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Switzerland’s financial capital, Zurich nestles in the north end of Lake Zurich to the north of the country. The most striking scenery of Zurich is of the old town, Altstadt with its gothic and baroque structures, and the Limmat River dissecting it from the center. Steeped in culture and history, Zurich is one of the few cities in the world that has preserved its pre-medieval heritage while embracing contemporary designs. Given Switzerland’s status as the world’s wealthiest metropolis, its no surprise Zurich makes it to the list of world’s most livable cities. Easily Europe’s hippest destination, its cultural vibrance is revealed in the annual summer Street Parade when the city turns into one of the largest techno parties in the world, where revelers in millions hit the streets in colorful costumes and demonstrate their idea of freedom, love and tolerance amid electronic music performances.

There is no end to activities in Zurich you can pursue. Begin by exploring on foot the historic centre with its winding lanes and gorgeous churches with tall spires, some of the finest specimens of medieval architecture preserved beautifully. It this delicate balance between the old-world and the contemporary that will strike you most about Zurich. After sightseeing in the city, unwind with a glass of beer in Zuri-West, the heart of Zurich’s nightlife. To get a serene view of its sprawling waterfront promenades, head to Limmatquai and walk along the river all the way to the 17th century town hall, Rathaus.

By way of sightseeing, scenery, eating out and shopping, there is simply no dearth of options. Another high-point of your stay in Zurich would be the day trips you can make to the snowy peaks of the Alps. Ride a coach through this truly scenic region of Switzerland, Bernese Oberland in the Jungfrau, and then a cogwheel train to Europe’s highest railway station, Jungfraujoch at a dizzying 11,333 feet. Behold from there a white landscape composed of snow-capped peaks and glaciers and clouds with a patch of blue sky. Or ride an Ice Flyer chairlift to Mount Titlis for breathtaking views of the Alps on a day trip from Zurich.