Zurich is Switzerland's largest city, located in the north of the country at the shore of Lake Zurich. The city is famous for its banking and financial center, but also home of the largest airport of the country as well as the main train and road transport hub. Zurich is a very old city with a huge number of historic buildings such as churches and museums. Zurich is also the location of the small, but famous, Chinese garden.
Monthly Weather Conditions
The weather in Zurich changes all year. Most of its rainy days happen from December to January but Zurich offers many great places to visit if the rain falls.
The best months to visit are from June to August when you'll find average temperatures, making swimming in the lake possible. The winter is also great because of the nearby skiing on the Swiss Alps.
More information: Zurich forecast and weather conditions monthly
Zurich 10 most important sights:
- Grossmünster Churche: The church was built in the Romantic style between the 12th and 13th centuries.
- Bahnhofstrasse: Zurich's main downtown street and one of the world's most expensive and exclusive shopping avenues.
- Uetliberg: A mountain in the Swiss plateau, part of the Albis chain, rising to 869 meters (2851 feet).
- Lindenhof: In the old town of Zürich is the historical site of the Roman castle, and the later Carolingian Kaiserpfalz, situated on the Lindenhof hill, on the left side of the Limmat River at the Schipfe.
- Lake Zürich: Is a lake in Switzerland, extending southeast of the city of Zürich.
- Fraumünster Churche: Fraumünster Church is one of the major Old Town churches of Zürich.
- Swiss National Museum: Museum
- Peter's Church: This church, built during the eighth and ninth centuries, stands next to the Lindenhof Roman site, a very ancient sacred site.
- Hauptbahnhof - Main Station: Zürich Central Station is the largest railway station in Switzerland and a major traffic hub for international and local trains and city travel (tram).
- Limmatquai: Limmatquai is the southern extension of the Seeuferanlage promenades that were built between 1881 and 1887, and is one of the best-known visitor attractions of the oldest area of Zürich.
Recommendation for one day:
- You can have a great morning in Bürkliterrasse Zurich's Front Row Seat by the Lake. Opened in 1887 as the crown of the Bahnhofstrasse, and part of the lakeside park area (Quaianlage) it is the ideal spot to sit and relax under the trees.
- Visit Grossmünster Churche, The Grossmünster church is a landmark of Zurich. Legend has it that the church was built on the graves of the city's patron saints, Felix and Regula.
- See the Bahnhofstrasse, Zurich's main downtown street and one of the world's most expensive and exclusive shopping avenues.
- Nearby, enjoy the Polybahn funicular, a funicular railway linking the Central square with the terrace by the main building of ETH Zürich, formerly called Eidgenössisches Polytechnikum, from where the railway derives its name.
- Close the day at Babalu, an über-trendy, stylised bar in the Niederdorf area of the Old Town, it provides a low-lit, funky atmosphere for its hipster regulars, who come for a sophisticated range of delicious caipirinha-inspired cocktails.
Compared to prices worldwide, Zurich is an expensive destination.
On a tight budget, the daily budget is approximately $115.40, which includes hostel accommodation, budget meals and public transportation.
On a moderate budget, the daily budget is approximately $432.92, which includes a moderately priced hotel, meals at moderate priced restaurants and transportation costs.
- Hotel (2 stars): $100.68
- Hotel (3 stars): $163.15
- Hotel (4 stars): $201.36
- Hotel (5 stars): $352.74
- Taxi ride (3 miles): $27.89
- Taxi ride (6 miles): $48.67
- Beer in a restaurant (16 ounces): $7.67
- Meal, McDonalds: $15.32
- Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant: $27.36
Zurich has been classified as quite dangerous with security classification 2/5.
Safety index values (higher is better):
- General: 83.9 (better than United states average 48.0)
- Walking alone during daytime hours: 90.9 (better than United states average 69.6)
- Walking alone at night: 81.0 (better than United states average 41.7)
More information: Zurich safety
Things which affect the renting of the car:
- Driver’s license: In the European Union / Schengen a driver's license from an EU country is sufficient, although for North Americans it is recommended to carry a separate international driving license, in addition to the American driving license.
- Direction of traffic: In Europe the traffic is mainly right-handed. The exception is Great Britain, which is left-handed traffic.
- Insurance: In Western Europe, all rental cars include some kind of insurance, so additional insurance policies are often unnecessary (unless you are going to Russia or Eastern Europe).
- Driving abroad: You can drive a rental car almost everywhere within all countries of the European Union / Schengen territory without additional fees. Eastern European countries and Russia are the exceptions and you should always ask the car rental company in advance about the rules.