Flights to Zurich
Located in eastern Switzerland, on the shores of Lake Zurich, is Switzerland’s largest city. Zurich is a global city and the financial centre for Switzerland so it’s often mistaken for the capital city, however Bern is actually the capital. Also recognised as the cultural capital of Switzerland, Zurich has a great many attractions to visit.
Zurich Airport (airport code: ZRH) is the largest and busiest airport in Switzerland, and it’s a 10 minute train ride away from the city. You can get a non-stop flight to Zurich from South Africa with either South African Airways or Swiss Airlines for the most direct route. All other flights to Zurich will have 1 transfer. Iberia Airlines connects in Madrid, Egyptair stops in Cairo, and BMI will take you through London. A direct flight to Zurich is around 11 hours, but a 1-stop flight can be between 14 to 20 hours.
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The Tourist Attractions of Zurich:
Like many great cities around the world Zurich has grown up around the Limmat River but also along the north western tip of the shores of Lake Zurich. With so much water, Zurich is a very beautiful city, framed against the lake and the distant mountains. The city’s beautiful scenery is just one of the many attractions of a visit to Zurich.
The Limmat River divides to two halves of the city into east and west. The western side consists of the more modern parts of the city while the eastern side, which is the more hilly of the two, contains the Old Town.
Zurich Old Town
It’s the Old Town that holds most appeal for tourists, featuring quaint streets, churches and places to eat and drink. You can see a fabulous view over the Zurich from the tower of the Grossmunster, a Romanesque church. The Landesmuseum (Swiss National Museum) is located in the Old Town too and as well as being housed within a very impressive building, one of Zurich’s best known landmarks, the museum itself is one of the world’s most important art and cultural history museums.
In addition to the Swiss National Museum Zurich also features a number of other important and interesting museums. While the National Museum focuses on art and history from prehistory, the Middle Ages through to the 20th century, the Kunsthaus is the city’s more classic modern art museum, with an additional focus on art of the 16th to 18th century.
You can also visit the Museum of Design Zurich, the Heidi Weber Museum, and the Uhrenmuseum Beyer amongst others.
Summer in Zurich
During the summer Zurich is a very vibrant city with lots going on and is great for exploring on foot or by bicycle. There are places you can visit just outside the city centre for great city views such as the hills overlooking Zurich. There’s an historic funicular, called Polybahn, that you can take up one hill, or hike or take the train up another. The Lake Promenade is lovely for walking along while the Botanical Garden Zurich is a pleasant place to visit too.
Winter in Zurich
During the winter Zurich is a good place to visit to combine skiing with a city break. There’s a ski train that leaves from Zurich up to the closest ski resort, Flumserberg, where you can enjoy a good range of slope difficulties.
When Should You Visit?:
For sightseeing Zurich is best to visit from May through September when temperatures are mild to hot. Rainfall is higher in mid summer though with daily highs of around 29C in July and August you can usually put up with a little rain. Winters are cold.