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Some know the Swiss city of Zurich as home to some of the best chocolate in the world (and they’re not wrong!). But, there’s more to this city than sweets. Keep reading to discover more things our team of travel experts love about this charming destination—and don’t worry, we’ll also include some tips for finding regional treats while on tour in Zurich.
Currency: The Swiss Franc (although major stores and restaurants usually accept the Euro).
Languages: Swiss German, Swiss French, Swiss Italian, and Romansh are the four national languages of Switzerland. Zurich is home to the part of Switzerland where Swiss German is spoken, but if you can’t quite master the complex pronunciation, English will usually do.
Best way to get around: Don’t forget about Swiss efficiency! The best way to get around this city is by public transportation, which tends to always be on time. You can either rely on the tram, train (S-bahn), or local bus. Want to explore smaller neighborhoods? Our team also loves to see Zurich on foot, which allows you to see more of the city.
Phrases to know: “Grüezi” is the Swiss German word for “hello,” and you’ll hear it all over the city. “Merci vilmal” is a multi-lingual way of saying “thanks a lot.” And finally, if you want to wish someone a good meal, impress the locals by saying “En Guete!”
While you can never go wrong with traveling in the off-season, one of the best times to visit Zurich on tour is in the summer. Temperatures hover around the low to mid 70s, which means taking a swim in beautiful Lake Zurich right outside the city is just the ticket! If you’d rather skip the dip and experience local culture at a festival, here are some can’t-miss events to seek out when you visit Zurich in the summer.
Zurich can get chilly even in the summer months, so any Zurich travel guide worth its salt will mention the proper clothing (and accessories!) to have on hand. Here’s what to pack for your tour of Zurich so you don’t have to worry about anything, but enjoying the city sights.
Even though Zurich is Switzerland’s largest city with countless things to see, it still has small-town charm—which means it’s fairly easy to discover all the city’s gems! Here are some of our team’s favorite sites to visit and things to do in Zurich.
If you’re traveling on a budget and wondering what to do in Zurich, trust us: There are countless places that are completely free to visit, and are sure to leave you with lifetime memories. Here are some of the best places to visit in Zurich during free time on tour. Our tip? Have your camera ready.
One of the best things to do in Zurich? Eat! And you won’t spend much time wondering what to eat in Zurich—there are countless comfort foods to try on tour in Switzerland! Think: cheese, chocolate, potatoes, sausage, more chocolate… you get the idea. To make sure you get the most out of our Zurich travel guide, here are some of out team’s favorite Swiss dishes to try on tour in Zurich.
If digging into this Zurich travel guide has made you thirsty, here’s a list of the most typical Swiss drinks that will be sure to get you feeling like a local! Enjoy these drinks during your meal, as an aperitif or digestif while on tour in Zurich.
Our team wants you to always remember the great time you had on tour in Zurich alongside our travel experts—and fellow travelers-turned friends! So, we’re capping off our Zurich travel guide with a list of keepsakes to seek out on tour in Switzerland.