Epic Europe

ZURICH

 

Zurich, much like Geneva, is a city of several strikingly different characters. On the one hand, Switzerland’s largest city is the financial industry’s true north, the bastion of Swiss banking and an international hub. On the other hand, you have a historic guild city, whose blue-collar roots are once again creating distinctly contrasted neighborhoods to the financial district, with funky boutiques, craftsmen and women’s ateliers, vibrant markets, and excellent unpretentious restaurants. Make no mistake, the Bahnhofstrasse still has the luxury couture and watch shops, but Zürich is also experiencing a renaissance of cool. Zurich West is home to the new movement, where old factories and derelict land is being transformed into shops, gardens, and collective art and design studios, its well worth an afternoon visit.

 

The classic 5-star hotels of the city are the epitome of Swiss formal hospitality, but there have been several additions that also reinforce this idea of a new Zürich.

When the former Hürlimann brewery closed its doors in 1996 a competition was held to find a use for the site. The result, a mixed use facility blending modern design and conservation, home to Google Switzerland, the B2 Boutique Hotel and a public thermal bath, built in the vaulted stone cellars of the 19th century brewery.

 

For more traditionalists Zurich is a varied museum in itself, stroll through the old town and the Augustinerstrasse, with its cobbled streets, oriel box windows, medieval influences, and Roman origins. Visit the Marc Chagall-designed stained glass windows at the Fraunmünster Church, stop at Confisserie Sprüngli (part of the Lindt Chocolate empire), for afternoon tee and chocolate. Or tour the Swiss National Museum with one of the most important cultural history collections in Europe and the world.

 

 And with an international airport that accesses almost everywhere in the world, it is an ideal arrival and departure point for any further adventures in Switzerland or the eastern Alps. 

  • Walk the pedestrian streets of the Altstadt (old city) through medieval houses, contorted, narrow lanes and guild and town halls
  • Swim in the Limmat River, from one of the many "badis", swimming lidos along the shore
  • Stained glass windows at the Fraumünster church created by Giacometti and Chagall.
  • Take the small train to the top of the Üetliberg, "Zurich's Mountain" overlooking the city and lake
  • Have tea and shop for chocolates at the Sprünli Confisserie, of Lindt family fame
  • Have a beer & “Zürcher Geschnetzeltes” (sliced veal in gravy) at the Zeughauskeller, an armory built in 1487
  • Visit Zuri-West, the new face of Zurich with its unique shops, edgy ambiance and cool clubs
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WHAT WE DO

Epic Europe is a luxury experiential adventure travel operator based in the Swiss Alps.


Epic Europe specializes in private bespoke itineraries for small groups. Experiencing the best of each region, from interacting with the local people and enjoying authentic regional food and wine, as well as time-honored traditions and festivals, to recreating in the alpine landscape, and truly understanding why the Alps are the birthplace of adventure travel. From custom ski, hiking, or cycling trips to building in city tours, cultural itineraries, or gastronomic discovery, these award-winning, multi-dimensional trips are tailored to our clients' wishes every time, and are not packaged tours. From Switzerland, Italy, and France's Alps, to world-class cultural cities and larger towns, Epic Europe can design a tailored adventure that fulfills your every need. 

  • “The team at Epic Europe created the most incredible trip for us, where everything came together seamlessly, and we never had to think about what came next - it just magically happened as if it was meant to be. That takes real talent, and they make it look easy." - B.N., WY USA
  • "Epic Europe has coordinated several corporate events for us over the past 5 years, and I cannot imagine a more professional operation to handle all of the details. From a team-building event for 50 people in a 17th-century castle atop a mountain pass, to marketing conferences and catalog shoots, their knowledge of the best locations in the Alps is second-to-none, and they are as good as it gets at being creative." - E.P., Lugano CH
  • "Epic Europe's custom road biking trip that they put together for my buddy's bachelor party was great - the right combination of killer rides, great hotels, and outstanding restaurants. Great guides, and overall a perfect trip." - A.S., London UK
  • "A day of heliskiing in Italy culminated with a sunset run off the Breuil saddle of the Matterhorn - one of the most thrilling runs of my life - and we left our tracks in a place where they remained for a week afterward, reminding us of the best day of skiing in our life!" - WG, CT USA
  • "Hiking in the Alps has always been on my bucket list, but I wasn't sure that a typical trip was my style. Epic Europe designed a custom route for our group, staying in the best little inns and hotels, and we felt like we had the trails to ourselves. I will come back again and again to explore new trails with their guides every year that I can!" - R.B., NY USA
  • "Our family spent last Christmas in Zermatt on a bespoke Epic Europe ski trip. The special thought and care that they put into our holiday made it our best yet." - L.M.; CA USA
  • "I have done trips in the Alps and surrounding regions with Epic Europe for the past 4 years, and every one has been unique and surpassed the last. The experiences that they deliver due to their personal relationships are a window into the real life in these incredible locations, and they share these friendships with us." - K.B., CT USA
  • "I would have to say that Verbier and Zermatt might be the best places I have ever ridden a mountain bike, and I couldn't imagine going without the help of Epic Europe's guides. It was a dream trip for sure." - B.S., PA USA

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