Zurich Travel Guide

Attractions

Most of the interesting sights are in the old town around the river and lakefront.

GrossmnsterZwingliplatzPrice: Tower 4CHF/2CHF studentsOld Romanesque church, symbol of reformed Zurich, where reformer Huldrych Zwingli was appointed the people's priest in 1519. Go up the tower for a great view of Zurich, though the stairs can be quite small and steep.
FraumnsterKmbelgasse 2Old Gothic church (former convent) with window paintings made by Marc Chagall. No photos or videos allowed inside.
LandesmuseumMuseumstrasse 2Phone: +41 44 218 65 11Hours: Tu-Su 10AM-5PM and most public holidays including MPrice: 10CHFThe biggest Swiss history museum. You can also learn about the various traditions of the cantons comprising Switzerland.
KunsthausPhone: +41 44 253 84 84One of the major Swiss art museums. Its specialities are modern sculpturer Giacometti and the surrealist 18th Century painter Fuseli, both Swiss. Entry is free to the main collection Wednesdays.
SchanzengrabenA small canal that used to be part of the city fortifications between Limmat and Sihl. From the main station, go to Gessnerallee, find the stairways down to the tiny creek, and walk all the way to the lake.
Rietberg MuseumGablerstrasse 15Phone: +41 (0)44 206 31 31One of Europe's best collections of Asian art (mainly Indian drawings).
LangstrasseRed light district of Zrich, with more drug dealers and police than usual, but interesting because even this most notorious spot in Switzerland is so clean and safe. The area is the most overtly multicultural spot of the town. In recent years, ateliers and stylish bars start to coexist side by side to the about 15 strip clubs.
ZooZrichbergstrasse 221Phone: +41 44 254 25 05With the new Masoala Rainforest Hall, the Zoo is really worth a visit!
Lake PromenadeEspecially during summer, the lake is a beautiful place to spend the evening or the weekend. Starting from Bellevue, the boardwalk goes for about three kilometers along the lake towards Tiefenbrunnen. About halfway from Bellevue there is a meadow where you will find thousands of people on a sunny day.
Chinese GardenPhone: +41 44 435 21 11This small but beautiful Chinese garden was offered to the city of Zurich by the Chinese city of Kunming as symbol of gratitude after Zurich helped Kunming with technical knowledge.
Le Corbusier HouseA beautiful, modern villa planned by the famous Swiss architect. The visiting hours are very limited (i.e. one day / week only in the summer) and entry is expensive. Additionally, there is a legal battle between the city (owner) and the long time tenant.
LindenhofThe hill in the heart of the old town. A beautiful view of the city and one time location of a Roman fort.
NiederdorfThe old town offers beautiful alleys, restaurants and shopping mainly aimed at younger consumers. In the evenings, people visit the Niederdorf's many bars.
BahnhofstrasseOne of the busiest and best known shopping streets in the world. Highly refined. Certainly a must-see for every tourist in Zurich! (see below).
Museum BuehrleZollikerstrasse 172Phone: +41 44 422 00 86A rich private art collection worth visiting - although a little less rich after a recent brazen robbery in broad daylight. Call ahead, as it's currently not open during regular hours.
Johann Jacobs Coffee MuseumSeefeldquai 17Phone: +41 44 388 61 51An original museum which describes the evolution of coffee and different aspects of the culture that has developed around it. The museum is closed for renovation until 7 September 2013.
Zurich WestThis modern quarter used to be an industrial one, but modern urban developments made it into a centre of vibrant night life.

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