Five top tips for Zurich
Into the Badi!
Fancy a bit of sun, sea and sand? Zurich is a city built around water, with the numerous resorts on the Limmat River and Lake Zurich making it the ideal place to enjoy a summer splash. Whether at the swimming facilities at Lido Tiefenbrunnen and Enge or the riverside resorts of Oberer and Unterer Letten, there's something to cater for everyone. You can even swim along the canals or watch the sun set with a magnificent view over the lake. You're spoilt for choice!
Discovery by boat
Water is everywhere to be seen in Zurich and offers endless leisure possibilities. In summer, visitors can find their bearings on either of the shorter (1.5 hours) or longer (to Rapperswil, 4 hours) boat trips. For those who would rather add a little exercise to the tour, pedalos are also available for hire.
Up the Uetliberg!
Proudly overlooking the Zurich skyline is Mount Uetilberg, which can be reached via suburban train from the central station. The view from the top includes a wonderful panoramic of the city, Lake Zurich and the Alps. What is more, the viewpoint is only ten minutes' walk from the station. Those who want to go higher still can also climb the 72-metre lattice tower. In summer, Uetilberg is the starting point for various signposted walks, a mountain bike course and the Planet Trail.
Anyone visiting Zurich should be sure to take in the city's distinguishing landmarks. The world-famous Chagall stained-glass windows of Fraumunster abbey, located in the heart of the old town, draw thousands of tourists every year. As well as the Fraumunster and St. Peter's, the Grossmunster is also among the most famous churches in Zurich. In many people's opinion, its distinctive double towers form the definitive image of the city.
Zurich Zoo and the Masoala Rainforest
Escape into an exotic world of wildlife on the Zurichberg hill, where elephants, lions, rhinoceroses, zebras, penguins and many other species are waiting to meet you. Also well worth a look is the Masoala Rainforest, a tropical oasis which offers an interesting insight into the life of the Aldabra giant tortoise, the Hottentot teal and the Madagascar tomato frog. Interested? We thought you might be!