Zurich Tourism

Visit Zurich - Best of Zurich

As the largest city in Switzerland, Zurich is characterized by a unique mix of nature and culture. The city is located on the meeting point between lake Zurich and the Limmat River in the north of Switzerland. The city is home to fine wining and dining delights, a lively nightlife, more than 50 museums, about 100 galleries and green spaces within for the enjoyment of tourists and locals alike. Each one of you should visit Zurich at least once and experience all that it has to offer considering the best time to visit Zurich.

Amidst the bustling landscape, this city offers stupendous views of the snowcapped mountains overlooking from the horizon. Thanks to its cultural vibrancy that nestles pristine nature in its lap, Zurich is considered to be the world’s most livable city. To add more to its charm is the fact that it is also Europe’s sought after hippie destination with a quirky and bohemian dash to it. More research on this city will tell you that it is Switzerland’s largest and wealthiest metropolis where church steeples glare hard amidst financial centers. Surrounding the city are immensely beautiful trails, lakes and scenic vistas that never fail to add a pristine natural dimension to Zurich. 

Zurich Travel Tips

Essential travel information and Zurich tips for your visit

  • Time Zone: UTC/GMT +2 hours. Daylight Saving Time (DST) changes do not necessarily occur on the same date every year.
  • Currency: Currency used in Zurich is Swiss Francs.
  • Electricity: Electricity in Switzerland is 230 V, 50 Hz AC. Plug sockets are round and take three round pins - they can take Europlugs with two pins.
  • Internet: 3G and 4G connections are available in almost all the hotels in the city.
  • Languages: Language spoken in Zurich is Swiss German.


  • Police-117,
  • Fire Department-118, Ambulances- 144.


  • Tipping is not a must in Switzerland as service is always included in the price. However if you were pleased with the service you got, tips are appreciated and many leave 5-10 percent of the bill.
  • In Zürich, skip the fancy tourist restaurants and go local.
  • Don’t plan too much of your trip. Switzerland favors independent travelers and besides, the transportation network lets you go anywhere, anytime.

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Facts and Stats for Zurich*

  • Pollution Statistics in Zurich

    Know the pollution level of Zurich before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 14.17 (Very Low)
    • Water Pollution 9.31 (Very Low)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 28.85 (Low)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 13.43 (Very Low)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 7.87 (Very Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 13.43 (Very Low)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 10.71 (Very Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 25.51 (Low)
  • Zurich: Crime and Safety

    How safe is Zurich for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Zurich.

    • Burglary and Theft 20.15 (Low)
    • Mugging and Robbery 14.18 (Very Low)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 13.97 (Very Low)
    • Corruption and Bribery 16.83 (Very Low)
    • Car Stealing 12.14 (Very Low)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 18 (Very Low)
    • Attacks 18.69 (Very Low)
    • Drug offense 30.88 (Low)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 91.35 (Very High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 80.53 (Very High)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 19.85 (Very Low)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 14.08 (Very Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 26.96 (Low)
  • Living in Zurich - Quality of Life

    Quality of Life Index of Zurich is 200.78 (Very High)

    • Safety Index 80.1 (Very High)
    • Climate Index 82.16 (Very High)
    • Pollution Index 16.29 (Very Low)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 35.16 (Moderate)
    • Cost of Living Index 149.4 (Very High)
    • Health Care Index 75.14 (High)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 9.98 (Moderate)
    • Purchasing Power Index 141.63 (Very High)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Cost for Essentials in Zurich

    Here's how much it will cost to shop in Zurich

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.38 USD
    • International Movie per seat 19.58 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 62.94 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 148.05 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 126.66 USD

*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced ​and subjected to change without notice.

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