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Top 10 places to visit in Zurich

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TIA on April 18, 2024



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The twin towers of the Grossmünster are not only Zurich’s most prominent landmark, visitors can also climb up the Karlsturm and enjoy a breathtaking view over the city. Legend has it that the church was built on the graves of the city’s patron saints, Felix and Regula.


On the other side of the Limmat stands the Fraumünster church with its famous windows created by Chagall and the Swiss artist Augusto Giacometti. Founded in 853 by King Louis the German, this church with its convent was inhabited by the female members of the aristocracy of Europe. 


The best way to take in a city is from above. The Uetliberg lookout is just a short train ride and a 10-minute walk away, and the view over the city, lake and Alps is spectacular. At 2,850 feet above sea level, Uetliberg towers over the rooftops of Zürich. The Uetliberg is particularly popular in November, as its summit is often above the blanket of fog that can cover the city at this time of year.


The world-renowned shopping boulevard was created after construction of Zurich’s Main Railway Station. At the spot where city moats were 150 years ago, today it connects Lake Zurich with the Main Railway Station on a length of 1.4 kilometers (0.87 miles). You find numerous boutiques, department stores and timepiece stores here, as well as at Paradeplatz – the Swiss banking center. Bahnhofstrasse is just as popular with locals and visitors, and it is always worth a visit.

Lake Zurich

After Lake Geneva, Lake Neuchâtel, Lake Constance and Lake Lucerne, Lake Zurich is one of Switzerland’s “Big Five” in terms of lakes. In the past, it was mainly used as a traffic and transportation route, but today it is a popular excursion destination for swimming, sailing, boating, and picnicking on the shore. 

Zurich Opera House

Since 1891, the Opera House on the shores of Lake Zurich has been delighting audiences with masterpieces from the worlds of opera, ballet, and classical music. The Opera House is also one of Zurich’s architectural gems.


This spot provides a glorious view of the Old Town, Grossmünster Church, City Hall, the Limmat river, the university and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology. Lindenhof was also the scene of numerous historical events. In the 4th century a Roman fort stood on Lindenhof – and in the 9th century the grandson of Charlemagne built a regal palace as place of residence on the very same site.


Niederdorf is part of Zurich's old town – and the locals fondly refer to it as “Dörfli”, meaning the entire Niederdorf and Oberdorf area that extends as far as Bellevue. Niederdorf is a pedestrian zone the same as Limmatquai, which runs parallel. During the day, the pedestrian zone and many stores, which are almost hidden in alleyways, entice you to shop. In the evening, Niederdorf changes into a nightlife district for a very varied public with its bars and street artists.

National Museum Zurich

The National Museum Zurich, which stands next to Zurich Main Station, is reminiscent of a fairytale castle. However, anyone passing through the arches into the inner courtyard will also find a modern new building, which counterbalances the original building constructed in the historicism style.

Kunsthaus Zürich

At the Kunsthaus Zürich, art enthusiasts and novices alike can immerse themselves in the world of the Old Masters, discover Swiss artists such as Giacometti and Fischli/Weiss, or admire Impressionist or contemporary art. Installations such as the immersive “Turicum Pixelwald” by Pipilotti Rist, video installations, temporary exhibitions, workshops, and guided tours make a visit here an unforgettable experience.

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