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.
Arriving at Zurich Airport
Zurich Airport (ZRH), with its three runways and three terminals, is Switzerland's busiest transport hub. Also known as Kloten airport, it lies just over six miles (10km) north of the city centre, spread across the municipalities of Kloten, Rumlang, Oberglatt, Winkel and Opfikon. Terminals A, B and E connect to the Airport Centre building, home to the check-in areas, shopping areas and onward connections.
Trains depart from Zurich Airport railway station for Zurich Hauptbahnhof – the city's main station – every few minutes. The journey takes between 10 and 15 minutes. The Stadtbahn Glattal light rail system also services the airport, offering a useful alternative for visitors staying in the north of the city.
Zurich Airport has excellent road transport links. If you're hiring a car from the main terminal complex, expect a 20-minute drive into the city centre along the A51 motorway. You'll take the same road for ski resorts to the south of Zurich, including Engelberg, Titlis and Andermatt.
Taxis are available 24/7 from in front of the arrivals areas, and more than a dozen bus routes service the airport.
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.