Thriving in northern Switzerland, at the northern tip of the magnificent lake of the same name, Zurich is the largest city in the country. Its architecture is old, even pre-medieval, like its old historical centre, the Altstadt, stretching on either side of the Limmat - the river that crosses it - its maze of picturesque alleys, wooded squares, small confidential passages. In this authentic setting with its old-fashioned charm, in elegant villas and old-fashioned trolleys, you can discover the rich and varied Swiss gastronomic culture, as well as luxury boutiques and pretty hotel shops. Zurich's tour guide will also take you to the modern, vibrant and lively part of the city, where banks - the world's financial centre -, prestigious cafés, are well established, with a cosmopolitan and multilingual population leading a high standard of living. Less well known, this part of Zurich is home to an amazing nightlife, as debauched as its old town is bourgeois, with clubs, bars and concert halls flourishing there: ideal for celebrating. Finally, the many galleries, museums (National Museum, Tram Museum, etc.) and gardens (Chinese garden, etc.) that dot the city will offer strollers and aesthetes something to get their teeth into, unless they decide to leave it to target the Alps and its hills planted with vineyards that overlook the metropolis. Whatever the reason that brings you to this destination, you will most certainly be surprised and delighted to know it in more detail.
When to go to Zürich?
When to go to Zurich? From June to September, during the summer season, pleasant temperatures encourage a wide variety of outdoor activities. If you visit Switzerland in spring or autumn, you will of course avoid crowds of tourists and can benefit from more advantageous hotel rates. On the other hand, think about taking an umbrella! If you want to enjoy winter sports, the season generally begins at the end of November and ends with the melting of the snow in early spring. Knowing that Switzerland has two peak tourist seasons - from July to August, and from December to March for winter sports - the best time to travel to Zurich is certainly in late spring and early autumn. But in the end, to know when to go to Zurich, ask yourself how you want to enjoy the city
In spring and summer. You will enjoy lake activities - swimming, sailing or even pedal boat - as well as a whole series of festivals
In autumn, the vines take on magnificent colours, there are fewer tourists and village festivals are more traditional
In winter. Snow is an opportunity to escape to the heights for a day of skiing or snowshoeing.