Zurich has a reputation for being the world’s most expensive city for business travellers. However, recent research reveals that it is comparable with London and Paris.
Park Hyatt Hotel
Located in the heart of Zurich’s financial district, the Park Hyatt is a sophisticated 5-star boutique hotel. Encircled by the prestigious financial institutions of Paradeplatz Square, the Park Hyatt hotel also affords effortless access to the fashionable boutiques on Bahnhofstrasse, the scenic beauty of Lake Zurich and the captivating attractions in Altstadt (Old Town), Niederdorf, the Congress Hall and Opera House.
Within every detail, this Zurich Switzerland hotel seamlessly blends ultra-modern comforts and amenities into an artful design featuring an eye-catching Ingo Maurer ‘Porca Miseria!’ chandelier as its centrepiece. Find true urban sanctuary within 142 rooms & suites offering spectacular views of Zurich, warmly coloured interiors, and tech-savvy amenities.
The vibrant international restaurant parkhuus showcases an unparalleled dining experience amidst the energetic backdrop of the open kitchen, with a wine library, dynamic Lobby Lounge, delicatessen-inspired Café Z and the fashionable Onyx Bar offering splendid alternatives for casual cocktails and relaxation in the city centre.
Leisure indulgences include the Club Olympus Spa, Zurich, a state-of-the-art fitness centre, and our signature Hyatt Concierge service for activity, tour and dining arrangements. For signature meetings and conferences, Park Hyatt Zurich offers versatile event venues along with first-class planning and catering services.
Reuters City Information
Do not labour under the misapprehension that Zurich, Switzerland’s largest city, is simply a sterile banking hub. Yes, it is the country’s economic capital and home to one of the largest stock exchanges in the world – but, get under the clean, efficient surface of this picturesque but expensive city of 380,500 people, and you’ll find a surprisingly vibrant edge.
Get your bearings with a boat cruise on the waters of Lake Zurich (the town sits at its northern tip), or the River Limmat; most major businesses, shops, restaurants, nightclubs and hotels are situated within two miles of either side of the river. The local café society can be found in the labyrinth of lanes in the cobbled riverside old town: perfect for a slow meander.
For those who like to blend work and pleasure, Zurich is well placed for skiers. From the 871-metre (2,857 ft) Uetliberg mountain — easily reached by train — stop to admire the breathtaking panorama of city and lake against the surrounding snow-capped peaks.
-Money: Swiss Franc (CHF; SFr)
Notes are in denominations of SFr 1,000, 200, 100, 50, 20 and 10. Coins are in denominations of SFr 5, 2 and 1, and 50, 20, 10 and 5 centimes.
American Express, Diners Club, MasterCard and Visa are widely accepted. ATMs are widely available
Zurich Airport is eight miles (13 km) from the city centre. There is an express check-in facility and automated check-in machines for passengers.
From the airport, there is a train service approximately every 10 minutes to the main railway station (Hauptbahnhof). The journey costs SFr 5.80. The airport taxi rank is located in front of Arrivals 1 and 2; a taxi journey to central Zurich costs around SFr 50 and takes between 20 and 40 minutes. Most hotels offer a shuttle bus service: these buses wait for passengers in the set-down area between Arrivals 1 and 2.
Public transport is cheap and the network is extensive. The Verkehrsbetriebe Zurich (VBZ) operates trams and buses from 5.30 am to after midnight; there are also night buses. Zürcher Verkehrsverbund (ZVV) operates services within the canton as a whole, including all trains. All-day travel cards (Tageskarte) can be purchased from coin-operated machines at all tram stops and at the Central Station. The Züricard (available for 24 or 72 hours) enables unlimited use of public transport, as well as access to many museums and discounts at participating restaurants. Buy these (Sfr 15 for 24 hours and Sfr 30 for 72 hours) either at the airport or train stations.
The main ferry terminal is at Enge, but it can be easier to board at Bürkliplatz. Zurichsee-Schifffahrtsgesellschaft operates services to Rapperswil and Schmerikon.
Although taxis are readily available and safe, they are expensive. Good taxi firms include Alpha Taxi: 044 777 77 77 and Züritaxi: 044 222 22 22.
The centre of town can be easily navigated on foot.
Hiring a car is expensive and parking is scarce. Major rental companies have desks at the airport and offices throughout the city.
Citizens of the US, Canada, Japan, EU member states and most other European countries do not require visas to enter for visits of up to three months. Nationals of other countries must apply for visas before travelling to the country.
Businesspeople in Zurich are expected to wear suits. When visiting a firm, a business card is essential.
The handshake is considered a standard greeting even if you are meeting somebody with whom you are already acquainted. It is not customary to use first names unless you have already been addressed in this way.
Although English is widely spoken, it is always appreciated if a visitor attempts to say a few words in the language of the host.
German Swiss tend to get right down to business. The French and Italian Swiss will expect some small talk first. Good topics for conversation are sports, travel and politics.
A service charge is always included in the bill and tipping extra is optional. However, most people round up the bill total and leave a small tip. This applies in restaurants, hotels and taxis.
Zurich is an exceedingly safe city to visit.