If you are mulling over the idea of planning your trip to Zurich, then think no more and book your tickets as Zurich is one of the destinations that you should definitely visit once in your lifetime. Also known as the banking capital all over the world, the city of Zurich is demure, uptight and spotlessly clean. The city is also home to many fascinating and worthwhile travel attractions, social scenes and tourist spots. The city has a very suitable environment and is surprisingly trendy and vibrant.
Here we are listing the top 15 places to visit in Zurich:
15. Rietberg Museum
It is not wrong to say that Zurich will surprise you in many ways. While walking down the streets of Zurich you will come across many treasures like Rietberg Museum, one of the top places to visit in Zurich. This museum houses some of the finest collection of art and cult subject from all over the world. Not only this, the beautifully carved masks and cults brought here from South America, Buddhist art and sculptures from Asia and South Africa often leaves tourists spell bound. The exquisitely designed glass entrance of this museum adds even more charm and beauty to this place.
14. Zurich Opera House
Situated in the quaint old town, Zurich Opera house or Opernhaus Zurich is the best place to visit for all music lovers. From symphonies, choirs, to Orchestras, one can enjoy the performances by many popular singers from all over the world at this Opera house. The intricately designed interior as well as the massive seating is breathtaking. Other than singing shows, one can also enjoy ballet performances by visiting this place. Every year, more than 250 renowned International stars perform here.
13. Chinese Garden
This is the temple garden situated by the lake and is one of the most famous gardens to see in Zurich. This Chinese garden is basically a gift from the Kunming, which is the Chinese town and is among top places to visit in Zurich. The Garden area also consists of exquisite pond, a small island as well as a small palace located on the banks. It is also one of the most visited tourist attractions in Zurich.
12. Grossmünster Churche
Grossmunster Churche, also known as Church of Great Minister is one of the best churches to visit in Zurich. As per the legend and ancient stories, Charlemagne discovered the graves of the city’s patron saints Felix and Regula, who built a church as a monastery in this place. The Church is also quite popular for its unique architecture, Romanesque crypt, bronze doors, designed by Otto Munch. Also the exquisite choir windows designed by Augusto Giacometti are known for leaving tourists spell bound. The stained glass windows incorporated by designer Sigmar Polke also adds more beauty to the church.
11. Zoological Garden
For all nature and animal lovers, the Zurich Zoo and Masola Rainforest is definitely the best place to visit in Zurich. By visiting this place, one can enjoy the sights of wide varieties of wildlife living in their natural habitat. Tourists can spot the wildlife like tigers, gorillas, elephants, penguins, snow leopards, inter alia and lots more. But another reason that makes this a must visit place in Zurich is that it has recently added Kaeng Krachan Elephant Park. This park provides visitors an opportunity to see the resident elephants.
10. Pavillon Le Corbusier
When you visit this tourist spot in Zurich, you will walk through the lush lawn at the entrance and outside the Pavillon Le Corbuier. This place is quite popular for the masterpiece of architecture by the world famous architect. It is also mostly visited by the arts and design lovers. This exhibition place is located by the Lake Zurich and is one such place where you can witness some of the finest paintings. Some of the work that you will get to see here includes drawings, furniture, oil paintings and sculptures. The floating roof of this stunning architectural building with colored slabs makes it more exciting for tourists.
9. Lake Zurich
The intricate surroundings and serenity of this place makes Lake Zurich an ideal place to visit for tourists. Formed by the glaciers of the Alps, this large and clean glaciated lake stretches to many other small towns located nearby Zurich, which includes Thalwil and Kusnacht. The lake has a crystal clear water and is surrounded by many different beaches and has many swimming areas. For all those people who wants to take ride on water can take a ferry or passenger ships to travel to the other towns connected to the lake. Travelers will never want to leave this place due to the beautiful sight of the snow covered Alps.
If you are looking for a place where you can enjoy the stunning views and beauty of Zurich, then you cannot afford to miss to visit Uetliberg. This mountain plateau offers amazing view of the city as well as the lake located nearby it. The Lake is named same as this mountain plateau and has a small hotel called Uto Kulm. Travelers can easily reach the place by taking a train from Zurich. Another way to reach the place is by walking trail from Triemli, Albisguetli and Albisrieden.It is also a great place for all those people who love camping and hiking.
7. Zurich Altstadt
Zurich Altstadt is a must visit place to get the feel of Zurich in the twentieth century. The old architecture here will help travelers take walk in the Zurich of old times. This place is also home to many other tourist attractions in Zurich, which include Fraumunster, the new market, Lindenhof, and the old Medieval Rathaus quarter. This place is also a perfect blend of medieval and gothic architecture. Travelers can still see a rampart of the ancient times here in the city.
An ideal place for shopping spree, Bahnhofstrasse is a street filled with high-end couture shops and is one of the most popular areas for shopping in Zurich. You will also find stores of all big brands and showrooms of famous designers of all over the world. This place also has some of the finest chocolate shops and cafes of Paradeplatz square. So go for shopping or get some delicious chocolates to bring back home- the choice is all yours.
Fraumunster which translates to a women’s church is one of the four main churches in Fraumunster. Built by Louis, the German for his daughter so that she can have a place to worship. The church was originally built in 857 and had served as a convent for 700 years. Now the church is open for everyone. The 30 feet high stained glass windows and frescoes by the artist like Paul Bodmer and the Church clock tower attracts large number of tourists to this place.
4. Kunsthaus Zurich
This is one of the best places to visit for art lovers. Built in 1910, the museum was beautifully designed by architects named Robert Curjel and Karl Moser. This museum houses one of the most antique and unique art collections in Switzerland gathered for many years by the local art association. The collection includes the work of the Middle Ages to contemporary art, with a special emphasis on Swiss art. It has a collection of famous artists like Pablo Picasso, Edvard Munch, Claude Monet, as well as Swiss Alberto Giacometti. The museum is mainly famous for many preserved Moser interiors kept in the original section of the original section with Neo-Grec style.
Situated alongside the banks of the river Limmat, this place offers some amazing surroundings and views to help travelers spend their leisure time. This place in Old Zurich also has a long history and is located on the Lindenhof. The place was mainly used for civil gathering and has been the home of the Roman castle in the ancient times. Enjoy the sights of old mansion and buildings at Lindenhof.
2. Swiss National Museum
The extensive collection from the time of the stone age to this present day, the Swiss National Museum should be on your bucket list of places to go in Zurich. Built by Gustav Gull in 1898, the museum building is designed in the form of a French Chateau. Home to a large number of unique and vintage pieces that include armory tower, religious wooden liturgy carvings, alters and panel paintings. Some of the collection also dates back to the time of the middle ages. As museum is located by the side of the lake, visitors can also take a boat tour on Lake Zurich.
1. Theater Neumarkt
The modern Theater Neumarkt located in the middle of the old town is a place where one can enjoy contemporary plays. In every four months, the artists come up with the new themes and present a play related to that theme. They also conduct stage plays for children from time to time. This theater is also quite popular among tourists to enjoy contemporary plays.