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Lake Zurich , Zurich
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Fed by crisp mountain waters, Lake Zurich once served mostly for passenger traffic and cargo transport. Today the sprawling lake counts among
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Historic Walking Area
Old Town , Zurich
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The city's historic heart, the atmospheric Old Town serves as one of the area's major tourist attractions, famed for its well-preserved 19th-
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Neighborhood
Bahnhofstrasse , Zurich
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Indulge your inner shopaholic with a stroll through Bahnhofstrasse, one of the most expensive shopping streets in the world. The elegant aven
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Ski Area
Mt Pilatus , Kriens
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For panoramic views of Lucerne and the surrounding region, take the world's steepest cogwheel railway to the top of Mt Pilatus. During mediev
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Art Museum
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An art lover's dream come true, Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich) houses one of the most significant art collections in Switzerland. Designed

Zurich

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Often associated with international banks, Zurich surprises visitors with its trendy neighborhoods and natural beauty. Its Alpine surroundings make it an ideal destination for nature lovers and passionate skiers, and many of the things to do in Zurich relate to the town's scenic landscapes. The sprawling Lake Zurich lures visitors with its sightseeing boat tours, walking paths, lush parks, and immaculate beaches like Strandbad Tiefenbrunnen. Famed for its well-preserved 19th-century architecture and cobblestoned lanes, the atmospheric Old Town (Altstadt) serves as a convenient starting point for tours around the city. Swiss National Museum and Kunsthaus stand out among the city's renowned galleries and museums.

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Where to stay in Zurich

As the financial hub of the country, it shouldn't come as a surprise that staying in Zurich usually comes at a price. The city puts emphasis on its glamorous four- and five-star hotels and international chains that appeal to traveling professionals. There a handful of hostels and guesthouses for the budget-conscious traveler. When staying in Zurich, you'll find that the majority of the accommodation offerings are in close proximity to the city core, either on the left or right bank. The left bank is the glitzier of the two, with its grand restaurants, shops, and proximity to the banks and train station. The right side, as home to the Old Town, charms with its historical atmosphere. Here you'll find independently owned boutique hotels and some mid-range options. The city also sports several hotels geared toward wellness, with spas and saunas. These tend to be pricey too, but you're guaranteed a truly relaxing retreat.
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