NORTHERN SWITZERLAND

ZURICH

The city of Zurich is both historical and modern, with a fascinating past, vibrant present and an exciting future. It is multicultural, exciting and easily accessible with more than 150 destination connections via the airport.There is a mixture of sights and attractions, from more than 50 museums to visit, over 100 art galleries and the fashion labels, to relaxing by the river, visiting one of the bathing areas near the river or Lake Zurich, or hiking the nearby mountains. If you love getting out at night, you will find plenty of clubs of all varieties, including gay bars, 80s music and house music parties.Shopping in Zurich is great, with plenty of options to suit all tastes. If you’re after luxury brands, head to Bahnhofstrasse; traditional go to the Old Town; and you find a range of local labels in Zürich-West & Aussersihl.Attractions you won’t want to miss include the Swiss National Museum – a fairytale castle like building that is more than 100 years old; Grossmünster church; Lake Zurich; and the Opera House.

ST GALLEN

St Gallen is located in the East of Switzerland, between Lake Constance and Appenzellerland, and has a history which dates back to the 7th Century. St Gallen is a history-buff’s dream.In St Gallen, you will find 28 sites that are listed as heritage sites of national significance in Switzerland. These include the Abbey of St. Gallen, the former Dominican Abbey of St. Katharina, the Reformed Church of St. Laurenzenkirche and the Roman Catholic parish church of St. Maria Neudorf. They also include the Textile museum, Historical and Ethnographical museum, the Cantonal library, the Art and Natural History museum, the Museum in Lagerhaus and the Cantonal archives. Two bridges, the Eisenbahnbrücke BT (railroad bridge) and the Kräzern-Strassenbrücke, are also listed and other sites include the train station, post office, University of St. Gallen, Cantonal School, City Theatre, the Lokremise with Wasserturm tower and the Tröckneturm tower.The most famous landmark in St Gallen is its Baroque cathedral with the Abbey Library, where you will find more than 170,000 documents which are more than 1,000 years old.

 


BaselSwitzerland’s third busiest city, Basel is a city that is filled with culture, beautiful scenery and an interesting history. It is home to 40 museums, the Rhine River and it has a very popular and beautiful Old Town that is certainly worth visiting.Top tourist attractions include the Muenster Cathedral, built between 1019 and 1500 in a roman/ gothic style; Rathaus; the Tinguely Fountain; Spalentor City Gate which was built in the 1400s; the art collection at Fondation Beyeler or that at the Kunstmuseum; the Swiss Paper Museum for something a little different; and of course the Rhine River where you can enjoy fantastic views.And you must also visit Drielandereck – the point where Switzerland, Germany and France meet.

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