Wednesday, July 6, 2011

The Sound of Music in Zurich

Fun, cool, breezy -- this is the way we remember the times we've had in the mountains of Switzerland when the intense heat of summer descends back home. It truly is one of our Europe's most family-friendly countries.

When looking at the most popular Switzerland family destinations reviewed on Family Travel Forum and other travel sites, we typically see a focus on the great mountain resorts, both for summer and winter holidays.

But if you’re a fan of music and art, there is no better place to visit than one of Switzerland's cultural capitals. Situated in the country's western hills, Zurich is nestled amongst the Swiss Alps and Lake Zurich. The beautiful setting gives families an opportunity to explore the great outdoors as well as the city's fine museums and performance halls.

Each summer, the city comes alive with the Live at Sunset concert series. This year, from July 13 - 24, 2011, the series will be hosted at the Dolder Sports ice rink. Families who visit during July will enjoy the star-studded line-up that features Paul Simon, John Mellencamp, the 1980’s icon TOTO, Chicago, Joe Cocker, Tom Jones and many other artists.  The music kicks off at 8:30pm every evening during those dates.

After the concert, when the stars come out, you can relax at the historic Dolder Grand resort on a hilltop above the city. A true luxury getaway, spoil the kids with unparalleled service as well as stunning views of the city and mountains.

Of course, it's a beautiful  hotel but the amenities are remarkable too.  Book some in-room childcare, and adults can head downstairs to the only 2-star Michelin restaurant in Zurich. Reserve a sitter or take your older teens along -- probably before that world-class meal -- to the hotel's world-class spa.

As host of the Live at Sunset festival, the Dolder Grand is offering a special package for July stays including:

- 1 night stay including Garden Restaurant breakfast
- 3-course pre-concert dinner in the Garden Restaurant (beverages excluded)
- Premium seat concert tickets
- Late checkout until 4:00pm (for those music lovers who go overboard)
- Use of the Dolder Grand Spa

Does this sound like your idea of a family paradise?  Prices start at CHF 1,040.00 (approx. $1,146) double occupancy in a Double Superior Room, with children's rates on request.For more information, you can visit the Dolder Grand resort site.

For other options on where to stay in Zurich during the Live at Sunset Festival, please visit the Zurich Tourism Office site or contact their staff for assistance at  +41 (0) 44 215 40 00.

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