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Switzerland

Switzerland
Fly with Austrian Airlines to Switzerland and enjoy a peaceful vacation with breathtaking scenery throughout. Switzerland is full of gorgeous landscapes, beautiful mountains, and ancient castles. It is internationally known for its low crime rate, making it all the more enticing to the peace seeking traveler. Some examples to visit are: The Swiss Natural Park. The Swiss Natural Park is 169 square kilometers of mountains and woodland. It contains a variety of wildlife like red deer, chamois, ibexes, and marmots. The Alps. Switzerland is home to the Alps. The most famous peak being The Matterhorn at 4478 meters high. Also in the Alps are the castles of Bellinzona. With the first written reference to Bellinzona dating back to 590, Bellinzona was an important defensive city of the ancient Romans. These are but a few of the wonderful attractions Switzerland has to offer.

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Switzerland
  • Currency: Swiss franc (CHF)
  • Language: German, Italian, French, Rhaeto-Romanic
  • Capital: Bern
  • Austrian flight destination: BAsel, Geneva, Zurich
Airport
  • Zurich Airport (ZRH): The airport is located 13 km (8 miles) north of Zurich.
  • Address: 8058 Zurich Airport, Zurich, Switzerland
  • Telephone: +41 43 816 2211
  • Airport Zurich


Where to stay in Switzerland

Where to stay in Switzerland
Greulich
Greulich (sounds like grey or gruesome in German) is not the best name, however, it derives from the street name there, and the street is named after a renowned labour movement politician. The refined understatement is palpable all over the district. Where once the clack of heavy boots resounded, the creative scene walks high-heeled about its showrooms. Designers also gave the finishing touches to the hotel, paying tribute to the thirties and fifties above all. Function and colour dominate the interior of the design hotel - here a bit of secretive blue, Mediterranean shades over there, interrupted by a lot of glass for the perfect view of the inner courtyard. And it's this view that surprises: Instead of the usual three wooden tables with open sunshades you find birch trees, conveying a lot of tranquillity amidst the scene district.   The rooms are devoted to Zen as well: Purity, indirect lighting and minimalism at its best. The business people like that and the cuisine as well, Catalan specialties following the topical principal of slow food. And if you have eaten your food real slowly, you can slowly light a cigar at the Cigar Lounge. Double room from 180 euros per night.
Kafischnaps
Hotel Otter

What to see in Switzerland

What to see in Switzerland
Augustinergasse
On Augustinergasse you can be sure that you are on a street where everyone has been before you - and that every angle of it has been photographed already. Augustinergasse is a Swiss cliché only to be topped by Swiss pocket knives, watches, and chocolate.   But thousands of Japanese tourists are rightly transferred here and shown around and invited to come again: Augustinergasse is simply so beautiful. What you see here is the most exquisite of Medieval Switzerland: cobblestones, cosy oriels and houses that have been restored with loving detail. Once craftsmen lived here, followed by factory owners eager to own the most beautiful façades. Probably all of them won the first prize with their double-floor wooden oriels and the colourful ornaments.   If you have a photo of each house already, it pays off to make a small detour to the tiny boutiques and restaurants around. You should not miss them during summer time and you should book a table outside, order a coffee and watch the other tourists strolling by.
Bürkliplatz
Cabaret Voltaire

Where to eat in Switzerland

Where to eat in Switzerland
Rigiblick
Rigiblick offers ample space for unfolding to its guests. Nobody suffers from claustrophobia here but you are spoilt for choice when it comes to the wine. If you are not an expert you should ask for advice, otherwise you might mix up the St. Laurent 2007 with the Pinot Noir - and that would be a faux pas. But if you still mess up the etiquette rules you need not fear an angry look from your neighbour: The tables are as far away from one another that you won't even hear high-pitched laughter from the other side. At this noble restaurant guests can concentrate on the essential, namely the food. The latter, while expensive, is pan-Asian and creative. Halibut is served with Malaysian vegetables, veal fillet comes with pineapple and duck liver comes even twice: fused with pumpernickel or with limes and rocket. What a feast! Also a feast (to the eyes) are the light-flooded rooms, the summer terrace with a terrific view of Zurich and the distance to your neighbour's table. It is understandable that gourmets feel at home here. And it is understandable that poor guys stay at home.
Rosso
Yooji's

Where to shop in Switzerland

Where to shop in Switzerland
LaLotta
Those who think that Swiss fashion is mostly made of traditional costumes are wrong. There are a few exceptions on the Zurich fashion scene: Lotta Müller, for example, who went to Milan to learn from the best. Among others, she already worked for Vivienne Westwood and Roberto Cavalli. Now, she is back to Zurich, and has opened up her own store. What you can buy here, you can't buy anywhere else: unique pieces made in Zurich and not in a North-Italian factory. If you get alarmed when you hear the name Westwood, relax: While Lotta Müller's fashion is avant-garde, her exclusive shoes are wearable. Also the other pieces of her collection may very well get in touch with dirt. While the new and newly discovered labels are chic and expensive, you won't find the Baroque ruffs á la Westwood. But you can buy her Anlgomania collection, and LaLotta Boutique also sells Gilles Rosier and Oktober.
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Steinhauer

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