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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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  • Currency: Swiss franc(CHF)
  • Language: German, Italian, French, Rhaeto-Romanic
  • Capital: Bern
  • Austrian flight destination: BAsel, Geneva, Zurich
  • 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
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Where to stay in Zurich

Where to stay in Zurich
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.

Where to eat in Zurich

Where to eat in Zurich
Tao's is the small brother of the Zurich restaurant Indochine and one of the city's ultimate places to be. Because of the garden terrace there are especially bankers coming for lunch into the lounge on Augustinergasse. But it's not only them. By night many romantics flock to the side roads of Bahnhofstraße with its countless corner oriels. They all have lots of space to spread out in the house which is full of nooks and crannies. For example in the bistro-like Tao's on the ground floor or the Asian restaurant on the first floor. The menu is the same, the standards make the difference. Downstairs you stay for sashimi, a drink and the Zen touch. Upstairs the business crowd is paying court to their guests on heavy upholstery, and lovebirds are dining until the early hours. The restaurant is decorated with old oriental ornaments and Chinese sculptures. Joachim Karsten is in charge for the culinary part - his cooking skills have already been rewarded with several Gault Millau toques.

Where to shop in Zurich

Where to shop in Zurich
Here comes our tip for a perfect day in Zurich: a visit to the Kunsthaus, a gourmet lunch at the Kronenhalle and if you are in the mood for gift shopping visit Steinhauer's around the corner. The store offers a wide variety of international gifts. The perfumed candles come from Paris, the towels from Japan and the leather bags from Vienna. Steinhauer is equally popular for its wedding presents. And if you have been married before you know that one can always use silver cutlery - and salad servers and champagne glasses. What a shame when the serviettes are missing at your new home! That's why the wedding list by Steinhauer comes in so handy. The store offers individual complete packages for couples so that the relatives know what they should buy and the newly weds don't have ten toasters in the end. But even if you don't want to get married you will find the right present for any occasion here. The garden furniture might be a bit bulky, and you might not be able to get all the china into the suitcase. But handkerchiefs and felt slippers will even fit into the hand luggage, for sure!
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What to see in Zurich

What to see in Zurich
The photographer Ganz once built the first residential building here when the street was still unheard of. People thought he was crazy. Today, you would see dollar signs in his eyes if you think of the horrendous rental prices here. You have to pay some 4,000 Swiss Francs per square metre and year today, if you want to live in Europe's most expensive district. Money lies in and under the street here. The renowned Swiss banks have conquered this place in the sun, stashing away the money that makes the world go round underneath. But not only Credit Suisse and Zurich National Bank are worth visiting the street but also the magnificent Art Nouveau buildings. And where elsewhere houses mushroom up together with soaring prices, Zurich implemented strict building regulations. All the houses are 18 metres high, not more and not less than that. Swiss precision work? Sure, and in addition to the monumental facades accommodating banking secrecy, you'll find 2,500 metres of window shops, 180 stores and 200 lime trees. You won't find more elegance elsewhere.
GZ Schindlergut

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