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Zurich Introduction


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Zurich's natural setting of a large lake, two rivers and tree-covered hills—plus its crisp, clean air—contribute to its excellent quality of life, for residents as well as visitors. Its Old Town is full of churches with tall steeples, medieval guildhalls, cobblestoned alleys and trickling fountains. No wonder the fabled "Gnomes of Zurich" like to do their financial business there.  Click here to see the full Zurich travel guide on Travel42 »

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Zurich Geography


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Zurich is at the northern end of Zurichsee (Lake Zurich), and tree-covered hills loosely embrace the city on its three remaining sides. The best strategy in terms of zeroing in on sights and points of interest is to know the location of various neighborhoods and their main streets. The Old Town (Altstadt), which covers ground on both sides of the Limmat River, has most of the city's historical sights. Its northern border is formed by Bahnhofplatz and Bahnhofbrucke, its eastern border by Seilergraben, its southern border by Ramistrasse and Quaibrucke, and its western border by Bahnhofstrasse (the city's most famous street).   Click here to see the full Zurich travel guide on Travel42 »

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Zurich History


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Human settlements have existed in the area of present-day Zurich since the Bronze Age. Around 15 BC, Rome fortified the area and made it a customs post. However, it wasn't until the 10th century that Zurich began to develop into a significant town and trading center.   Click here to see the full Zurich travel guide on Travel42 »

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Zurich Sightseeing & Things to Do


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The Old Town contains almost all of the city's historical sights. Because it's a relatively small and compact area, there's no need to map out an exact route in advance or set a strict timetable—just stroll at your leisure, taking a closer look at the churches, guild houses and squares as you come across them.   Click here to see the full Zurich travel guide on Travel42 »

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Zurich Nightlife


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Many of Zurich's nightspots defy classification by being a little bit of everything: bar, lounge, restaurant, dance club, special party venue, chill-out space. On the other hand, clubs with a similar appeal are often grouped close to one another, making it possible to hit several spots in one night, if you choose.   Click here to see the full Zurich travel guide on Travel42 »

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Zurich Restaurants & Dining


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The national cuisine of Switzerland is unpretentious and uses locally sourced foods—particularly meat and dairy products. Raclette, rosti, polenta and fondue are all simple dishes prepared with easily stored basic food items. The cuisine has absorbed many influences from neighboring countries (Austria, Germany, Italy and France), and other international cuisines have become increasingly popular in larger cities. Outside of the cities, however, dining is almost invariably local dishes only.  Click here to see the full Zurich travel guide on Travel42 »

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