Aradical history and an affluent present collide in pretty little Zürich. Although better known for its wealth, this is a town steeped in intellectual tradition – James Joyce wrote Ulysses here and Lenin stayed a while and read Marx. Even less well known is that Zürich also boasts Switzerland’s most vibrant clubbing scene. It’s a well-groomed, five-star city where both the rich and the rebel seem to feel equally at home.
The Limmat river that drifts through the city runs into Zürichsee, the vast lake that mirrors its Alpine backdrop in picture-postcard fashion. Tidy bridges criss-cross the river, linking the strictly commercial and financial areas on one side with Niederdorf, the hilly, pedestrianised medieval centre on the other.