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Zürich, Switzerland

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Best time to visit Zurich is the northern gateway to the Swiss Alps. At the same time it lies comfortably at 408 metres above sea level, which means it gets quite warm in summer. If you’re on the look-out for snow, your best bet is February. Travellers who shy away from low temperatures visit Zurich in the summer months, from June to August.

August 1st is Switzerland’s national holiday and Lake Zurich is famed for its magnificent fireworks (they also take place on New Year’s Eve).   Ravers can dance themselves crazy at the Street Parade which takes place every year, generally on the second Saturday of August.

Language Barriers Country code +41 City code 44

A third of Zurich’s population aren't Swiss passport holders and those who do are not guaranteed German speakers. Most Swiss people speak English sufficiently well, though their thick accent might be confusing. Chances are you'll find a native English speaker or international guest wo…

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Zürich for families

As the largest city in Switzerland, Zürich offers visitors an unparalleled variety of activities and attractions to enjoy. Whether they are here to appreciate the city’s internationally recognised opera house, sample the eclectic mix of big brand shopping outlets and local farmer’s markets, or explore the glorious hills and lakes surrounding the city’s municipalities, each visitor will find an activity of interest.

This is no less true for the city’s many younger visitors. Whilst Zürich’s main tourist attractions welcome children of all ages, there are several places of interest which offer a particularly wonderful environment for younger visitors to have fun.

The easily-accessible Zürich Zoo allows parents and little ones the opportunity to dive into an extremely family-friendly adventure - they can see The Exotarium’s reptiles, frogs, and aquariums, sneak into the Rainforest Dome to see monkeys and flying foxes, or pay their respects to the King of the Jungle at the large cat enclosures.

A family trip to Zürich also allows children to learn more about the rich cultural history of the region, and other subjects of educational interest, by visiting one of the city’s 150 museums and art galleries. There’s the small but fascinating Toy Museum, or the Swiss National Museum, which offers a seasonal, ever-changing programme of interesting exhibitions. For young visitors who would like know more about the progress of science and technology, the Technorama Center boasts of giving children a “true feast for all the senses” - however, if mums and dads want an inexpensive excursion just a short drive out of the city, there is also the free Lindt & Sprüngli Chocolate Factory Museum to consider, which offers a selection of chocolate treats to its visitors – always a hit with the kids!

For getting around, the city’s public transportation network is reliable, convenient and extremely family-friendly, with Under 6’s usually travelling free; older children up to age 16 are eligible for heavily discounted fares.

Similarly, the city’s family-friendly ethos extends to the selection of local accommodation. There are a number of family hotels in Zürich which offer a high standard of rooms and suites to provide all the amenities any younger guests require (such as free ice-cream!). For example, the Mövenpick Hotel Zürich-Airport.

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