City Guide: Zurich

Beyond its status as a bankers' metropolis, Zurich offers modern living against a lakeside setting. As Switzerland's largest city, it serves as both a financial district and cultural hub. It is, in fact, relatively small with an old and new town boasting a variety of architecture, from traditional to design-led. As the birthplace of Dadaism and the former home of an exiled Lenin, Zurich hosts an array of unique history. With the mountains just an hour away, it's a perfect pit stop before your winter ski trip or a weekend getaway.

Being one of the wealthiest and most liveable cities of the 21st century might not sound like a particularly sexy accolade, but a younger generation have softened Zurich with a creative flourish, taking the city far beyond big banks and punctual trains.

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Pension St Josef

Zurich, Switzerland

Situated up a rather steep slope, it’s best to take a taxi to your destination if you’ve got lots of luggage. Otherwise take in the views of Zürich as you amble up to the modest Hotel St Josef. Located near Bahnhofstrasse shopping street, the main train station and opera house are all within easy walking distance. Wherever you choose to explore, be sure to fill up for the day’s excursions with a complimentary vegan-friendly breakfast buffet.

Address

Hirschengraben 64/68 8001

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Hotel zum Storchen

Zurich, Switzerland

A stay at the Hotel Storchen will please any guests with a predilection for glamour. With 660 years history, the Storchen has welcomed visitors from Paracelsus to Wagner and witnessed the changing landscape of Zurich. Sitting right on the River Limmat, there are several dining spots to choose from, including a riverside terrace.

Address

Weinplatz 2 8001

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Hotel Glockenhof

Zurich, Switzerland

The devil is in the decadent detail at Hotel Glockenhof. Oak parquet flooring, larch-wood hangings and bathroom walls clad in valser quartzite bring undeniable opulence to this charming four-star hotel. Located just a stone’s throw away from the main shopping street, the Bahnofstrasse, there’s plenty to entertain beyond the perimeters of your abode. For those seeking sustenance, there are three on-site restaurants including the well-priced Conrad, which serves excellent Wiener Schnitzel.

Address

Sihlstrasse 31 8001

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Hotel Helvetia

Zurich, Switzerland

Renovated by owner Leopold Weinberg in collaboration with architect Nele Dechmann the hotel “helvti” is both a practical and stylish. Located in the city centre with a view overlooking the River Sihl, this five-storey hotel is a popular meeting spots for creative types. Gallerist Stefan von Bartha has also curated the hotel’s art collection making for characterful surroundings.

Address

Stauffacherquai 1 8001

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Marktgasse Hotel

Zurich, Switzerland

After undergoing an extensive two-year renovation, the Marktgasse Hotel in Zurich’s old town is a sleek and minimalist 39-room boutique residence. Attracting a mix of stylish Swiss and international travellers, its central location makes Marktgasse the perfect launchpad for museum browsing and restaurant hopping.

Address

Marktgasse 17 8001