You'll have heard of the 'gnomes of Zurich', but what you might not know is that the city where they are based has an idyllic old quarter that might have been taken straight from a fairy-tale. And if your dreams are more down-to-earth, you'll still find plenty in the Swiss metropolis to appeal: surrounded by hills and set on the northern point of Lake Zurich, with the snow covered Alps on the horizon, the location is delightful and the nearby Uetliberg mountain affords the best views of the town. There are more than 50 museums and 100 art galleries to enjoy, as well as magnificent monuments such as Grossmunster Cathedral, exclusive shopping along Bahnhofstrasse, cafes and a bustling nightlife... and at this time of year, snow, which adds an extra touch of magic to everything.
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Zurich is particularly attractive in winter. Here the river Limmat, with Grossmunster Cathedral in the background.
Bahnhofstrasse is considered one of the most exclusive shopping avenues in the world; here you'll find stunning jewellery stores, the impressive – and discreet – offices of banks, and luxury shops in monumental buildings