The largest city of Switzerland runs along the edges of Zurich Lake, and the waters of Limmat River as art galleries and banks fill the arcades of the newer district that was built between the 18th and 19th centuries. Trolley cars run along the main street of Bahnhofstrasse, which reaches a length of nearly 4,000 feet while fountains offer a serene soundtrack with trickling water, accentuating the trees that line the walkways.
Your private transfer will greet you upon your arrival at Zurich Airport, and you will soon find the aroma of marzipan and chocolate emanating from a confectioner’s café first opened in the mid-19th century. Truffles and bonbons are stacked in graceful pyramids near the window for passersby to see as the snow-capped peaks of the Alps protrude along the horizon from the evergreen trees that blanket the hillside on the opposite shores of the lake. After settling into the comforts of your luxury hotel, your guide will greet you in your hotel lobby eager to lead you on an in-depth tour of the city. You will traverse the cobbled lanes of Old Town to find the riverside shopping street of Limmatquai. Antique guild homes once belonging to merchants line the waterway and frame the 17th-century Haus zum Ruden, highlighting a timber floor and lower stone walls reaching a thickness of more than three feet.