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Why fly to Zurich?
Zurich is the prettiest little rich city there ever was. If you want perfect, it serves it up on a perfect plate where all of the items are distinct and meant to be tasted individually to enjoy the ultimate flavor.
The Swiss city sits on the Atlantic Ocean and attracts some of the world's wealthiest to its haunts. However, you don't need a Swiss bank account to visit and enjoy the little cobblestone streets, flanked by picture perfect homes, where even the potentially tacky fast food joints look like fancy Swiss Alp affairs.
Despite the image the city is extremely approachable and has an eclectic vibe. Sure you have Bahnhofstrasse where the fancy homes and chic shopping is, but head over to the west side and you'll find yourself in a bit of bohemian enclave with a multicultural flavor.
The city is home to many gorgeous old buildings like the Zurich Opera House, which is located on Lake Zurich and is a lovely living historic structure with regular shows still taking place. Visit the Rathaus, the town hall, which dates back to the 17th century. Head to the Swiss National Museum, which has an incredible selection of artifacts that go as far back as the 4000 B.C, while newer pieces include art from the 9th century. For a great view of the city you are in head to the Great Church and climb the tower. Once at the top you will understand where exactly you have landed - pretty much in a picture book. Enjoy!
Zurich weather is as expected of its northern latitude. The winters are very cold with temperatures hitting the zero mark to welcome the snow. However on the flip side the summers are lovely with temperatures in the 20s making for wonderful walks through the city's perfect little streets and parks. Rain showers are common in the summer months and ease up in the fall.
When to fly to Zurich
The summer is a popular time to visit Zurich despite the rainfall. August is especially busy as residents and travellers celebrate the internationally-known street parade. Flights book up quickly and that means ticket prices are high through the summer months. Winter however is also popular as ski enthusiasts flood the city for powder-slicing getaways. Flight prices in the latter half of December are at a premium.
Due to its natural offerings the city is busy regardless of the temperatures, however if you want to score some good flight ticket prices, book some time in October or November and you should be able to partake in some deals.
Getting into Zurich
You will be welcomed into Zurich at Zurich Airport. Getting into the city will be a breeze as the airport options quite a few options for getting into the city. You can use the public bus service or the Glattalbahn tram to get from the airport into the city. The federal rail service has a station below the airport and additionally there are coach services that take passengers to the ski areas. Taxis are also available outside of the terminal.
Getting around Zurich
The city itself is very compact and great for walking tours, you can also hop on one of the trams in between if you need a breather. If you are going some distance the public buses will get you there or you can also use the city's light rail services. Renting a vehicle is also an option as is taxi service.
- Head to the Botanishcher Gardens to experience green spaces from around the world. The gardens are home to thousands of international species that have been cultivated in the gardens for your enjoyment. If you are heading there with children, it is a great way to give a botany lesson as certain areas provide detailed information about what exactly it is you are looking at.
- For a jolly good time and more varieties of sausage you could ever believe could be in one place head to Zeughauskeller. This place is hearty food, good beer heaven.
- One of the premier museums in Zurich is the Kunsthaus. This boasts work by Picasso and Warhol as well as an extensive Munch collection.
- Although Zurich is likely zen enough, get an extra sprinkling at the Chinese Garden hosted in Zurichhorn park. Complete with pagodas and a little lake, the garden is a little piece of China transported to Zurich as a gift from Kunming.
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