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Flying to or from Zurich? It’s easy to stop in the city

Grossmünster, Zurich, Switzerland
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Zurich’s landmark Grossmünster

Zurich is Switzerland’s largest city. It is also its dynamic and cosmopolitan financial and technology center.

According to the tourism department, Zurich’s train station serves over 2900 trains a day and the city has the densest public transportation network in the world.

This makes getting to and around the city easy.

The Limmat River, Zurich
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The Limmat River, Zurich

A visit is even possible with a layover of several hours between flights. Depending on the amount of time available, it is a chance to stroll the Old Town, stop at a museum, or visit the recreation area Uetliberg Felsenegg, or simply enjoy a coffee and Swiss treat at a café or confiserie.

one of the delightful confections treats at Confiserie Sprüngli in Zurich
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one of the delightful confections treats at Confiserie Sprüngli in Zurich

Trains run every 5–10 minutes between around 5 am and 12:30am between Zurich’s airport and the city’s main train station. The trip takes 10-15 minutes. The cost as of March 20, 2017 is 6.60 CHF each way . Or buy a 24 hour ZürichCARD for 24 CHF (48 free or reduced CHF for 72 hours) for second class train travel, free or reduced entrance to all museums and more. It is available online, at the airport, and at train stations.

street of bay windows, Old Town, Zurich
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colorful bay windows on Augustunergasse, home to Zürich’s medieval artisans and factory owners.

Once there it is easy to get around. The main train station is conveniently between the city’s two rivers, the Limmat and the Sihl, and opens to Bahnhofstrasse, the renowned mile-long shopping street that connects the train station with the lake. Trams are to the right, the Swiss National Museum is to the left.

Swiss National Museum, Zurich
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Swiss National Museum, Zurich

For ideas on what to see and do during a short visit, see Notable Travels’ The Best of Zurich in 24 hours.

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