Zurich unites creative city life and idyllic scenery within the smallest of areas. Art connoisseurs and culture enthusiasts have over 50 museums and more than 100 galleries to choose from, while inquisitive city explorers can discover the striking contrast between the picturesque Old Town and modern urban quarters. Nature lovers will delight in the city’s location directly by the lake and in its very own mountain, the Uetliberg. In addition, first-class restaurants, bars, and clubs give rise to a vibrant nightlife.
All major sights are within walking distance from Central Station and can be discovered in just a few
hours on foot. Whether with a city map on a round tour recommended by Zürich Tourism or under your own steam, it’s easy to get to know Zurich on foot. The Old Town of Zurich, the Grossmünster and Fraumünster churches, Lake Zurich, the Lindenhof and the famous Bahnhofstrasse are all within a 1- or 2-kilometer radius and easy to reach on foot in just 20 to 30 minutes.
One-third of the city of Zurich is made up of lush verdant spaces. In this city abounding in parks and forests, the nearest recreation area, barbecue site or hiking path is never very far away. Beautiful natural surroundings far removed from the bustling city can be found on Zurich’s very own mountain, the Uetliberg. The summit of this car-free, hilly mountain is swiftly reached by train or aerial cableway, offering visitors a fantastic panorama of the city of Zurich, the lake, and the snow-covered Alps on the horizon. Lush forests, such as the Sihlwald, provide plenty of fresh air and space to enjoy leisurely walks or more energetic sporting activities. Here, in one of Switzerland’s largest mixed deciduous forests north of the Alps, there are countless trails for walking, jogging, hiking, cycling, mountain biking or horse riding.
Zurich Tourism will provide you with all the informations, tricks and tips to make your stay in Zurich unforgettable.
Where to stay?
You can book approximately 200 hotels free of charge through Zurich Tourism. For more than 90 years, the Swiss Youth Hostels have been the first choice for budget conscious and environmentally aware travelers. Overnight rates in a shared room range between CHF 50 to 80.
Conference attendees can book hotel rooms at preferential rates through the following link: https://meeting.zuerich.com/en/visit/sga-congress-2023
Public Transport in Zurich
- Public transport vehicles in Zurich are punctual, safe, and clean.
- Arriving at the Airport (ZRH) is only a short train ride away from Zurich Main Station. Tickets run about CHF 7. A Taxi to the city center costs around CHF 70.
- Zurich’s transportation network is called the ZVV. It encompasses all buses, trams, inner city trains (“S-Bahn” in German), and passenger boats in the canton of Zurich.
- Zurich’s public transport services are reliable. Services starts at 5:00 am, and most lines run through to 1:00 am. The schedule is available online, and/or can be downloaded as a mobile app: zvv.ch
- Night schedule: On weekend nights, buses and trains – marked N for “night” – run after 1:00 am. Night tickets cost CHF 5 at the vending machines, and must be purchased in addition to the regular tickets.
- Tickets are sold at railway stations, tram stops and online. zvv.ch