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Autumn in Switzerland

Why travel to far-off shores when home has so much to offer? Destination Dolder has a wide range of leisure activities and opportunities for rest and relaxation – perfect couples wether in search of relaxation or adventure.

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Between city and nature

Its elevated location between pulsating city and invigorating nature makes the Dolder Grand the ideal setting for inspiring moments that live long in the memory. Zurich Airport can be easily reached by car in 20 minutes.

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Four wheels at the Dolder Grand

Centrally located and easy to access, the Dolder Grand is the ideal spot for an unforgettable stay with your motor in tow. The urban jungle and legendary Alpine passes through stunning landscapes are both barely a stone’s throw away, linked by some of Switzerland’s most beautiful roads. With ample parking, complimentary guest cars, a charging station for electric cars and much more besides, we offer the perfect setting for your car experience at the Dolder Grand.

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Discover Zurich

Switzerland’s biggest city boasts a wealth of both historic and modern attractions. Extensive pedestrian areas make it easy to discover the well-preserved old town on both sides of the Limmat.

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Sightseeing in Switzerland

Experience Switzerland

Thanks to its central location and good transport links, Zurich can serve as a base for day trips to a wide range of attractions. This makes the Dolder Grand an ideal starting point for all of your sightseeing expeditions.

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Culture in Zurich

An internationally renowned city of culture

With over 50 museums and 100 galleries, Zurich is considered to be one of the world’s leading cities of art. The orchestras at the Tonhalle and the Opera House, as well as the renowned Zurich Chamber Orchestra, offer musical entertainment at its very best.

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    World-class art, theatre and music


    Kunsthaus Zürich
    Kunsthaus Zürich is a must for all friends of the fine arts – it is home to one of the most significant collections in Europe and notable temporary exhibitions. Highlights at the gallery include the largest Munch collection outside Norway, paintings by Picasso, Monet and Chagall and by expressionists such as Kokoschka, Beckmann and Corinth, as well as works by Alberto Giacometti. Also on display are pop art pieces and works by Rothko, Merz, Twombly, Beuys, Bacon and Baselitz.


    Swiss National Museum
    The Swiss National Museum, which is located next to the Hauptbahnhof, contains Switzerland’s largest collection of artefacts detailing the cultural history of Switzerland. The museum building is over 100 years old, and the exhibits housed within it bring the past to life, with material legacies – from works of art to everyday objects – providing an insight into how Switzerland’s past generations lived. The museum also regularly addresses socially relevant issues in its special exhibitions.


    Museum Rietberg
    The Museum Rietberg takes visitors on a trip around the world – the museum’s treasures range from “magical” sculptures from Africa to Buddhist art from Asia and cultural artefacts from the South Pacific and the Americas. A series of fascinating special exhibitions is held at the Rietberg Museum to provide interesting insights into individual cultures. In summer, the café offers visitors picnic baskets for an enjoyable afternoon in one of Zurich’s most beautiful parks.


    Museum für Gestaltung
    As a partner to the Zurich University of the Arts, the Museum für Gestaltung maintains four important collections covering the areas of design, graphic design, applied art and posters, as well as a library that is open to the public. Temporary exhibitions are held to make visitors aware of how design permeates every aspect of our daily lives. An internationally renowned collection of applied art is housed at the Bellerive Museum in the Seefeld district.


    Zurich Opera House
    Seating around 1,100 guests, the Zurich Opera House is one of the world’s smallest great opera houses, and at the same time one of the best – in 2014, it was named Opera Company of the Year at the International Opera Awards. The diverse schedule encompasses not only well-loved operas and operettas, but also the premieres of new works, children’s operas and ballet evenings. International stars such as Cecilia Bartoli, Diana Damrau, Joyce DiDonato, Anna Netrebko, Emily Magee, Nina Stemme, Stephen Gould, René Pape, Matti Salminen and Klaus Florian Vogt, as well as conductors such as Marco Armiliato, Fabio Luisi and Carlo Rizzi, are regular features at the Zurich Opera House.


    This used to be a place where steamboats and motorboats were built. Today, the former factory dominates the lively cultural scene in the west of Zurich. In addition to its main stage at Heimplatz in the city centre, the Schauspielhaus Zürich has three more theatre stages in this listed building, and the diverse programme on offer at the Schiffbauhalle, the Box and the Matchbox is renowned throughout Europe. The Moods jazz club, LaSalle restaurant and Nietturm bar can also be found at the Schiffbau.


    Theater Neumarkt
    Theater Neumarkt in the centre of Zurich’s old town focuses on contemporary performance art. Three times a season, the theatre turns its attention to a new thematic area, which it proceeds to analyse in a range of different pieces. This temporary focus enables the theatre to examine its chosen themes from various perspectives.


    Tonhalle Zürich
    The Tonhalle Zürich concert venue has some of the best acoustics in the world. The famous concert hall, which can seat 1,455 people, was built in 1895 and inaugurated in the presence of Johannes Brahms. In recent years, the Tonhalle Orchestra has developed into one of Europe’s leading ensembles. The orchestra comprises around 100 musicians and has been conducted by Lionel Bringuier since 2014. It performs around 100 concerts every season with approximately 50 different programmes.

Events in Zurich

Entertainment to suit all tastes

Zurich is renowned for its busy events calendar, with the highlights of the year including the Festspiele Zurich music festival, the Weltklasse Zürich athletics meeting and Silvesterzauber, the New Year’s event organised by the Zurich hoteliers.

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    Highlights throughout the year


    The third Monday in April is reserved for the city’s most important occasion, Sechseläuten, which kicks off with a parade of the guilds to Sechseläutenplatz. At 6.00 p.m., a bonfire is set alight and the “Böögg” – a snowman made of papier mâché – is placed on top of it and left to meet his fate. As the fire blazes away, the guild members circle around the “Böögg” on their horses. The faster the figure loses his head, which is filled with explosives, the better the summer will be.


    Züri Fäscht
    Every three years, the lower basin of Lake Zurich is transformed into one big party venue: for three days, hundreds of thousands of visitors celebrate the “Züri Fäscht” in the parks on both sides of the lake. In addition to musical performances of all kinds, visitors can enjoy numerous open-air bars and pop-up restaurants and a huge “Chilbi” (fair) with amusement rides and market stalls.


    Street Parade
    Since 1992, Zurich has been transformed into a Mecca for ravers every year in mid-August. The Street Parade is thought to be the world’s biggest techno parade, and brings around one million electro enthusiasts to the lower basin of the lake every summer. The parade lasts for several hours, with dozens of “Lovemobiles” making their way around the lake. Once the parade is over, techno parties are held all over Zurich and often last the whole weekend.


    Zürcher Theaterspektakel
    For over two decades, Zurich has hosted the avant-garde of the international theatre scene on the Landiwiese on the west bank of the lake at the end of every summer. The diverse and varied programme is supplemented by free performances by countless street artists – as well as a wide selection of culinary treats with specialities from all over the world.


    A new “Schützenkönig” or “Schützenkönigin” (champion marksman or markswoman) is crowned in Zurich during the second weekend of September every year. Young people from all over the canton compete on the shooting range in Albisgüetli using Swiss Army rifles, aiming to hit a target that is divided into six rings from a distance of 300 metres. The event also incorporates Switzerland’s biggest “Chilbi” (fair) with countless amusement rides, market stalls and culinary attractions.


    Weltklasse Zürich
    In August, the elite of international athletics gathers for this world-renowned meeting in Zurich’s Letzigrund stadium, at which many new national, European and world records have been set. And in years during which the World Championships or Summer Olympics are also held, this event often offers athletes the chance for a rematch.


    Zurich’s hoteliers organise the biggest New Year’s Eve party in Switzerland to mark the end of the year. The event attracts around 100,000 party-goers to the city centre, where the streets are lined with food stalls and open-air bars. The highlight of the Silvesterzauber event is a spectacular 20-minute fireworks display above the lower basin of Lake Zurich just after midnight.

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Shopping heaven in Zurich

Zurich is truly a cosmopolitan city when it comes to shopping, with department stores and boutiques of international labels alongside a wide range of traditional shops and innovative concept and pop-up stores on the outskirts of the city.

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    The best locations in the city


    What 150 years ago was a trench that formed part of the city fortifications is now Bahnhofstrasse, the 1.4-kilometre-long street that today stretches from the Hauptbahnhof to the lake. This shopping mile with its numerous boutiques, watch and jewellery shops and department stores is equally popular among locals and visitors. Rennweg and Augustinergasse lead from Bahnhofstrasse to the picturesque old town on the west bank of the Limmat.


    Im Viadukt
    The 36 arches of the railway viaduct constructed in 1894 in the west of Zurich have been transformed into a shopping paradise in recent years – with a diverse mix of delicatessens, studios, galleries and sport and fashion boutiques spread over a distance of 500 metres, inviting visitors to stroll, shop, eat and drink. The heart of this new urban meeting place is the Markthalle, where 20 farmers and grocers from Zurich and the surrounding area offer their wares.


    Europaallee is located right next to Zurich Hauptbahnhof. A new quarter, scheduled to be completed by 2020, is being built here, parts of which are already enticing visitors with their wide variety of shopping facilities. All along Lagerstrasse, the flagship stores of well-known brands rub shoulders with trendy boutiques featuring innovative concepts. Whether you are looking for sustainably produced yoga outfits, up-and-coming Swiss fashion labels, sports and outdoor equipment, handmade leather shoes or urban gardening tools – in the new Europaallee quarter you will find fashion and lifestyle articles of all kinds.


    The Sihlcity shopping and leisure centre was built on a former industrial site in the Enge quarter in 2007. A 65-metre-high brick chimney and three other buildings have been successfully integrated into this city within a city – harkening back to the days of paper manufacture. Visitors can enjoy themselves at one of the restaurants and bars, or in the Asia Spa wellness centre with Japanese springs and a meditation pool. Entertainment is provided by a multiplex cinema and a nightclub.


    Bongénie Grieder
    For over a century, Bongénie Grieder has been known for its excellent choice of fashion garments, stocking international names and designer labels for both men and women. The store also offers lingerie and stockings, an exclusive home boutique, Benjamin Fourrures furs and accessories such as jewellery, leather goods, shoes and scarves.


    Zurich’s largest premium department store was designed in 1899, inspired by similar departments stores in Paris and London, and ranks among the city’s most sophisticated shopping destinations. Visitors to the “House of Brands” on Bahnhofstrasse can find a range of top brands for men, women and children, a renowned perfumery and a wide selection of sport articles and home products. The Food Market located below ground level offers several highlights, including a select range of food and wines – and Switzerland’s first cheese humidor.


    The exclusive flagship store of the international luxury brand is located on Bahnhofstrasse. Alongside fashionable and creative footwear for men and women, visitors to Bally will also find a large selection of handbags, luggage and accessories made from the highest quality leather.


    Confiserie and Café Sprüngli
    Melt-in-your-mouth truffles, light and delicate “Luxemburgerli” (macaroons), hand-made dark chocolate and lovingly decorated tarts and cakes are just a sample of the many sweet and tempting offers at the café of Confiserie Sprüngli at Paradeplatz. The classically designed café is also known throughout the city for its gourmet brunch buffet with home-made bread, fresh jams and marmalades and delicious muesli with cream.

Events in Switzerland

World-class entertainment

The Montreux Jazz Festival, the Blue Balls Festival in Lucerne and the Festival del film Locarno are just a few of Switzerland’s many world-class events. Our concierge team will be happy to offer you some tips – and organise any tickets you might need.

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    Entertainment made in Switzerland


    Montreux Jazz Festival
    The Montreux Jazz Festival was established in 1967, and under the leadership of Claude Nobs, then deputy director of the tourist information office in Montreux, soon grew into one of the most famous music events in Europe. The Montreux Jazz Festival starts annually in July and brings the stars of the international music scene to Lake Geneva for a three-week event.


    Blue Balls Festival
    With more than 100,000 visitors and over 100 events, the Blue Balls Festival held around Lake Lucerne is one of Switzerland’s biggest music and culture events. The nine-day festival allows visitors to enjoy not only blues, jazz, soul, funk, world music, rock and pop concerts, but also photographic exhibitions, street art, video and film screenings and podium discussions.


    Festival del film Locarno
    An international film festival has been held in Locarno every year since 1946. Like the film festivals in Venice, Moscow and Cannes, the event in Locarno comprises a feature film competition based on the specifications of the International Federation of Film Producers Associations (FIAPF). The Festival del film Locarno enjoys exceptional renown both in the film industry and with the general public, which is not surprising given that the biggest productions are shown in grand open-air screenings on the Piazza Grande.


    Basel Fasnacht
    Switzerland’s biggest and most famous “Fasnacht” (carnival) celebration starts with “Morgeschtraich” (when all the lights in the city are turned out and the parade begins) at 4.00 am on the Monday following Ash Wednesday and lasts for precisely 72 hours. “Die drey scheenschte Dääg” (the three most wonderful days) take place mostly in the open air. Drummers and piccolo players parade through the town centre, usually as part of a large “clique”, and creatively decorated lanterns and floats pass comment on current political and social affairs.


    Paléo Festival
    The Paléo Festival in Nyon by Lake Geneva is a long-running major music event that is held on an 84-hectare site over six days and attracts more than 230,000 visitors from all over Europe. Every year audiences are treated to over 200 concerts and shows – from rock and folk to French chansons, reggae and street theatre.


In the heart of Europe

Its location at the centre of Europe makes the city of Zurich the ideal starting point for exploring the rest of the continent. A whole host of European destinations can be reached in just a few hours by road and rail – or by air.