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    A group of kids and adults exploring various places to visit in Zurich

    Nestled between the wooded hills on the east & west sides, the Neolithic town of Zurich stands at the northwestern tip of silvery-watered Lake Zurich. With its medieval age architecture and some newly built tourist buildings, the largest city of Switzerland has a myriad of tourist attractions that one must visit.

    Churches, museums, theaters, gardens, and more; the list of the city’s offerings are endless. But, to make things easy for you, here’s a hand-picked list of the 15 best places to visit in Zurich.

    Churches In Zurich Are Among The Most Holy Places To Visit In Zurich

    3 popular churhces along the Limmat River

    1. Fraumünster Churche: Church Of Our Lady

    Night photo of Fraumunster Church and bridge over Limmat River

    The Fraumunster Churche literally translates to Women’s Church and refers to the founding of an abbey at the location in 853 by the then Emperor Ludwig. As per historic references, the church, with its convent, was inhabited by the aristocratic women of Europe. The 3-aisled and pillared basilica with a Gothic nave is worth seeing in itself. But what makes it so popular among the places to visit in Zurich is the addition of stained glass windows in 1970 – windows in north transept by Augusto Giacometti and the 5 part-cycle in Chancel & Rosette in south transept by Marc Chagall.

    Where: Fraumünster, Stadthausquai 19, 8001 Zürich

    Opening hours: 10 am – 4 pm (1st November – 31st March); 10 am – 6 pm (1st April – 31st October)

    Entry charges: Free

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    2. Grossmünster Churche: Church Of Great Minister

    The twin towers of the Grossmunster Churche with the cloud-covered Alps in the background

    Grossmunster Churche or the Church of Great Minister is another of the most amazing places to see in Zurich. According to the legend, the graves of the city’s patron saints Felix and Regula were discovered by Charlemagne, who built a church as a monastery on the spot. The Romanesque crypt, bronze doors designed by Otto Munch, choir windows designed by Augusto Giacometti, and the stained glass windows designed by Sigmar Polke add to the beauty of the church.

    Where: Grossmünster, Grossmünsterplatz, 8001 Zürich

    Opening hours: 10 am – 5 pm (1st November – 31st February); 10 am – 6 pm (1st March – 31st October)

    Entry charges: Free

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    3. St. Peter’s Church: Oldest Parish Church in Zurich

    The large clock tower of the St Peter Church in Zurich

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    With the largest clock face in Europe, St Peter’s Church stands as a must-see tourist attraction in Zurich. The clock face measures a whopping 8.5 m in diameter. The church also houses five bells dating back to 1880, the largest of which weighs a little over 6 tons. It is also the oldest Parish church in Zurich, with its original 9th century foundation walls still visible beneath the chancel.

    Where: Kirche St Peter, St-Peter-Hofstatt, 8001 Zürich

    Opening hours: 10 am – 4 pm (1st November – 31st March); 10 am – 6 pm (1st April – 31st October)

    Entry charges: Free

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    Also visit:Predigerkirche

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    4. Schweizerisches Landesmuseum: National Museum or Fairytale Castle?

    Swiss National Museum and its reflection taken from across the water body

    Located in the heart of the city, Schweizerisches Landesmuseum (Swiss National Museum) is one of the most amazing places to visit in Zurich. Housing the largest collection of cultural-cum-historical objects in a fairytale castle, the museum takes you on a history tour. From handicrafts to the everyday objects and from prehistoric times to the present; the museum has it all.

    Where: Landesmuseum Zürich, Museumstrasse 2, 8001 Zürich

    Opening hours:

    • Monday: Closed
    • Tuesday – Wednesday; Friday – Sunday: 10 am – 5 pm
    • Thursday: 10 am – 7 pm

    Entry charges:

    • Adults CHF 10*
    • Concessions CHF 8*
    • Children (under 16) Free

    * 1 CHF = INR 70.44; as on 11th February 2016

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    5. Rietberg Museum: Foreign Cultures Thriving in a Beautiful Garden

    Rietberg Museum and the various collectibles that it showcases

    While on a Zurich sightseeing tour, you are sure to come across this chest of treasures nestled amidst a beautiful garden. The Rietberg Museum boasts of a unique collection of art & cult objects from across the globe – beautifully carved Swiss masks, cult objects from South America, Buddhist art from Asia, and enchanting sculptures from Africa. The greenish-blue glass entrance adds to the beauty of the museum.

    Where: Museum Rietberg, Gablerstrasse 15, 8002 Zürich

    Opening hours:

    • Monday: Off
    • Tuesday; Thursday – Sunday: 10 am – 5 pm
    • Wednesday: 10am – 8 pm

    Entry charges:

    • Collection: CHF 14 (Regular); CHF 12 (Concessions)
    • Temporary Exhibits: CHF 18 (Regular); CHF 14 (Concessions)

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    6. Pavillon Le Corbusier: A Masterpiece of Architecture housing Collections by the Master

    The lush lawn outside and the entrance to the Pavillon Le Corbusier

    Pavillon Le Corbusier, the final construction piece by the world-famous architect, is one of the most stunning tourist attractions in Zurich for those who love art and design. An exhibition space by the Lake Zurich, the pavilion houses oil paintings, drawings, furniture, and sculptures. The building architecture in itself is stunning, with a floating roof and colored slabs that give the place a rhythmic character.

    Where: Pavillon Le Corbusier, Höschgasse 8, 8008 Zürich

    Opening hours:

    • Monday, Tuesday: Closed
    • Wednesday – Sunday: 12 pm – 6 pm

    *Open only during summers (i.e. from May – October)

    Entry charges: Free

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    Also Visit:Bellerive Museum that houses the most important collections of international applied art, Museum of Design , Haus Konstruktiv that promotes constructive & conceptual design, Tram Museum, Kunsthaus Zürich (Museum of Fine Arts),and Beyer Clock and Watch Museum

    Opera, Ballet, and Theater: For Classical Entertainment

    7. Zürich Opera House: Symphonies, Choirs, and Orchestras

    The massive seating and beautifully designed interiors of the Opera House in Zurich

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    Opernhaus Zurich or the Zurich Opera House is the Mecca of music in the quaint old town. Among the most popular places to visit in Zurich, the Opera House showcases performances featuring popular singers as well as premiers. At times, the house also showcases ballets. About 250 performances take place every year, featuring renowned international stars. At the International Opera Awards of 2014, it was also awarded as the Best Opera Company of the Year.

    Where: Opernhaus Zürich, Falkenstrasse 1, 8008 Zürich

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    8. Theater am Neumarkt: Old Town, Modern Theater

    The entrance to the Theater am Neumarkt in the Old Town of Zurich

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    At the heart of the old town, the modern Theater Neumarkt presents contemporary plays. A new theme is addressed every four months and presented through various plays. This innovative program makes it a popular place to visit in Zurich. In addition to the contemporary plays, it also stages plays for children from time to time.

    Where: Theater Neumarkt, Neumarkt 5, 8001 Zürich

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    9. Tonhalle: Concert Hall with Excellent Acoustics

    A vast audience attending a concert performed by 100 musicians at the Zurich Tonhalle

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    The Tonhalle Zurich is one of the most popular tourist places in Zurich for those who love music. Built in 1895, the beautifully decorated concert hall has a capacity of 1,455 guests. Every season, over a 100 concerts are performed here by a team of 100 musicians and a conductor.

    Where: Tonhalle Zurich, Claridenstrasse 7, 8002 Zürich

    Entry charges: Varies from concert to concert; free for disabled people

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    Also Visit: Schauspielhaus Pfauen and Zürcher Theater Spektakel

    Places to Visit in Zurich for the Nature Lovers

    10. Zoological Garden: See tigers, penguins, gorillas, elephants, and a lot more

    The Kaeng Krachan Elephant Park at the Zurich Zoo

    The Zurich Zoo and Masola Rainforest are amazing places to visit in Zurich for those who wish to see a variety of animal species in beautiful natural enclosures. One can see, inter alia, snow leopards, bears, tortoises, tigers, penguins, and gorillas. But the key attraction is the recently added Kaeng Krachan Elephant Park that allows visitors to see the resident elephant family.

    Where: Zoo Zürich, Zürichbergstrasse 221, 8044 Zürich

    Opening hours: 9 am – 5 pm (November – February); 9 am – 6 pm (March – October)

    Entry charges:

    • Adults (from 25) CHF 26
    • Disabled visitors CHF 13
    • Youths (16 – 25) CHF 19
    • Children (6 – 16) CHF 13
    • Children (up to 6 years) Free

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    11. Chinese Garden: The Temple Garden by the Lake

    The beautiful temple garden by the lake at the Chinese Garden in Zurich

    One of the highest-ranking temple gardens outside China, the Chinese Garden here is one of the most beautiful places to see in Zurich. A gift from the Chinese town of Kunming, the garden houses a pond, a small island, and a small palace on the banks.

    Where: Chinagarten, Bellerivestrasse 138, 8008 Zürich

    Opening hours: April – November; 11 am – 7 pm

    Entry charges: CHF 1 for children (under 14 years); CHF 4 for adults

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    12. Bürkliplatz : Lakeside Leisure

    A cruise docked at the Burkliplatz along Lake Zurich

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    Burkliplatz is among the must-see tourist attractions in Zurich. Though primarily a boat dock, it is also a marketplace, art area, and event site. The scenic views of the Alps across the Lake Zurich can be enjoyed from the dock. The lakeside promenade was created in 1880s with Quaibrücke (Lakeside Bridge), boulevards, meadows, and parks.

    Do not miss: Sunday Flea Markets

    13. Lake Zürich: Of Ferry Rides and Casual Swimming

    A ferry carrying tourists in the Lake Zurich on a cloudy day

    It is hard to find a photo album of Zurich that does not feature the Lake Zurich. What was once only a transportation route, has turned into a popular excursion point for swimming, picnics along the banks, or ferry rides for the splendid views of the city and the Alps.

    14. Botanical Garden Grüningen: The Natural Oasis

    A greenhouse housing many unique plants at the Botanical Garden

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    One of the places to see in Zurich for the nature lovers, the Botanical Garden at Gruningen houses a collection of plants from across the globe in 16 different sections. It is on the criteria of ecology, biodiversity, research, and protection of these species that the site is divided.

    Where: Botanischer Garten Grüningen, Im Eichholz 1, 8627 Grüningen

    Opening hours: April – October; 10 am – 5 pm

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    15. Üetliberg: Zurich’s Own Mountain with Television Tower on the Top

    The television tower atop the Uetliberg mountain overlooking the Zurich city

    At a height of 2,850 feet above sea level, Uetliberg affords a splendid panoramic view of the city, the lake, and the majestic Alps. One of the most popular tourist attractions in Zurich for the nature & adventure lovers, the mountain is particularly popular in November. It is then that it is over the layer of fog that covers the city.

    Things to do: Hiking, biking, paragliding, sledging, picnicking, and Planet Trail

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    It is hard to cover all these tourist places in Zurich, unless you have a long vacation planned in the city itself. But, we hope, we might have helped you zero down to a few places that you must visit on your next trip. Let us know your choices by way of comments.


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