Cheap Flights to Zürich, Switzerland
- Area Total : 87.88 km² (33.93 sq. mi)
- Area Code : (+41) 43
- Currency : Swiss Franc (CHF)
- Population Total : 396,027 (2015)
- Official Language : German, French, Italian & Rumantsch
- Time Zones : CET UTC/GMT+1
- Airport : Zürich International Airport (ZRH)
Travellers at ZRH can get to Zürich via the train (10 minutes), the bus (11 minutes), a taxi, hired vehicle or an Uber, all taking around 10 minutes. Travellers at ZRH have 60 restaurants and an array of stores to explore while waiting. The airport has taken awards that include Europes Leading Airport and Best Airport for Baggage Delivery.
Travellers from South Africa can take flights from Johannesburg with the following airlines to ZRH:
- Lufthansa (via Frankfurt) 12h 56m+
- Air France (via Paris) 13h 55m+
- South African, Swiss (via Munich) 14h 5m+
- British Airways (via London) 14h 35m+
- KLM (via Amsterdam) 14h 40m+
- Iberia (via Madrid) 15h 0m+
ZRH has an abundance of airlines from around the globe touching down, some that include:
- EL AL Israel
- Cathay Pacific
Reasons to Visit Zürich, Switzerland:
- Lying at the north end of Lake Zürich with the Limmat River flowing through its historic town of Altstadt, Zürichs a beautiful scenic city nestled between wooded hills with snow tipped peaks in the distance. Its history dates back to 15 B.C. when the Romans founded and named it Turicum. Today Zürich is Switzerlands wealthiest and largest city, a world centre for finance and a city that every visitor wants to remain in.
- Its an ideal destination for families, students, business people, singles or couples in love. The promenades along the lake come to life during summer and there are wonderful outdoor festivals, lakes, rivers, swimming pools and choice parks for tranquillity and fun. Meander through museums and down the winding lanes in Altstadt with its charming historical buildings and olden atmosphere still lingering. Take a laid back cruise along the river, see the sights and enjoy an excellent meal. The city affords pleasing lush garden terraces, lakeside eateries, bathing bars, nightclubs, open-air movies, the theatre and much more.
- Visitors have affordable, Boutique and luxurious hotels including Motels, Inns, Country Houses, Apart Hotels and a good selection of backpacking establishments to choose from. Theres a cuisine for every taste and pocket in one of many fabulous eateries, cafes or beer-houses, some still housed in original buildings while others offer superb vistas including many Michelin starred restaurants.
When to Go Zürich, Switzerland:
Spring from May to June affords cheaper hotel prices with temperatures sometimes rising to the mid-20°C.
December to April is good for tight budgets, great skiing conditions and freezing cold weather!
The best time is during the peak season of summer from June to August with temperatures around 20°C, plenty of sun (and rain), high prices and lots of tourists.
Places to Visit Zürich, Switzerland:
- The beautifully elegant Fraumünster Church stands on the remains of an abbey for aristocratic ladies, founded by Louis the German for his daughter Hildegard in 853.
- The Romanesque-styled Grossmünster, a Protestant church is one of the citys famous landmarks, founded during the 9th century by Charlemagne.
- St. Peter, the oldest parish and only Baroque church in Zürich still has its original 9th century foundation walls beneath the chancel.
- The sturdy, austere looking Wasserkirche of Zürich , meaning water church sits on the banks of the Limmat and was first noted as ecclesia Aquatica Turicensi around 1250.
- The splendid Predigerkirche Zürich with its high Gothic bell tower was first built in 1231 A.D. as a Romanesque church and converted during the 14th century.
- A top attraction is the Swiss National Museum (1898) with striking architectural features and charming gardens that holds the largest cultural and historic collection in Switzerland and is one of the most important institutions of cultural history in Europe. Travel through prehistory, ancient times, the middle Ages to present-day times, then saunter through the gardens taking in the beauty of Lake Geneva.
- Stroll down the city main street, Bahnhofstrasse, one of the worlds most exclusive and expensive shopping avenues!
- For a deliciously simple but traditional meal, Wirtschaft zur Burg is housed in an enchanting winegrowers house dating back to 1676. Still with original features, the house is situated on the lake, surrounded by lovely gardens and wonderful vistas.
- For dining with a difference, Blindekuh was the first to try the concept of eating in the dark. The eatery holds culture evenings with 3-course meals accompanied by a musical, comedy or play and youll be served by a knowledgeable partially sighted or blind waitron.
- Kronenhalle for a meal with elegance and sophistication is one of Zürichs most famous eateries. Wooden panels are adorned with works by Matisse, Chagall and Braque and regulars once included Yves Saint Laurent, Coco Chanel, Pablo Picasso and others.
- For Euro-Asian cuisine, Tao located in the heart of the financial district provides a peaceful ambience and well cared for Chinese garden. Enjoy lunch at an affordable price in the garden, bar or in the restaurant.
- For French cuisine Ricos Kunststuben is a specialist. This 2-Star Michelin eatery affords a contemporary French menu that can be enjoyed on the terrace or inside.
- Haus Hiltl restaurant and bar founded in 1898 serves up scrumptious vegetarian food and is located at Sihlstrasse 28.
- The area of Niederdorf in the old town is popular for nightclubs as are the streets around Langstrasse and Zürich West with plenty of clubs and bars.
- Always enjoyable is a cruise, whether on the lake or river Limmat. The Lake Zürich Navigation company operate through all seasons with scheduled cruises taking between 90 minutes to four hours. Take to the water in a steamboat, a motorised one or a Limmat boat for a steamboat dinner, fondue cruise or late risers brunch from the Dreamboat range.
- Make your way to Rapperswil (Town of Roses) and stroll down alleyways from the medieval era. Overlooking the town is Rapperswil Castle, home to a Polish museum and breath-taking views. The Town of Roses stems from over 16,000 roses that flower on the Schanz and in the gardens of the Capuchin monastery.
Getting Around Zürich, Switzerland:
Purchase a Zürich CARD, valid for 24 or 72 hours that offers unlimited 2nd class travel on all modes of public transport, free or reduced admission to most museums, discounts at certain local stores, cultural and leisure activities and 50% off public city tours arranged by Zürich Tourism.
Buses & Trams:
Zürichs public transport system comprises an extensive network of buses and trams that operate daily from 05h30 to 00h30, arriving every six minutes during rush hour. The majority of buses and trams connect at Zürich Hauptbahnhof in the centre of Zürich. Tickets are purchased from vending machines available at every stop. A Tageskarte (one-day ticket) is a worthwhile purchase for visitors.
Taxis are readily available but very expensive.
Bikes can be rented from the baggage counter at the Hauptbahnhof railway station and great for riding into the citys surrounding areas.
Zürich is ideal for walking with many attractions grouped together.
Driving is not recommended in Zürich as traffic is very congested, parking scarce and costly. Preferably utilise your rental vehicle for excursions into the country. Rentals include Avis, Hertz and Budget and others.