Culturally vibrant, efficiently run and attractively set at the meeting of river and lake, Zürich is regularly recognized as one of the world's most liveable cities. Long known as a savvy, hard-working financial center, Switzerland's largest and wealthiest metropolis has also emerged in the 21st century as one of central Europe's hippest destinations, with an artsy, post-industrial edge that is epitomized in its exuberant summer Street Parade.
Zürich boasts of Dadaism, more than 100 art galleries, several renowned museums (like the Museum of Art
and the Swiss National Museum
) and world-famous architecture, both old and new. But for those who aren't art enthusiasts, Zürich also offers a number of active pursuits that range from swimming in clean Lake Zürich (in the warm months) to hiking through nearby Uetliberg Mountain
. Local historic treasures include Old Town
and Minster of Our Lady church
. And a visit to Zürich wouldn't be complete without checking out the haute-couture shopping along Bahnhofstrasse
and the variety of animals housed at Zoo Zürich