With its vibrant festivals, lively nightlife and idyllic mountain backdrop, there are few Swiss cities as captivating as Zurich, but despite its popularity, the cultural capital still has some secrets up its sleeve. To help you discover more about Switzerland’s biggest city, here are 8 things you probably didn’t know about Zurich.
Switzerland’s biggest city has always been the life of the party and there’s no better time to experience Zurich’s hedonistic side than during one of its many annual festivals. From the riot of colour and techno-music that takes over the streets during the summer Zurich Street Parade to the ritualistic burning of the Böögg to welcome in the spring: here are 8 of Zurich’s top festivals and events.
From funky Swatch watches to the much sought-after Rolex, Switzerland is home to some of the world’s most renowned watchmakers and there’s no better souvenir than a dazzling timepiece to impress your friends back home. With the recent rise of the Swiss Franc, Swiss exports will likely rocket in price, so now’s the perfect time to buy on location and Zurich is a great place to find all the top brands. From where to find the best watchmakers to selecting the perfect watch, here’s everything you need to know about shopping for a Swiss watch in Zurich.
A lively promenade tracing the banks of the River Limmat and lined with shops, restaurants and cafés, Zurich’s Limmatquai seamlessly bridges the gap between the historic Old Town and the modern west bank, and the scenic waterfront is perfect for a walking tour.
Famed as an international banking center and home to the ‘most expensive shopping street in Europe’, Zurich isn’t the place to bag a bargain, but there are still plenty of budget friendly things to do. Here are some ideas for stretching out your travel funds in one of Europe’s most expensive destinations.
Switzerland’s natural thermal springs have been renowned since Roman times, but if you don’t want to travel out to a remote mountain retreat, Zurich’s spas and wellness centers are among the best in the country. Whether you’re looking for a day of luxury pampering or just hoping to escape the cold in Zurich, there are plenty of options in the city – here’s our pick of the best.