Zurich is the largest city in Switzerland, and one of the wealthiest in Europe. Located right on the northwestern shores of Lake Zurich, this cosmopolitan town mixes seamlessly with the past and creates an environment that is often rated as one of the best places to live in the world.
For the gay traveler, it is an outstanding place to visit. Zurich has been permanently settled for over 7,000 years, which means there are plenty of historical sites to absorb. The Kunsthaus is one of the most important art museums in Europe, and the Swiss National Museum was built in 1898 and is one of the most revered cultural institutions on the continent. Bars, cafes and more clubs than most cities in Europe make Zurich an exciting and always-fun place to explore.
And exploring is easy, thanks to an extensive public transportation system that is used by pretty much everyone. Trams and buses will take you wherever you need to go, and most of the town is walkable – especially the popular Altstadt. Bikes are also preferred conveyances, and during the summer months you can even exchange your ID for a free bike rental through the Zurirollt program!
A visit during the peak months of July and August will bring often warm and sometimes even hot temperatures, and many crowds – especially in August. Visit in May, June or September to avoid some of the hassles of peak travel season. Venues will be open on their summer schedules, and much of the infrastructure is ready and excited to welcome you. The winter brings cold temperatures and snow – but also opens up the word of alpine skiing just hours away from Zurich.