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Sprawling on the northwestern tip of Lake Zürich in north-central Switzerland, Zürich bestrides the perfect blend of photogenic landscapes and urban charms. With a storied history stretching back over 2,000 years, the city cradles a wealth of cultural treasures.
The shimmering shores of Lake Zürich, the imposing presence of the Grossmünster Church, the lively Paradeplatz and the city's world-renowned cuisine – there isn't a moment of mundanity in Zürich. Whether you've landed here to explore the Swiss municipality's historical riches or immerse in the contemporary city life, Zürich will ensure you've hit the right page.
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Set foot in the heart of Paradeplatz. Located in downtown Zürich, Paradeplatz combines the prestigious standing of Swiss banks and the visage of a bustling square. Originally a livestock market, the square now hosts the headquarters of Swiss banks UBS and Credit Suisse. Alongside, savour the delectable "Luxemburgerli" at the revered Sprüngli confectionery.
Discover the glory of Grossmünster. The Romanesque-style Protestant Grossmünster church provides a lens into Zürich's religious history. As part of the Swiss-German Reformation, this church left an indelible mark on the city's tapestry. Its twin towers dominate Zürich's skyline, inviting viewers to relish the city’s visual grandeur from the Karlsturm.
Swiss National Museum
Dive into the belly of Zürich's history at the Swiss National Museum. A must-visit for history buffs, the Swiss National Museum houses exhibits that narrate the fascinating timeline of the city and Switzerland as a whole. From its ancient Roman roots to its modern evolution, the chronicles of Zürich come alive within its walls.
Take a leisure walk along Lake Zürich. For a city break with a twist of nature, visit the northwestern tip of Lake Zürich. The promenade pulsates with the energy of locals and tourists alike, rejoicing in its stunning backdrop of mountains and the calmness of the lake.
Relax at Bahnhofstrasse. Being one of the world's most expensive shopping avenues, Bahnhofstrasse is a gateway to a high-end retail paradise. Even if luxury shopping isn’t on the agenda, taking a serene stroll along its length, surrounded by grandiose buildings, is an experience in itself.
If you're hoping to enjoy Zürich at its best, planning a visit between June and August is advisable. With the sun glistening on Lake Zürich, summer embodies the perfect season for outdoor activities and exploring the lively café culture around town. Though this also signals peak tourist season, Zürich manages to avoid feeling cluttered.
For travellers seeking to dodge the summer crowds, spring (April-May) and autumn (September-October) offer a pleasant alternative. With mild weather and a splash of radiant colours, these months offer an ideal setting for urban exploration and hikes around the city. Besides, you might also find more attractive deals on accommodation during these periods.
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