Quick Guide | Zurich, Switzerland

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The basics

Entry Requirements: Valid passport which much be valid for 6 months post departure.
Security: Petty crime (pickpocketing, theft of mobile phones). As always beware of your surroundings, don’t carry more cash than you need, don’t flaunt any expensive personal belongings, and make sure your passport/visa are in a safe location.

Dial 117 for police, 118 for the fire department, and 144 for ambulance.
Currency: Swiss franc (CHF). Most shops will accept Euros.
When To Go: September – November is pretty cold with temperatures just above freezing. December-February is considering a ‘low season’, however due to the Swiss Alps, tourism is still quite high among skiers and snowboarders. March – May is ‘shoulder season’ where the weather is cold but you will still get days where the temperature can reach 20C. June-August temperatures average around 25C.
Time: +6 hours (EST)

Don’t Miss!

Lake Zurich – A lake which extends the whole south-east part of Zurich.

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Grossmunster – Roman style church which is one of the major churches in the city which was constructed around 1100.

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Uetliberg – A mountain which rises 869 meters high which offers a panoramic view of the entire city.

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Lindenhof Hill – A public square located in the historic centre.

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Augustinergasse – A street in the Lindenhof quarter of the city; in the Middle Ages it was a small street which is now a popular tourist section.

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Zurichhorn – A river delta on the eastern shore with gardens which has become of the most popular recreational areas.

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Wasserkirche – A church which was first mentioned around 1250. It was built on a small island between the two main churches of medieval Zurich.

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Kaferberg – A summit of a wooded mountain which overlooks the inner city of Zurich.

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Loorenkopf – 108 feet high freestanding wood tower which was built in 1954. It has a platform which can be reached by 153 steps which gives you high visibility of the city.

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Old Botanical Garden – Botanical garden and arboretum which is owned by the University of Zurich.

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Polybahn Funicular – A funicular railway which can take you all through Zurich

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