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Switzerland’s largest city enjoys a lakeshore setting, and the mountains are close enough to remind everyone in Zurich that there’s more to Switzerland than pacing the clean streets of the city. It’s a good choice for a short stay, even a long weekend break, but before long you’ll want to escape from Zurich and discover another side of Switzerland. The centre of Zurich is an enjoyable jumble of small roads on either side of the River Limmat, just at the point where the river flows north out of the Zürichsee. It’s a great area to wander. Zurich packs a few surprises. Cut through the conservative veneer and you’ll discover a city that made space for Lenin, James Joyce and the European avant-garde. In 2016, Zurich marked the centenary of its own home-grown art movement: Dadaism was born in the Swiss city.

Zurich is the largest rail hub in Switzerland. The main station, just a five-minute walk from the heart of the Old Town, is called the Hauptbahnhof (and is shown as Zurich HB on Loco2). It is especially well served by overnight trains. Every evening, direct trains leave Zurich HB for Berlin, Budapest, Hamburg, Ljubljana, Prague, Vienna and Zagreb. These trains all include a choice of proper sleepers, more economical couchettes and – for hardy travellers – seated accommodation.

The choice of daytime departures from Zurich HB is remarkable. There are French TGVs to Paris; Austrian Railjets to Salzburg, Vienna and Budapest; EuroCity trains to Como and Milan (with much shorter journey times to Italy following the opening of the new Gotthard Base Tunnel in late 2016); a new direct daytime service to Venice at weekends in summer 2017; German ICEs to Frankfurt-am-Main and Hamburg. There are frequent trains to all major Swiss cities.

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Prague to Zurich by train

from £64.00

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Nuremberg to Zurich by train

from £37.00

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Leipzig to Zurich by train

from £56.00

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Fulda to Zurich by train

from £37.00

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Innsbruck to Zurich by train

from £35.00

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Strasbourg to Zurich by train

from £49.00

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Paris to Zurich by train

from £25.00

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Zug to Zurich by train

from £13.50

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Radolfzell to Zurich by train

from £36.00

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Aachen to Zurich by train

from £74.50

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Konstanz to Zurich by train

from £36.00

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Salzburg to Zurich by train

from £36.50

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Ulm to Zurich by train

from £37.00

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Friedrichshafen to Zurich by train

from £18.50

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Ebbsfleet to Zurich by train

from £158.00

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Schaffhausen to Zurich by train

from £16.50

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Munich to Zurich by train

from £18.50

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Karlsruhe to Zurich by train

from £18.50

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Saint Anton to Zurich by train

from £99.00

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Lille to Zurich by train

from £74.50

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Bellinzona to Zurich by train

from £56.00

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Zermatt to Zurich by train

from £130.50

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Buchloe to Zurich by train

from £28.50

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Feldkirch to Zurich by train

from £39.50

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Hamburg to Zurich by train

from £36.50

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Lyon to Zurich by train

from £53.00

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Mainz to Zurich by train

from £35.50

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Romanshorn to Zurich by train

from £53.00

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Düsseldorf to Zurich by train

from £46.50

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St. Gallen to Zurich by train

from £27.00

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Lindau to Zurich by train

from £27.50

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Naples to Zurich by train

from £69.00

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Basel to Zurich by train

from £27.50

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Rome to Zurich by train

from £27.60

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Winterthur to Zurich by train

from £23.00

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Neuchâtel to Zurich by train

from £50.00

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Chur to Zurich by train

from £35.50

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St Moritz to Zurich by train

from £73.50

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Florence to Zurich by train

from £39.90

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Brussels to Zurich by train

from £55.00

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Geneva to Zurich by train

from £71.50

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Como to Zurich by train

from £8.80

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Heidelberg to Zurich by train

from £38.00

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Frankfurt am Main to Zurich by train

from £36.50

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Mannheim to Zurich by train

from £37.00

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Barcelona to Zurich by train

from £51.50

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Bologna to Zurich by train

from £18.00

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Eindhoven to Zurich by train

from £66.00

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Toulouse to Zurich by train

from £91.00

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Budapest to Zurich by train

from £136.50

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Cannes to Zurich by train

from £48.50

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Interlaken to Zurich by train

from £54.00

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Berne to Zurich by train

from £45.50

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Turin to Zurich by train

from £20.00

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Freiburg to Zurich by train

from £19.00

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Lucerne to Zurich by train

from £22.50

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Dresden to Zurich by train

from £37.00

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Bregenz to Zurich by train

from £45.50

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Sargans to Zurich by train

from £30.00

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Rotterdam to Zurich by train

from £225.00

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Utrecht to Zurich by train

from £57.00

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Dijon to Zurich by train

from £50.00

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Saarbrücken to Zurich by train

from £37.00

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Luxembourg City to Zurich by train

from £53.00

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Koblenz to Zurich by train

from £37.00

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Countries Children Youths
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Eurostar 4 - 11 12 - 25
France* 4 - 11 12 - 27
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Switzerland 6 - 16 17 - 26
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