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Zurich

Zurich is the largest city in Switzerland. It is located in the German-speaking North of the country, on the banks of lake Zurich. Kloten airport is the major hub for the entire country, and serves numerous locations domestically, within Europe, and overseas. You can fly to Zurich with Austrian Airlines from neighbouring country Austria. Zurich is well known for its banking industry. Hundreds of financial institutions are either based in the city, or operate subsidiaries and branches there. This makes the city a very affluent place, quite expensive for tourists and visitors, a fact one should be aware of when travelling here. However, Zürich is surrounded by great scenery, lakes, mountains, and has many historic buildings, especially in the city center. Furthermore, it also boasts a surprisingly active nightlife and vibrant culture for its relatively small size.

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Airbus 320 side view Airbus 320 seats
Type of aircraftShort- & medium-haul passenger aircraft
ManufacturerAirbus Industrie, France
Names - Austrian Airlines paintingOE-LBI/Marchfeld, OE-LBJ/Hohe Tauern, OE-LBK/Steirisches Thermenland, OE-LBN/Osttirol, OE-LBO/Pyhrn-Eisenwurzen, OE-LBP/Neusiedlersee (Retro-look painting), OE-LBQ/Wienerwald, OE-LBR/Bregenzer Wald, OE-LBS/Waldviertel, OE-LBT/Wörthersee, OE-LBU/Mühlviertel, OE-LBV/Weinviertel, OE-LBW/Innviertel, OE-LBX/Mostviertel (Star Alliance painting)
Number of aircraft16
Seating capacity168 C/Y (variable)
Min. Legroom30"=76.2cm
Wing span34,1 m
Length37,6 m
Height11,8 m
Max. cruising speed980 km/h
Max. cruising altitude11,920 m
Type of engineCFM International, CFM 56-5B4/2P
Max. thrust2 x 27,000 lbs
Fuel capacity19,100 kg
Max. range fully payload4,300 km
Max. payload16,790 kg
Max. take-off-weight75,900 kg / 77,000 kg
Max. landing weight64,500 kg

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SHOPPING in Zurich

Shopping in Zurich
Thema Selection

Here's another Swiss designer devoted to avant-garde: While not every woman will like Sissi Zöbeli's designer pieces, they are at least unique. The exclusive clothes are often a combination of jacket and long pants. That's why they perfectly fit the hard-working woman over 30, for whom they are tailored as well. The suits are casually combined with other designer labels. Genuine Sissi Zöbeli shoes match well with Anita Moser, T-shirts by Daniel Herman or jewellery by Ma Schellenberg. And the interior decoration matches excellently with the original style of the designer. The former butcher's shop was renovated with loving detail and has a kind of kitschy but wearable style.   And, while avant-garde, the clothes that sell here are wearable as well. Sissi Zöbeli mixes jeans, plush, silk and cotton but always stays on the safe side. Her clothing is never too extravagant, even when the western shirt goes with the cotton skirt.

Roma

The Boutique Roma has style, i.e. Belgian and not Italian style. While the name is somewhat misguiding, you may rest assured: What you buy here has a name. And a big one at that. You'll find Dries van Noten and Ann Demeulemeester here. And they are not alone because Roma also hosts international designers together with the Belgian ones, Junya Watanabe, Rick Owens or Haider Ackermann among them.   If you have found the fitting noble outfit you can also leave your old sandals here. The new shoes come from Shoto, Fitzroy and Camper, the bags from Sak and Numero 10. And while SHE lives out her shopping frenzy, HE is also offered the fitting designer wear. Boutique Roma offers Royal Shirt, The Viridi-Anne and Georgio Brato for men. Once you leave the store you've shopped in three countries: Belgian designers on Swiss ground and with Italian names.

Pelikamo

The bulky pelican in the label is fortunately not a guideline for the men's styling who stop by Pelikamo in Zurich. They rather come into the former bank house - only a few minutes away from Bahnhofstraße and the tradespersons - because of the straight menswear by Mismo, Lavenham, Aesop or Pelikamo.   There are bilious green pants lying next to the pink sweater and the moss-green loafers - and everything looks impeccable. Evidently a woman had a hand in the store concept. Together with three men Mia Zeltner has opened Pelikamo in 2011. Apart from garments they also offer tartly scented candles and whiskey from a Swiss distillery. Between the fittings they let their male customers sit on the retro sofa and give them magazines to read - to reflect over certain matters. Randy Kündig, the kind soul at Pelikamo will bring an espresso. It might be possible that the suit trousers will still not fit after that. But that shouldn't be a problem as the in-house tailor will change the garment or make a new pair for you.

EAT in Zurich

Eat in Zurich
Acqua

If you want to get closer to the water you have to be in the water. The outdoor lounge of Acqua promises the probably best view of sailing boats, mountains and Lake Zurich's sparkling blue. Such a panorama does only harmonise with the noblest interior, of course. The terrace is white and made of wood, suiting a fish meal after a long walk along the promenade. But the restaurant is luxurious inside as well: large windows, a lot of mother-of-pearl and space for a conservative clientele concluding perfect deals over a perfect dinner.   The menu is as fresh as morning dew, combining seasonal and regional specialties. Fish and meat are grilled, the pizza comes from the wood stove and the guests come from the general assembly. And that's how the prices are defined. Acqua is not cheap but it is good. And you can get great brunches here. On Sundays they serve Mediterranean "Brunch al Lago" from 10.00 to 14.00.

Iroquois

A typical American diner with typical megalomania: Here, cholesterol junkies can enjoy the biggest burger in town. "Big Mama" is not apt for single eaters though. 2-4 persons can easily take a nip from the beef with bacon and cheese. If you still order side dishes you are either the chief or very hungry. But what else is on the menu? Tex-Mex of the finest, naturally. Chilli, nachos and tortillas are the restaurant's specialties, and also the Swiss like them.   Don't ask how your stomach feels afterwards, but if you treat yourself to burgers every once in a while you can't do anything wrong. Only the lunches are slightly more European: Bratwurst, Greek salad and hash browns, while being less American, still taste good. The evening programme is a further highlight at the Iroquois: While having your meal at the bar you can watch the current soccer games on a giant screen. What's an American bar without sports TV anyway?

Yooji?s

Fans of sushi, sake and sashimi will find Zurich a suitable place: Already on four venues the Yooji's chain serves the best rolls in the typically Asian minimalistic style. Seefeld, Josef and Bellevue rather sound like "Sisi and Franz" but, gotcha, you are wrong! Behind the monarchic names hide sushi places.   And that these have little in common with pomp and fanfare is generally known. A bit of bamboo, a bit of glass, small servings but lots of lemongrass dominate interior and kitchen of the Japanese restaurant. Those who like it can visit the gift shop at Yooji's Seefeld. There, they get the right kind of utensils for Asian lifestyles. The Josef, however, has fully devoted itself to rice wine. Before, with or after the noodle soup you should give the excellent sake a try.   And later you can have a sake cocktail as well. Also at the Bellevue you have a good view of sake but you can also help yourself without bad conscience: There, a nutritionist checks what is served on the plate. So you can afford to sin with respect to the drink.

STAY in Zurich

Stay in Zurich
Kafischnaps

A butcher's shop in the past, the hotel today serves breakfast until 16:00 daily. Are all the guests late risers? Perhaps. But it might have something to do with the rooms' names as well: "Williams", "Kirsche", "Zwätschgge", "Pflümli" or "Quitte" forebode nothing good (being names of schnapps altogether). Is the Kafischnaps a hotel for alcoholics? No, it's not.   While the rooms are named after schnapps types, you don't get a hangover from the lovingly decorated rooms. Beyond pompous luxury chains one is devoted to working with the things that are within reach - and has a toast on them.  Speaking about "beyond": While the Kafischnaps is not located in the direct centre, prices are beyond those of rents in the popular district. And if you have missed out on breakfast you can still enjoy the puff paste pies with hearty filling and have schnapps with them in a relaxed atmosphere. The sights can wait. Double room from approx. 36 Euros per night.

Hotel Widder

Different styles behind each door: The Hotel Widder is the Omelette Surprise among the design hotels. And so you are spoilt for choice: Baroque wall painting or loft with metal balcony? In the mood for heavy wooden beams or Andy Warhol?   You'll find everything at the Hotel Widder: While the nine Medieval town houses feature different styles each, they have one thing in common: individualism. Minimal meets maximal here: You are offered heavy curtains, Biedermeier furniture and playful styles just as much as armatures sparkling with chromate, masculine leather sofas and pure lines. The restaurants feature a similar mix: The breakfast pavilion below a glass roof is so bright that you can see the yolk shimmering through your egg. While the Widder Restaurant is darker it is equally excellent (15 Gault Millau points). The Widder Bar features jazz in the evening. And with Hank Jones and Phil Woods you can easily round off the day over a single malt whisky. Double room from 550 Euros per night.

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.

SIGHTS in Zurich

Sights in Zurich
Lindenhof

In the beginning there was a moraine hill: There, the Romans built a customs post that should become Zurich later on. Today, the moraine hill is called Lindenhof - and it is one of the most romantic spots in town. Loving couples meet here, and if you are not kissing for the moment, you might want to take a picture. The view of Limmatquai observatory and Grossmünster is unique. The many chess players around here are less interested in the view than in the essential thing: checkmate. And those who feel thirsty after having climbed up here can refresh themselves at the Lindenhof fountain constructed in commemoration of an incredible story: In 1291 an Austrian Duke had lured the Swiss Army to another spot believing he could conquer the city without resistance now. But at the Lindenhof another army was already waiting for him - and he left frustrated. What he didn't know was that women were hiding in the armour, who led the Swiss to victory. And the Lindenhof fountain still stands here in memory of this event, stimulating kisses and photographs with its ripple.

GZ Schindlergut

Summer, sun and barbecue: Can you imagine anything more beautiful than staring into the flames over a refined beer, while the Argentine steak grills on the barbecue? While the Swiss call it grillage and not grill, the ritual is the same: Put on the "Kiss-the-cook" apron, fetch your grill tongs, open a beer and you will be far away from the daily grind right away.   Zurich offers a total of 13 barbecue sites where chefs can test their skills at grilling. One is GZ Schindlergut above Obere Letten. Between rare and medium you will even have time for a soccer game on the charming field right next to the site. And when the last sausage has finally been eaten we recommend a midnight's swim in the Limmat river which is part of the Zurich summer anyway.

Museum

The Museum of Design holds everything its name promises, accommodating almost all kinds of art under its roof.  The collection comprises design, graphic art, posters and art, and if you don't know what that means we are eager to explain. What is exhibited here might be a TV from 1969, or an eggcup with salt shaker. But you can also see advertising material, film posters, a French perfume flacon, or even a cocktail dress here. Everything that's connected with design, everything that's art, everything that people do when they do art, is exhibited at this museum. While the artists are often anonymous, everything that's shown here - from make-up to burnt furniture - is definitely worth seeing. And if you want to know more about the topic you can participate in diverse workshops or talk shop with exhibition experts. And once you are leaving the museum again you can be sure that you've learned something new. So take your time!