Zurich Guides

Zurich Guides

 

Quick facts:

  • Location: Zurich, Switzerland
  • Language: German
  • Population of city: 390, 000
  • Nearest airport: Zurich Airport
  • Main train/bus station(s): Zurich Hauptbahnhof
  • Best time to visit? The Summer months attract more visitors to Zurich due to the milder weather, Winter is not as popular however some still visit the city due to its close proximity to the Swiss Alps.
  • Budget level? ££
  • Best for: Shopping, History, City breaks

Main Districts

City Centre

Zurich’s city centre district is home to most of the city’s banks and businesses. Here you will also find the Bahnofstrasse, the main shopping area, with many high-end stores.

Zurich West

Industrial buildings and warehouses have now been converted to create Zurich’s bohemian district with an abundance of trendy bars and clubs.

Niederdorf

Niederdorf is part of the old town, and almost the whole area is pedestrianised. You will find a mix of bars, restaurants and shops lining the streets and alleyways. Niederdorf red light district also sits around the streets of Harringstrasse; so you may also see a mix of adult entertainment.

Main Attractions

Grossmunster

The old Romanesque church is believed to be founded by Charlemagne. The two towers on the Church are recognisable in Zurich’s skyline.

Fraumunster

Another of Zurich’s main churches, built in 853. The church was once a convent, however now is open to the public for services and public tours.

Bahnhoffestrasse

Zurich’s shopping street and one of the busiest in the world. Many global designer brands have stores here, as well as a variety of chocolate shops and cafes.

Best Places To Go Out

Cultural Attractions

Swiss National Museum

The Swiss National Museum is one of the most important museums in Europe, documenting the history of Switzerland.

Kunsthaus Zurich

A popular Swiss art museum with collections over many centuries, including work from Claude Monet and Pablo Picasso.

Free Walking Tour

Free tours of downtown Zurich run every day from 11:00am outside Credit Suisse at Paradeplatz. The tour lasts an hour and a half and covers the history and influences of this part of the city.