universal adapter for travellers from UK, IRL &US
Miscellaneous: If you are travelling from UK Ireland or US it is necessary to bring an adapter for your electric equipment. I was really lucky my B&B had a i-pod dock because I was not able to find an adapter and had forgotten mine at home.
Free city map
Miscellaneous: Don't forget to take a free city map of Zuerich at the Tourist Information Office.
The map includes the locations of the most important sights and an overview of the public transportation network.
Zurich's Tourist Information Office is located in the Main Train Station.
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In Your Pocket guide Zurich (IYP)
Miscellaneous: 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.
In Your Pocket Guide - Zurich
Miscellaneous: I must admit that I am a huge fan of the "In Your Pocket" guides and I was more than happy to hear that since October 2010 they are now also available for Zurich. The Zurich guide will be published every two month.
It not only provides helpful information about transport, accomodation and sights, but also many off the beaten path tips and background information. Apart from that the guide is usually entertaining to read.
The printed version of the "In Your Pocket - Zurich" guide is available free of charge in most hotels, but also at the Service Centre in the airport as well as in the ZVV ticket booths.
A PDF version can be downloaded from the "In Your Pocket" website.
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Essentials for winter
Luggage and bags: Travel with a hiking ruck sack if you can so that you don't have to wheel a case up high hills. Once you are aware that Zurich is full of steep hills, you'll see that it makes sense to pack lightly and carry most of the weight on your back.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: In winter wear thermal under garments, it gets very chilly and snows at night. Forget high heeled shoes, it's just not the place for fancy footwear. Trekking shoes can be useful when you need to climb yet another hill. Also if it snoww, boots that keep out the frost and are waterproof are very useful.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: There are so many pharmacies in Zurich that you could find anything you want, unless it's somethiing specific, in that case bring it with you.
Photo Equipment: A digital camera is a must for all the amazing views you will want to capture.
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Luggage and bags: I favour a squashy bag on wheels
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Take low healed sandals which can be dressed up for the evening or dressed down with jeans. Sarons can bu useful for day and evening.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Everything is available. I always travel with 3 in 1 wipes. Versatile, light and very useful. Always use a suitable factor of suncare when you travel.
Photo Equipment: Everything is available. i love my digital camera!
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Take at least 1 peice of swimwear when you travel with a pretty sarong which can double as a shawl for cooler evenings.
Miscellaneous: Take universal travel plugs.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Temperature and weather vary enormously therefore it is advisable to pack sensibly. One or two jumpers may still be required even in the summer months along with a comfortable pair of walking boots. This is especially true if you intend to explore the surrounding mountains around Zurich.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: according to seasons in northern hemisphere, it's always handy to bring some raingear though you could, of course, obtain it here if need should arise. Cheap pocketsize umbrellas at department stores come for about 10 Euro.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Everything available.
Photo Equipment: tons of opportunities for grrreat pics abound.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: In winter Zürich can reach -15 Celsius degrees easily, therefore warm clothing is advisable. Also in summer, as you may take some trips to the mountains where you can still face cold temperatures.
Miscellaneous: In the picture a frozen fountain.
Photo Equipment: I photograph most with 200 ASA (Because weather can chance ) and a 28 - 200 mm Tele Objektive. Enough spots !
Miscellaneous: Nothing special anless much money ...
Sometimes it is raining as normal in Central Europe. Good Shoes are not worse, when you like trekking Uetliberg (1 hour ) or some other mountain around
Good Shoes - or Suffer!!!
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: If you like to discover Zürich by walking, be sure to take good walking shoes with you: the cobble stones really get to your feet otherwise!!!
Miscellaneous: films, films, films - so much to see!!!
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