As Switzerland's most extensive and wealthiest city, it is no surprise that Zürich plays host to excellent shopping, fine dining experiences, and an excellent variety of luxury hotels. There's more than meets the eye to this well-known financial centre, such as beautifully restored historic buildings and a post-industrial art scene, all surrounded by snowy mountains and glistening waters. Much of Zürich's charm lies in its Altstadt or Old Town, where tall church steeples look down on winding lines and cobblestone alleyways. The east bank quarter of Niederdorf is equally appealing, with a laid-back atmosphere providing the backdrop to trendy taprooms, corner cafes, and upmarket eateries. For the best in designer boutiques head southeast to Bahnhofstrasse, the city's main shopping drag. Away from its ancient centre, Zürich is quickly becoming a hub for contemporary cosmopolitan culture. In Züri-West, the epicentre of the city's nightlife, former warehouses and old factories now serve as artsy attractions and elegant living spaces. And if you want a break from this modern metropolis, both Uetliberg mountain and Lake Zürich promise quintessential Swiss experiences.