Though best known as a world banking center, Switzerland's Zurich is one of Europe's most charming cities, and a place for delectable dining as well.
Its compact central district and its scenic location on the Limmat River make Zurich a perfect place for walking tours, and visitors can delight in any number of historic and cultural attractions.
Some of the sights that are a must on any tour include:
Fraumunster Cathedral - a 12th century church that surprisingly contains stained glass windows by noted modern artist Marc Chagall.
The Zurich Art Museum - a superb collection of 19th and 20th century art, including a large collection of works by Dada.
Grossmunster Cathedral - an imposing church reputed to have been started by Charlemagne.
Bahnhofstrasse - Zurich's main shopping street, with designer boutiques
and high end department stores.
Another attraction in Zurich is its cuisine, which ranges from simple yet delicious fondue and raclette in charming cafes, to haute cuisine and fine wines in elegant restaurants like the Carlton. And then, of course, there's the Swiss chocolate. You haven't really enjoyed winter until you've sipped the hot chocolate at Zurich's landmark Cafe Shober.
There are also a wide range of fine hotels to choose from, including the major international chains. For those who want both a scenic location and luxurious accommodations, the best choice is the zum Storchen, the only four-star hotel located right along the River Limmat.
For information on planning a trip to charming Zurich, log on to the website www.myswitzerland.com. And for information on flights to Switzerland,
log on to the Swiss International Airlines website, www.swiss.com.