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Best of Zurich, Switzerland | Private jet charter

Zurich is so much more than a major finance and banking centre. Surrounded by stunning nature, its location on Lake Zurich makes it a popular all-year destination. Renowned for its international and local cuisine, as well as its rich cultural life and fascinating medieval Altstadt, Zurich’s conversion of industrial areas into stylish living spaces and galleries has given it a trendy edge too.

360-degree Zurich views at the Jules Verne bar

A top tourist destination in the Lindenhof district of Zurich. A cocktail or two at the Jules Verne bar with its unbeatable views of Zurich. Reach the bar via the lift inside Brasserie Lipp. The bar is just below Urania Sternwarte – the 164-foot public observatory with amazing views of the heavens. Wear warm clothes as the dome opens up and it can get chilly at night.

Ride a boat on Lake Zurich and River Limmat

Visitors to Zurich can take advantage of the city’s lakeside and riverside location. River Limmat cruises last up to an hour and begin and end at the Landesmuseum. From the river you’ll see the Altstadt and move out onto Lake Zurich. The boat turns around at Zurichhorn before heading back to town. Lake Zurich cruises vary from short 90-minute trips to a whole day tour of the lake from Zurich to Schmerikon and back.

Zurich Kunsthaus

The city’s fine art museum on Heimplatz houses works by Giacometti – there’s an entire room dedicated to the renowned artist and sculpter – as well as stalwarts Van Gogh, Monet and Chagall which are displayed on the top floor. If your vibe is more cutting edge then head for Kunsthalle, a fabulous gallery located in the former Löwenbräu brewery.


Zurich’s iconic Cathedral is a Romanesque-style Protestant church dating from the 12th century. Formerly a monastery church, and a leading location of the Swiss-German Reformation movement, the Grossmünster features modern stained-glass windows by Augusto Giacometti and a Reformation museum in the cloister.

Explore trendy Zurich West

The former industrial heart of Zurich, urban warehouses have now been transformed into an edgy indie area that has also become a tourist attraction. The main focal point is the Viadukt, a selection of bars, restaurants and shops in the archways of the former railway viaduct between the Limmat and Hardbrücke station.

Zurich shopping on Bahnhofstrasse

Connecting Lake Zurich with the city’s railway station, Bahnofstrasse is lined with fashion stores and banks. Its luxury brand outlets are located at the Bürkliplatz and Lake Zurich end of one of the world’s most expensive shopping streets. Give the plastic a break at Café Sprüngli and when the labels wear thin, head for a mooch in the charming Altstadt via Rennweg and Augustinegasse.

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