Set in one of the most scenic spots in Switzerland, where the river Limmat and lake meet, the city of Zurich is a haven for any European vacation. Long-known as a hard-working, financial metropolis, Zurich is also a vibrant, culturally rich, buzzing city with plenty to see and do. Do not forget that the wonderful countryside vistas of Switzerland are on your doorstep as well.
Get ready to explore from the best starting point. Fraumünster is an iconic cathedral that dates back to the 13th Century and is best known for its distinctive stained-glass windows designed by Marc Chagall. Visitors can take part in a ‘wireless whisper,’ which talks through the history of the cathedral and the spectacular five-part stained glass windows, while still maintaining a saintly silence throughout the church.
Next stop off is Kunsthaus, Zurich’s impressive fine arts gallery. Housing a huge collection of over 4000 painting, installations, and sculptures of European art, it is a must for any art lover. From Alberto Giacometti’s original stick figure creations, the masterpieces of Monet and Van Gogh to Rodin’s striking sculptures, there's plenty to keep you busy for an afternoon while wandering the galleries.
The Schweizerisches Landesmuseum is also known as the National Museum Zurich. As one of Switzerland's most frequently visited museums, it offers visitors an in-depth look at the cultural history of the country from its origins to the present day. Special exhibitions also run throughout the year and offer an insight into current and often very topical issues of society.
In case you are looking for a fine dining experience with a touch of culture and heritage, book at table at LaSalle. The stylish restaurant is held within the wall of The Schiffbau. Originally a mighty factory specializing in turbine engine parts and lake steamers, it is now a huge theater with three stages. Before dinner, take a peep inside the Schauspielhaus, or have a cocktail at Nietturm (upstairs bar) or Moods, a trendy jazz bar.
Of course, no visit to Switzerland or Zurich can be complete without a road trip. The scenic area of Uetliberg is best known for its endless hiking and walking trails and panoramic vistas. Alternatively, you can get some fresh air at Rapperswil, a postcard-perfect lakeside town just a half-hour drive from Zurich.
Hitting the road with your rental car from us at Orbitz could not be easier. Just let us know what kind of vacation you have planned in Switzerland and we will make the best suggestions to suit your needs and budget. Get ready to see everything Zurich and beyond has to offer. After your arrival at Zurich Airport, pick up your car and be on your way.