Zurich, Switzerland’s largest city is camped at the northeastern tip of Lake Zurich. Among the world's biggest financial centers, the city houses a staggering number of financial institutions and banking behemoths. Its attractive tax regime has also made it a favored headquarters among many overseas companies.

Zurich is the country’s biggest transport hub (road, rail and air) and is its most densely populated area. While this may conjure images of heavily polluted, cramped city living, do not despair. Ever since its residents voted in a quantifiable, enforceable climate target of 1 kilo of CO2 per resident by 2050, the city has bent to the task of optimizing its public transport systems, enlarging the cycling network, and enclosing motorways.

As one of Europe’s wealthiest cities, these improvements buff Zurich’s already polished reputation for having an enviable quality of life. Indeed, the city topped British magazine Monocle's 2012 “Quality of Life Survey” for cities in which to make a base. Such a reputation comes with a price tag; Zurich is prohibitively expensive. But if you’ve landed in the city with a high-salaried job, then you are in for an adventure.

Zurich is a gourmand’s paradise, with a cornucopia of culinary temptations. Outside working hours, the city shrugs off its suit-and-tie attitude to unwind in countless trendy and traditional wine bars, clubs and pubs.

The city is also incredibly child-friendly. Most new inner city developments have factored play areas into their design, while villages on the outskirts, such as Thalwil and Schaffhausen, are very popular among families.