Zurich is well connected and could be reached by flight, train or car in a timely manner. The ETH Zurich as well as the IBM laboratories are regularly hosting meetings in the city were bankers have the power to rule the whole world.
What to do
- Go downtown and get inspired by the city centre at the seaside of Zurich. The area between the lake and the churches “Grossmünster”, “Frauenmünster” and “St. Peter” has still some places like in the middle ages.
- Did you like Gaudi’s Parc Güel in Barcelona? Niki de Saint Phalle’s sculpture park in Tuscany? Then catch a train to Dietikon, just north of Zürich, and pay a visit to Bruno Weber’s incredible Sculpture Park project.
- Two hours to kill until your plane leaves? Then hang out in the Airport Fitness Spa, enjoying sauna, a massage or a makeover.
Where to stay
- Switzerland is a bit pricy but you could always get a good offer around the central station. However, passing this area by night could be challenging and the hotels itself are mainly in the usual style like most hotels around the world. Ask your local organiser for detailed information
- Use the public transport network. Trams and buses will bring you anywhere, even into the surroundings.
Where to eat
- An excellent restaurant is “Top of Zurich” and it is, surprisingly, located on top of Zurich, on the “Ütliberg”. The restaurant could be reached by the using tramline “S10”to the end of the line. Nevertheless, there still some meters to go and cars do not have access – You should have in mind that you are in Switzerland and flip-flops might not be appropriate for that walk .
From the restaurant, you will have a marvellous view and it is worth to climb the tower before sunrise.
- Try the old armory! Restaurant Zeughauskeller is decorated with cannons, crossbows and all kinds of medieval weapons. The cuisine is Swiss, at affordable rates.
What to bring home
- The Swiss people know how to enjoy live and they are skilled in producing delicious chocolate. It will be difficult to escape from that.
- Swiss wine. Even in Zurich, there are wineries and vinyards. Swiss wine is rarely exported. You’ll be surprised about their quality!
- Consumer electronics, such as digital cameras, mobile phones, SLR cameras. Switzerland is not a member of the European Union, and has in addition a VAT of 7% on such items. And even these 7% you can claim back upon export.
- The Zurich airport duty-free shop has virtually no alcohol taxes on spirits. Hard to find your favorite Cognac or Single Malt cheaper anywhere else.
- One of the best maps is hosted by the city of Zurich. The different overlays provide local transport, culture, restaurants and everything else that could be useful for mobile project worker.