A major international flight station in Europe, Zürich Airport makes it easy for tourists in Central Europe to transfer to various parts of the world. It handles an average of 20 million passengers every year through commercial flight companies such as Swiss International Air Lines. This port of entry in Zürich also makes it easy to reach other parts of Switzerland, as it connects to the rest of the country the A51 motorway and other major roads. These make it relatively easy for travellers to make their way to the central and eastern parts of the country.
Travellers landing on Zürich Airport will find three terminals and an airport centre comprised of many buildings that includes car parks, a railway station, and a bus terminal. Duty-free shopping, bars, and restaurants can also be found here, making it a hub of convenience that serves a pleasant introduction to Switzerland. From here, travellers can arrange for their own transport to Zürich, which lies about 13 kilometres north of the central part of the city.
Where to go
Travellers going to see the sights of Switzerland will find the trip exciting due to the various sights and activities available here. One can start with Geneva to see the Old City, where one can find Cathédrale St-Pierre, a predominantly Gothic structure with a neoclassical facade. One can go inside here and climb up to the attic and the towers where panoramic views await.
From here, tourists can venture to see the Jet d'Eau, a lakeside fountain shooting up water high in the air at the port. It sets a charming backdrop at the shore, especially in sunny days when rainbows form. Those going around will also see the Musée International de la Croix- Rouge et du Croissant-Rouge, which displays multimedia exhibits on the humanitarian missions undertaken by the Red Cross and Red Crescent in different parts of the world. There is also the Palais des Nations to visit, which allows a tour inside the building and the grounds that house the United Nations.
Lugano, located on the southern central part of the country, makes a relaxing destination due to its natural and cultural attractions. Several buildings here are designed in the Italianate Lombardy style such as the Cattedrale di San Lorenzo, which was made from white stone and Carrara marble. Chiesa Santa Maria degli Angeli, a former monastery, is also a great example of this architectural style, and further embellished with beautiful frescoes made by Renaissance masters. Those going to enjoy the great outdoors can also venture here to visit the Monte Bre, the closest mountain to the city. Hikers reaching the top can enjoy the view of the town, lake, and mountains.
Hanover, a city in the German state of Lower Saxony, is a fascinating destination to visit from Zürich. Only more than an hour away, this part of Germany features the Herrenhäuser Gärten, which largely resembles the gardens at Versailles. It is well tended with various beautiful features such as fountains, flowerbeds, hedges, and shaped lawns. A maze can also be found here, which makes it exciting to stroll around the area. After touring the gardens, one can head over to Sprengel Museum and see various modern works by various masters. Other sights to visit here include Altstadt, the restored old town of Hanover, and Neues Rathaus which tourists can climb to find the viewing platforms for a look at the city skyline.
Travellers out to see other parts of the world can make a sojourn to Beijing, the capital of China. This proud city features various awe-inspiring landmarks such as the Forbidden City, the country's best-preserved ancient building. It was home to two dynasties before the last emperor was overthrown by the Republic. After a tour here, travellers can move on to the Summer Palace, where one can explore the temples, gardens, pavilions, and other parts of the premises. From here, one can check out various temples and eat out in the restaurants for an authentic taste of delicious Chinese cuisine.
How to get out
Travellers going to see other parts of the world can schedule flights on Zürich Airport. Various airlines with direct flights to destinations around the world serve here. Some of them are Aer Lingus, Aeroflot, airBaltic, Air Berlin, Air Canada, Air France, Alitalia, American Airlines, Austrian Airlines, British Airways, Delta Air Lines, easyJet, Edelweiss Air, El Al, Emirates, Etihad Regional, Finnair, Germanwings, Iberia, KLM, Korean Air, Lufthansa, Lufthansa Regional, Pegasus Airlines, Qatar Airways, Royal Air Maroc, Royal Jordanian, Scandinavian Airlines, Singapore Airlines, Swiss International Air Lines, TAP Portugal, Thai Airways, Turkish Airlines, United Airlines, and Vueling.
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