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Zurich (Züri) is the largest Swiss city. It covers almost 92 square kilometers, with a population around 390,000 inhabitants. It is a major financial and banking center, there's Stock Exchange and headquarters of FIFA (International Football Federation) and the IIHF (International Ice Hockey Federation).
Given the fact that Zurich is a city of commerce and bankers, the accommodation here mainly consists of hotels from three to five stars. You can find here hotel chains such as Sheraton (Four Points by Sheraton Sihlcity Zurich, Zurich Sheraton Hotel), Sofitel, Ambassador, Novotel, Holiday Inn, Marriott (Courtyard by Marriott Zurich North, Zurich Marriott Hotel), as well as five-star hotels Renaissance and Hyatt. Most luxury hotels are located in the Old Town, a short walk from the Bahnhofstrasse shopping street, Lake Zurich and the ETH. Nevertheless, if you are looking for low cost option, we will be more than happy to book one to two-star hotels, hostels, guesthouses and apartments.
Zurich is situated on the banks of the Lake Zurich and Limmat River, about 30 kilometers from the Alps. It is surrounded by several hills, the climate is humid continental, with four seasons. The coldest month is January, the warmest July.
The area has been inhabited since prehistoric times, in the Bronze Age. In the year 15 BC, the Romans founded here a city “Turicum”, that served as a customs house for goods traveling along the Limmat River. In the 14th century, the Zurich joined the Swiss Confederation, where it remained until the 18th century. From that time it was occupied by French. This ended in 1859, when a contract of the independence of Switzerland was signed.
Zurich Airport is located about 10 km from the city center. You can reach the city center by tram in about 12 minutes. Trams depart every 10 minutes at rush hour, early in the morning or evening the intervals are longer.
In Zurich, public transport is absolutely reliable and very popular among the locals. It consists of trams, buses, boats and cable cars that provide transportation to surrounding hills. In case, that you are planning to use local transport regularly during your trip and you also love museums, consider buying ZurichCARD. This card allows you to a free use of public transport as well as free admission to all museums in the city. Another option is to travel around the city on bike or skateboard. Those can be rented at one of several rental in the city.
Zurich center is called Old Town and you can find here all the main attractions. They are located near the river between the main station and the Zurich lake. Zurich is not only a city with important historical buildings, but you can also find here Bahnhofstrasse - the headquarters of banks and luxury shops. The remains of the original Romanesque settlement can is situated at the Lindenhof hill, that also offers breathtaking views of the city. In the city, there are many significant churches, for example Fraumünster, Grossmünster, Wasserkirche, Peterskirche or Predigerkirche. Furthermore, there are many interesting museums, ie. The House of Art, Design Museum, Museum hours, but the most important is the Swiss Museum that has a collection of objects associated with Swiss history.
Switzerland is well known for its high quality and reliable watches and also for its delicious Lindt chocolate. In Zurich, you can find stores of all major Swiss brands of watches - eg. Swatch, Mondaine, M-Watch, Alpina, Breitling, Certina, Festina and also famous Omega, Rolex and Tissot, as well as Raymond Weil or Tag Heuer - favorite brand of celebrities and Piaget - that used to wear Jackie Kennedy.
From the local gastronomic specialties we can mention cheese and meat fondue and raclette.
There are two very important universities - ETH Zurich and University of Zurich in the city. In the first one, incredible 21 Nobel laureates used to study or work there. In the University of Zurich lectured Tomas Garrigue Masaryk in 1915.
The most famous natives of the city are: writer Max Frisch, psychiatrist Carl Gustav Jung, writer Hugo Loetscher, painter Antonio Ligabue, economist Raynold Kaufgetz or hockey player Tobias Stephan. Many famous personalities lived here, for example Albert Einstein and his first wife Mileva Maric Einstein, singers Udo Jürgens and Tina Turner, writer Thomas Mann or politician Vladimir Lenin.
In the city, there are two major football clubs - Grasshopper Club Zurich and FC Zürich, also hockey club Schlittschuh Zürcher Lions Club (ZSC Lions). Each year, Zurich hosts the Diamond League athletics meeting.
Each August is in Zurich held Streetparade - Europe's biggest open air techno rave festival that regularly attracts more than a million visitors.
Motorenstrasse 11, Zürich
Completely renovated in 2014, INSIDE FIVE - City Apartments enjoys a central location just a 10-minute walk from the Zurich Main Train Station and offers free WiFi, a garden, and a washing machine as well as a tumble dryer in all units. A bus stop can be found within 50 metres.
Zähringerstrasse 36, Zürich
Newly renovated in 2010, the Hotel Marta offers good-value rooms in the centre of Zürich, 5 minutes' walk from Zürich Main Station. Free Wi-Fi is available in the entire building.
Badenerstrasse 537, Zürich
Situated in the district of Zurich-West and offering private underground parking and easy connection by public transport, Ramada Hotel Zurich City is directly opposite the Letzigrund Stadium. Guests can unwind in a lobby bar offering cocktails, a selection of wine and tapas.
Leonhardstrasse 1, Zürich
Just a 6-minute walk from the Zurich Main Train Station, the Bahnhofstrasse shopping street and the ETH Zurich University, the Leoneck hotel features a fancy ethnic style and offers you air-conditioned rooms with free internet access via the in-room tablet PC and an inviting restaurant. All rooms come with triple-glazed windows, a bathtub and a shower and free tea and coffee-making facilities.
Leonhardstrasse 6, Zürich
Only 2 tram stops or a 5-minute walk from Zurich Main Train Station and the Bahnhofstrasse shopping area, the Comfort Hotel Royal Zurich offers a private garage parking for a charge, and free WiFi in all rooms and public areas. The air-conditioned rooms provide a minibar, a flat-screen satellite TV with programmes in 12 languages, and an en-suite bathroom.
Stampfenbachstraße 60, Zürich
The Continental Zürich welcomes you in the very heart of the city, 500 metres from the Central Train Station and the Old Town, and a 15-minute drive from the airport. Elegantly furnished guest rooms, 6 premier meeting rooms, a bistro and a gourmet restaurant, featuring fresh and local produce, let you combine efficiency with luxury.
Schiffbaustraße 13, Zürich
The Novotel Zurich City-West in the heart of Zurich West, the city's trendiest quarter, features its own swimming pool and offers free internet access. The hotel is a 10-minute ride from the main train station and the old town by tram or train.
Limmatquai 136, Zürich
Located right on the Limmat River in the trendy district of Niederdorf, this 3-star hotel features a cocktail bar and a terrace. Free Wi-Fi is available, and Zurich Main Train Station is just 400 metres away.
Engimattstrasse 14, Zürich
Set in a beautiful garden in central Zurich, Hotel Engimatt features a private tennis court and free WiFi access in the rooms. It is a 15-minute walk from the centre, the Bahnhofstrasse street and the Paradeplatz Square.
Kalandergasse 1, Zürich
Four Points by Sheraton Sihlcity Zürich is located in the Urban Entertainment Center Sihlcity which includes a shopping mall, offices, and a cinema. A bus, a tram and a train stop are right outside the building and provide connections to Zurich's city centre and Lake Zurich.
Claridenstrasse 30, Zürich
The Hotel Glärnischhof is located in the very centre of Zurich, right next to famous Bahnhofstrasse, the congress hall, the Tonhalle concert hall and Lake Zurich. It offers free WiFi, a free minibar and free access to the Luxor Fitness Center with sauna and steam bath in the same building.
Utoquai 47, Zürich
Centrally located at the promenade on the banks of Lake Zurich, the Steigenberger Hotel Bellerive au Lac offers a restaurant, a terrace with panoramic views of the lake and mountains, and elegant rooms. The Zurich Opera House is only a 3-minute walk away from the Bellerive au Lac, which can be found in the elegant Seefeld district.