It’s a global financial center and the wealthiest city in Europe, but to most travelers, Zurich calls to mind a swan-filled lake, a cobbled Old Town and, of course, chocolate! In the summer months, this Alpine city known as the “Gateway to the Alps” is perhaps best seen from the water with a cruise around Lake Zurich and down the Limmat River. Climb to the summit at Uetliberg for panoramic views over the city and lake with the snow-capped Alps on the horizon. Known by the locals as Dörfli – the “little village” – the Old Town district of Niederdorf is a prime spot for exploration with quaint boutiques, winding alleys and craft shops. For dinner, don’t miss a chance to sample Zurich’s most famous dish, Zürcher Geschnetzeltes, sliced veal in a cream sauce. And for dessert, head straight to Sprüngli, a Zurich institution for sweet and savory goodies where the house specialty is a type of soft macaroon called Luxemburgerli that was a Zurich highlight for me!