By Lily Heise for TravelAge West
Known the world over as Switzerland’s financial capital, picturesque Zurich has a lot to offer business and leisure travelers alike. Encircled by mountains and sitting idyllically on the banks of Lake Zurich, the city boasts a postcard-perfect old town, contemporary design venues and world-class hotels and restaurants.
A convenient gateway to active holidays in the Swiss Alps, Zurich is a year-round destination. In the summer, visitors can enjoy mingling with locals at the city’s lake- and river-side bars or its outdoor cinema, and can even take a dip in Lake Zurich’s pristine waters. In winter, a day meandering the destination’s renowned holiday markets can be capped off with a cup of “gluhwein” (mulled wine), piping-hot fondue, a trip on the Christmas tram or a refined, Michelin-starred meal.