Set on the northern tip of Lake Zürich and on the Limmat River, Zürich is a city that effortlessly combines urban living with nature. Culturally vibrant, it buzzes with coffee shops, art galleries, museums and trendy boutique shops by day, and laid-back bars, upmarket restaurants and uber-cool clubs by night. Yet despite its thriving inner-city scene, you can also be in the breathtakingly beautiful Swiss mountains in less than an hour.
It’s why Zürich is such a popular tourist destination all year round. The lake comes to life in summer, with people meeting on the promenades or the pretty garden terraces of Lake Zürich’s surrounding cafés and restaurants. In winter, adventure-seekers head to the mountains for skiing, snowshoeing and sledging, while those looking for relaxation can indulge in the traditional hammam or spa. Zürich is particularly magical at Christmas, illuminated by fairy tale markets and quirky pop-up bars serving fondue and hot chocolate.