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Zurich

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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Worth knowing

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 You will be directed to a possibly non-accessible site. Take care. Be careful.


Where to shop in Zurich

Where to shop in Zurich
Zero Zero
Where the world is still a disc, the world is fine. At the Zero Zero you won`t find a double zero as it sells only the best the music world has in store. At the perhaps best-assorted and largest record store in town music fans will find anything their heart desires. A comprehensive discography of rock`s history, a lot of reggae and much Indie is big here. Our tip: If you arrive here on Thursdays, DJ Rexx will advise you and he is a true expert. You cannot only buy records here but also the fitting streetwear. Labels like Superdry, Abercrombie and Goorin are the right outfits for Hip Hop and Co. And if you own something that you don`t need anymore you`ve found the right place, too. The Zero Zero buys anything in the fields of CD, DVD, records or games. They even pick up bulkier stuff at your home. There is one genre though that even deters the wildest record dealers: The store doesn`t sell hits and they are not bought here either.
Limited Stock
Steinhauer

Where to stay in Zurich

Where to stay in Zurich
Alden Hotel
All show and all the substance - the Alden holds what it promises from its looks. It is a recently renovated fin-de-siècle artwork with state-of-the-art amenities. There is the classical cosy library with brown leather sofas and golden grandfather clock. There is the presidential suite in pastel and with textile-covered chairs and the ceiling features stucco, of course. There is the Piano Bar with heavy chandeliers above your glass with Hennessy and clinking ice cubes. The modern side of the hotel features the restaurant, a mixture of state-of-the-art and antique, garnished with fresh ingredients from the organic market, dominated by innovative cuisine. On the rooms you find the cutting-edge technology every modern hotel subscribes to today: high-speed internet, flat-screen, WLAN. There are whirlpools and there is the fitness equipment of your choice. But the hotel is old, of course: the walls are old, the structure is old. But that old does not equal outdated is proven by the Alden. Above all the hospitality is classical. Double room from 290 Euros per night.
Kafischnaps
Hotel Otter

Where to eat in Zurich

Where to eat in Zurich
Tibits
Eating like a pig but not eating pork. The latter applies to the Tibits, because you won't spot a pig or any other animal here. But relax: Nobody eats like a pig here either. Yet the vegetarian restaurant favours a casual atmosphere. Guests may serve themselves at a buffet, but that doesn't mean that meals taste like canteen food. Instead of boring cordon-bleu like mainstream meals you are offered fresh vegetarian dishes: Bircher muesli in the morning, gingered tomato soup for lunch, organic sandwiches in the evening. You won't find more seasonal and regional food anywhere. Prices depend on the weight of your food. 100 grams from the buffet cost 4.10 Francs. Does it come as a surprise that vegetarian food gets increasingly popular? Even in London they know the Tibits Take Away by now. The idea stems from the three brothers Reto, Christian and Daniel Frey. They were supported by the Haus Hiltl, a restaurant having specialized in vegetarian food since 1898.
Tao´s
Rosso

What to see in Zurich

What to see in Zurich
Teddy's
As far as souvenirs go, there's probably no other country that has more than Switzerland. Okay, the Scots have their skirts and the United States have their cowboy hats. But we can bet that when you think of Swiss souvenirs at least three will come to your mind spontaneously: watches, chocolate and Swiss knives. You can buy these and more at Teddy's Souvenirshop, a store that is crammed with cuckoo clocks and other Swiss precision work. There are pennants and flags as well and everything worth printing an edelweiss on it. There are cuddly Saint Bernard toys, the famous cow bells to wear around your neck, and Swiss pocket knives with thousands of necessary functions to brag about. Teddy's is a hotchpotch of Swiss clichés probably worth only a mild smile by the Swiss themselves but the items still sell like hotcakes. Because once you are here you have to buy something, and be it a white cross on red background.
Bürkliplatz
Kreislauf 4+5

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