Zurich, Switzerland’s largest city, prides itself on boasting one of the world’s highest standards of living. Life is pretty great idling on the banks of a wide river that flows into a mountain-ringed lake. Soak in Swiss history amid cobbled, medieval alleys, or saunter through upscale shopping streets. Beyond Zurich’s polished veneer, find the wild artistic soul that spurred the absurd Dadaist movement and lives on in inventive art spaces and riverside cafes.
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Go Swiss in Zurich! Top Zurich attractions include the 12th-century Grossmünster cathedral, the Fraumünster Church, and the Kunsthaus Zurich art museum. Take a train from Zurich to other top places to visit in Switzerland, such as Lucerne, the magnificent Mount Rigi and the Swiss capital of Bern. Discover our Zurich packages and tours for the best hotels and flights from Canada.
ZURICH TRAVEL GUIDE
LANGUAGESOfficially Swiss German, French, Italian and Romansh, but Swiss German dominates here.
WHAT TO EATSwiss German specialties: älplermagronen (a hearty, Alpine macaroni dish), birchermuesli (this is the birthplace of muesli), potato rösti (hash-brown), Zurcher geschnetzeltes (veal and mushroom ragout) and Zuger kirschtorte (a buttercream cake soaked in kirsch, a cherry liqueur).
WHAT TO BRING BACKOld-fashioned, handmade wooden toys or music boxes, luxury goods from Bahnhofstrasse or vintage finds from the Kanzlei or Burkliplatz flea markets and macarons or chocolates from the famous Confiserie Sprüngli.
FUN FACTWe all get a little bit giddy when winter melts into spring, but perhaps not as much as people in Zurich who literally set a snowman on fire. Taking place in April, Sechseläuten is the city’s annual spring celebration, culminating in the burning of the “Böögg,” an 11-feet tall snowman placed atop a bonfire.
IMPORTANT INFOFor more information on all necessary travel documents and more, check Air Canada’s Travel Requirements page and the Government of Canada’s Travel and Tourism website.
Zurich Tour Packages
Ski Vacation Jungfrau RegionDiscover the Jungfrau Region in the heart of Switzerland nestled amid the Bernese Alps in the Lauterbrunnen Valley.
Grand Train Tour - Best of WinterVisit Switzerland aboard the Bernina Winter Panorama and the Glacier Express. Enjoy breathtaking views during your journey to beautiful Swiss towns.
Ski Vacation: St MoritzExperience the glamour and perfectly maintained slopes of the home of winter sports in Europe.
Epic Glaciers and Alpine GardensEnjoy unlimited travel in Switzerland with a rail pass during this 10-day trip.
Switzerland 360See the best of Switzerland from the view of panoramic trains and see the best of Lake Geneva.
Switzerland Top to BottomGo from Zurich to Geneva, Interlaken, and more in 9 days with a rail pass.
Gems of SwitzerlandDiscover the cities and countryside of Switzerland with an 8-day Swiss Travel train pass.
Grand Tour of Switzerland ExplorerTake a semi-escorted tour highlighting the best of Switzerland by rail and by road.
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