Best Deals to Zurich Last modified: Sep 19, 2023 12:54 -04:00
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Zurich is the capital and financial heartbeat of Switzerland. It is one of the leading art trading cities in the world, and a paradise for anyone who appreciates history and culture, with over 100 galleries, 50 museums, world renowned performance venues like The Opera House, Tonhalle Orchestra and Schauspielhaus Zurich.
Nestled between gorgeous mountains and lakes, Zurich is known as one of the cleanest and most livable metropolitan cities in the planet. There is so much to see and do in Zurich, it’s hard to know where to begin. We’ve listed a few ideas for your travels below.
Start your day on the lake. The Limmatschifffahrt (Limmat River Cruise) through Zurich's Old Town gives you excellent views of the city. Note: Cruises operate between April and October only. If you prefer to stay on land, you can get a view of the city from the top of Uetliberg Mountain instead, which is a short train ride away and can become a great hiking activity.
Go see the stained glass windows of the Fraumunster (Minster of Our Lady church). Later, visit inside the historic, castle-like Swiss National Museum (Landesmuseum Zurich), for an overview of some of Switzerland’s most precious history.
Other places to see are the art museum, a.k.a. Kunsthaus Zurich, the Museum Haus Konstruktiv, and the Zurich Toy Museum, in the oldest part of Zurich. Architecture aficionados should walk around the Swiss Heritage Center at all costs.
Zurich is known as the Gateway to the Swiss Alps, so take advantage of this at all cost. Some of the best skiing in Europe can be done 3.5 hours away by train in Zermatt. Although the slopes might first come to mind when thinking of Zurich, every season of the year highlights something special about the city. Enjoy one of 4,000 delicious wines from Zurich - and the rest of Switzerland - in November during Zurich’s incredible EXPOVINA event, hosted inside twelve ships moored at Bürkliplatz.
Foods to Try in Zurich
Start your day off with muesli, of course, and there is none better in Zurich than bircherműesli. As cliché as this may sound, your next move should be towards fondue. Each family claims to have their better secret recipe of fondue, and they don’t kid around.
For a hearty meal, try the Zürcher Geschnetzeltes (sliced meat Zurich-style). Also ask where you can find Raclette, a Swiss cheese that is grilled slowly (you won’t find Raclette elsewhere quite like it).
For dessert, a trip to Switzerland wouldn’t be complete without a stop at a chocolatier. Try Honold Confiserie, which has been in business since 1905. Also try bűndnernusstorte, a pastry filled with caramelized sugar, cream and walnuts. Another Zurich treat is the hazelnut lekerlis biscuits, spiced biscuits similar to gingerbread cookies that are popular in the wintertime.
Shopping and Nightlife in Zurich
Zurich has a reputation for sophisticated shopping, and you can find the most exclusive shops and brands on Bahnhofstrasse. Afterwards, relax in the nearby park Lindenhof, with views of Old Town and the Great Minster church (Grossmunster). For other trendy and boutique Zurich shopping experiences, try Langstrasse.
Zurich West is another commerce and shopping area, a.k.a. Industriequartier, where you can find the Viadukt, a group of shops, restaurants and bars conveniently grouped in one large old railway location.
For a night out in Zurich, you have countless options. Head to Niederdorfstrasse in old town (including Oberdorfstrasse), or to Langstrasse. Besides being famous for electronic music, you can also have a great time with classical music and cabaret. A famous cabaret club is called Miller’s, in the historic Tiefenbrunnen Mill.
Flights to Zurich
Zurich is centrally located within Europe, and flying to Zurich is simple. Finding cheap flights to Zurich is even easier, especially when you use FareCompare’s search site to help you save. That’s because no single airline always has the best prices, and so comparing airlines and airfares is your best chance at a deal. If you know your origin and destination, you can also set a FareCompare airfare alert for your route and let the deals come straight to you!
You can fly into Switzerland’s largest international airport, Zürich Airport, a.k.a. Kloten Airport. It offers scheduled flights to close to 200 destinations across the world and is the main hub for Swiss International Air Lines, as well as Belair, Edelweiss Air, Germania Flug, and Helvetic Airways. It is also a focus city for Air Berlin and Vueling. The busiest regional routes from Zürich include to London, Berlin, Vienna and Amsterdam. The busiest international routes from Zürich include Dubai, New York, Tel Aviv and Singapore.
Remember that a little inconvenience can mean great savings, so if there is room to be flexible with your travel plans, be flexible. When searching for flights, also check flights that depart from airports farther away from your home. Often, large savings are missed that only require a short drive to a nearby airport. Connecting flights generally mean better savings too, rather than non-stop flights. Finally, always check flights to and from larger airports and airline hubs. These can often have cheaper airfares. When considering flights, don't forget about the trains in Europe - it's easy to catch a train to Zurich from a nearby city, if it means great savings on your airfare.
For travel for two or more people, we suggest booking just one ticket at a time. Reservation systems generally require for tickets in a single transaction to be at the same price, so if the airline only has one cheaper seat, you won’t be able to get that rate if you buy multiple tickets at the same time. In other words, let’s say an airline has only one ticket for $50 and the rest are $100. If you shop for all-tickets-at-once, you’ll end up paying $100 for all of the tickets versus saving on the cheaper available fare.