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Zurich is the largest city in Switzerland. Synonymous with international banking, Zurich (Zürich or, more familiarly, Züri) has a financial and cultural importance that contradicts its modest size.
Being a breathtaking city of Switzerland, Zurich is a dream destination for travellers who visit this place for business or leisure.
Besides being the commercial center, Zurich is mostly visited for its natural beauty encompassed in its lakes, mountains and lush green fields. The Zurichsee and the River Limmat are two of the key elements but the charming old town which occupies a large part of the city center, with its narrow, hilly alleys and stunning restored buildings add to the magnificence of the city. Besides this, the distant snow-capped peaks overlooking the waters of the lake add to the allure of the city.

Fact File
Country : Switzerland
Population : 348,000
Area : 41,290 square kilometers
Languages : German, French, Italian, and Romansch
Climate : Zürich generally has a temperate climate, as suggested by its northern latitude of 47 degree. But warm, moisture-laden winds frequently blow in from the Atlantic Ocean, which results in a milder climate. The average low and high temperatures are -10 to 5 degree C in January; 5 to 20 degree C in May, and 10 to 30 degree C from June through August
ZurichOfficial Currency : Euro; 1 Euro = 52.443 Indian Rupee = 1.2047 US $ = 0.678141 GBP (subject to change)
Location : Zurich is located at the centre of the Zurich canton, on Switzerland’s central plain, with the elevation rising towards the south and the Alps. Nestled at the Northern tip of the Zürichsee (Lake Zurich), Zurich is surrounded by lakeside promenades and expensive houses.

Getting There
By Air : Kloten airport is the airport and connects Zurich to various parts of the world.
From Kloten Airport the preferred (and fastest) method of travel is by train. The airport station is below ground and adjacent to terminal 5; trains depart for the 12-minute trip to Zurich several times an hour, dropping passengers at Central Train Station. The considerably slower City Bus #768 departs every 10 minutes during peak hours - by bus the trip into Zurich takes 1 hour.

Getting Around
By Road : Buses and trams are the transportation you will find on the road of Zurich. Zurich's combination of buses and streetcars, operated as the Swiss VBZ system, is terrific: efficient and inexpensive.
Taxis are not easily found in Zurich and are among the most expensive in Europe.
Bicycle : Bicycle is a popular mode of transportation in Zurich. Bike are available on rents at the train station.

Accommodation
There are various hotels available which provide a comfortable accomodation to the tourists. Here is a list of a few hotels :
5 star hotels in the city:
Hotel Sofitel Zurich
Hotel Baur au lac
Hotel Widder
4 star hotels in the city:
Hotel Marriott
Hotel Adler
Hotel Storchen zum
3 star hotels in the city:
Hotel Gregory
Hotel Ibis Zurich Messe Airport


Major Tourist Attractions
ZurichZurich encircles wonderful religious sites, exotic lakes, extraordinary museums and galleries. The must look out are the two magnificent sites - the medieval Niederdorf district and the swanky Bahnhofstrasse. The city also has a strong cultural presence – over 30 museums, art galleries, auction houses, the opera, orchestras and the Schauspielhaus theatre, as well as a number of performance spaces that encourage contemporary artists in all media.
Here is the list of important places of tourist interest:

Swiss National Park : The Swiss National Park is a natural preserve protected from all human influence and interference. Since its founding date there is no more hunting, fishing, exploitation or maintenance of forests and meadows on its premisses.

Swiss National Museum : The Swiss National Museum is actually made up of eight museums spread around the country but the main museum in Zurich is the parent of the group. This is situated in an imposing castle-like building behind the main central railway station. It was officially opened in 1898 and contains an extensive collection of objects that were either produced or used in regions belonging to today’s Switzerland.

The Church of our Lady (Fraumunster) : Church spires are a feature of Zurich and the souring Fraumunster is the most elegant. From the outside, the structure looks quite unassuming but once inside, the world-famous modernistic stained-glass windows by Russian-born Marc Chagall spring into life.

The 12th century Grossmunster cathedral :The towers of the Grossmunster dominate the skyline of Zurich. Sitting near the River Limmat it is a very beautiful setting. Although very beautiful on the outside the inside is very unremarkable.

The Fraumünster and Grossmünster churches : The Fraumünster and Grossmünster churches, solemnly face each other across the River Limmat.

St. Peter Church. (St. Peterskirche) : This is one of the oldest churches in the city and is best known for having the largest clock face in Europe.


Lakes of Macun : It is said that the tourist discover Zürich's natural beauty along the shores of the lakes of Macum. The walk up to the Lakes of Macun, well-hidden in a highland valley encircled by craggy peaks of over 3000 meters, is probably the most rewarding walk in Switzerland.

ZurichThe Museum of Art : This fantastic art museum displays Western works since the 1600s and has an especially impressive selection of modern art.

The Rietberg Museum : Magnificent park and historical buildings create a unique setting for Asian, African, American and Oceanian art. This relatively small museum contains displays of objects of the highest quality.

The Museum of Contructive Art (Haus Konstruktiv) :The museum has an interesting collection of artefacts from all over world.

Other Attractions
Other attractions in Zurich are the Old Town (Altstadt), Zoological Garden (Zoologischer Garten),
Foundation E. G. Buhrle Collection, the old parish church of St Peters Kirche and the modernistic with a host of bathing areas and ferry boats

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