Outstandingly photogenic, and inhabited since the Roman Empire, Zurich is the largest city in Switzerland and has consistently ranked as one of the best places to live in the world. Every year, millions of people book city breaks in Zurich to visit its superb art galleries, flourishing annual Street Parade, opulent theatre venues, and delightful opera houses.
Housed in a splendid late 19th-century Historicist building, the Swiss National Museum examines the history of Switzerland from the prehistoric to the contemporary era, and is noted for its comprehensive collection of late medieval artworks. Here, you can also see a special coin collection from the late medieval and Renaissance eras, as well as a fascinating porcelain and faïence exhibition at the Zunfthaus zur Meisen, an impressive 18th-cenutry Baroque building.
Built on a former abbey that had been founded in the 9th century, the Fraumünster is an iconic church that was remodelled near the end of the 19th century and is noted for its prominent green spire. Another striking feature of this prominent landmark is its elaborate stained glass windows, which were designed by the distinguished Russian-French artist Marc Chagall.
Other sights of interest in the city
The Zürich Zoologischer Garten, established in 1929, exhibits hundreds of species represented by well over 2,000 animals. The towering Grossmünster, meanwhile, is a prodigious Romanesque church that was built near the turn of the 12th century and features two very handsome domed towers.
If you're up for it, you can head to the top of the Üetliberg mountain, where you can enjoy mind-boggling panoramic views of the city and the adjacent lake. Alternatively, feel free to take the Polybahn funicular railway, which has run since the 1880s and operates between the ETH Zurich university campus and the Central plaza.
Eating out in Zurich
If you're a fan of delicious French cuisine, you could visit Hummer & Austernbar Zurich, Restaurant La Soupiere, or Restaurant Weisses Rossli. For some mouthwatering Italian recipes, try the Certo restaurant, or head to Stefs Freieck for other delectable local-themed dishes to suit all appetites.
Places to stay
Reputed, value-for-money hotels in the city include St. Georges, the 25hours Hotel Zurich West, and the Coronado Hotel. If you're looking for luxury accommodation, however, you might want to consider booking a stay at the stupendous Widder Hotel, the chic Baur au Lac, or the sumptuous The Dolder Grand.