Zurich travel guide

Zurich labours under the misconception that it is nothing more than a sterile banking  city – don’t believe a word of it. True, Zurich plays home to one of the largest stock exchanges in the world and is the financial motor of Switzerland itself, but step back from the markets and share prices and you’ll find an arty, trend-conscious and surprisingly vibrant city.

Zurich’s setting on the northern tip of Lake Zurich helps lend it an air of affluence and good living, while the Fraumünster and Grossmünster churches, which face each other across the River Limmat, hint at the rich heritage of the Old Town. In addition, Zurich offers smart shops, upmarket clubs and elegant restaurants.

More indicative of modern Zurich, however, is the fact that the city now holds one of Europe’s top public festivals, the no-holds-barred, techno-heavy extravaganza that is Street Parade.