Looking into Modern Zurich's PastSwitzerland’s largest city continues to impress me. Gradually shrugging off its unfairly one-dimensional image as a corporate centre, Zurich is emerging as one of Europe’s most up and coming tourist destinations. The incarnation of hipster bars, restaurants and concept stores within industrial spaces makes for a curious contrast with the more traditional history and culture that firmly resides here.
Zurich is home to some of Europe’s most stunning examples of medieval architecture, a product of the city’s early exposure to religious reformation, economic growth and social revolution throughout the medieval and early modern period. Stroll through the cobbled lanes of Old Town and the brilliantly preserved architecture will tell you the story of time; delve into the past as you explore countless beautiful buildings and dozens of museums that will sate the keenest historians.
Landmarks such as Grossmünster, Peterskirche and Fraumünster are icons that tell a personal tale of Zurich’s rich history. Continually capturing the imagination of all its visitors, I believe that Zurich’s atmospheric Old town provides a traditionally charming alternative to the city’s financial district.
A destination that continues to defy expectation by dazzling its visitors with its little-known yet fascinating history, contemporary and vibrant urban scene and astounding natural beauty; I have no doubt that Zurich will soon be one of Europe’s most sought-after city-break stops. So go, explore – now’s your last chance to beat the crowds…