"Zurich - Metropolis between lakes and mountains" Top 5 Page for this destination Zürich by HORSCHECK

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Since 2002 I have been to Zurich quite a few times for both holidays and business trips. It is the business centre of Switzerland, and among the world's leading financial cities.

Zurich is home to about 360.000 people, many of whom aren't Swiss. The river Limmat, the lake Zurichsee and the surrounding mountain chains with the Alps in the background give the city its worth living atmosphere.

The Old Town with its narrow alleys, old buildings and churches is probably the nicest area for a touristy stroll. In contrast to the Old Town the famous banking district offers many exclusive shops, department stores and cafes.

Zurich is well known for its efficient public transportation network, which mainly consists of trams and trolley buses. With Switzerland's busiest train station it is also a good starting point to explore the country by train.

"Well I feel like they're talking in a language I don't speak."
--- Chris Martin, Talk ---

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Gorgeous architecture and efficient public transportation system.
  • Cons:Relative expensive compared to other Western European cities.
  • In a nutshell:Metropolis between lakes and mountains.
  • Last visit to Zürich: May 2013
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • Ekahau's Profile Photo
    Jul 4, 2013 at 7:44 AM

    HI Holger, I printed out your tips for Zurich read them on the plane over to Zurich and Vienna and found them very useful thanks for taking the time to post them

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Jun 10, 2013 at 10:31 AM

    Nice updates and new tips in the past year! That Moite-Moite fondue looks really great.

  • ettiewyn's Profile Photo
    Dec 1, 2012 at 12:22 AM

    Hi Holger, great tips about Zürich, and wonderful pictures! I especially like all the night shots, very well done!

  • balhannah's Profile Photo
    Nov 27, 2012 at 4:14 AM

    What a lovely opening photo! Enjoyed my tour of Zurich, especially all the good Restaurant's you found!

  • Redang's Profile Photo
    Jul 1, 2012 at 1:43 AM

    I'll come back to this page; I couldn't imagine that this city had so many interesting spots: I think I missed too much during my previous (2) visits!

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    May 6, 2012 at 4:19 AM

    Hi Holger, I’ve just been looking at your updates and new tips from the past half year. I’ve been inside some of the university buildings in Zürich, but never went into the Library of the Law Institute – it looks impressive!

  • globetrott's Profile Photo
    Mar 31, 2012 at 2:27 PM

    There are a lot of great updates again, Holger, thanks for sharing!

  • german_eagle's Profile Photo
    Mar 10, 2012 at 1:17 PM

    Schöne Updates. Habt Ihr also auch die Bibliothek der Jura-Fakultät besucht! Faszinierende moderne Architektur.

  • johngayton's Profile Photo
    Mar 9, 2012 at 4:24 PM

    Singapore Noodles SHOULD be spicy Holger - love the resto's and tx for the train station - Zurich sometime - maybe not next year but defintely sometime soonish.

  • BillNJ's Profile Photo
    Feb 12, 2012 at 3:45 AM

    Hi Holger, I may make a brief stopover in Zurich later this year as part of a visit to Berlin. Great food tips (as always) -- and I see that you once again enjoyed some pizza. Cheers, Bill

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