Lady's First Design Hotel Zurich

Mainaustrasse 24, Zurich, Zurich, 8008, Switzerland
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lay over in Zurich

by fairlight

Hello all,

This happened kind of suddenly, but my sister and I will have layovers in Zurich on our way to Kenya from US and back. We will get to Zurich on Monday, June 28th at 10:45AM and will be leaving at 9:30am on Tues. On our way back, we'll get to Zurich on Tuesday July 14 at 6:30am and leave at 1:00pm. We're planning to fly through London, but the tickets were to expensive, so we're going through Zurich. Here are my questions:
What should we do while in Zurich? How would we get to attractions from the airport?
Any recommendations on hotels? (Our luggage will be checked all the way to New York, so we won't have to worry about carrying it around. Just looking for a place to sleep)
We speak Russian and English. Will we have problem communicating with people?

We like architecture, nature, great food, shopping and walking.

Thank you!

Re: lay over in Zurich

by fairlight

I also forgot to add that we really want to see the mountains

Re: lay over in Zurich

by K_V_B

Zürich airport has a railway station, and from there you can easily get downtown, and to about anywhere else in Switzerland. So In your case I'd check in to an airport hotel (to make catching your flight easier) and then just head somewhere. Switzerland has a country wide mass transit system, so you can easily get wherever you want to. See for schedules.
You could just stroll around in Zürich, but if you really want to see the mountains I'd suggest you maybe go to Luzern.
Luzern allows you to sample you a lot of Swissness. It's a nice town. It's got a lake. It's got some mountain tops with great views.
You could for example do the following circuit:
- Train to Luzern (a vit more than an hour from the airport, runs every half hour)
- Walk around Luzern a bit.
- Take a boat on the lake to Vitznau.
- Take the train up to the summit of the Rigi. Enjoy the views (late afternoon/early evening is best, because you're not looking in to the sun
- Take the train down to the other side of the Rigi to Arth Goldau.
- Take train back to Zürich from Arth Goldau.

Re: lay over in Zurich

by K_V_B

And about language: No problem at all. Swiss are polyglots. Almost every body you will have to deal with speaks English, and you might even encounter people speaking Russian :-)

Re: lay over in Zurich

by fairlight

Thank you K V B!

I have one more questions. We're thinking about staying at Holiday Inn Messa or Holiday Inn Express near the airport. Which one would be better option? How would we get to either hotel from Arth Goldau?

Re: lay over in Zurich

by fairlight

Also do we need to book tickets for the boat and train in advance or can we just buy them when we arrive?

Re: lay over in Zurich

by Mbimmler

There is absolutely no need to book tickets in advance - just buy them at the station either at a counter (where staff will definitely be fluent in English) or at one of the touchscreen ticket machines which usually have English interfaces as well. Usually, not many seats are reserved on Swiss trains so you shouldn't have a problem. If you're worries about not finding a seat, e.g. if you're travelling during rush hour, just make sure to turn up early at the train station (which means ca. 15 mins pre-departure in Zurich for inter-city trains).

Travel Tips for Zürich

Cows on the balcony

by littlesam1

There are a lot of cows in Switzerland. Cow bells can heard along the country side as you travel by the trains. But there are also some unusual places to find cows. Here is found a cow replica on the balcony of someone's apartment. It was staring down at me and I had to take its picture.


by matcrazy1

Formerly the church of a Convent for Noble Ladies founded by King Ludwig of Germany in 853, the cathedral has foundations which date back as far as the 9th to 11th centuries. The stained-glass windows in the choir, created in 1970 by Marc Chagall, are especially fine.

The 6 o'clock bell chimes (Sechselauten)

by barbskie

A Spring Festival in Zurich held every year on the third Monday of April unless it clashes with Easter Monday, and be postponed for the following week. This historic spring activity is a reminder of the time when zurich was ruled by the guilds of craftsmen during 1334 to 1798. The celebration begins with a children's parade on Sunday afternoon. In the last few years it is participated of different cultures existing in the region both local and international with their lovely costumes. The following day(Monday) there is an impressive procession of guildsmen marked by finely decorated floats with thousand of flowers and the elegant horsemen. The highlight of the festivities is the burning of the "BOEGG" at exactly 6 pm while the horsemen gallops around the burning object. Boegg is a snowman specially prepared for this very day. It is padded and stuffed with explosives. The shorter time it explodes, the better is the summer.(it is the belief). GOODBYE WINTER!!!!
This years burning took only 12 minutes....juhui!!!

In Your Pocket guide Zurich (IYP)

by yumyum

On the 1st of October 2010 the no. 1 edition of the Zurich InYourPocket guide appeared and I just had to grab it on its first day out on my way to Germany. I'm a big fan of those city guides and know them from various destinations in Eastern Europe.

Zurich IYP will appear 6x per year and has excellent information on various issues like arrival, transport, accomodation, food, nightlife etc etc.

You will find it for free at the airport information, then in Zurich at all the VBZ (public transport sales offices) Ticketerias as well as in many 4 and 5 star hotels. But you will NOT find it at the tourist office in the main railway station. But there is a VBZ Ticketeria in the main railway station. It's currently located in the inbetween floor going down to the underground shops.

Urania Sternwarte (Urania Observatory)

by Fam_Stoica

Urania is the oldest public observatory in Switzerland. It was built in 1907 and is managed by the public university of the canton of Zurich since 1936.

The main telescope is a 30-cm-refractor (lens telescope) built in 1907 by Carl-Zeiss Jena. Depending on air conditions it allows magnifications from 60 to 600 times.

The 51m tower provides a beautiful view of the town, the Lake of Zurich and the Alps.


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Address: Mainaustrasse 24, Zurich, Zurich, 8008, Switzerland