Are you traveling to Zurich? Here’s a list of our favorite attractions and the top 10 things to do in Zurich as a tourist!
Zurich is one of the most popular destinations to visit in Switzerland, and it’s also a transportation hub in Europe with international flights to all over the world as well as train over the continent.
Zurich is one of the best cities in Switzerland for those who love to walk and take a tour around town on their own by foot. The city’s old quarters extends a (European) mil and several blocks on both sides of the Limmat river. From the Roman ruins of the medieval houses and town halls, there are 2000 years of living history to explore.
Zurich is home to many museums, where 14 of them are art galleries. Kunsthaus Gallery has one of the largest art collections in Switzerland and stretches from the 1500s onwards. The museum has large collections of works by Rodin, Monet, Picasso and Warhol; these are just a few of the many famous artists whose works are to be found under this roof.
Grossmünster & Fraumünster
Two of Zurich’s most famous and historical landmarks are the churches Grossmünster and Fraumünster, located along the Limmat River. Grossmünster offers a great view over the town from its bell tower, and the church is also known for its stained glass window. The 1300-century church Fraumünster is famous for its beautiful windows designed by the artist Marc Chagall.
If you love architecture, then you have to write these two down on your list of things to do in Zurich.
Food in Zürich
Zurich is known for its gastronomic cuisine, which extends far beyond schnitzels and bratwursts. For traditional Swiss food one should head to Bahnhofstrasse. Or if you are looking for more modern food, one should visit the west of Zurich. If you don’t eat meat, then we know the perfect restaurant for you. Hiltl Restaurant was the first vegetarian restaurant in the world and was founded 1898 and is today owned by the family’s fourth generation.
Zürich National Museum
Nearby Zurich Central Station lies the Swiss National Museum. This museum contains both permanent and growing exhibitions charting the country’s cultural history from the beginning to the present. The National Museum contains three separate institutions; the National Museum of Zurich, Castle of Prangins, and the Forum of Swiss History.
St. Peters Church
St. Peter’s Church is the oldest parish church in Zurich. The church has still retained its original walls and it also has the largest clock face in Europe with a diameter of 9 meters. It’s a beautiful and large church to sit in and relax, have a look at the art or just to enjoy the lovely atmosphere.
Day trip to Rhine Falls
The Rhine Falls is one of the most powerful waterfalls in Europe and a spectacular place to visit. It’s very easy to get here from Zurich, either by rental car or public transportation. The natural beauty is truly stunning and the best time to visit the Rhine Falls is in May or June when the water amount peaks.
In the old industrial area, Oerlikon, in the west of Zurich is now a popular cultural center. Oerlikon is full of galleries, theaters, restaurants and shops. Under the beautiful 1900-century bridge lies the Im Viadukt shopping center that sells everything from furniture and clothes to the wacky accessories.
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Zurich is a perfect city for those who love a nice view of the water, thanks to its beautiful rivers Limmat, Sihl and Lake Zurich. This huge lake is one of the city’s major highlights, where you will find several picturesque paths that wind around the lake perfect for lovely walks. Another option is to take a 90-minute round trip cruise on the lake.
One of the best things to do in Zurich to escape the bustling city life for a couple of hours!
The Chinese garden is located right nex to the lake by Zurich Horn. This garden was a gift from the sister city of Kunming and is considered to be one of the most impressive gardens outside of China. The Temple Garden opened in 1994, and its “Three Friends of Winter” exhibition is showcasing beautiful winter cherry, pine, and bamboo. The garden is open from late March to mid-October.