Voted one of the best cities to live, Zurich is a cutting edge, artistic hub which attracts visitors round the year. With so much to offer, we have come up with a list of some interesting places around Zurich, which could enrich your visit to this charming city.
The city welcomes several water-lovers from around the world who come to fall in love with the Lake Zurich, rivers Limmat and Sihl. The Zurich Lake is the highlight of the city and you can explore the picturesque view by taking a stroll along the shore. You can also opt for a short round-trip cruise, or go by boat.
Grossmünster and Fraumünster
These are the two reputed historical landmarks situated by the river Limmat. The tower of Fraumünster offers a splendid view of the city. Another attraction of this church is its famous stained glass window.
This historical monument dates back to the 9th century. The church’s foundation wall is still visible and in good shape. This oldest parish church has a clock famous for its face that is the largest in all of Europe. It has about 9m diameter with five bells that were made in 1880.
The city has many museums and 14 museums are dedicated to art. The Kunsthaus gallery houses one of Switzerland’s largest art collections. It has artworks from as early as the 15th Century. It includes famous works by Rodin, Monet and Picasso, to name a few.
It houses over 360 different species of animals thriving in their naturally designed habitats with a similar climate condition. The Masoala Rainforest section has a tropical climate with about 10,000 different plant varieties. The Kaeng Krachan Elephant Park offers a wonderful chance to get closer to the magnificent elephants.
Zurich Old Town
The Old Town area of Zurich is best to walk and tour around on foot. It includes several lanes on two sides of the River Limmat. The ruins of Roman baths, medieval houses and town halls are a few of the many attractions that are over 2000 years old.
Im Viadukt Shopping Square
The Zurich-West, which was an industrial area is now a cool cultural center dotted with art galleries, and restaurants. The Im Viadukt shopping arcade has shops that sell everything from furniture, designer clothes and dandy accessories.
Swiss National Museum
This museum exhibits both permanent and temporary exhibits that speak of the nation’s rich cultural history right from the beginning to this day.
Zurich gastronomic fare
The city’s culinary interests go far beyond the schnitzel. Bahnhofstrasse is the place for classic cuisine and the Zurich-West offers more fashionable options. If you prefer a vegan menu, head to the city’s Hiltl Restaurant, found in 1898 and it was the first veggie restaurant in the world. It is now run by the fourth generation of the founding family.
It is located beside the lake at the Zürichhorn. It was gifted by the sister-city of Kunming. The temple garden was inaugurated in 1994 and has winter cherry, pine and bamboo trees that are resistant to the cold. It is open from the end of March to mid October every year.