Zurich is the Swiss capital, and as such Zurich Airport (ZRH) is the busiest airport in the country, and serves as its largest international hub. The facilities here are comprehensive, and passengers can connect to the free WiFi, use the post office, access the ATMs or currency exchange services, and spend their waiting time shopping and dining in the extensive list of shops and restaurants available at Zurich Airport.
Connecting to the downtown area from Zurich Airport is easy, as there are options to travel by rail, bus and tram. You can also pick up a cab right outside the airport, but be warned, travelling the 13km into town will cost about 70CHF ($96).
Flights from Australia to Zurich are generally operated by international carriers such as Swiss Air, Emirates, Virgin Australia, ANA, Qantas, Delta, Singapore Airlines, Air Canada, South African Airways, United, Etihad Airways, Qatar Airways, Korean Air, British Airways and Air China.
Why visit Zurich?
Zurich is the powerhouse of Swiss industry, financially, economically and culturally, and its reputation as a contemporary and cosmopolitan city precedes it. However, Zurich also has a history that reaches back over a thousand years, with a medieval centre that would impress even the snobbiest culture vulture. Come and discover the chic dining scene, the sophisticated nightlife, the lavish shopping, and the impressive cultural attractions of Zurich; you won’t regret it.
Things to do in Zurich
Make your way to the Old Town, where once a Roman settlement stood. Explore the shaded streets that wind their way through the medieval buildings. See the four main churches that define the city skyline; Predigerkirche, Fraumünster, St. Peter and Grossmünster. Shop in the delightful boutiques that peek out from beneath the gables, and duck into traditional restaurants that operate here.
Then spend some time in the fantastic Swiss National Museum, which charts the country’s history as far back as 100,000BC, and has displays featuring everything from textiles, to jewellery and armour.
Walk down the pedestrianised Bahnhofstrausse, a wide leafy avenue that is filled with designer retailers, and upscale boutiques. Shop ‘til you drop, or window-shop all the way down to the gorgeous Lake Zurich, where the street ends.
Once you’re down by the lakeshore, you can walk along the promenade, where you cane find places to swim, places to eat, or even parks in which to picnic. If you’re keen on exploring more of the lake, then book onto a cruise of Lake Zurich, which will give budding photographers a fantastic view of the Glarus Alps.
Best time to visit Zurich
· The shoulder seasons are best for exploring this city, when the days are warm averaging 8-15°C, but less crowded than the summer months. May in spring, and September and October in the autumn are the warmest of these months.
· June, July and August are the best months in Zurich to explore the surrounds, as the summer season offers great hiking and swimming opportunities.
· Winters are stunning in this city, when the days will drop to freezing, the ski hills open up, and Christmas markets pop up all over town.
Arriving in Zurich
· Connecting flights are offered from all of Australia’s cities, though usually these will be directed through Sydney (SYD) or Melbourne (MEL) and be subject to stops in large Asian or Middle Eastern hubs like Doha (DOH) or Seoul (ICN).
· Swiss Franc (CHF).
· The Swiss government allows Australians to enter the country for 90 days without a visa. It is advisable to double check these rules before flying to ensure they remain unchanged. The smart traveller website has a Switzerland pagewhere you can keep up-to-date on any changes.
Please note that information is correct as of September 2016
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