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“Starting point to discover beautiful Switzerland”
Review of Zurich

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London, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
16 reviews
17 helpful votes
“Starting point to discover beautiful Switzerland”
Reviewed August 26, 2008

Very clean city with friendly people, some good museums, well linked with easy-to-use transport, a stunningly beautiful lake with snowy mountain view all around.

However, Switzerland is not a cheap country and summer Zurich is almost 2 hours far from the snowy bits of the mountains. But the train trip is in itself a discovery. Not only highly efficent and modern, the sights you will have from your train ride will fill a few pages of your travel photo album. Overall an amazing holiday experience and a top city and countryside destination!

1 Thank Ahuv
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Brisbane, Australia
Level 6 Contributor
144 reviews
251 helpful votes
“An overnight stay before train to Lake Como Italy”
Reviewed June 6, 2008

Arrived on an very early flight to find the airport shops all closed except a small supermarket where we bought some food. We caught the express train to the HB, the main railway station where we had B & B accommodation a couple of streets away.
The HB has a reasonably good shopping centre below and the station is interesting in itself. A busy area.
Zurich is quite a nice city on the Zimmet River and close to Lake Zurich. Places to see are the old town and the shops and the University area This is the largest city in Switzerland and the 9th most expensive in the world. We found that the eateries were quite reasonably priced but some stores were expensive and the cost of living here is high.

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Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
2 helpful votes
Reviewed March 16, 2008

We found Zurich to be a very clean city with plenty of public transportation and no need for a car to get around. The city had both old and new buildings with many upscale shops and restaurants The town is mixed with both quaint and modern sections. The food is always fresh and had a wide variety of different restaurant . I would recommend Swiss food as well as Italian. This city is a must see with the Alps surrounding the city very impressing. We climbed to the top of a church tower 187 steps and got a beautiful view of the city. They are known for their chocolate, clocks and watches. Love Zurich

2 Thank Virginia M
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
39 reviews
31 helpful votes
“Sprungli , Swiss Trains and mountains!”
Reviewed December 27, 2007

Having had a second visit to Zurich and the surrounds I can't wait to return!
This time, I decided to buy a Swiss Railway Pass.
And I have to suggest , if you aim to travel around the country BUY one!
The savings are great, as Swiss Rail Travel is expensive but the passes make great savings and allows you everywhere.
Also Swiss Railways are so much more civilised than Brit Rail and have fabulous buffet cars.
A tip: head for the old fashioned sit down buffet car at the beginning of yourtrip even before the train leaves the station.
You get a nice dinning table and chairs and are waited on, no extra charge. If you are on a short trip or one up to an hour then its a no expsnive boost up a class! Though seriously nothing wrong with 2nd class on Swiss trains!
Also the train tickets also allow you to get on some of the ferrys and in Geneva that means a nice wee trip around the lake seeing all the sights.
Lots of trips you can do on your own from Zurich via the train, too many to list , but Geneva, Bern, Lucerne, Lichtenstein, Lausanne are 1-2 hours away.
And that's just a few.
Zurich itself is so easy to get round and with your pass if you either by prior to leaving home or in the airport, you can get in and out of Zurich's main Banhoff very easily within 15 mins.
And then travel around via trams.
Zurich is very civilised.
And if you do miss the Starbucks/ MacDonalds of the world they are there too!
But there are some great places to eat at all price ranges.
I would suggest if you want real coffee and real chocolate, and want to pig out head for Sprungli's main cafe, there are loads of small Sprungli shops, but this has to be experienced. It does do real food too, and you can eat breakfast , lunch / dinner there too, but you have to sample the real reason for visiting!
Sadly it wasn't open in July as it had shut for refurbishment until October 07, but my first morning back my homing instinct had me heading there after having a delightful time in the previous October there!
Also the Sprungli Factory is open for visitors and there is free tasting!
Zurich has a festival once every 3 years, 2007 was the year and it won't happen again until 2010 but it was brilliantly organised.
The Swiss do come across as staid but they do know how to enjoy themselves, no drunken louts no rubbish laying about.
When I went for my first visit I wasn't so sure, but by the end of my first visit I was already wanting to return!
Oh and Zurich Airport, fantastic!
Clean, shops are a marvel.
Sprungli sometimes have tastings.
As do Lindt ( though they are now the same company but Sprunghli is more expensive but once you've tasted it, lol)
Zurich is great if you want a city base to travel into the Alps, there are some good if not long day trips to be had which if you feel not confident enough to do on your own are organised by 2 companies and they leave near the main banhoff. Heidiland is a good if not rushed city tour, followed by a very brief visit to Lichtenstein ( which is very easily got to via very good transport links and you do see more of a fabulous fairy tale country) and to heidi's house.
If this is your only stop in Switzerland and have a few days only try this trip as you shall see lots.
And yes the cows do wear bells.

6 Thank Samm224
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Level 2 Contributor
4 reviews
26 helpful votes
“Overview of Zurich”
Reviewed September 3, 2007

If you are toying with the idea of Zurich (or any place in Switzerland) I hope that you find some pros in this message. I just returned from Zurich after several days there with my boyfriend. The city is very scenic and picturesque. I certainly appreciated the ease of the train systems, the variety in the restaurant options, the eclectic night life. Our hotel was in a great location, (Hotel Otter-minimalistic in some areas but huge in personality!) The city is very romantic and the views were spetacular, especially if you take the boat tour, 10 swiss francs for a hour and a half is a great deal and well worth it! You can bike ride thru the park on a bike that is free, you just give a deposit and you get it back when you return the bike. I hope that you decide to go to Zurich you will not regret it! High end shopping if you are into that sort of thing. You can visit my photos on flickr.com search people, keyword Parkerr (yes there are 2 "rs")

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