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Long regarded as the financial center of Europe, Zurich certainly knows how to balance business with pleasure. The elegant Park Hyatt Zurich is located in the heart of the banking district on Beethoven-Strasse, mere steps from Zurich Lake and walkable to most of the city's attractions. Because of Switzerland's neutrality during World War I, Zurich became a haven for artists, musicians and writers. That spirit still pulses beneath Zurich's buttoned-up exterior at the quirky cocktail bars and shops of Zurich West. Whether romance, culture, or fine dining are on your itinerary, Zurich is well prepared to meet your needs.
For a scenic view of the entirety of Zurich, make your way to Uetliberg Mountain for an unhurried stroll along the Path of the Planets, a hike, bike ride or panoramic picnic on the peaks. You'll also find restaurants and shops.
Describing itself as an oasis of urban tranquility, the menu of services at the Park Hyatt's on-site Club Olympus Spa ranges from hot stone massages to all-over sea salt body polishes and algae wraps.
Known as the main stretch of downtown, Bahnhofstrasse is the picture of luxury retail: Prada, Dior, Chanel and Louis Vuitton. One of the most best-known squares in the country, Paradeplatz, lies at the end.
Much of Zurich's natural beauty can be attributed to Lake Zurich, stretching southeast of the city. The water is clean and well-cared for and swimmable beaches abound in the warmer months.
Located on the ground floor of the Park Hyatt, ONYX Bar appeals to both guests and locals. Known for its barrel-aged cocktails, chestnut wood tables and multiple awards, you'll be hard-pressed to find a better spot for a martini.
Home to Switzerland's largest crypt, this twin tower landmark of the city is a 12th century Romanesque cathedral that played host to dozens of Catholic saints. The north tower provides staggering views of the city.
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Zurich is a very walkable city and its attractions are often close together, so many of the places you want to visit can be reached on foot. You can get everywhere by train, bus or public transportation system, which is considered one of the best in the world.
The Polybahn is a 19th century funicular. From the central tram station, purchase a ticket to ride upward for a stellar view of Zurich. A public terrace and small cafeteria for snacks is also available at the top.
Don't be waylaid by the imitators. The best Swiss chocolate can be found in Migros supermarkets. Ask your hotel concierge how to book a tour through Altstadt (Old Town) to sample the confection at a variety of small shops.
Derived from the word "aperitif," apéro time is a celebrated cocktail period and occurs every day in the pre-dinner hours. Make like a true local and order an aperol spritz or lillet vive before your dinner reservations.
Characterized by mild spring and summer days, brisk fall weather and cool winter evenings, each season in Zurich is distinct but not extreme. At its peak, summer is warm and humid, between 55 and 75 degrees. The winters are cold, but stay between 30 and 40 degrees for crisp, snowy days. Zurich is a lovely destination to enjoy at every time of year from Christmas markets in December to summer swimming sessions in Lake Zurich.