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Book a flight to Zurich with Qatar Airways and you’ll discover Zurich is home to the Swiss Stock Exchange and its commercial heartland. But there’s much more to this lively location than just finance. With a spectacular Alpine backdrop and a juxtaposition of old and new architecture, Zurich is an eclectic and interesting location full of contradictions and contrasts.
You can fly to Zurich from most international departure points, and a break here is an opportunity not only to explore a fascinating city, but also to wander a little further afield into the Swiss countryside too.
Take a trip to Zurich and beneath the respectable banking veneer you’ll uncover a quirky and unexpected side to the city’s personality. This is particularly well captured in the extraordinary Schiffbau theatre – once a huge factory producing lake steamers and turbine engine parts, it is now the cultural epicentre of the city. To discover the birthplace of the Dadaism art movement, head to Cabaret Voltaire, which still has the power to shock the normally staid art world with its striking displays of contemporary art.
Switzerland is renowned not only as the world’s bankers, but also the home of fine watchmaking. To discover more during your trip to Zurich head for the Beyer Watch Museum to discover an exquisite collection of one-of-a-kind watches. And if you need a little tranquillity, the Chinese Garden is a small, peaceful oasis in the middle of a very busy city.
Travel to Zurich and you’re in the heart of skiing country. The drama of the Alps surrounds the city, making it the perfect location for planning and booking trips into the surrounding countryside. The Swiss Alpine area is simply stunning at any time of the year, from hikes through flower-filled spring meadows through to the challenging skiing in internationally renowned resorts. Back in the city, you can spend days wandering around a wealth of museums housing everything from ancient wonders from around the world, to the world of coffee at the unusual Johann Jacobs Museum!
The city is full of parks and open spaces, and there is nothing the locals and visitors love more than to take an early evening promenade along the Lake. This 3km-long boardwalk starts at Bellevue and heads towards Tiefenbrunnen – the perfect spot to unwind after a busy day.
Swiss food is simple but very tasty, and if you travel to Zurich during certain times of the year you’ll find plenty of food festivals and events that celebrate Swiss cuisine. Cheese is also a quintessentially Swiss favourite, and in Zurich you’ll find plenty of cheese shops selling locally produced varieties.
The Swiss are quite particular about their food, so you’ll find that the majority of it is organically produced and of exceptional quality. For a real taste of Switzerland, look out for family-run restaurants that combine superb quality food with that Zurich quirkiness – there is even one very exclusive restaurant that has a ‘No Polka Dancing’ signs on the wall! Try Pizokel, also known as Bizochel, which is a kind of savoury Spätzli from Graubünden. Another favourite dish is fresh perch filets.
From Swiss chocolate to watches, designer brands to contemporary art, if you travel to Zurich for the retail opportunities you won’t be disappointed. Reasonably priced souvenirs can be picked up at Heimatwerk or the Flohmarkt Kanzlei, while for designer goods head to Bahnhofstrasse, which runs from the Zurich Train Main station right down to the lake. Here you’ll find designer flagstores and high-end shopping to rival Paris, Madrid and Rome.
Flights to Zurich with Qatar Airways arrive at Zurich Airport.
Visa restrictions for entry into the country will depend on your country of origin, length of stay and whether your trip is for business or pleasure. So before you fly to Zurich please check the visa and passport requirements.
Currency: Swiss Franc (CHF)
Voltage: 230 V 50 Hz
Plugs: Type J
Language: German / French / Italian / Romansh
International dialing code: +41