spring and autumn are mild and cool and the June to August period is the most popular with visitors.
The city has events throughout the year. Visit in April for the medieval 'Sechseläuten' festival. Its famous parade and the burning of the "Böögg" usually take place around April 3rd. The techno festival in August is a big draw while target shooting enthusiasts flock to 'Knabenschiessen' for target practise in the second week of September.
The city is multilingual and most Zurich residents speak German, French and English. Zurich has a fairly high cost of living and is generally about 20% to 40% more expensive than the UK. Visitors can expect to pay around 25 Fr for a cheap meal in a restaurant.
A single journey by train from the airport to the city centre is about 6.60 Fr and trains depart by the shopping area opposite Arrivals in Level 2. The tram from the airport to Zurich main station takes approximately 40 minutes. Travellers can use the same ticket for either the tram or the train and it costs around 6.60 Fr. Several bus services are also available and both trams and buses depart from the ground level at Zurich Airport. A taxi to central Zurich should be around 70CHF.
Visitors will find a vast choice of accommodation in Zurich, whatever their budget or personal preferences. A shared room in a hostel is the cheapest option at around 34CHF per night and hotel rates start at about 120 Fr.
The city centre is fairly compact and most places can be reached on foot or by bicycle. A ZürichCard gives discounted fares on public transport. It can be used on buses and trams and also features special offers for some of the city's museums and popular attractions.