Set high above the city, the five-star superior Dodler Grand is probably the city's most exclusive hotel in 2008.British architect Norman Foster added two meandering wings to the fairy-tale -castle main
building from 1899 with its turrets and balconies. The result is an amazing mix of modernity and tradition. And no matter in which part of the hotel you book your room, the comfort and part of the hotel you book your room, the comfort and the amenities offered are uncountable . Either modern design and generous floor-to-ceiling windows in the new wings or the sense of history in the main building
The sumptuous 4, 000 sq m in-house spa, the exquisite ballroom and art from Warhol to Dali are just some of the elements that make this a truly extraordinary hotel.
The Dodler Grand
3, Kurhausstrasse 65
Zurich is a business destination first and foremost - and hotel rates reflect that. From Friday night to
Monday morning prices often drop sharply. Why not take advantage of this and spend a weekend in one of the many four - and five-star hotels in the city? Despite this, accommodation in Zurich remains rather pricey and real budget accommodation is rare. But nevertheless there is something for any taste and almost any budget.
In Switzerland hotels are officially categorized with stars from one to five .
The categorization is done by hoteleriesuisse, the national hoteliers association. A hotel can also receive the supplement ' superior', indicating a higher level of service and quality. We list hotels
according to their official classification in the following categories : Cream of the Crop * * ** *
Upmarket * * * * Mid Range * * * and Budget (0 to * * )Outside this classification we list some of the hostels in town. The prices indicated include VAT. the city tax is......Fr per night and is usually additional.
In recent years Christmas markets have popped up all over the city of Zurich. They don't have a tradition going back centuries like in Germany, but nevertheless some of them have charm and atmosphere. All of them are outdoors - except the big Christkindlimarkt in the hall of the main train station. You'll find a range of items from coloured scarves to wood carvings, sweet delicaces and bits and pieces from around the world. At all markets you can get gluhwein, hot mulled red wine that keeps you warm even if a cold December wind is blowing. And of course there are food stands, offering raclette, melted cheese on bread and other delights. Check our listings below and gluhwein
you way around them all.
- Christkindli Markt
They say it's one of Europe's biggest indoor Christmas markets with a 15-metre
tall Christmas tree decorated with hundreds of crystals as its main attraction
And surely at least one of the more than 150 stands has the Christmas present you're looking for. There is a merry-go-round to keep the children happy, and
gluhwein for the parents.
Main Train Station (Main Hall) - Hauptbahnhof - www.christkindlimarkt.ch Open until Dec. 24
- Singing Christmas Tree
This small market is situated just a few steps from Bahnhofstrass. The real
attraction here is the singing Christmas tree: ever day at 17.30 and 28.30 (Sat & Sun also 14.30 and 15.30 ) choirs sing carols - on a vertical stage that looks
like a Christmas tree. With their red hats on the singers are the decorations
on the tree.Singing Christmas baubles - we've never seen anything quite like
it . And yes, there is guhwein and fondue too.
Werdmuhleplatz - Bahnhofstrasse / Hauptbahnhof www.singingchristmastree.ch
Open until Dec. 23
- Weihnachtsmarkt Europaalle
This is the youngest of the city's Christmas markets, taking for the
second time this year. It's located in the newly developed shopping and
residential area Europaalle, just southwest of the tracks of the main train
station. Around 50 little Christmas cabins will be installed and taken over
by traders and craftsmen offering all kinds of more or less useful staff
for Christmas. There is a fondue hut ( www.pizeuropa.com) so your
stomach can also get in a Christmas mood.
Europaallee - Haupbahnhof - www.weihnachtsmarkt-europaallee.ch
Open until Dec 24
- Weihnachtsmarkt Im Dorfli
The Christmas or Weilnacht market in Niederdorf, the part of the old town
east of the River Limmat, is the oldest one in Zurich. Dozens of stands
bring a Christmas atmosphere to the alleys and squares around
Niederdorfstrasse. Many crafts people sell their products here. Stroll
through this one to combine Christmas shopping with some sightseeing
Niederdorf - Rudolf-Brun-Brucke, www.gld.ch
Open until Dec 23
Northern Ireland's premier holiday resort. Portrush has everything needed for a break away. Home to the highly acclaimed Royal Portrush Golf Club, the resort also offers a host of activities for the family. A day's fishing or sightseeing can be organised on a local charter boat and surfers can enjoy the consistent North Atlantic swell off two for everyone to enjoy from the picturesque harbour surrounded by restaurants, wine bars and pubs to the beautiful sandy beaches that stretch for miles.
- Barry's Amusement Park 16 Eglinton Portrush BT56 8DK
- Beaches - West Bay, East Strand, White Rocks
- Dunluce Castle - Dunluce Road Portrush BT57 8UY
- Dunluce Centre - Sandhill Drive BT56 8BF
- Fun & Kids - BT56 8BL
- Magheracross Viewing Point & Picnic Area - Dunluce Road, Portrush
- North Coast Watersports Centre - East Strand , Portrush
- Port Path (Port of the Causeway Coast Way) - Portstewart Strand BT55 7PG
- Ramore Head Recreation Grounds and Play Park - Ramore Head , Portrush BT56 8BB
- RNLI Museum and Souvenir Shop - Kerr Street, Portrush BT56 8DQ
- The Arcadia - Adjacent to Strand Street
- The Coastal Zone At Portrush and National Nature Reserve - Bath Road, Portrush BT56 8AP
- Waterworld - The Harbour , Portrush BT56 8DF
- The Playhouse - 47-51 Main Street Portrush BT 56 8BN