I travel to Switzerland regularly, and use Zurich as the gateway. The great thing about travelling from South Africa is that it is an overnight flight, with a maximum one-hour time difference, depending on daylight saving.
On arrival you’re only 10 minutes away from the city centre and, thanks to the incredible public transport system, moving around couldn’t be easier. My visits take me to various parts of the country, but Zurich is the one consistent part of any trip. Finding myself there over a weekend, or with a free day at the end of a visit, opens up many interesting opportunities.
I choose to stay at the Hotel Kindli, a small, family-run hotel in the Mediæval Quarter, which genuinely feels like a home from home. It has been there since 1474 and is easy to get to. It includes a well-known restaurant on the ground floor that serves a great variety of dishes.