Bharti AXA TRAVEL INSURANCE Travel Guide to Zurich Indian Embassy in Zurich Indian Embassy near Zurich is located at Kirchenfeldstrasse 28, 3005 Bern, Switzerland Phone: +41 31 350 11 30 Visa Process for Indian Visitors to Zurich Original passports with 6 months validity from date of arrival in Switzerland along with the old passports The passport should have 2 blank pages for stamping purpose Visa application forms Cover letter mentioning the details of the traveller, type of travel, and details of visit. Confirmed hotel reservation for the complete stay Confirmed air tickets Day-to-day itinerary Travel Insurance Income tax returns or Form 16 for last 3 years Original and updated personal bank statements for last 6 months Time required: 15 working days About Zurich Zurich is the largest city of Switzerland well known as the country’s economic and cultural hub. It is also considered to be one of Europe's central financial and industrial capitals. With all this information spread around people often forget the delightful and mesmerizing places to visit in Zurich for tourists to visit. Zurich offers a many attractive destinations for the travel hungry tourist that include over a dozen museums, and a well-preserved ancient town that is filled with medieval as well as Renaissance buildings laden with art to keep art-lovers happy. Although Zurich buzzes with business activity day in and day out, it is one of the few towns of Switzerland which one can visit for sightseeing and travel on foot. Places to Visit in Zurich Here are a few tourist places in Zurich - Lake Zurich or Zurichsee A knot of promenade, park and garden, found in the lower part of Lake Zurich giving it the name of Lake Promenade is a picturesque location to spend a leisure afternoon in. The banks of Lake Zurich are filled with picnickers and sun-bathers in warm weather, with boats being prepped for anyone who wants to venture out. The boat rides offer some of the best views of the city and the Alps located nearby prompting many-a-traveler to take a boat ride around the lake. The hour and-a-half boat rides offered all year-round are free for the resident card holders of Zurich. Uetliberg Mountain Standing tall at an impressive height of 2,858 feet above the sea level, the mountain offers the travelers some of the most scenic views of Zurich and of the Alps surrounding it. After reaching the top, every traveler would find numerous trails of biking, hiking and sledding aided with stunning views and fantastic paths. One can also choose to Paraglide from the peak of the mountain. Altstadt or Old Town Altstadt or the Old Town of Zurich is one of the most attractive locations of the city loved by the tourist for its quintessential medieval nature with the winding cobblestone alleys running along the exemplary attractions of the city. The Minster of Our Lady church, Lindenhof and Bahnhofstrasse along with several celebrated museums such as the Swiss National Museum and the Museum of Art offers tourists enough memories to last a lifetime. Though all the buildings in Altstadt are worth admiring, the Muhlesteg Footbridge is another entity altogether. The bridge is famous for the collection of love locks which makes it a must visit for all travelers. The Old Town is also home to the highest number of nightclubs in Switzerland, which makes the city come alive when the sun goes down. Bahnhofstrasse While preparing your things to do in Zurich list, be sure of adding an evening stroll at this place. Taking a leisurely stroll along the lustrous storefronts of Bahnhofstrasse will surely be worth the effort. Starting from the Old Town, Hauptbahnhof station to Lake Zurich, it is the home to a huge variety of high-end shops. That includes Burberry, Gucci, Zara and Chanel. Swiss dessert-focused shops like the Confiserie Sprungli and the jewel-centric shops like Gubelin AG are found here. Although Bahnhofstrasse is a great place to visit even for the tourists on a tight budget window shopping here is a delight. Lindenhof Whether a tourist is a part of the old crowd appreciating a quite game of chess or the part of the hip youngsters exploring Bahnhofstrasse or the health nuts mesmerized by the superb views of Altstadt or the Old Town, the Great Minster church or the Limmat River, everyone loves Lindenhof. The elevated park with Linden trees, benches and giant chess sets was once the location of a fourth century fort. The flat, wheelchair-friendly terrain despite its short uphill climb offers something to all. Landesmuseum Zurich Popularly known as the Swiss National Museum, it is a historic, castle-like building and one of the most significant art museums of cultural history in Europe. This museum is a Swiss hub on surveying the regional art, history and culture along with the medieval and religious frescoes as well as the weapons and Swiss furniture. With many ornate rooms to explore, the travelers are recommended to take a free guided iPod tour in English to absorb everything the museum has to offer since most of the displays of the exhibit are in German. Great Minster church or Grossmunster Great Minster church, popularly as the Grossmunster is the preliminary location for enjoying the authentic views of the city from the top of the church tower. Veteran tourists of the city also recommended the new travelers to check out the stained-glass windows of the church along with its ornate bronze doors. Zoo Zurich More than two thousand animals from all around the world make their home in the Zoo Zurich grounds. The zoo features a petting zoo, an elephant park and a miniature rain forest. Though the high entrance fee of the zoo deters most ordinary travelers, the veteran travelers note and agree that even with the high fee the place is worth a visit especially for animal lovers. Minster of Our Lady Church or Fraumunster The graceful spire of the Zurich skyline popularly known as known Fraumunster is one of the most admired places to be. This church is famous for its stained glass windows by Marc Chagall. The church was founded in the ninth century, but the iconic spire of the city was not added till the 1732. And it was in the year 1970 that the famous stained-glass windows of Chagall’s were added. Though the church's exterior according to many is not so charming but the interior stained-glass windows mesmerize one and all. These are a few places for a tourist to look at while in Zurich. How to Reach Zurich FLIGHT The Zurich Airport or the ZRH is one of the largest and busiest airports in Switzerland with the major airlines regularly flying in and out. The national carrier or the SWISS International Airlines also operates most of its flights from here. ,A tourist can board a train to Hauptbahnhof from the airport itself, which is the central railway station of Zurich. It is located at second level of the airport shopping centre. Other low-cost airlines land on the Euro Airport Basel that is exactly an hour and half away from Zurich by train. ROAD Very few coaches offer to travel along with their passengers at a long distance but to arrive in Zurich from the other European cities many travelers on a tighter budget use them. Most of the highways of Switzerland lead to Zurich, hence, making driving an easy option if anyone wants to reach Zurich from another part of the country. All they need to do is have an international license at hand. TRAIN The extremely efficient railway system makes it easy for the travelers to reach Zurich from any other European city. All you need a Swiss Travel Pass. The tourist reaches Bahnhofstrasse the moment they exit the station and it is the centre of Zurich. Incidentally, Hauptbahnhof is the world’s busiest railway station with close to some three thousand trains running daily. Travelling in Zurich Though Zurich is connected through numerous bus routes but the most popular transport mode is trams – that are the most convenient way to travel around the city. For any tourists not wanting to take the bus or tram, they can always hop on the nearest train but would surely miss out on the most pleasurable views of the city that are offered by the trams. Walking is another ideal way to explore Zurich. The Old Town or Altstadt and the promenade down the Lake Limmat riverfront is best enjoyed on the foot. The boats or the river buses as they are popularly known operate during the summer but is one of the most convenient modes of transport as well as the most enjoyable. Best Time to Visit Zurich Perfect time to visit Zurich is all year-round as every season presents a different aspect of the country to love. March to May- It is the spring time in Zurich and the city tends to be rather cool at the time with the temperatures hovering around 12-13°C. But it is the time when tourists rarely flock around the city making it not as crowded as the summer months. This ensures that on a budget the tourists get good deals on hotels and flights. June to August- The months of summer are the best time to visit Zurich according to many of the veteran tourists as the weather is pleasant with temperatures averaging around 21°C. To enjoy the outdoors during sunny day’s weather is pleasant with many preparing to travel the entire city to their heart’s content in the cold breezy evenings. But it is also the most expensive time to be in Zurich at the peak of the tourist season. September to November- In Zurich, autumn is also a good season to travel for the budget travelers. As it is not as cold as the winter months but is still quite chilly at 4-10°C. The budget traveler benefits from the slightly low hotel rates as well as fewer tourists in the region. December to February- The winter months with its freezing temperatures at low -6°C are off season in Zurich, but for the skiers and winter sports enthusiasts who flock around Switzerland, making the city, the most popular stopover for many. The city also comes alive during the Christmas season ensuring that the tourists can enjoy all the shopping and festivities. What to Pack? Here are a few essentials to pack for Zurich- suits or good business casual clothes a Light-warm jacket, jeans, a couple of tee-shirts and also skirts jeans and tennis shoes Shoes that dry easily if you are visiting in the wet season Woolen jackets, woolly cots, thermal flasks to carry hot beverages Covered clothes for both warm and cold weather to protect your skin Female hygiene materials which are difficult to find A few general medications just in case Tissues, toilet papers and wet wipes a must as are difficult to find A small or large towel or both as per your need Top Delicacies Here are a few must haves of Swiss delicacy- Cheese fondue- the scrumptious Melted cheese on bread cubes Raclette - Melted cheese served with jacket potatoes, onions, cocktail gherkins and pickled fruit Älplermagronen- A gratin with macaroni, potatoes, cheese, onions and cream, served with apple on the side. Rösti- A hot and flat cake made of jacketed, grated or raw potatoes that are then fried on fat or hot butter. Birchermüesli - Contains oat flakes, condensed milk, lemon juice, lemon juice, almonds or hazelnuts. Indian Restaurants in Zurich Kormasutraat Mühlegasse 5, 8001 Zürich, Switzerland. Serves Indian and Asian cuisine. Call the restaurant at +41 44 252 48 48 Restaurant Vulkanat Klingenstrasse 33, 8005 Zürich, Switzerland. Serves Indian and Thai cuisine. Call the restaurant +41 44 273 76 67 Tandoori BBQat Seefeldstrasse 96, 8008 Zürich, Switzerland. Serves Indian cuisine. Call the restaurant at +41 44 202 00 21 Shopping List Essentials (What to buy at the Location) While visiting the famous places in Zurich here are a few souvenirs one can buy- Swiss Knife - It is probably the dream of everyone to own it and generates instant admiration for one who gives it to them. Swiss Chocolates- A pack of original Swiss chocolates is one of the best gifts to present anyone after you return from the Alps as it is loved by all. Swiss Watch- With numerous watchmakers settling in Switzerland any city there is the carrier of the branded watches like Omega, TAG Heuer, Zenith, Blancpain, Jaeger-LeCoultre, Breguet, Rolex, Patek Philippe, etc. Healthcare Centers Health is given a top priority in Zurich. The city lists on the ten top cities for one person to live in. Hence, it is no surprise that the facility of healthcare provided in health centers of Zurich is top notch with a patient receiving medical attention every step of the way, whenever they need it. Emergency Contact Numbers Police: 117 Fire department: 118 Emergency rescue service (Ambulance): 144 Air-Glaciers: 1414 1415 Currency By helping you in the process of converting your currency into Zurich usable currency ones many a travel website like us offer you currency converter which would help you in getting the correct idea about the kind of money that you need to carry with you during your stay there. Local Do’s & Don’ts Do’s Dress conservatively and neatly Respect the traditional Swiss greeting which consists of three kisses on the cheek Don’ts Do not speak loudly in public places Do not ask people personal questions Basics of Local Communication Here is how you greet people in Zurich - English German Good morning Guten Morgen My name is … Mein Name Ist Where is...? Wo Ist Yes JA No - Nein Please Bitte Sorry Es tut uns leid How much is this? Wieviel kostet das Toilet Malasalakudam Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) Planning on an international trip? 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