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SM Travel is a leading destination management company in Switzerland, specializing in all aspects of incoming traffic. The company began as Luxcoach in Basel in 1962 and SM TRAVEL was formed in Zurich in 1977 to cope with the increasing volume of meetings and incentives as well as special interest groups. SM Travel has a multilingual staff, working in English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese and Japanese and accessible 24 hours a day.

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Destination Zurich...

July 2011


Destination Zurich

As a “metropolis of experiences” by the water, with a magnificent view of the snow-capped Alps on the horizon, downtown Zürich, Switzerland offers a unique mixture of attractions – over 50 museums and more than 100 art galleries, international fashion labels and Zürich designs, and the most flamboyant and lively nightlife in Switzerland. Recreational activities range from a visit to the riverside and lakeside bathing areas in the very heart of the city, to a spectacular hike on the UetlibergMountain.

The city of Zürich lies in the heart of Europe and at the center of Switzerland on the northern shores of LakeZürich. Its multicultural flair and the variety of leisure activities on offer attract guests from all over the world to this “region of short routes”. Zürich is quick and easy to reach by train, plane or private vehicle. Its international airport has direct connections with over 150 destinations. Just a 10-minute train ride from the airport and situated right in the city center, Zürich’s Main Railway Station is regarded as a central European railroad hub. A total of 370,000 people live in this experience, science and business center. Thanks to its top-quality infrastructure set amidst natural surroundings, it is a popular place for study and research at theZürichUniversity or the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zürich (ETH) which was built in 1855 by Gottfried Semper and is associated with 21 Nobel Prize winners.

Some 150 years ago part of the city’s fortifications were transformed into what is now arguably the most famous “Station Road” in the world, the Bahnhofstrasse. Zürich’s shopping mile has contributed largely to the city's reputation as an Eldorado for shoppers and is a top address for international fashion labels, jewellery and watches. However, it is just one of the places where you can find urban Zürich labels; whether in Zürich-West or in the Aussersihl quarter, you often come across local brands where you least expect them. They inspire the fashion-conscious and cause a sensation far beyond Switzerland's borders – as has, for example, the cult label Freitag, with its unique style of bags and accessories.

Zürich boasts the highest density of clubs in Switzerland – here, you can never turn up too late. From a house music party in the legendary Kaufleuten to Greatest Hits from the Eighties at the oldest club in the city, the Mascotte, to a gay event at the Labor Bar – parties really get going after 11.00 pm and continue into the wee hours of the morning. Here, there are no official closing times. In summer, nightlife can be found not only in the clubs, but also outside in the open air; the venues where visitors bathe and relax during the day are ideal places to flirt and dance at night.

Zürich also has a lot to offerlovers of art. The city alone is home to over 50 museums, some 14 of which are devoted to art. Kunsthaus Zürich, the museum of fine arts, boasts a significant collection of paintings, sculptures, photographs and videos. In addition, it has an extensive collection of works by Alberto Giacometti. Another highlight is the RietbergMuseum, one of the leading centers of non-European art in the world. Just a stone's throw from Zürich's main station, the Swiss National Museum – housed in an over 100 year old building reminiscent of a fairytale castle – contains the country's most comprehensive collection of exhibits relating to Swiss cultural history.

 

Suggested Hotels

HotelCrownePlaza (4-star)
The Hotel Crowne Plaza Zürich is situated in the trendy Zurich West district, 11km from the airport, very close to the city centre and has direct access to the national highway system. The Crowne Plaza Zurich has an airport shuttle bus at a charge and an indoor parking for 550 cars at a charge.

The Hotel Crowne Plaza Zürich offers 11 renovated and air-conditioned banquet and conference rooms featuring wireless LAN and with natural daylight offering space for small as well as large events up to 480 people. Restaurants at the Hotel Crowne Plaza Zurich include the “Relais des Arts” and the “LetziLeu” as well as the garden restaurant. The Lobby Bar, with live evening music, is an ideal meeting place for business or leisure.

Guests of the Hotel Crowne Plaza Zürich can also take advantage of the spacious fitness centre equipped with exercise machines, aerobic room, indoor heated pool, sauna, Turkish bath, whirlpool, tanning beds and massage.

Hotel Senator (4-star)
The Hotel Senator is an independent, modern Swiss hotel at the heart of Zurich West, a trendy and up-and-coming business and nightlife district of the city which possesses an urban flair and where former factory floors have been converted into hip clubs, bars and restaurants as well as cosy theatres and popular living and business spaces.

Thanks to a special mixture of diverse guests, the life of the Hotel Senator is unique. It's a meeting place for business people, artists, musicians and tourists from around the world.

The Hotel Senator can be reached quickly and easily by any method of transport from any direction thanks to its strategically well-placed location. It is the ideal starting point for discovering every facet of the city – both during the day and at night. The Senator is also the perfect starting point for short trips and excursions further afield, as well as jaunts into Switzerland′s wonderful scenery, towns and villages.

Hotel Swissotel (4-star)
Swissôtel Zurich comprises 347 elegantly designed non-smoking rooms equipped with a wealth of amenities. The newly renovated Convention Centre at Swissôtel Zurich is the perfect setting for any event or conference. Swissôtel Zurich conference and event facilities are composed of 19 rooms, which are amongst the largest and most renowned in Zurich. They indulge with the state-of-the-art conference technology, natural daylight, air-conditioning and catering for up to 1,000 people. Whether you need a conference room, are planning a conventionor wish to give a private party, celebration or festive dinner, your personal meeting concierge and our team with a professional onsite event technician will make sure your venues stay memorable and run smoothly. A meeting planner office is at your disposal upon request to coordinate your events in relaxed surroundings. Welcome to the world of Swissôtel Zurich – a passion for perfection.

 

Additional Services / Suggestions:

Airport arrival& departure transfer
Private transfer with driver only or with full assistance by English-speaking guide

Airport arrival transfer combined with sightseeing tour of Zurich – 2.5 hours
Our guide will meet you in the arrival hall and take you to the waiting coach.Immediate transfer from Zurich Airport to the city centre for a sightseeing tour of Zurich. During the two-hour tour,we will take you through our beautiful city and show you the business and financial center, Bahnhofstrasse, the most important museums, a section of the Old Town, Fraumuenster Church with its famous Chagall windows , historical Limmatquai, the University district, residential areas, beautiful hillside villas on the Zurichberg, as well as recreation areas and views of the Alps from Zurich vantage point on the lake.After the sightseeing tour transfer to your hotel in Zurich for check in.

Sightseeing tour of Zurich – 2 hours
Our guide will meet you in the lobby of your hotel in Zurich and take you to the waiting coach.
During the two-hour tour,we will take you through our beautiful city and show you the business and financial center, Bahnhofstrasse, the most important museums, a section of the Old Town, Fraumuenster Church with its famous Chagall windows , historical Limmatquai, the University district, residential areas, beautiful hillside villas on the Zurichberg, as well as recreation areas and views of the Alps from Zurich vantage point on the lake.After the sightseeing tour drop of at your hotel or in the city centre.

Excursion to Lucerne – 6 hours
Drive from Zurich into Central Switzerland via the SihlValley and LakeZug to Lucerne, Switzerland's principal resort. City tour/walk includes the two old wooden bridges, the ChapelBridge and the SpreuerBridge, the LionMonument (1820) dedicated to the Swiss guards, the ancient walls and fortifications, the Town Hall and the Dietschilberg. Enjoy a lunch in the old town. After lunch time to stroll the city or to enjoy a chocolate show.Time for browsing around before returning to Zurich.

Excursion to Mt. Pilatus – 5 hours
Drive from Zurich into Central Switzerland via the SihlValley and LakeZug to Lucerne, Switzerland’s principal resort. Continue through Lucerne to Kriens and board the cable car that will take you to MountPilatus.
Enjoy the magnificent view over the Lake of Lucerne and a nice lunch on top of the Pilatus before you descend back to Kriens and return to Zurich.

Excursion to Mt. Pilatus & Lucerne – 8 hours
Drive from Zurich into Central Switzerland via the SihlValley and LakeZug to Lucerne, Switzerland's principal resort. Continue through Lucerne to Kriens and board the cable car that will take you to MountPilatus.
Enjoy the magnificent view over the Lake of Lucerne and a nice lunch on top of the Pilatus before you descend back to Kriens. From Kriens the minibus will take you to Lucerne. City tour/walk includes the two old wooden bridges, the ChapelBridge and the SpreuerBridge, the LionMonument(1820) dedicated to the Swiss guards, the ancient walls and fortifications, the Town Hall and the Dietschilberg. Enjoy a lunch in the old town. After lunch time to stroll the city or to enjoy a chocolate show. Time for browsing around before returning to Zurich.

Excursion to the RhineFalls and Stein amRhein – 5 hours
Take a charming coach journey through the rural areas of Northern Switzerland with half-timbered buildings and many vineyards. See the RhineFalls, Europe's biggest waterfall, and let yourself get thrilled by this sublime natural phenomenon.The excursion continues to Stein am Rhein. This picture-postcard town has an intact medieval towncenter with ancient framed houses, some painted with flamboyant frescoes, and picturesque narrow lanes. It lies on the shores of the beautiful RhineRiver surrounded by a unique landscape. Return to Zurich.

Excursion to Appenzellerland with cheese factory visit – 7 hours
Drive to the wonderful landscape of Appenzell to reach the famous village of Stein, where the Appenzeller cheese is produced. Visit the factory followed by a typical lunch in the Appenzeller way, and time to discover the small town of Appenzell with its traditional Swiss houses and souvenir shops before return to Zurich.After the cheese factory visit we can arrange an “Apero” including 5 different cheeses from the region, 1 glass of white wine or 1 glass of apple juice.

 

For reservations and/or more information, please contact Mr. Giancarlo Carrera at switzerland@euromic.com

Zurich

Lake Zurich

Bahnhofstrasse

Kaufleuten

Kunsthaus Zurich

Hotel Crowne Plaza

Hotel Senator

Hotel Swissotel

Fraumunster Church

Lucerne

Mt Pilatus

Stein am Rhein

Stein, Appenzell