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Zurich

Zurich, the largest city in Switzerland, is a worldwide banking center but there's plenty of fun things to do with kids. Founded on the banks of the Limmat River during Roman times, in the Middle Ages Zurich prospered with businesses in textiles, silver and gold. Albert Einstein came to Zurich as a student to attend the ETH university – today kids can ride the 1889 red Polybahn cable railway up to the campus for a super panorama of the city.
Zurich Photo Album
    Burkliplatz Lake Zurich
    Old City (Altstadt)
    South Zurichhorn Park
    Museums
    Day trips Rapperswil
    Fountains – Everywhere you go in Zurich, look for fountains in all shapes and sizes. The water is good to drink and you'll see the locals filling their water bottles from the fountains.
    Ride the trams – It's so easy to get around downtown Zurich with the trams and buses (ZVV network), which run frequently and cover the central Zurich, zone 10. Tageskarte, a day transportation card, allows for unlimited trips on any tram, bus, and includes Limmat boat rides on the lake and river. Click here for the map and ticket info.
   

Fun food

     

The warm smells coming out of the sweet shops (confiserie) in Zurich are enticing, and it's hard to walk by without sampling chocolates in all sizes and freshly baked pastries. For elegant sweets, stop into Sprungli and try the colorful tiny "Luxemburgerli" macarons in pastel colors, with flavors of chocolate, vanilla, raspberry, lemon, caramel. (The biggest Sprungli shop is on Bahnhofstrasse, others are near the Stadelhofen tram stop, and ShopVille under the train station.)

family hotels zurich switzerland

There's plenty of fun things to do with kids in Zurich, but you'll need a fun place to stay.

Here's our own Travel for Kids hand-picked list of family hotels and apartments rentals, all styles and price ranges, in neighborhoods comfortable for families, and near to places you'll want to explore.

Zurich family hotels
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