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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); German ICEs to Frankfurt-am-Main and Hamburg. There are frequent trains to all major Swiss cities.

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Barcelona to Zurich by train

from £75.50

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Salzburg to Zurich by train

from £34.00

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Copenhagen to Zurich by train

from £61.00

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Cambridge to Zurich by train

from £155.60

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Dijon to Zurich by train

from £48.00

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Memmingen to Zurich by train

from £17.50

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Friedrichshafen to Zurich by train

from £17.00

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Singen to Zurich by train

from £17.00

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Florence to Zurich by train

from £42.80

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Lindau to Zurich by train

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Nice to Zurich by train

from £77.50

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Neuchâtel to Zurich by train

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Venice to Zurich by train

from £17.10

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Bologna to Zurich by train

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Lyon to Zurich by train

from £64.00

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Berne to Zurich by train

from £43.00

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Saarbrücken to Zurich by train

from £34.50

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Geneva to Zurich by train

from £72.00

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Eindhoven to Zurich by train

from £49.50

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Düsseldorf to Zurich by train

from £62.00

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Bregenz to Zurich by train

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Lille to Zurich by train

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London to Zurich by train

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Amsterdam to Zurich by train

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Innsbruck to Zurich by train

from £66.00

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Lucerne to Zurich by train

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Frankfurt am Main to Zurich by train

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Cologne to Zurich by train

from £34.50

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Basel to Zurich by train

from £26.50

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Bellinzona to Zurich by train

from £52.00

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Interlaken to Zurich by train

from £71.00

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Brig to Zurich by train

from £77.00

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Tirano to Zurich by train

from £18.50

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Monza to Zurich by train

from £16.10

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Mannheim to Zurich by train

from £36.00

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Hamburg to Zurich by train

from £34.50

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Rome to Zurich by train

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Stuttgart to Zurich by train

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St Moritz to Zurich by train

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Brussels to Zurich by train

from £51.50

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Como to Zurich by train

from £16.30

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Munich to Zurich by train

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Schaffhausen to Zurich by train

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St. Gallen to Zurich by train

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Paris to Zurich by train

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Berlin to Zurich by train

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Vienna to Zurich by train

from £34.00

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Chur to Zurich by train

from £35.00

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Aachen to Zurich by train

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Baden-Baden to Zurich by train

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Verona to Zurich by train

from £43.30

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Saint Anton to Zurich by train

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Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport to Zurich by train

from £76.50

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Offenburg to Zurich by train

from £45.00

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Strasbourg to Zurich by train

from £48.50

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Milan to Zurich by train

from £8.10

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Luxembourg City to Zurich by train

from £34.00

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Genoa to Zurich by train

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