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About Zurich

Zürich

Zürich (also known as Zurich) is the capital of the canton of Zürich and the biggest city in Switzerland. About 400.000 people live in this city and if you count those living in the whole Zürich metropolitan area, it's almost two million. The official language is German but what you hear mostly in Zürich is a regional variant of the Alemannic Swiss German dialect.

Zürich is a hub for roads, railways and air traffic. As a visitor you can use the bus, local trains or the tram to reach your destination within the city. There are also boats on the river and lake, a cable car and funicular railways that belong to the transport network of Zürich.

In the following we want to give you some information about the main attractions of this beautiful city.

The Observation deck B at the Zürich Airport

You don't even have to leave the airport to see the first highlight from this metropolitan city. Just go to the observation deck B. There you can take a look behind the curtains and get an insight of the complex interplay at the airport. You can even enter the airport tower and see the pilots doing their work in the cockpit.

There is a discovery tour for kids with twelve interesting stations, so they shouldn't get bored too fast.

Opening times:

In the summer from 8.00 am – 8.00 pm

In the winter from 9.00 am – 6.00 pm

Niederdorf

Niederdorf

Niederdorf is part of the old town of Zürich. Just like Limmatquai, Niederdorf is a pedestrian zone with nice stores spread over lots of alleyways. In the night the shopping area turns into a nightlife district with lots of bars. If you happen to visit Zürich at the end of August, definitely check out the "Dörflifäscht". This event features market booths, culinary highlights and varous other attractions. 

Uetliberg

Uetliberg

Uetliberg is a mountain in Zürich with a height of about 2,850 feet (871 meters) above sea level. On ist peak, visitors have a great view of the city and the lake Zürich. When the weather is good you can also see Limmat Valley and the alps. 

In the summer, the mountain is perfect for bikers and hikers. In the winter the hiking trails are turned into sledding runs. 

The Kunst(Zeug)Haus

The Kunst(Zeug)Haus in Rapperswil-Jona is a center for contemporary art from Swiss with lots of interesting exhibition areas. The temporary exhibitions cover Swiss art from the last decades until today. Besides paintings, you can also see photographs, various installations and other techniques. At the moment the museum features about 5,000 works of art.

Opening times:

From April to September 7 am – 7 pm

From October to March 8 am – 6 pm

Zürich Zoo

If you like animals, there is no way around the Zürich Zoo. There you can see exotic animals living in a natural looking environment. Snow leopards live in a rocky Himalayan enclosure, Andean bears have their home in a mountain cloud forest landscape and elephants can be found in an outdoor complex that looks like their natural Thai environment.

But those are just a few of the over 360 different species, that you can discover in this exotic world.

Opening times:

From November to February,  daily from 9.00 am – 5.00 pm (Masoala Rainforest 10.00 am – 5.00 p m)

From March to October, daily 9.00 am – 6.00 pm (Masoala Rainforest 10.00 am – 6.00 pm)

The Kyburg Castle

The Kyburg Castle

The Kyburg Castle is an important feudal castle in the canton of Zürich and located on a ridge above the river Töss. The castle was mentioned in 1027 for the first time and used to be a refuge castle. Since 1999, the Verein Museum Schloss Kyburg society runs this lovely castle as a museum. But it's not the usual kind of castle-museum where you just walk through the chambers look at exhibitions. You can acually lay down on an leaf mattress, test the wool pillow and try on a medieval costume.