top 10 places to visit in zurich

Top attractions in zurich

10. Opera house Zurich

zurich opera house

This pillar of neoclassical building can not be the most symbolic building architecture in Zurich, but has an extremely important place in the history of the opera. The original theater was built here was the most important place for the works of Richard Wagner during his exile in Germany. It was also home to the world premiere of the opera Chekov. Although it has gone through many versions of architecture, the current opera is a tribute to composers such as Weber, Wagner and Mozart, as well as authors like Schiller, Shakespeare and Goethe with prominent busts. The opera remains a world-class venue for the opera, and seats 1,200.

9. Lindenhof


This green space for pedestrians in old Zurich has a long history. It is located in Lindenhof on the banks of the Limmat, which give a wonderful view. The site was home to a Roman castle, and a place of civil meeting. The outer square is flanked by beautiful old houses and other buildings such as the Freimaurerloge and the Lindenhof fortification. It plays an important role in holiday Sechseläuten April because it becomes the main operational basis for the canton of the chosen host every year.

8. The Kunsthaus Zurich

The Kunsthaus Zurich

Kunsthaus Zurich is home to one of the most important art collections in Switzerland, gathered over the years by the Association of Local Art. The collection from the Middle Ages to contemporary art, with a focus on Swiss art. You can see important works by artists such as Claude Monet, Edvard Munch, Pablo Picasso and Alberto Giacometti Swiss. The museum was designed by the architects Karl Moser and Robert Curjel and opened in 1910. Particularly noteworthy are several Moser preserved in the original part of the museum, in master neoclassical style.


7. Grossmünster


This church of “great minister” is one of the four main churches of Zurich and is believed to have been founded by Charlemagne. The legend says that ordered a church on the site where his horse fell on his knees by the tombs of the patron saints of Zurich. The twin towers of this church are often considered the most recognizable landmark in any Zurich. The church has had many different improvements to the original version of the XII century. Modern additions include the windows of the church of the famous artist Augusto Giacometti and the sculpted bronze doors of Otto Munch. The church still houses the crypts of Felix and Regula, the patron saints of Zurich, and a statue of honor of Charlemagne as well.

6. Swiss National Museum

Swiss National Museum

The Swiss National Museum has extensive collections covering all aspects of Swiss culture and lifestyle from the Stone Age to the present day. The museum building was built in 1898 by Gustav Gull in the form of a French castle. It contains a number of unique pieces as an arsenal of tower and a large collection of liturgical wooden sculptures, paintings and altars religious panel. A historical collection of Swiss coins dating back to the Middle Ages, and a wonderful display of chivalry and the collection of Gothic art complete this exceptional excellent museum. After a day of sailing, the lakefront museum is also a stop for one of the excursion boats on Lake Zurich.

5. Fraumünster


Known as the church of women, this church is considered one of the four main churches of Zurich. Fraumünster was originally built in 853 by Louis the Germanic for his daughter, Hildegarde, to have a place of worship. It was a convent of seven hundred years, and at one time the abbess was called to govern the city. Today, the church is open for services and visits. Of particular interest are the stained glass windows, some up to 9 meters (30 feet) high and fresh artist Paul Bodmer and the clock tower of the church.

4. Bahnhofstrasse


This street of couture upscale Zurich shops is the best known of all Zurich’s shopping district, as well as more expensive root goods in Europe. Many of the most famous designers in the world have them here, as well as the world headquarters of Credit Suisse, and delicious chocolate shops and Paradeplatz cafes in Lake Zurich at the end of the street. This upscale street came from its humble beginnings, however. It was created on the outside ditch when the city walls were pulled down, and once was called Fröschengraben or ditch frogs.

3. Uetliberg


People who enjoy great views can not afford to lose this mountain plateau overlooking the city of Zurich and the adjacent lake of the same name. The top of the mountain is a small hotel called Uto Kulm and two towers, one for the television signal and the second is a designated point of view that costs a small fee to use. Uetliberg can be reached via the trail Albisgüetli, Triemli or Albisrieden, Zurich or railway. The summit is an excellent starting point for camping and hiking to some of the other mountains of the chain.

2. Zurich Altstadt

Zurich Altstadt

Altstadt Zurich includes the area of the historic city, just before the twentieth century. It has maintained an ancient architectural atmosphere here, and is home to many monuments, squares and other popular tourist attractions in Zurich, including Lindenhof, Fraumünster, the Church of San Pedro, the new market and the old medieval quarter of Rathaus. Architecturally, there is a mix of medieval and gothic, and visitors can still see where the ancient walls of the old walled city have ever been.

1. Lake Zurich

Lake Zurich

This large glacial lake has been formed by glaciers in the Alps and extends from Zurich to many other smaller towns, including Thalwil and Küsnacht. The lake is very clean, and is home to many different beaches and bathing areas. In the area of Bellevue, a walk goes for about 3 kilometers along the lake towards Tiefenbrunnen. About half of Bellevue there is a meadow where it is ideal to relax on a sunny day. Boat enthusiasts will find a number of companies offering passenger ships that can take walks around the lake or take a ferry to some of the other towns on the lake. Here travelers can find great mansions and beautiful islands to explore.

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