Zurich is situated at the heart of Europe and forms the cultural and economic centre of Switzerland. This lakeside metropolis with views into the Swiss Alps is the largest city in Switzerland and has a population of about 400 000 inhabitants. As Switzerland’s cultural and economic metropolis, production site and base for numerous producers, distributors and filmmakers, Zurich offers the perfect environment for a film festival.

Over the course of eleven days, in the city with the world‘s highest concentration of cinemas, the Zurich Film Festival presents film premieres from all over the globe, offers cinematic treats to a national and international audience and facilitates direct on-the-spot exchange with the filmmakers.

Zurich is not only a favoured production site, it is also highly regarded by visitors for its cultural and gastronomic diversity and the countless opportunities for repose and relaxation it has on offer.

Enjoy the Zurich Film Festival and the City of Zurich!

Festival Locations

Zurich’s Bellevue, situated in the heart of the city and on the shore of Lake Zurich, is the hub of festival activity. In addition to the festival cinemas corso and Arthouse Le Paris, it is also the location for the Festival Centre and various bars and nightlife venues.  

All Zurich Film Festival events are in close proximity to a public transport stop so take advantage of the tram, bus, city train, or Limmat ferry for all outward bound and return journeys. 


Kino Corso, Theaterstrasse 10, 8001 Zurich

Kino Arthouse Le Paris, Gottfried-Keller-Strasse 7, 8001 Zurich

Kino Arthouse Piccadilly, Mühlebachstrasse 2, 8008 Zürich

Arena Filmcity, Kalanderplatz 8, 8045 Zurich

Filmpodium, Nüschelerstrasse 11, 8001 Zurich

Festival centre

Sechseläutenplatz, 8001 Zurich (daily 11-24h, Thurdsay 24/09 12-24h)

Zurich City Map with Festival Locations

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Zurich is situated at the heart of Europe and the centre of Switzerland. This Limmat town is quick and easy to access by train, car or aeroplane and offers hotels in all price categories to cater for all budgets.

Arrival by Train

More than 1900 trains travel into Zurich’s centrally located main station every day. Direct, regular connections to all of Switzerland’s major cities and Europe’s most important metropolises guarantee a short and comfortable journey.

Here you will find the Swiss Federal Railway’s online timetable: online timetable 

Arriving by Car

Zurich is quickly accessible from the most important Swiss cities and neighbouring countries via the well-developed national roads.

Find the most direct route here: Google Maps Route Planner

Arriving by Aeroplane

Almost every country and large city in the world, covering all continents, offers regularly scheduled flights to Zurich’s international airport. Many low-cost airlines also offer budget flights to Zurich.

Running every 15 minutes, the city is 10 minutes away by train and 20 minutes away by taxi. Zurich Airport


There are countless options for accommodation situated around the festival site. The cinemas and various festival locations are easily accessible via public transport or on foot. Further information regarding accommodation can be found on the Zurich Tourist Office website.

Zurich Film Festival Partner-Hotels

Hotel Baur au Lac *****

The Baur au Lac has the discerning tastes of its guests to thank for the leading position it has maintained for more than 165 years in the international luxury hotel industry. Set in its own park in the cit center, the hotel enjoys a unique location overlooking the lake and the Alps.

Hotel Widder *****

Nine carefully refurbished townhouses create a distinctive style in which you can discover the new in the old, the old in the new. Every room is individually styled. The fusion of historical architecture and innovative modern design creates a relaxed ambience with real character.

Hotel The Dolder Grand *****

The Dolder Grand is the perfect environment for people who are looking for pleasure, exclusivity and relaxation. The original “Curhaus” dating from 1899 presents itself anew as the luxury-class City Resort. The hotel's elevated location, between the pulsating life of the city and a refreshingly natural green zone, provides a magnificent view of the city of Zurich, the lake and the Alps.

Hotel Ambassador ****

The Hotel Ambassador à l’Opéra is located directly next to the world-famous Zürich Opera House – in the midst of the hustle and bustle of the city, where life is played out, the culture and art scene captivates, and the business world pulsates. Just a stone’s throw from the picturesque lake shore, amidst this very special ambience, you will find an oasis of tranquility and relaxation.

Hotel Four Points ****

Discover Zurich with this centrally located hotel in Zurich’s district Sihlcity, which is part of the urban entertainment center Sihlcity with the Festival cinema Arena. Built on the grounds of the former Sihl paper mill, parts of the Four Points Sihlcity Zurich consist of listed buildings from the old mill. A unique symbiosis of modern architecture and nostalgic industrial history.

Hotel Steigenberger Bellerive au Lac ****

From the hotel Steigenberger Bellerive au Lac, the guest will enjoy the view of Lake Zurich and the city centre which is a mere ten minutes away. The small boutique hotel with its spacious rooms and suites is comfortably furnished.

Hotel Plattenhof ***

Feel at home. This small hotel has its own unique character and charm. Quiet, yet part of the action - Hotel Plattenhof lies in the heart of Zurich, tucked away in the quiet university neighborhood and only 10 minutes walking distance from the picturesque old town and the lake of Zurich.