A major transportation hub, Zurich is often the city that tourists see in passing, en route to other Swiss destinations or beyond.
But “Zu-rich” is a lot more than just a stuffy, wealthy business city. You might even say it’s downright trendy—especially in places like the happening West neighborhood, a former industrial area now buzzing with sleek cafés, eateries and nightlife.
Set against a backdrop of craggy Alps and crystalline lake, Zurich has an all-around fresh feel to it, the feel that attracted and inspired modernist artists and writers like James Joyce and the Dada movement’s Tristan Tzara.
That artistic fever is still alive today, in Zurich’s major art museums and rapidly changing neighborhoods. But there’s also a strong anchor to the city’s past, seen in the cobblestoned streets and shuttered Gothic houses in Altstadt (Old Town) and the medieval guildhalls found throughout the city.
Ready to plan your trip to Zurich? We’ve got all the tips you need to see Zuirch on the cheap:
- Keep to a budget: Believe it or not, it is possible to see Zurich cheaply. Our budget tips tell you everything you need to know.
- Get a room: Most Zurich hotels cater to the wealthy and business folk, but we scoured the streets and found some great cheap hotels in Zurich that’ll fit any budget.
- Eat cheaply: You can cut down to the basics, but you still have to eat. Our cheap eats in Zurich guide tells you how to save on food without resorting to microwave dinners.