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Zürich is the heart of Switzerland in many aspects. Also when Bern is the capital. Zürich has a high position in the world of finance. The average income of the 350,000 inhabitants of this city is quite high, for this the life in Zürich is not cheap. But in this city you can nearly buy everything, it is a huge commercial and culture capital.
The Lindenhof, situated on a hill on the west bank of the Limmat River, forms the historical heart of the city. Zürich is located in the north of the country to the northwest of the long and narrow Lake Zürich.
The Airport Zürich-Kloten (ZRH) is the largest airport in Switzerland. It is located 12 kilometers to the northeast of the city, along the A20 highway.
There are subway railways, called S-Bahn, a perfect way to go to more distant places like the popular medieval town Stein am Rhein. There are also ferry services on Lake Zürich and the Limmat River. In summer there are frequent services, whereas in winter most ferries are out of service.
Parking and Traffic
Almost every highway in Switzerland leads straight into Zurich. This might be quite easy for tourists, special when you decided to hire a car. The highway A1 connects Zürich with Geneva and Bern, the A3 runs to Basel and the A4 runs to Schaffhausen.
It is not always easy to find parking in the city and nearly all of them have to be paid for. There are many parking garages in the city and there is an electronic indication system that guides you to available parking garages.
What to see in Zürich:
If you would like to take advantage of the many possibilities you can see in and around Zürich like the countless lakes but also mountains in wintertime it is easy to rent a car at the airport or the city center. For not taking the more expensive local agents you should book the car in advance. These are some famous destinations in Zurich: