By Jessica Howell
Zürich
Switzerland
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Nestled in the heart of Europe, Switzerland is a beautiful country characterized by its modern ideals, cultural diversity, and natural beauty.  If you are looking for a place that will inspire creativity and enrich your senses, Zürich is the perfect place for your next vacation.  EscapeWizard.com urges you to book your trip to Zürich today!

Winner of the World Traveler Award and Business Traveler Award, Zürich-Kloten International Airport is considered one of the best airports in the world.  With luxury accommodations such as supervised playrooms for the little ones, day rooms for a brief cat nap in between flights, and showers for you to freshen up after a long trip, Züirch International Airport will impress even the most seasoned traveler.  Click on the following link to book your flight to Zurich (www.escapewizard.com/flight.php).  The airport is just 8 miles from the city center and is easily accessible via a range of public transport options or a private shuttle.  This charming alpine town also features a wide range of hotel options to meet your accommodation needs.  To browse our selection of hotels click on the following link (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl).

Before pulling out your travel guides, EscapeWizard.com recommends that you purchase a city card ZürichCARD, which allows you to experience more of Zürich for less money.  The ZürichCARD allows you to travel by trams, buses, trains, boats, and cableways in Zürich for no additional fees.  If that alone doesn’t sell you on this exclusive travel pass, the ZürichCARD also gets you 10% discount at selected Zürich shops, a ‘culinary surprise’ with each main course at selected Zürich restaurants, various reductions on activities and nightlife clubs, and free admission to all museums in Zürich.

With over 50 museums in the city, you should have no problem finding one that speaks to your particular interests and personality.  In keeping with Zürich’s rich cultural diversity, EscapeWizard.com recommends you visit the Rietberg Museum, which is the only museum in Switzerland dedicated to non-European art.  Museum Rietberg houses an internationally renowned collection of works from Asia, Africa, America and Oceania, and also features one of Zürich’s most beautiful parks, the Rieterpark.  Another museum you must see in Zürich is the Kunsthuas Zürich (Museum of Fine Art), which houses the most important collection of modern art in Zürich.  Here you will find works by famous expressionists, modern artistic trends, and a wide choice of pop-art works.  Finally, EscapeWizard.com urges you to get back in touch with your inner child at the Zürich Spielzeugmuseum (Zürich Toy Museum).  Browse the museum’s collection of more than 1,200 antique toys from all over Europe, some dating back as far as the 18th century!

After visiting the Zürich Toy Museum, step out onto the quaint cobble stone street and begin exploring one of the oldest parts of the city, Altstadt.  Referred to as “Old Town,” this section of the city is a great place for shopping, dining, and site seeing.  Spend a day getting lost in charming section of Zürich and discover all the little gems that make Zürich such a wonderful place to visit.  Also located in this historic part of the city are two popular religious attractions:  The Grossmünster Cathedral and the nearby Fraumünster Church.  The Grossmünster Cathedral is known for its looming twin towers and Romanesque crypts.  The Fraumüster Church is renowned for its turquoise topped tower, 5,793 pipe organ (the largest organ in Zürich), and its stunning stained glass windows.  Both are a must see during your stay in Zurich!        

Although you could spend your entire trip exploring the streets and squares of the city, EscapeWizard.com recommends you take time to venture outside the city limits and get back in touch with nature.  One of Zürich’s most popular attractions would be the breath taking mountains looming on the horizon.  Towering thousands of meters above sea level, The Alp’s attract serious skiers and snowboarders who dream of making a pilgrimage to conquer its snow covered peaks.  The best way to see the Alp’s is to book a customized tour with one of Zürich’s reputable tour companies.  Not a skier?  No need to worry!  There are dozens of tours available that will speak to your unique interests, including hiking trips, cheese and chocolate tours, and excursions to picturesque alpine towns.  If nature is what you seek, EscapeWizard.com also recommends taking a boat tour on Lake Zürich and to The Rhine Falls, one of Europe’s largest waterfalls.

The most important thing to keep in mind when you travel to Zürich is that this is not a place you see, it is a place you experience.  From vibrant night life to sacred religious attractions, Zürich is a unique city that is guaranteed to enrich and inspire.  EscapeWizard.com urges you to click the following link to begin your life changing journey to Zürich, Switzerland today (www.escapewizard.com/flight.php).
Hotels in Zürich
By Jessica Howell
Crowne Plaza Zürich
Badenerstrasse 420, Zürich, Switzerland
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When traveling to Zürich, Switzerland, it is important to keep in mind that this is not a city you see, it is a city you come to experience.  You can live the Zürich way by day, and live in luxury at night when you stay at the Crowne Plaza Hotel.  Be greeted by friendly staff and sprawling marble floors as you enter the elegant Crowne Plaza Hotel. 

Although Zürich has dozens of museums and art galleries, you can view vibrant artwork and sculptures without ever leaving the hotel.  Decorated by interior designer Tony Chi, the Crowne Plaza is surely one of the most stylish hotels you will ever stay in.  Check in at the Crowne Plaza is at 2 PM and check out is at 12 noon.  Once you have checked into your room, you will be impressed with the amenities available to all Crowne Plaza guests including, Cable/Satellite TV, complimentary high-speed internet, calming aromatherapy spray, electrical adapters, and a multimedia panel where you can plug in your MP3 player and listen to your favorite tunes.  Every room also features a coffee maker, tea maker, and mini bar.

Guests at the Crowne Plaza can also take advantage of the spacious fitness and wellness center, equipped with exercise machines, aerobic room, aerobic classes, indoor heated pool, sauna, Turkish bath, whirlpool, tanning beds, solarium, personal trainer and massage therapy.  While the heated indoor pool and fitness room are open to all guests, other amenities average around $32 American dollars.  If you are visiting Zürich during the warmer months, there is also an outdoor playground for your kids, as well as an open air swimming pool and baby pool just outside the hotel.  

The Crowne Plaza also boasts three uniquely delicious restaurants to delight your taste buds.  Feast on Zürich delicacies at Relais des Arts, which serves up international and seasonal gourmet cuisine Monday-Friday from 11:30 AM-2:30 PM and 6:30 PM-11 PM.  During the summer months, enjoy international gourmet cuisine at The Hotel Crowne Plaza Zurich Garden Restaurant.  The Garden Restaurant is open Monday-Friday 11:30 AM-2:30 PM and 6:30 PM-11 PM.  Both restaurants are closed on weekends.  The Crowne Plaza’s third restaurant, The Restaurant LetziLeu is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner 7 days a week.  Diners can choose from both buffet and á la carte meals.  All restaurants close from 2:30 PM until 6:30 PM with the exception of The Restaurant LetziLeu, which reopens an hour earlier at 5:30 PM.  Guests can also sip cocktails in the elegant Lobby Bar until 1 AM.

When you stay at the Crowne Plaza in Zürich, you will be just miles from many of Zürich’s most prominent attractions.  EscapeWizard..com recommends that if you’re traveling to Zürich, you make reservations to stay at the Crowne Plaza.  You will not be disappointed! Click on the following link to make your reservation today:  (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl).