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—GET­TING THERESwiss In­ter­na­tional Air Lines ( flies non­stop from Bangkok and Sin­ga­pore to Zurich daily.

—WHERE TO STAY De­signer Alfredo Häberli has filled the 126-room 25hours Ho­tel Zürich West( 102 Pf­in­gst­wei-

dstrasse; 41-44/577-2525; 25hours-ho­; dou­bles from US$182) with splashes of bright col­ors and a laid-back com­mu­nal vibe.

—WHERE TO EATLo­cated on top floor of Switzer­land’s tallest sky­scraper, Clouds (35/F, Prime Tower, 5 Maag­platz; 41-44/404-3000; is one of Zurich West’s few fine-din­ing des­ti­na­tions, with sky-high prices to match. For some­thing more down to earth, Les Halles( 6 Pf­in­gst­wei­d­strasse; 41-44/273-1125; les-halles .ch) has a com­pact, easy-on­the-wal­let menu and loads of per­son­al­ity. Af­ter pe­rus­ing the shops and mar­ket pro­duce at Im Viadukt(, tuck into the ever-chang­ing daily spe­cials at Restau­rant Mark­thalle( 231 Lim­mat­strasse; 41-44/201-0060; restau­rant-mark­

brows­ing the one-of-a-kind bags and ac­ces­sories at Fre­itag( 17 Gerold­strasse; 41-43/3669520; fre­, head next door to Frau Gerolds Garten (23 Gerold­strasse; fraugerold .ch), a pop­u­lar neigh­bor­hood ren­dezvous that is part ur­ban gar­den­ing project, part shop­ping en­clave, and part restau­rant and bar. For cul­ture vul­tures, the Schiff­bau( 4 Schiff­baus­trasse; schaus­piel stages a reg­u­lar pro­gram of mod­ern the­ater, while the Kun­sthalle Zürich (270 Lim­mat­strasse; 41-44/ 272-1515; kun­sthallezurich .ch) show­cases in­ter­na­tional con­tem­po­rary art.


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