The charming metropolis of Zürich, Switzerland offers first-class quality of life. Zürich is distinguished by its unparalleled selection of stores lining the world famous shopping mile, the Bahnhofstrasse, not to mention its broad choice of leisure activities. Numerous gastronomic establishments in the surrounding region pamper food lovers with all manner of culinary delights. After dark, some 500 bars and clubs provide a wide variety of entertainment. Zürich is also the ideal departure point for all kinds of excursions, such as to the Rhine Falls, a chocolate factory, or the snow and perpetual ice on Titlis Mountain.

Facts

Population

379,915

Currency

Swiss Franc (CHF) 1 = 100 Rappen

Opening hours

Most shops are generally open Mon-Fri from 9am-6.30pm, while the shops on Bahnhofstrasse are open as late as 7-8pm. The opening hours on Saturdays are 9am-5pm. Shops are open on Sundays at their own discretion. Banking hours on weekdays are 8.30am-4.30pm.

Newspapers

20 Minuten Die Weltwoche Neue Zürcher Zeitung Tages Anzeiger ZuriTipp (special supplement of Tages Anzeiger every Thursday) Zurich News (A leaflet with listings which is available from the tourist office)

Tourist information

Zürich Tourism Tourist Service Hauptbahnhof Zürich (Main Railway Station) Opening hours: November 1-April 30, Mon-Sat 8.30am-7pm. Sun 9am-6pm. May 1-October 31, Mon-Sat 8am-8.30pm. Sun 8.30am-6.30pm. +41 442154000 information@zuerich.com

Travel to Zürich

Book your flights to Zurich with Etihad Airways and arrive at the largest city in Switzerland. Zurich is a premier business and financial centre and it’s easy to forget that Berne, not Zurich, is the capital city. Not surprisingly, the city is consistently rated as the wealthiest city in Europe, with a quality of life to match.

With its beautiful lakeside location, unspoilt environment and wide-ranging leisure and cultural activities, Zürich is both a unique and attractive haven for leisure and business travellers alike. 

Top 5 things to do in Zurich

As one of the most popular tourist destinations in Europe, attracting millions of people every year, finding things to do in Zurich is not difficult. Your only trouble will be deciding where to start.  

  • Located on the former site of the old Zurich moats, the 1 km long Bahnhofstrasse Zürich is home to all the department stores, boutiques and jewellery shops any discerning shopper could possibly want
  • The Altstadt (old town) takes you back to pre-1893 Zurich
  • The Zurich Museum of Art is one of the most important in Europe and exhibits one of the largest collections of classic modern art anywhere in the world
  • Go back to Neolithic times at the UNESCO world heritage site, to the settlements at Enge Alpenquai and Grosse Stadt Kleiner Hafner
  • Built on the site of a former abbey for women of the aristocracy, the Fraumünster Church is renowned for its unique stained glass windows and the largest organ in the district of Zurich

Shopping in Zurich

While the shops are usually closed on Sundays, from Monday to Saturday, Zurich is a shopper’s paradise. For traditional Swiss and urban design, Langstrasse is a good location to start, while Bahnhofstrasse has a reputation for being one of the most exclusive and expensive shopping streets in the world.

If you plan to travel to Zurich during the winter when the weather is cooler, it is better to visit one of the enclosed shopping malls, like the Sihlcity Shopping Centre.

Restaurants in Zurich

Renowned for the high standard of its restaurants, dining in Zurich is sophisticated and varied, offering you a wealth of dining options to delight in. From Michelin Starred fine-dining to a quick and casual bite to eat, the wide variety of restaurants in Zurich means you can enjoy food and drink inspired from all over the world.

A holiday in Zurich would not be complete without a taste of fondue and Zürcher Geschnetzeltes (sliced veal in a creamy mushroom sauce), Zurich’s most popular cuisines. 

Nightlife in Zurich

If you are planning a city break, long holiday or going on a business trip, make the search for the best nightspots a priority. Whether you are sitting in meetings, sightseeing or shopping all day, Zurich’s nightlife is the perfect end to a busy day.

Plan your Zurich holiday

Zurich has a central European climate with four distinct seasons. There are festivals and events to cater for all tastes, so plan your holiday to suit your own interests. The annual street parade festival is one of Europe’s largest techno street parties.

Finding flight deals to Zurich is easy with Etihad's popular deals. The peak time to travel to Zurich is from June to August. We recommend that you book your hotel and tickets to Zurich well in advance, especially at any kind of festival time. To find cheap hotels in Zurich, travel during the off-peak seasons of April to May and September to October.

Book your flights to Zurich today

Discover the best deals on accommodation and affordable ticket prices with Etihad Airways. You may also want to note that, while the baggage allowance on Etihad flights are generous, you also have the option to enjoy discounted rates for any extra bags you would like to take or return with you on Coral Economy, Pearl Business or Diamond First Class.

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