About the area:
Zürich is a stunningly beautiful city that sits astride the River Limmat (the Zürichsee flows into the River Limmat). Its charming old town, comprising a substantial part of the city center, is full of beautifully restored historic buildings and narrow, hilly alleys. In the distance, snow-clad peaks overlook the waters of the lake, and the shores are dominated by turn-of-the-century mansions.
Zürich is also one of the world's leading financial centers -- the Zürich stock exchange is the fourth largest. However, Zürich is a far cry from a cold-hearted business city. The avant-garde Dadaist movement started here in 1916, when a group of artists and writers rebelled against traditional artistic expression.
The city's extraordinary museums and galleries, and the luxuries available in shops along the Bahnhofstrasse, Zürich's Fifth Avenue, attest to the city's position as Switzerland's spiritual, if not political, capital.