Zurich is in northern Switzerland. The city lies at the north end of Lake Zurich and is a global centre for finance and commerce. Not only does a Hertz car rental in Zurich let you uncover all the hidden delights of this charming city, but also means you can easily get to Germany in the north, France in the west, and the pretty little principality of Liechtenstein.
The headquarters of a number of national and international companies are based in Zurich such as FIFA and Google. The city is often ranked as having the highest standard of living in the world, and driving around Zurich it’s easy to see why. It’s clean and efficient, cosmopolitan and cultural with more than 50 museums and over 100 galleries to be discovered in the inner city circle. On either side of the river Limmat, the central Altstadt (or Old Town) with its pretty lanes reflects its pre-medieval history, while examples of how the city developed such as the 17th century Rathaus or town hall can also be found at the Limmatquai promenade that follows the Limmat. A Hertz car rental in Zurich means you can discover all the attractions in this Swiss city at your own pace.
You will need a full driving license and must be over 21 to rent a car in Zurich. If you are from outside the European Union you will also need an International Driving Permit (IDP). For more information about driving regulations in Zurich, take a look at our page about renting a car in Switzerland .
Parking spaces in the centre of Zurich are mainly reserved for residents. There are a few parking places for short stay parking in the white zones of the city while parking is also available in the blue zones, providing you have an international blue parking disc. Elsewhere, cheap parking is available in the vicinity of Zurich Zoo and at the Park+Rides near train and bus stations.
Like many cities in Switzerland, however, finding a parking space can sometimes be difficult and local regulations must be observed at all times. Failure to do so may lead to a fine. Do not block access or parked in a private space, which are often marked in yellow. If parking in a white zone, always check signs for restrictions and parking tariffs, which are payable at a parking meter. Please also remember that, when using your Hertz car rental in Zurich, it is compulsory for headlights to be switched on at all times.
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The most famous landmark is Zurich is the towering Grossmünster on Grossmünsterplatz, one of four major churches and a Romanesque style Protestant church. Nearby is the Kunsthaus Zürich art gallery on Heimpl which houses one of the most important art collections in Switzerland. Elsewhere you can find the 11th century church Fraumünster on Münsterhof 2, Zurich opera House on Falkenstrasse 1 and the Uhrenmuseum Beyer, the museum of clocks and watches located on Bahnhofstrasse 31, the main shopping boulevard.
Swiss motorways have a speed limit of 120kph, which equates to around 74mph. On urban routes that limit drops to between 60kph and 100 kph. Most motorways also charge a toll, which is displayed in the car using a badge known as a vignette and costs CHF 40 a year. Three motorways pass close to Zurich: The A1, the A3 and the A4. If coming from the west such as Geneva and Bern or east from St Gallen, take the A1, if coming from the north such as Schaffhausen or south such as Altdorf use the A4 and the A3 if coming from the direction of St Basel. Zurich Airport is also located 10 kilometres north east of the city in Kloten.