Zurich is situated in the central part of Switzerland and is the capital city of Canton of Zurich. It is the largest city in the country. The city is a hub for roads, air traffic, and railways, with both the rail station and airport being the biggest and busiest within Switzerland.

The city of Zurich offers four unique seasons with a humid continental climate or oceanic climate based on the definition that is used. The westerly winds as well as the east and north east winds known as the Bise account for the climates in the area. These winds cause precipitation and the Bise results in high pressure situations. January offers the coldest temperatures with averages around -0.5 degrees Celsius. July offers some of the hottest temperatures with the averages being above 25 degrees Celsius.

Zurich offers a host of things to do while visiting. There are over a hundred different art galleries, many renowned museums, and both old and new architecture. For people that are not art enthusiasts, there are other things to do as well, such as swimming in Lake Zurich during the warm months, hiking through Uetliberg, and touring the Rhine Falls. The city offers a fun nightlife in Zurich West as well as a great shopping district on Bahnhofstrasse.

The Zurich Opera House offers a full performance schedule from September through July, with over 300 performances annually. It is recommended that tickets be purchased early as many shows will sell out.

The Swiss National Museum offers local art, culture and history that dates all the way back to fourth-century B.C. Inside the museums you will find items such as weapons, frescoes, as well as the history of clock making.  The museum offers many ornate rooms to walk through as well as a prehistoric section and a reformation room.  Visiting the museums in the area is easy when you decide to take advantage of car hire in Zurich.

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