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Zurich, the capital of the canton of Zurich, is the largest city in Switzerland located northeast of Lake Zurich. It is known for its established banking and financial centre. With so many attractions to entice visitors, guests often opt to rent a car in Zurich to get more out of their holiday. Drive in comfort and style while exploring the city; a car hire allows you the freedom and flexibility to marvel at the sights in Zurich, enjoy the nightlife, or head to the Swiss mountains for a quiet retreat.

It's your choice: Where to go in Zurich

The city is divided into 12 districts, but if you have limited time, you’ll want to concentrate on some of the most interesting areas. Head to the city centre on Paradeplatz where banks and businesses are concentrated. Stroll along the renowned Bahnhofstrasse packed with upscale shops or see the historic square of Lindenhofplatz. Explore Niederdorf which is part of Zurich’s Old Town. Restaurants, bars, and cafés line its medieval alleys and squares. If you’re looking for the nightlife in Zurich, Langstrasse is the place to go packed with restaurants, bars, clubs, and shops. On the eastern side of Lake Zurich is Seefeld, a beautiful promenade where you can walk and enjoy the views before heading back to your hotels in Zurich. And, if you want to shake a party hangover, relax at Blatterwiese Park, swim or just enjoy the sun.

Things to do in Zurich

Start at the Grossmünster, a Romanesque-styled church featuring beautiful windows studded with semi-precious stones. Another important place of worship is the Fraumünster Church, an elegant 11th-century church with stained glass by Chagall. Not to be missed is the Kunsthaus, an art gallery showcasing the works of Swiss and European artists. Visit the Old Town dotted with shops, restaurants, and historic buildings. In Zurich West, explore the Viadukt and the Frau Gerolds Garten with plenty of shops and seasonal open-air markets to keep you busy. A leisurely boat cruise on the River Limmat will take you on a tour of the city’s most attractive sights including the 7 bridges and Lake Zurich. Don’t forget to take a dip in a ‘badi’, open-air swimming pools popular with the locals. When you rent a car in Zurich, it's easy to take a day trip to the Principality of Liechtenstein. The drive will take you 1 hour and 30min. Visit its capital Vaduz for the National Museum, Vaduz Cathedral and Vaduz Castle, which is the residence of the royal family.

Important info about Zurich

Zurich is located about 30km from the Alps and is surrounded by wooded hills in the east and west sides. Lake Zurich is part of its topography as well as the Limmat River that flows into the lake. The Old Town stretches into parts of the river whilst a section of the city also forms part of the Swiss Plateau. Uetliberg is the highest point in the surrounding area offering superb views of the city, lake, and the Alps. The city has four distinct seasons with warm summers and a humid continental climate. It is densely populated with non-Swiss citizens constituting 32% of the total number of inhabitants, adding to Zurich's rich cultural tradition with loads of museums, galleries, theatres, festivals, and symphony orchestras accessible from hotels in Zurich.

Weather in Zurich
Country Zurich
Language German, French, Italian, and Romansch
Currency Swiss franc
Time-Zones CET
Country Code +41

Good to know

Flights from London to Zurich land at its biggest airport, Zurich Airport (ZRH). You can also drive to Zurich using your own vehicle or a rental car. Note that road users must purchase a Swiss vignette or sticker that should be displayed on the windshield or you’ll face fines. If you’re planning to rent a car in Zurich, you must be at least 20 years old and must have held your licence for at least a year. Drivers under 25 years may be subject to a young driver surcharge. Drivers navigate on the right side of the road and overtake from the left. The speed limits in Zurich are 50km/h on built-up areas, 80km/h outside of built-up areas, and 120km/h on motorways. Motorists are also required to switch on their vehicle’s headlights during the daytime. The blood alcohol content (BAC) limit is 0.05%.

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What to taste in Zurich

The first recipe for Swiss fondue originated in Zurich. It is melted cheese, Gruyere or Emmental, typically eaten with bread. Another popular cheese-based dish is Raclette, melted cheese accompanied by potatoes, meat, or vegetables. Rosti which are fried potato pancakes can be eaten with a meat dish such the Zurcher Geschnetzeltes or veal cooked in mushrooms, onions, cream, and wine. The well-loved muesli also comes from Zurich, a diet invented by Dr. Maximilian Bircher-Benner for his patients at a local hospital. If you like hearty and filling meals, sample Zürcher Eintopf which is a mixture of pork, onions, and cabbages cooked in wine. For your sweet cravings, taste Zuger Kirschtorte, a layered cake of meringue, sponge, and buttercream.

What to bring to your friends from Zurich

Adorable wooden cuckoo clocks come in different sizes and styles, you might want to buy some for friends. Handpainted fondue pots also make great souvenirs as well as fondue cheese. Swiss chocolates are famous all over the world and they make great gifts - look out for the Lake Zurich box with its exquisite selection of chocolates. Alternatively, head to the bakeries and pastry shops and bring back some pralines, macaroons, and marzipans. A delightful music box is another present that you might want to consider. These intricately made wooden boxes play songs using cylinders and pins. If you have the means, you can also buy high-quality Swiss clocks and watches but equally, fridge magnets and stickers of the canton’s coat of arms are also cute souvenirs without the hefty price tag available at souvenir shops in your hotel or Zurich Airport.