Destination Guide: Zurich
A mountain-ringed medieval masterpiece
Wander the cobbled streets of Zürich, past courtyard fountains and delicate churches. The Limmat River divides Zürich in two, its waters reflecting historic buildings and snow-capped mountains.
Dine in historic elegance or relax in casual cafés. Medieval guildhouses, once Zürich's financial centres, serve plates of traditional Swiss émincée de veau or calves' liver beneath leaded-glass windows and coats of arms. For casual Swiss or Italian fare, dine at bustling cafés whose tables spill outdoors onto the cobbled Niederdorf streets.
Explore Zürich's historic and scenic charms on foot. Lose yourself in twisting backstreets, admiring the soaring spires of the Grossmünster and Europe's largest clock face at St. Peter's Church. Learn about Swiss history in the Schweizerisches Landmuseum, or admire glorious alpine vistas from the deck of a smart Lake Zürich sailboat.
Fine watches and rich truffles. Display windows of sparkling jewellery and finely-crafted Swiss watches dominate famous Bahnhofstrasse. Narrow passages leading off Niederdorfstrasse and Oberdorfstrasse house tiny shops selling rare books and antiques. Leave space in your bags for locally-made chocolate truffles.
From beerhalls to Brahms. Smart-suited music-lovers flock to the Tonhalle; Brahms and Wagner conducted here and the world-class acoustics bring top international orchestras. Follow the sounds of oompah music and partying locals to the convivial vaulted beer-halls of the Limmat Quays.