Zurich, located in the North-East of Switzerland on lake Zurich, is the largest by population city in the country (396 955 people in 2015), the capital of the eponymous Canton. The official language of Zurich is German.
The city was founded on the site of a Roman customs post Turicum (Turicum) Thracian king Louis II the German. He, in 853, he founded the Fraumünster Abbey for his daughter Hildegard. Over time, the influence of the Abbey grew so much that Fraumunster the abbess began to rule the city. In the year 1351 Zurich became the fifth member of the Swiss Union. During the XVI–XVIII centuries the city has retained its wealth and influence. In 1847 from Zurich to Basel was built the first railroad in the country. The city was badly damaged during world war II: March 4, 1945, he was bombed by the U.S. air force, which dropped on Zurich about 12.5 tons of bombs and about 12 tons of incendiary bombs.
Today Zurich is a global financial center, and numerous commercial, industrial and cultural institutions of Switzerland.
Size: 87,97 km2
Population: 396 955 people (2015)
Currency: Swiss franc
Tourists to the city attracted by the picturesque Old town with the narrow winding streets and colorful houses in the Gothic style, in which there are cozy cafes, pastry shops and antique shops. The city has about 50 museums and over 100 art galleries. From Zurich the starting point for many excursion routes in the country, among them a trip on the panoramic train.
How to get
To get to Zurich on the logical plane, fly to Zurich international airport, located 10 km away in the town of Kloten. It is the largest airport of Switzerland. Direct daily flights from Moscow operated by airlines, Aeroflot and Swiss (the journey takes 3 hours 40 minutes), from St. Petersburg — Swiss and Russia. From the airport to the centre of Zurich can be reached in 10 minutes by train, minibus company Welti-furrer Limo (18 CHF) or taxi (50-60 CHF).
In addition to direct scheduled flights to Zurich are flights with connections in European cities. So besides the obvious option to get to zürich from different cities of Russia with a stopover in Moscow, there are other ways: both from the Russian capital and from the regions to the Swiss town fly various European airlines with a connection in their airport home. Below we list these airlines are (in brackets are the city docks).
Connecting flights to Zurich
- Сzech Airlines (Prague): Moscow, Saint Petersburg, Yekaterinburg, Perm, Rostov-on-don, Sochi, Samara, Nizhny Novgorod.
- Lufthansa (Frankfurt am main): Moscow, Saint Petersburg, Nizhny Novgorod, Rostov-on-don, Samara. Also from Moscow and Saint-Petersburg you can fly with a stopover in Munich.
- Austrian Airlines (Vienna): Moscow, Saint-Petersburg, Rostov-on-don, Krasnodar.
- Finnair (Helsinki): Moscow, Saint-Petersburg, Yekaterinburg.
- AlItalia (Rome): Moscow, Saint-Petersburg, Yekaterinburg.
- Air France (Paris): Moscow, Saint-Petersburg.
- KLM (Amsterdam): Moscow, Saint-Petersburg.
- Air Malta (Valletta): Moscow.
- SAS (Stockholm and Copenhagen): Moscow, Saint-Petersburg.
- Air Baltic (Riga): Moscow, Saint-Petersburg, Kaliningrad.
- Turkish Airlines (Istanbul): Moscow, Saint-Petersburg, Yekaterinburg, Kazan, Rostov, Ufa, Sochi, Novosibirsk, Stavropol.
- Germanwings (Cologne): Moscow.
- Air Berlin (Berlin): Moscow, Saint-Petersburg.
- Niki (Vienna): Moscow.
- Ukraine International Airlines (Kiev): Moscow, Rostov.
- LOT (Warsaw): Moscow, Saint-Petersburg.
- British Airways (London): St. Petersburg.
Flights to Switzerland from a CIS
From Kiev to Zurich to fly Ukraine international airlines («Ukraine International airlines»), a Swiss Airlines flight Kiev — Zurich. To Zurich from Minsk can be reached by the joint Belavia flights with LOT (via Warsaw) with
To get to Switzerland from Russia you can also go by bus. The flight from Moscow to Zurich by the company
To get to Zurich by car. The city is located at the intersection of several major motorways: motorway A1 crosses the city and goes West towards Bern and Geneva and eastward to St. Gallen; route A3 runs along lake Zurich and lake Walen and connects Basel to the North and Sargans in the South-East; highway A4 connects Lucerne with the Lucerne.
Of the major cities of Europe and Switzerland in zürich can be reached by train. All trains arrive at the train station Hauptbahnhof.
Central railway station Zurich is situated in the centre of the city and is the largest transport hub in Switzerland. On the 16 station platforms for long-distance trains and 10 platforms for high-speed city trains. Through Central station are high-speed international trains EuroCity, Cisalpino, TGV, Intercity-Express and CityNightLine. A day with the station about 870 trains. To get more information about the routes and you can buy the ticket at the travel Agency Reisburo located near the ticket office. There you can buy a Swiss Pass and to reserve places in the panoramic trains. At the station there is a large shopping centre Shop-Ville-HB with more than 200 shops.
Climate and weather in Zurich
Weather in Zurich by months
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Transport in Zurich
Zurich has a network of high-speed city trains S-Bahn, which, being a part of the public transport system of the city includes suburban routes on the territory of the Canton of Zurich and parts of the Canton of Aargau. The S-Bahn with a length of 380 km consists of 26 numbered lines, many of the rooms overlooked. On the line has a total of 171 station.
Public transport in Zurich is represented by trams, buses and trolleybuses. For public transport in the city separate lanes, so traffic characteristic of the large cities, does not occur even during peak hours.
Most popular Zurich a means of transportation — the tram. That is the tram network serves 2/3 of the city traffic. The tram network comprises 13 lines, its routes (mostly diametrically) cover both the city centre and the suburbs. It is served by municipal transport company Verkehrsbetriebe Zürich (
All transport to Zurich goes right on schedule available at each stop. Schedule may differ for weekdays, Saturdays and Sundays on holidays. After midnight begin to run night buses, tickets for which must be purchased separately from the driver (5 CHF). Routes of night buses is somewhat different from the daytime, and is marked with the letter N. the Schedule of night buses can be seen at stops on a black background. Night buses run approximately every hour, starting point — Bellevue (with a stop at the lake).
In Zurich, also used water transport (mainly walking on lake Zurich), there are several funiculars and ropeway between Adliswil (Adliswil) and Falzarego (Felsenegg).
Tickets and passes
The cost of tickets is determined by the zones. Zurich — area number 10. All other zones are paid in addition, depending on the length of the route.
The existing types of tickets in Zurich:
|Class I, CHF||Class II,
|Single pass||1 hour||6.50 (children under 16 years — 4.50)||4.00 (children under 16 years — 2.70)||A one-way ticket. Gives the right to travel in any public transport (tram, bus, trolley, train, funicular) without limitation of the number of transplants.|
|Tageskarte||24 hours||13.20 (children under 16 -9.20)||8.00 (children under 16 — 5.60)||The ticket in both parties. Gives the right to travel in any public transport (tram, bus, trolley, train, funicular) without limitation of the number of transplants.|
|Tageswahlkarte||6 days||71.20 (child — 50.80)||43.20 (for people under 25 years — 30.80)||Days may not be consecutive to punch in the machine before the desired trip, then the ticket is valid for 24 hours.|
|Mehrfahrtenkarten||6 trips||35.60 (child — 25.40)||21.60 (child — 15.40)||1 trip is a 1 hour action pre-validated ticket|
|Kurzstrecke||One-time or for 24 hours||—||Single: 2.50 (children — 2.10);
24 hours: 5.00 (children — 4.20)
|Travel ticket between the nearest stops (5-6 stops, it is possible to indicated on the ticket machine)|
Going from Zurich to the suburbs, located in the nearby transport area, to the ticket the city will need to purchase a ticket between zones (cost CHF 4, children (6 to 16 years): CHF 2.80). For class I price is 6.60 (adults) and CHF 4.60 (children). You can buy a similar ticket for 24 hours (the price will be two times more). These tickets are convenient when, for example, you need to go to the airport, and you have a valid ticket for Zurich.
There are also special tickets for tourists:
Zürich Card — allows to move unlimited number of times by any public transport (trains, buses, trams, ships), but only in the second class, in areas 10, 11, 21, 40, 50, 54, 55 (areas of the airport, excursions to the suburbs, a short ride on the lake or the Limmat river). Trip in the night transport is not included. Additionally, the ticket provides free entry to more than 40 Zurich museums, gives discounts in restaurants, shops, entertainment centers and parks. With this ticket you can rent a car at Europcar with a 30% discount.
Ticket for 24 hours costs: adults: CHF 17 for children 12 CHF. For 72 hours: adults — CHF 34 for children 24 CHF. Tickets are sold at the airport and in major ticket sales points in the city.
Zürich Card Plus — allows to move unlimited number of times in the II class of any public transport (trains, buses, trams, boats) around the Canton of Zurich (zone painted on the machines). In addition to all other discounts, ticket gives you 15% off at the Alpamare water Park, discounts on cruises on lake Zürich, and offers free entrance to the observation deck of the Rhine falls.
The ticket for 24 hours costs 33 CHF (adults) and CHF 22 (children).
Details and purchase on
Tourists in Zurich can be an interesting sightseeing tours of the city by bus or historic tram and boat trips. Information on routes and cost of such excursions can be found on
Bicycles and taxis
In the center of Zurich is more convenient to travel on foot or by bike. Rental bicycles can be borrowed for free in the Parking lots Zuri Rollt, located throughout the city. Rent possible in the presence of ID and security Deposit of CHF 20 (night — CHF 10). The map of bike stations can be found
Taxis in Zurich are quite expensive. The base rate is 8 CHF. For each passenger additional fees are charged.
Photos Of Zurich
What to see in Zurich
The links you will find detailed information about the attractions of Zurich, and the location on the map, the cost of entrance, travel and much more. Here, too, by the way, you can see photos of the sights of Switzerland.
Where to go in Zurich
Interesting places in Zurich
Private guides in Zurich
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The Company «Zurich 11»
Luba Von Canal
Shops Zurich are usually open from 9 am to 19 (large shops and Department stores — 20) nights during weekdays and up to 18 hours on Saturday. Thursday long day — up to 20 hours. Sunday is a day off.
There are sales in the winter, right after new year, when minimum prices can be observed by the end of January.
In Zurich there are several main places of concentration of shops. One such place is the Bahnhofstrasse, which is adjacent to the Paradeplatz (Paradeplatz) and leads to the main station. It is home to numerous boutiques, watch and jewelry stores, chocolate shops. Square Burkliplatz, which begins Bahnhofstrasse, on Tuesdays and Fridays a farmer’s market finds. In addition to the freshest fruit and vegetables you can find there a magnificent assortment of flowers and local delicacies.
Street Niederdorfstrasse is famous for its Shoe shops and youth. The footwear can also search on the embankment of the river Limmat from the spot Central to the Belleview.
Watch shops in Zurich are mainly located along the Bahnhofstrasse and in the old town on the left Bank of the Limmat river (from the Church of St. Peter and Fraumünster).
Shopping centres of Zurich
Prices in Zurich is very high and is able to disappoint waiting to buy quality goods cheaply. Goods mass—marketolog class cost about the same as in Moscow, and wishing to catch the discounts are not in the season of sales can be advised to visit the outlets.
Outlet Stores Zurich
Food and drinks
The kitchen of the Zurich — kind, it is replete with many authentic dishes. Thus, the traditional dishes here are the Zürcher Geschnetzelte (tender pieces of chopped veal in a creamy sauce) and Rösti (hash Browns). Rösti can also be cheese and Apple slices (Emmental Apple Rösti). In addition, known worldwide Birchermüesli — local muesli, in 1900 the Swiss doctor Maximilian Oskar Bircher-Benner, the founder of organic medicine and proponent of natural foods.
At Christmas time popular Tirggel — honey shaped cookies baked so that the side with the pattern has a Golden-brown color, and the reverse side remains bright.
In Zurich very popular authentic baking — bread Zopf, very similar to the Russian «pigtail».
The water fountains in Zurich, which has about 1200, you can fearlessly to drink.
The city has about 1,800 restaurants and cafes, offering both Haute cuisine and traditional Swiss food as well as dishes of all over the world and inexpensive «fast food».
Some points of public catering of Zurich (for the links — detailed information):
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Where to stay in Zurich
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