Northern Switzerland

Travel Guide
Appenzell
Walk around the lake in the country’s largest municipality and visit the Old Towns of this region’s historic and cultural cities.

Northern Switzerland is a cultural haven, comprising some of the country’s most cosmopolitan cities and picturesque countryside. While its southern counterpart is renowned for ski resorts, this area contains several of the nation’s largest cities, with some of the country’s most impressive architecture.

Spend time in the industrial, economic and cultural hub of Zurich. Snow-capped mountains surround Switzerland’s largest city, which has an Old Town that is among Europe’s greatest treasures. Gaze up at the Charles Tower of Grossmünster church, visit the Helmhaus gallery along the river and see Marc Chagall’s stained-glass windows in the Fraumünster church.

Follow the Limmatquai riverside promenade and stroll along the main shopping strip, the Bahnhofstrasse. Try the Lake Promenade for views of Lake Zurich. Dress warm for freezing winters and expect pleasant, warm summer days.

At the lake’s southeastern end is the enchanting village of Rapperswil-Jona. Admire the majestic architecture of the Rapperswil Castle and visit the Rapperswil-Jona Municipal Museum.

Northeast of Zurich is the multicultural former industrial town of Winterthur. Visit some of its many museums and galleries, such as the Winterthur Museum of Photography and the Winterthur Natural History Museum.

Continue north to the town of Schaffhausen, where you will find the Rhine Falls. The cascades are 490 feet (150 meters) wide and 75 feet (23 meters) high.

Drive west from Zurich for about 1 hour to reach Basel, known for its many galleries and museums. It has a wonderful Old Town, with highlights such as the Basel Cathedral and its plaza, Münsterplatz. The city has an exciting atmosphere and great food. Try local cheese-and-onion tarts and gingerbread biscuits. Hike through the picturesque terrain of Arlesheim to see churches and castles.

The region makes up the northern part of this relatively small Western European country. It shares borders with Germany, France, Liechtenstein and Austria. Fly to international airports in Bern or Zurich and travel around the country via excellent rail links.

Visit Northern Switzerland to find some of Europe’s most cultured and historic towns.

Where to stay in Northern Switzerland

Holiday Inn Express Zurich Airport, an IHG Hotel
Holiday Inn Express Zurich Airport, an IHG Hotel
3 out of 5
Hofwisenstrasse 30, Ruemlang, ZH, 8153
The price is $95 per night from Dec 18 to Dec 19
$95
per night
Dec 18 - Dec 19
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly hotel in Ruemlang. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and onsite parking. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (1,002 reviews)
"Stayed here on a layover . It had all the basics , free shuttle from the airport ( charge on the way back but not much ) . Free breakfast . Price for the room was very reasonable . Overall I would highly recommend this hotel ."

Reviewed on Dec 1, 2022

Holiday Inn Express Zurich Airport, an IHG Hotel
citizenM Zürich
citizenM Zürich
4 out of 5
Talacker 42, Zürich, 8001
The price is $179 per night from Dec 4 to Dec 5
$179
per night
Dec 4 - Dec 5
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Zürich. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and a 24-hour front desk. Our guests praise the bar and the helpful staff ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (661 reviews)
"The room was very nice, we enjoyed the breakfast too. The staff is always smiling and helpful, really great place to stay."

Reviewed on Dec 1, 2022

citizenM Zürich
Radisson Blu Hotel Zurich Airport
Radisson Blu Hotel Zurich Airport
4.5 out of 5
Zurich Airport, Kloten, ZH, 8058
The price is $180 per night from Dec 10 to Dec 11
$180
per night
Dec 10 - Dec 11
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury hotel in Kloten. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and 24-hour room service. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the comfy rooms in ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (1,003 reviews)
"You can reach the hotel by going outside the airport and walk for 150 m , or down using escalators and walk to the hotel from underground."

Reviewed on Nov 29, 2022

Radisson Blu Hotel Zurich Airport
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Residence Appartements
Residence Appartements
3.5 out of 5
Letzigraben 177, Albisrieden-Altstetten, Zürich, 8047
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly aparthotel in Zürich. Enjoy free WiFi, room service, and onsite parking. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the ...
3.9/5 Good! (395 reviews)
"everything for the pleasant stay is available, you can be easily in the center of Zurich city by walk"

Reviewed on Jun 11, 2022

Residence Appartements
Aparthotel Adagio Zurich Center
Aparthotel Adagio Zurich Center
Stampfenbachstrasse 60, Zürich, 8006
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly aparthotel in Zürich. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and a fitness center. Popular attractions Swiss National Museum and Polybahn ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (62 reviews)
"We had a great stay in your hotel and highly recommend it to Zurich visitors!"

Reviewed on Nov 12, 2022

Aparthotel Adagio Zurich Center
INSIDE FIVE City Apartments
INSIDE FIVE City Apartments
3.5 out of 5
Motorenstrasse 11, Zürich, 8005
Stay at this 3.5-star aparthotel in Zürich. Enjoy free WiFi, an area shuttle, and a garden. Our guests praise the spacious rooms in our reviews. Popular attractions ...
3.9/5 Good! (172 reviews)
"Great place to sleep"

Reviewed on Oct 3, 2022

INSIDE FIVE City Apartments
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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