Travel in style to Zurich, Switzerland
Posted on Wednesday 18 July 2012
in Switzerland, Zurich
By Dylan Thomas
As the largest city in Switzerland, Zurich's appeal to Kiwi travellers is no surprise. About two million people make up the population, split into 12 districts with vibrant neighbourhoods, each one different from the next. Those with a penchant for cultural adventures should book flights to Zurich and embark on a tour of the more than 100 art galleries, 50 museums and numerous music venues occupying the busy city streets, including the Zurich Opera House, the Tonhalle Orchestra or the stunning window designs at Fraumunster Church.
Explore like a local with a ZurichCARD
Travellers can choose from 89 different airlines that fly to the Zurich Airport, which is a convenient 10-minute train ride to or from the heart of the city. For those who plan on doing a lot of exploring throughout the city during their stay, the ZurichCARD is the easy-to-use commuter card that Kiwis can buy in increments of 24 or 72 hours. With the pass - which costs $21 for 24 hours and $42 for 72 hours - tourists can use the tram, bus, train, boat and cableway transportation systems at their leisure.
Sample the Crown Classic at Kronenhalle
Once travellers have learned to successfully navigate the foreign city, they can head to some of Zurich's greatest landmarks, like the Kronenhalle, or Crown Hall. The magnificent establishment is a treasured gem of the city, providing the most upscale dining experience and fostering a reputation as one of the most famous restaurants in the entire world. The restaurant changes its offerings daily but also features a traditional "Crown Classic" menu that upholds Swiss tradition in its culinary style. With a long history of serving prominent Zurich families, friends, celebrities and artists, the hall is a cultural hub with a drink menu that would wow any wine, champagne or gin connoisseur.
Savour the sights of Zurich in the comfort of a Dolder Grand room
To continue their five-star experience, Kiwis can stay in one of the many luxurious Zurich hotels such as The Dolder Grand, an iconic building that with 173 rooms that offer stunning views of the Swiss city, Lake Zurich and the Swiss Alps. From its glamorous spa packages to its live musical performances at the upscale bar, lobby or outdoor concert pavilion, the Dolder Grand is perhaps the most exquisite spot to stay during Zurich holidays.
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