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Zurich is the largest city in Switzerland, with a population of some 390,000 in the city proper and 1.2 million in the agglomeration area. Zurich is on Lake Zurich, where the lake flows into the River Limmat , in the north of Switzerland.
Zurich is the largest city of the Swiss Confederation (Switzerland) by land area and population. It is the financial centre of Switzerland and houses the stock exchange and the headquarters of a large number of national and international companies, and also home of FIFA's headquarter.
Because Zurich is the central node of the Swiss-wide train network and also runs the biggest and busiest international airport in the country, it generally is the first place where tourists arrive. Because of the city's close distance to tourist resorts in the Swiss Alps and its mountainous scenery, it is often referred to as the "portal to the Alps".
If you are clearly a non-German foreigner, people will appreciate your effort and then switch to English, Standard German, or French.
Get in to Zurich
Zurich Airport (ZRH) (German: Flughafen Zürich-Kloten) is Switzerland's largest and busiest airport run with Swiss efficiency. The airport is actually part of the municipality of Kloten and a brief 12 minutes train ride from central Zurich. Trains run every few up to 12 minutes. Early in the morning and late at evenings trains run a bit less frequent.
Regular trains to and from other Swiss and European cities leave from and arrive at Hauptbahnhof (HB), the main railway station, conveniently located in the city centre at the beginning of Bahnhofstrasse, with easy access to mass transit. The Zurich Hauptbahnhof is served by suburban (S-Bahn), regional (RE) and long-distance trains (IR, IC and ICN) with connections throughout Switzerland, Germany's ICE, France's TGV, and various other direct (night) train services.
Get around in Zurich
Zürich is famous for its highly efficient, clean and safe public transport system, owned by the several municipal transport agencies and managed by the Zürcher Verkehrsverbund (ZVV). The network includes trams, buses, suburban trains (S-Bahn), regular trains (SBB), cable cars and boats.
What to do
Take the Polybahn, a 19th century funicular, up the steep hill for a fine view. Starts at tram station Central and goes up to the ETH. Zone 110 ZVV ticket is valid. Nice terrace up there. During the week, the student cafeteria below the terrace is also open to the public.
Go skiing by train — Buy a snow'n'rail ticket (train & skipass) at the Hauptbahnhof during winter months, train out in morning, back in evening. Flumserberg is the closest large ski-resort, popular with people from Zurich, with a good range of runs for beginners and experts. Retreat to the right side of the resort if the rest gets busy.
Take a trip on the Zürichsee with one of the two old steam ships. There are a few different routes you can choose from, which will vary mainly in the distance. Or rent a small rowboat.
Go club-hopping — Zürich has proportionately the largest number of clubs per capita in Europe.
Go to a "Free Walk Tour Zurich" around the downtown of Zurich or Zurich West. They usually offer to try out Swiss food and take visitors to places with restricted access.
The Grossmünster sometimes has organ concerts in the evenings. Check the front door for notices.
Take a 45 min train ride to see the largest waterfall in Europe, the Rhine Falls. Take the train from the Zurich Airport or Zurich HB (central station) to either Winterthur then transfer trains to Schloss Laufen.
Buy in Zurich
Swiss clocks and watches
You may be disappointed to know that most of the cheap watches and clocks in Switzerland are imported from China and Japan for their cheap quartz movements (including most of the wall clocks and alarm clocks sold at department stores, for example).
Swatch, possibly your best bet for a "cheap" Swiss watch (40-100CHF) and perhaps better suited for the younger generation. Available in their stores on Bahnhofstrasse and various other locations, or in department stores.
M-Watch, based on both Mondaine and Migros and available in Migros Electronics stores such as the one on the 2nd floor of the Lowenplatz location. Also relatively inexpensive (40-100CHF). Do not confuse this with "M-Budget" which is an imported cheap watch.
Mid-range brands can be found at clock and watch stores throughout the city. Just walk in and have a look if you're interested. The upmarket Globus department store near the railway station also has a good selection.
Upper-end watches and clocks, such as Rolex, are also sold, but you should probably do more research into them than you can find here. If you just want to stare at some of the most expensive watches for sale, take a look at the Bucherer store window at Bahnhofstrasse and see what a 25,000CHF watch looks like.
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December 24, 2016
December 04, 2016
I've rented cars many times and it's so frustrating when there are hidden charges, conditions and fees. but this company (alamo) was very clear and open and everything went smoothly. website is easy to use and works well.
September 18, 2016
Very good rental car
September 16, 2016
Was amazing fast and the cheapest i ever saw in europe rnrnsorry for the late answer survey
July 17, 2016
I booked economy car class and i received a very good ,new compact class car.