Zurich is a ravishing Swiss city, perfect for a weekend break in Europe and a fantastic base to start your luxury vacation in Switzerland. Straddling the Limmat River, framed by snowy mountains and curled around the crystal-clear Lake Zurich, the city boasts an attractive setting in the north of Switzerland. The city itself is awash with medieval architecture, cobbled alleys and graceful churches, not to mention at least a thousand natural water fountains that punctuate pretty plazas.
The lively cultural scene in Zurich is irresistible, thanks to the re-styling of the city’s former industrial quarter Zuri-West, where you’ll find countless trendy bars, cafes and clubs. Shopping here is another highlight, with lovely boutiques nestled under old rail archways, while the Old Town of Niederdorf is brimming with quaint corners and cosy cafes. Once you’ve had your fill of Zurich’s multiple boutiques and art galleries (don’t miss Kunsthaus, the nation’s premier gallery), take a refreshing dip in the impossibly clean Lake Zurich or opt for a day trip to the Rheinfall, Europe’s largest plain waterfall.