Zurich may just be one of Europe's best-kept secrets.
The Swiss city's long association with financial order and good timekeeping disguises an increasingly progressive cultural hub, where historic landmarks sit alongside arty pop-ups and night spots. With its windy streets, stunning lakeside backdrop and scope for Alpine adventure, Zurich is a medieval gem reborn for the 21st century.
Food and drink
Zurich's smattering of Michelin-starred restaurants in District 1 is testament to a city that has injected external influences to its culinary roots. Traditional Swiss dishes are counterbalanced by European and world cuisine in upmarket surroundings – naturally, the prices match.
Switzerland's impressive list of edible exports includes raclette, cheese fondue, and rösti. Locally made cheeses – including Appenzeller, Gruyere and Emmental – are often the bedrock of starters and mains, while chocolate is integral to sweeter dishes.
Head to the main railway station on Wednesday and you'll be greeted by dozens of packed stalls selling fresh – often organic – farm produce. The weekly Bahnhofmarkt is complemented by notable fruit and vegetable markets at Bürkliplatz, Oerlikon and Helvetiaplatz throughout the week.