Places to visit in Zurich

Lake Zurich, Grossmunster, Fraumunster Church, Bahnhofstrasse, Uetliberg, Swiss National Museum, Zurich Zoo, Old Town, Kunsthaus Zürich, St. Peter's Church, Münsterbrücke, Rietberg Museum, Lindenhof Hill, Zürich's Opera House, Bürkliplatz.

Zurich, the largest city of Switzerland, is often known for being a financial hub, but the plethora of places to visit in Zurich makes it a delightful tourist destination too. Replete with exemplary architecture, beautiful parks, calm lakes, snow-capped Alps and ski resorts, Zurich is like a picture right out of a fairytale.

Among the many places to see in Zurich are archaic churches like the Grossmünster, St. Peter's Church, and the historically popular, Wasserkirche. Sail across the Limmat River on the Limmat Cruise and stop by at the many museums like the Bellerive and the Beyer Clock & Watch Museum, which are a must-visit. Experience a bird's eye view of the city from a cable car.

Dine at the Confiserie Sprüngli and don't miss out on the Old Town which is an absolute architectural marvel with sights like the Rathaus, Zürich Opera House, and the Pavillon Le Corbusier. The visual delights of Zurich don't end here. There's so much more to explore and experience that you're sure to be spoilt for choice!

Here is the list of some of the best places to visit in Zurich:

Lake Zurich
Offering panoramic views of the steel grey mountains with their tips covered in snow at a distance, Lake Zurich is crowned as one of the biggest and most beautiful lakes in Switzerland. Extending to the south east of the Zurich city, the lake is the creation of the river Linth which takes birth from Glarus Alps glaciers.

Carved like a banana, the lake streams passing through the city are termed Limmat, the downstream at Seedamm is called Rapperswil whereas the upstream is called Obersee. Flanked by forested chain of hills on both the sides, Lake Zurich has Albis and Zimmerberg hills on its south and Pfannenstiel hills on its north.

The gentle slopes of the banks of the lake are covered with fragrant vineyards and orchards to enhance its beauty several times. Edging the the largest city Zurich on its west, lake Zurich is a popular place for excursion in the present time.

People from all around the world and the locals come here to unwind themselves and spend a day with peace. The gently rocking waves accompanied with laziness and fine food becomes a synonym for vacation in Zurich. The best thing you could do is to take a boat and explore the untarnished distant banks of the pristine lake.
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Grossmünster (Great Minster)

Grossmünster, also means the great minister, is a beautiful 12th-century cathedral and is one of the most recognizable and distinguished landmarks of Zurich. Its emblematic twin towers touching skyline makes it a very famous site and attracts thousands of tourists each day.  The triple-aisled crypt is also the largest in Switzerland.

Grossmünster holds a very important place in Protestant Christianity because of its role in the Protestant Reformation in Switzerland. It is one of the largest churches in Zurich along with St. Peterskirche, Predigerkirche, and Fraumünster. Stands true to its literal meaning in German as “large Cathedral”, Grossmünster has great architectural and historical significance.

It is located at the Notre Dame cathedral on the banks of the Limmat River from the end of Zurich Lake, facing the other largest church in Zurich in the old town. It is totally possible and expected to get lost in the mind-blowing views around and exploring the city via electronic tuk tuk ride, going for a Swiss Chocolate walking tour or just walking by the riverside and waiting for the sunset to climb up to one of the church’s tower balcony and getting some super intagramic sunset photos.

The Romanesque cathedral is as important historically as it is architecturally. The major incidents include the story of three beheaded saints - St Felix, St Regula, and St Exuperantius, how emperor Charlemagne found the tomb of the three martyr saints when visited Zurich on a hunting trip and Grossmünster and church Fraumünster’s rivalry, Protest Reformation and Architectural Modernity.

As the famous story goes, the three saints St. Felix and St. Regula were brothers and with their servant Exuperantius were executed by Roman authority. They miraculously stood-up, picked their head in their hands and started walking. They walked around paces uphill, made their last prayer before lying down in death and they were buried at the exact place where they fell.

Around 500 years later Emperor Charlemagne was near Zurich on a hunting trip and upon his arrival, his horse fell to its knees over the grave of the three patron saints of Zurich - St. Felix, St Regula and their servant Exuperantius. The emperor ordered the construction of the cathedral Grossmünster in around 1100 CE  at the same place honoring the martyr which has become the most famous and tourist place to visit in Zurich.

Since then many significant renovations have been made to Grossmünster from time to time. One of the most important ones was to increase the height of the southern tower to the similar height of the northern tower in the 15th- century CE.

The legendary Roman Emperor’s connection to the Grossmünster can be seen in both – a replacement relief, sitting on a throne with a sword and a gold crown on his brow, high up on the west wall. And, the original 15th – Century statue can be found now in the crypt beneath the church.

During the medieval times, the rivalry between Grossmünster and church Fraumünster which is located on the other side of the Limmat River, over the control of the patron Saints’ relics and superiority over the other.

And, eventually both the churches agreed to share the authority and started a grand public festive procession each year on September 11, which till today has been celebrated and declared a public holiday in Zurich.

Ulrich Zwingli started working as a pastor at the Grossmünster around 1519 CE and this was the beginning of the Swiss protest reformation led by Zwingli and followed by many.  Zwingli, born in a farmer’s family was well educated and had great influence in his life and work by Dutch philosopher Erasmus.

He supported that the holy scriptures must be read and interpreted in the native language by commerns and not to be bound and restricted. He also suggested that people must ideally live a life as per the Gospels by Jesus Christ.

He also denounced the catholic mass, removed the swiss mercenaries and considered the forms of idolatry in catholic worship.

And, It was in 1523 when with the support of the government, the Zurich’s monasteries were dissolved. Ulrich Zwingli's influence is notable in Grossmünster's architecture and interiors. Grossmünster had been majorly renovated to express the pure quiddity of the reformation in a physical form.

However, with multiple refurbishments till the 19th-20th-century,  Grossmünster restored to its full splendor.

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Fraumünster Church
Cradled on the west banks of Limat, Fraumunster Church is one of the most renowned destinations in Zurich. Its close proximity to a pristine river flowing to Grossmunster further enhances its charm. A popular name among the history buffs, Fraumunster dates back its existence to the 9th century.

Today, this building is also serving as a Parish church for one of the many reformed Parishes around the city. As you will usher into this space, you will be amused by its five stained glass windows which were constructed by Marc Chagall in the year 1960.

Flaunting diverse colour themes, these are 10 meter high windows which look best in the early morning light. Another thing that sets this beautiful church apart from the rest of the churches in Zurich is its enticing cl+++ock tower topped by a blue spire. 

There is a  small door near the spire which forms the main entrance of the church. Once you get to this place, either admire its architectural magnificence or offer your prayers to the Lord Christ. You can also delve deep into the ancient history of the church or soak in the surreal views of its surroundings.

Fraumunster Church is constructed on the remains of the aristocratic abbey, built for the beloved daughter of Louis the German. With its intriguing history, unique architecture, and enticing location, the church has undoubtedly captivated the hearts of many travellers. So, if you are planning to visit here shortly, here is everything that you must know beforehand.
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Bahnhofstrasse, a tiny and yet so imposing street of Zurich is all centred with luxurious fashion brands, Swizz-chocolate shops, warm cafes, art galleries and much more. This extravagant high street of Zurich is well known as one of the most exclusive and expensive shopping arcades in Europe while being the third most expensive on the global list.

So, if you are a shopping buff and like to indulge in some of the world-class brands such as Apple, Chanel, Cartier, Gucci, Hekket, H&M, Burberry, Dior and Manor etc, then it's the right place for you to be!

The street is fairly 1.4 km long which can be covered in only 20 minutes on foot but the urge to go in and around all those irresistible stores will not just let you walk by! Besides, great fashion and everything in vogue, this sought-after street of Zurich is also admired for its aesthetic built.

Inspired from the 19th-century style and architecture, the street hardly composes any modern cast of buildings thus, keeping the true Victorian flavour alive to lure people from far and wide. Anything being said stands less for this pretty town street, but one thing that’s for sure; everything here is a visual treat.

Come here once or come here twice, the unforgettable taste and vibes will influence you for life. 
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A famous mountain lying in the Swiss Plateau, Uetliberg is a mountain situated towards the northern terminal of the Albis chain, which is located in the canton of Zurich, Switzerland. The mountain is considered to be the best point of the Albis hill range since it provides a birds-eye view of the entire Zurich city, the lake of Zurich, and the alps mountains.

The same reason accounts for this magnificent mountain positioned at 2850 feet above sea level to be one of the favorite spots for tourists. Standing on the boundary between Zurich and Stallikon, Uetliberg offers unimpeded views for its tourists. To reach the top, you first have to complete a short trail of 10 minutes, which leads you to the summit where hotel Uto Kulm is also situated.

At the top of this mountain, tourists can engage in different activities including hiking, bike trailing, camping, and paragliding. Bike tours are always fun, they call it Toptrek Touren at the site. Also, camping at Uetliberg is free of cost, it is preferably the best part of the tour because the night sky gives a full sight of shiny studded stars.

Another option is to climb the look-out tower for a more breathtaking, panoramic view of the whole city of Zurich where even when the sky is cloudy, you can see Alps and amazing mountains.
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Swiss National Museum (Landesmuseum)

Swiss National Museum  is acclaimed as the most significant establishment offering insights into the cultural history of Switzerland, and is a must visit spot in the country. It is located at the confluence of Sihl and Nimmat rivers, adjacent to Park Platzspitz.

Through numerous permanent as well as temporary exhibitions, the museum complex has a wealth of information to offer about the various aspects of Switzerland’s history, culture, and art during different eras. The museum houses amazing assortments of paintings, photographs, and texts that walk the visitors through the late Middle Ages, the era when Switzerland established itself as a federal state to the present.

No wonder the museum claims to store more than 840,000 objects. So, whether you are eager to learn about the local culture in the past, various battles fought in the region land or the origin of Swiss watches, chocolates, etc., this museum is a treasure trove of information. 
In addition to what the museum complex houses and exhibits, its fine architecture is also worthy of admiration.

Built by architect Gustav Gull in 1898 to honour the 50th anniversary of the Swiss federal constitution, this museum complex is an architectural masterpiece. The neo-Gothic style complex looks like a magnificent castle from afar. With its grand structure, exquisite location, and peerless collection, the museum succeeds to impress flocks of history, architecture, and culture enthusiasts throughout the year.

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Rhein Fall
No trip to Switzerland is complete without paying a visit to Europe's biggest waterfall, the Rheinfall. Located right on the border between Switzerland and Germany, it is often called the Niagra Falls of Europe. Formed more than 15,000 years ago due to certain tectonic shifts, the falls have now gained popularity among those visiting Switzerland. 

Hundreds flock to the falls each summer when the increased water inflow creates mesmerizing cascades that the visitors can enjoy from up close. Right in the middle of this magnificent waterfall stands a sturdy rock that has withstood the test of time. 

You can choose to either take a boat ride along the Rhine river till the rock formation or simply marvel at their magesticity from the numerous trails and the viewing platforms constructed for this very purpose. One such popular lookout is the Känzeli viewing platform, from where you can take in the beauty of the falls and sometimes even feel the fresh spray on your face. 

The fact that it is very accessible adds to its popularity. Situated between the villages of Neuhausen am Rheinfall and Laufen-Uhwiesen/Dachien, the Rheinfall sees thousands of visitors each year. It stands at a breath of 150 meters, with the water falling at a rate of 23 meters per second.
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Zurich Zoo
Nestled amidst the lush greenery of tropical forest, Zoo Zurich is the perfect escape from the hum-drum of urban life and a memorable encounter with exotic wildlife. This zoo could be located in the Fluntern quarter of Zurichberg in Switzerland. Locally popular by the name Zurich Zoologischer Garten, the zoo has existed at its place since 1929.

The credit for the popularity of the zoo goes solely to the tropical variety of more than 380 species which multiplies to at least 2,200 animals and birds in total. Among these animals lives the oldest resident of the zoo Nigrita, the Galapagos giant turtle, who has been existing there for 73 years.

Upon visiting the zoo you must explore all of its sections including ‘Lewa Savannah’ which is the biggest courtyard housing rhinos, giraffes and zebras. ‘Masoala Rainforest’ is also a great spot of the zoo in which geckos, turtles, snakes, parrots and many other rainforest species live merrily.

You must not miss the ‘Australian Enclosure’ which lets you get sights of koalas, kangaroos, perenties and emus whereas ‘Kaeng Krachan Elephant Park’ houses eight Asian Elephants for you to witness.

The zoo also has an ‘Aquarium’ with 70 species of fish in it, a ‘Mongolian Steppe’ which is a home to Bactrian camels, domesticated yaks and cashmere goats along with a ‘Pantanal’ which has capybaras, squirrel monkeys, giant anteaters and other mammals and birds.

Upon your visit do not miss visiting all these enclosures including the ‘Zoolino’ to have a memorable and cherishable experience at the Zurich Zoo among the exotic wildlife from around the world.
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Old Town (Altstadt)
Steeped in history and packed with a whole lot of sightseeing and shopping, Altstadt is the oldest part of the city and among the best tourist places in Zurich. The Roman Empire of Zurich came into being in the Old Town which makes this attraction more than 2000 years old.

Resplendent with archaic architecture and boasting of Zürich's heritage, today the Old Town is known for some of the best attractions, shopping and dining destinations in the city. With the Limmat River flowing through the centre of the town, guild houses, churches and historic places line the quaint little streets.

Largely divided into four quadrants,Medieval houses, Renaissance buildings and narrow lanes make up the Old Town. The crowd and the happy vibes that make their way through the streets of the Old Town are definitely worth looking forward to on your visit. 

Highlights: Bahnhofstrasse, Town Hall, Fraumunster Church Houses, Nightclubs, Bars

Location: Niederdorfstrasse 19, 8001 Zürich, Switzerland

Timings: 24 hours
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Kunsthaus (Museum of Fine Arts)
Kunsthaus Zürich is an epitome of art that acknowledges the work of many prominent artists of the past and the present, such as Alberto Giacometti, Picasso, Backmen, Claude Monnet and Edvard Munch. The museum has made its mark internationally for presenting a huge collection of artworks including the old and the new ones.

The blending sight of natural scenery, fascinating architecture, and bewildering art is an added perk of the docklands Kunsthaus Zürich as it escapades the joy of visiting the museum. This popular art museum of the Zurich city experiences a major footfall for its prime location and promising exhibitions.

Kunsthaus is located at the heart of the city and is well connected with public transport to aid the tourists and locals to reach in no time. As the museum is close to many other tourist places like Grossmuster and Lindenhof Hill, you can mark your presence at Kunsthaus and also enjoy nearby places. 

The museum, Kunsthaus is not only popular for its collection, but it also hosts many events every now and then for children. Also, it provides a guided tour, room for birthday party celebration, study room, shops that sell artifacts, restaurant and special booklets for children.

To visit Kunsthaus, Wednesday is free for the visitors whereas private tours can be planned on Tuesdays. On the weekends, Kunsthaus holds up several engaging activities for the kids and adults alongside special exhibitions.
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St. Peter's Church
Dating back to the first century, St. Peter's is the only baroque church in Zurich. It is known for its tower clock face which is the largest in the whole of Europe with a diameter of 8.7 metres. The five bells in the tower dating back to 1880 are also of prime importance with one of them weighing over 6000 kgs, without clappers.

Known to be one of the prominent places to visit in Zurich, the church tower was also used as a fire lookout point from the Middle Ages to the year 1911. Theologians of the past worked here and the first mayor of Zurich was buried here, making this a historical attraction. His monument and grave can be visited along the outer tower wall. 

Baptismal font of 1598, Choir chairs with rich carvings, rich acanthus adornment with Bible verse over the pulpit, crystal chandeliers

Location: St. Peterhofstatt 2, 8001 Zürich, Switzerland

Entry Fee: Free

- Monday to Saturday 10 am–6 pm
- Sunday 11 am–5 pm
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Most definitely a monumental bridge, and a must among places to see in Zurich, the Münsterbrücke was constructed in 1838, right in the centre of the scenic Old Town, over the Limmat River. Almost dividing Zurich into two halves, the bridge connects the Fraumünster Cathedral to the Grossmünster Cathedral, both of which lie on opposite ends of the river.

The former is popular for its stained-glass windows and definitely a must-see. Apart from being a crossing and a pedestrian bridge for locals and tourists, the bridge is also home to the commemorative statue of Burgomaster Waldmann, a leader who was executed in state politics during the late 1400s. Today, the bridge is a mark of cultural property of both, national and regional significance. 

Highlights: A panoramic view of Zurich, statue of Burgomaster Waldmann

Location: Münsterbrücke 8001, 8001 Zürich, Switzerland

Entry Fee: Free

Timings: 24 Hours
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Rietberg Museum
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Housing a diverse collection of artefacts from America, Asia, Africa and Oceania, Rietberg Museum, also known as ‘Emerald’ is situated in Zurich, Switzerland. Primarily focusing on the non-European arts and designs, the museum has become a great site of historical splendours. 

Crowned as the third largest museum in Switzerland, it is sprawling across the heart of Zurich on around 17 acres of land. This entire piece of land not only houses the museum but also several historical buildings amidst lush greenery. These buildings include Remise, the Wesendonck Villa, the Schonberg Villa and the Rieter Park-Villa.

Converted into a museum in the year 1949, Rietberg houses an expansive artistic collection of Baron von der Heydt. Displaying around 30,000 artefacts out of them, the museum features four to six permanent exhibitions every year. All these collections are from notable artefacts of Chinese Ceramics, Indian paintings, African art, and Meiyintang collection of art.

Not situated far from the lake Zurich, the museum is considered a world treasure in the terms of its distinctive art. Along with that, the museum houses various exhibitions which attracts tourists from around the world.
Besides all this, the museum is also famous for its architecture which is a great modern villa.

The classic beige colors look very beautiful in contrast to all the greenery around it. After touring the museum thoroughly, one must stop in the garden to get some great pictures against the Rietberg Museum.
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Lindenhof Hill
Another historical site and among the many tourist places in Zurich is Lindenhof Hill in the city’s Old Town. It is a moraine hill and a public square around which the city has developed over the years. The hill is also in close proximity to the central Limmat River, where tourists often flock for a 360° view of the town.

The hill once housed a Roman Castle, followed by the famous Carolingian Kaiserpfalz, but today serves as a recreational space for all. There's a lush green oasis on the slopes of the hills that makes for a great picnic spot. Being an automobile-free zone, you can be assured that you can relax on top of the hill, soaking in the beauty of old Zurich for hours!

Highlights: Overview of Zürich's history, picnic spot

Location: 8001 Zürich, Switzerland

Entry Fee: Free 

Timings: 24 hours
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Zurich Opera House
With a seating of approximately 1100, Zürich's Opera House is a significant attraction not only for its regal architectural style but also for keeping Zürich's rich art and culture alive. The site was the first Opera House in the whole of Europe to have electric lighting, but that's not all that stands out about this building.

The baroque architecture throws light upon the neoclassical style of design which is absolutely exquisite and exemplary, making it one of the finest places to visit in Zurich. With grand Roman Era paintings that adorn the roof and an amphitheatre style arrangement, the OpernHaus, as it is often called, was ahead of its time.

International singers and renowned actors perform here to date, and a grand theatrical performance can be witnessed here on most days. The venue has also been awarded the Best Opera Company of the Year in 2014, so you're sure to spend a memorable time here. 

Highlights: Culture, Theatre, Dance and Drama, Architectural Marvel

Location: Falkenstrasse 1, 8008 Zürich, Switzerland

Entry Fee: CHF 1 for tour. Show prices vary. 

- Monday to Saturday: 11 am to 6 pm
- Sunday: Closed
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An exquisite lake shore promenade, Bürkliplatz is a town square in Zurich canton of Switzerland. Located in the historic Alpenquai region near the sublime Lake Zurich, the Quay Bridge is also situated next to it which crosses the river Limmat at the outflow of Lake Zurich known as Quaianlagen.

Also called Stadthaus Anlage and City Hall Enclosure, the square is enclosed between the Bahnhofstrasse on the west side, the Fraumünsterstrasse on the east and Bürkliplatz in the south. You could stroll on the shaded boulevards, explore the lush meadows and bustling parks and click some amazing pictures with the dock in the backdrop situated around the square.

Beside these, a vegetable market becomes a major attraction twice a week where you could purchase the local produce of fresh vegetables and fruits. The square is also home to Zurich’s second biggest flea market held every Saturday where traders sell antique pieces and people sell their household before moving.

To mark the importance of the square, many athletic events make this square as either the starting or ending point of the race. Also, it is considered as the starting point of the tour on Lake Zurich. With all this happening at the square, you would find this place always jam-packed with people enjoying various activities or simply soaking in the bright sunlight to mark the day.
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Irchelpark is known to be one of the most sprawling and spacious parks in Zurich. Dedicated to nurturing and preserving indigenous flora, this park from the 1980s attracts plenty of tourists and locals, who admire its beauty and lush greenery.

The fruit trees here add pops of colour to the vivid shades of green. Being connected to the Zurich University, you’ll often spot students jogging here at peak hours. But flora isn’t all that there is in this 32-hectare stretch of natural beauty. At one end of the park there’s also an artificial lake, grasslands, and a sprawling play area for kids. Nature’s bounty is at its finest here, so make sure you visit it for a good tete-a-tete with Mother Earth!

Highlights: Picnic spot, Natural beauty

Location: Hirschwiesenstrasse 10, 8057 Zürich, Switzerland

Entry Fee: Free

Timings: 24 hours
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Pavillon Le Corbusier
Situated on the Zurichsee Lakeshore, Pavillon Le Corbusier is an architectural marvel and a Swiss art museum dedicated to renowned Swiss architect Le Corbusier. Corbusier wanted to showcase his best works in a building that he personally loved and since there was nothing around, he worked on designing the Pavillon himself in the 1960s.

Apart from the fact that it was the last structure he designed, what stands out is that the Pavillon was created with only steel and glass held together with 22,000 bolts, especially in an era when cement was a prime element of construction.

The museum houses Corbusier’s best sculptures, paintings, designs and also his writings. It is also popular for being one of the most vibrant buildings along Lake Zurich and is testimony to Le Corbusier’s vision of modern contemporary architecture.

Highlights: Exhibitions, museum, artworks, private events

Location: Höschgasse 8, 8008 Zürich, Switzerland

Entry Fee: Adults: CHF 12, Children: CHF 8

Timings: Mon-Wed and Fri-Sun: 12:00 PM - 6:00 PM; Thursday: 12:00 PM - 8:00 PM
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Street Parade
There’s no party in Zurich better than the annual street parade, and you ought to not miss it because it is most definitely one of the best places to visit in Zurich! Thousands of electronic and techno music fans take to the streets and make their way to this dance fest held around Zurich’s lake basin.

The city is abuzz with music and the parade sparks an incredible party atmosphere dazzling with DJs, stages, LIVE performances, food, drinks and much more! The music is absolutely diverse, so there’s something for everyone.

Once the music on the streets shuts down, the parties inside pubs take over. Drinks flow all night long and locals and tourists come together to celebrate till the wee hours. Even if it is just for a day, Zurich becomes a party haven, making the parade a much-awaited event in the city. 

Highlights: Party, Music Festival

Location: Lake Zurich

Entry Fee: CHF 190 

Timings: Saturday, 8 August 2020, 1 pm to midnight
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UBS Polybahn
Probably the most adorable tram ride you can experience amidst the vast expanse of beautiful Zurich is the UBS Polybahn. The UBS Polybahn funicular is a short railway journey connecting Zurich to Central Square. Dating back to the late 19th century, this funicular is popular among tourists and locals who want to ride to the top of the viewing point and admire spellbinding views of the city!

Comprising a vintage tram, the journey is a short one for approximately 5 minutes but is definitely worth the money if you want a bird’s eye view of Zurich while saving some energy and not ascending the hill on foot. If you can’t fit in any other cable car ride or train journey, at the very least, make sure the UBS Polybahn is on your list of places to visit in Zurich.

Highlights: Panoramic bird’s eye view of Zurich

Location: Limmatquai 144, 8001 Zürich, Switzerland

Entry Fee: CHF 1

Timings: Mon-Fri: 6:45am–7:15pm; Saturday: 7:30am–2pm; Sunday: Closed
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Wildnispark Zürich Langenberg (Zürich Wilderness Park)
One of the few wildlife parks that offer free entry to visitors, the Langenberg Wildlife Park in Zurich is home to many native animals like the deer, mountain goats, wolves, boar, elk, lynxes, and wildcats. One section of the park is a zoo where at least 16 types of animals reside, while the other half is a dense forest, named the Sihlwald Forest.

This forest is a natural reserve comprising beach trees that are up to 250 years old! The lush, dense destination proves to be more of a nature walk than a usual zoo. Apart from it all is a huge playground offering zipline, swings, water slides, a spacious picnic area, and a restaurant serving up local delights. For a fun day outdoors with friends and family, this is a must-visit!

Highlights: Spotting rare wildlife species, nature museum, outdoor picnic

Location: 8135 Langnau am Albis, Switzerland

Entry Fee: Animal closures: Free; Nature Museum: Adults: CHF 10 and Children: CHF 5

Timings: 24 hours
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Among the most renowned places to visit in Zurich is the Wasserkirche which translates to ‘Water Church’, owing to it being built on an island. Designed in Gothic style, the construction of the structure was originally started in the 10th century and completion of work happened towards the end of the 15th century.

It was here that Zurich’s popular saints were executed by the Romans and it quickly became the temple of many idol worshippers. Later transformed into a warehouse and a public library to discourage anyone from preaching about the saints, the venue was renovated in 1942 and the church is now used for religious and cultural purposes. 

Highlights: Choir windows that contrast the life of Jesus Christ with the life of the common man

Location: Limmatquai 31, 8001 Zürich, Switzerland

Entry Fee: Free

Timings: Tues-Sun: 11 am - 6 pm; Monday Closed
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FIFA World Football Museum
FIFA World Football Museum opened its door in 2016 and is meant to be a commemoration of the history and heritage of World Football and FIFA. The FIFA World Football Museum chronicles the over-a-century long journey of World Football and FIFA, in a swanky multimedia environment.

It has been set up to remind the soccer lovers about their emotional and meaningful association with playing and watching football. The museum is created following the idea that soccer is not just a sport, but it is a culture that matters to people. The museum celebrates more than a century of developments in soccer that has transformed it into a global sport now.

The entire museum has been set up for the soccer fanatics to exhilarate, intrigue, and surprise them.  It also celebrates the various aspects of its culture that you can often witness during the matches. From bizarre voodoo cultures related to match results to the political and social tensions between communities during this sport, you can witness everything here. 

You can encounter here a customized coat hanging point that is designed as a locker room. The museum houses interactive studios where you can relive all the important moments of Football History. You can also find here peruse collections of historical documents and books related to soccer.

Few exhibitions also stand witness to the purely awe-inspiring trophy of the first FIFA World Cup. This is an amazing place to visit if you're die-hard soccer enthusiast. It is also a family-friendly place, and you can have a gala time over here, cherishing the heroic moments of soccer together.
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Urania Sternwarte
One of the most visually stunning places to see in Zurich is the Urania Sternwarte because this high tower literally lets you reach for the stars! The Urania Observatory which came into being in 1907 was the first building of Zurich to be built in concrete. To date, it continues to be one of the most distinctive buildings situated in the Old Town.

Referring to the muse of astronomy in Greek mythology, the Urania observatory is a 50m high round tower where visitors can observe heavenly bodies through a telescope that allows magnifications of up to 600 times! Be it viewing the cloud-rings around Jupiter, the church tower of the Fraumünster, or even the craters on the moon, with the 12-tonne Zeiss telescope, the sky (and beyond) is the limit when at the Urania Sternwarte.

Highlights: Public astronomy tours, Central location, Out-of-the-ordinary views of Zurich

Location: Uraniastrasse 9, 8001 Zürich

Entry Fee: Children (6-11) CHF 5, Youngsters (12-16): CHF 10, Adults: CHF 15

Timings: Thursday-Saturday - 8 pm to 9:15 pm (winters) and 9 pm to 10:15 pm (summers)
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Museum Bellerive
While strolling along the pristine Zurich Lake, you’re sure to come across a resplendent villa called the Museum Bellerive. Established in the year 1968, the intricately designed museum houses some of the finest works by globally renowned artists like Emile Gallé, William Morris, and a host of others.

It pays ode to various subjects and topics that bring out the craftsmanship along different time periods, throwing light, especially on the Art Nouveau time. You’ll find some immaculate glass, ceramic, wood and textile works along with puppets, modern earthenware products, and memorable musical instruments. If you are an art enthusiast, this is a must-visit among the many tourist places in Zurich.

Highlights: Paintings and rare products by prominent artists

Location: Hoschgasse 3, 8008 Zurich

Entry Fee: Adults: CHF 9.00; Children up to 12 years: Free

Timings: Wed-Sun: 2 pm - 6 pm
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Reflecting the sky hovering over its head, Türlersee is an absolute gem from nature's treasury. Located around half an hour's drive from Zurich, Switzerland, Türlersee is situated at an elevation of 643 m above sea level. The azure blue water of the pristine lake adds to the lush greenery of the quiet surrounding valley to give the landscape an illusion of a slice of paradise on earth.

The lake is listed in the Federal Inventory of Landscapes and Natural Monuments of National Importance and is a natural reserve. Türlersee happens to be a picturesque haven for those seeking a meaningful time to spend with family. It is a sin to be in Zurich and not sneak away for a day or two to this beautiful place.

The lake offers a plethora of activities for visitors such as - paddle boarding, sunbathing, swimming, angling, picnicking, hiking and camping. The best part about this lake is that it can be enjoyed throughout the year not just for swimming but also for ice skating in the winters.
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Limmatquai and the Rathaus (Town Hall)
Lined with plush homes and old-school architectural buildings, Limmatquai is a high-end shopping street along the banks of the Limmat River and most definitely one of the best places to visit in Zurich. Limmatquai, flocked by locals and tourists alike, looks lavish with vibrant stores and eateries dotting the street.

Along with shopping for trendy clothing and accessories, you can experience the Bellevue and Central Zurich and marvel at the Großmünster and Wasserkirche while strolling through the street. Another prominent attraction along the Limmatquai is the Rathaus which is almost unmissable!

The Rathaus is a Renaissance era building that boasts of rich design and baroque style architecture. Dating back to the 17th century, the architecture sets the perfect example of classic and modern design.Built right over the waters of the Limmat River, Rathaus exhibits historical objects and works of art that depict Zurich's political life.

Highlights: History of Zurich, Architectural beauty, Shopping 

Location: 8001 Zürich, Switzerland

Entry Fee: Free

Timings: 24 hours
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Confiserie Sprüngli
If your idea of a holiday is light and airy French macarons, artisanal chocolates, melt-in-the-mouth truffles, tarts and more, then Confiserie Sprüngli is the place to be! Centrally located on Paradeplatz, Confiserie Sprüngli is popular through Zurich for its Confectioner’s Brunch Buffet, which comprises of an exotic spread of breads, jams, marmalades, and muesli.

Among other specials are the breakfast options which include local specialities as well as international delicacies, all of which are served on elegant food stands, adding a luxury feel to the meal. If you can’t grab a hearty breakfast here, you can always drop in for a quick club sandwich, burger, soup, salad, or tartare, served throughout the day. 

Highlights: Historical café-salon, Boutique, Central Location 

Location: Paradeplatz, Bahnhofstrasse 21, 8001 Zürich

Entry Fee: N/A

Timings: Mon-Fri: 7 am - 6:30 pm; Weekends: 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
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Zürich Hauptbahnhof which translates to  Zurich Main Station is the largest railway station in Switzerland. The rail services here include intra-city, intercity, as well as inter-country with trains running between Switzerland and neighbouring countries like Germany, France, Italy and Austria. With up to 2915 trains running per day, Zurich HB is one of the busiest railway stations in the world.

But this isn’t one of your usual railway stations. Underneath the station is a huge underground shopping centre called "ShopVille" of over 200 shops and other businesses. While most malls and stores across the city are shut on the weekends, the mall being in the centre of public transport is permitted to do business, which is why it is always bustling with crowds, especially on a Sunday.

Events like open-air movies, flea markets, music concerts, skating and volleyball among others, are all hosted  at the Haupthalle, connected to the Bahnhof. The station is also flocked by many who wish to visit the chapel housed at the underground level, right near the Haupthalle.

Highlights: Travel, Shopping 

Location: Bahnhofpl., 8001 Zürich, Switzerland

Entry Fee: Free

Timings: 24 hours
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Located in the old town of Zurich, Lindenhofplatz is a historic site of the Roman manor. The palace was forsaken in the ninth century, remade into a home for a king, and then broken down and used as a wellspring by the thirteenth century. In the early 21st century, Lindenhofplatz came to be known as a recreational space with a desert spring, which is also vehicle-free, for locals and tourists to roam about freely.

A place of great significance in Swiss history, the Lindenhof is one of the most frequented sites in Switzerland. Surrounded by lush green plains and offering a view of everything that defines the city of Zurich, this quaint location is an absolute delight to visit all year-round. Make sure you add it to your bucket list of places to visit in Zurich. 

Highlights: Landscapes, Recreation

Location: 8001 Zürich, Switzerland

Entry Fee: Free

Timings: 24 hours
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Located in the heart of Bahnhofstrasse, Paradeplatz is an important tram junction near Lake Zurich and among the most beautiful places to see in Zurich. The area was originally a pig market which sold livestock, following which it was named ‘Neumarkt’ or New Market in the 19th century.

50 years later, it was renamed the Paradeplatz and today it is the largest financial transaction site not only in Zurich, but the whole of Switzerland. Zurich’s old town, Lake Zurich and Bahnhofstraße, all can be travelled to from the main Paradeplatz, which is also home to the popular confectionery cafe and restaurant, Sprüngli.

Highlights: Dining, Shopping, Sightseeing

Location: 8001 Zürich

Entry Fee: Free

Timings: 24 hours
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Offering splendid sights, culinary delights and shopping in Zurich's old town, Niederdorf is fondly referred to as “Dörfli” by the locals. This small village built in medieval times in the Jewish quarters extends as far as Bellevueplatz. Niederdorf runs parallel to the Limmatquai and is a walking zone where pedestrians can enjoy a relaxed stroll while admiring the beauty that Zurich has to offer.

Throughout the day the street looks bright and beautiful, being lined by stores that urge you to stop and shop for clothing, accessories and more. By night, Niederdorf doubles up as a nightlife district with its bars and street artists.

Every August, an annual celebration called the Dörflifäscht is hosted on this road, lit with market booths and culinary delights, shows and attractions, LIVE performances and renowned artists, making it the perfect party destination.

Highlights: Nightlife, Music, Shopping

Location: Niederdorfstrasse, 8001 Zürich

Entry Fee: Free

Timings: 24 hours
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Limmat Cruise
Head out on a leisurely boat ride along the Limmat River to experience the most magnificent sights Zurich has to offer. Sail across the Old Town, head past Lake Zurich, enjoy views of the Town Hall, Lindenhof and the Grossmünster church, National Museum, and many other places of interest that boast of Zurich’s architecture and culture.

The cruise via a motorised boat takes you from River Limmat to Lake Zurich and back, making it one of the most favourite tourist places in Zurich. The glass roofs of these boats let you enjoy the scenery as you move along the river and the lake during the course of a fun journey that takes approximately an hour, to and fro. 

Highlights: Visuals of Zurich, Boat Ride

Location: Schiffsteg Bürkliplatz, Zürich, Switzerland

Entry Fee: Adults: CHF 4.4; Children (6–16 years): CHF 3

Timings: April - October: 8 am – 5:30 pm
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Beyer Clock and Watch Museum
Amidst the many historic places to visit in Zurich is the Beyer Clock and Watch Museum located on Bahnhofstrasse. This fine piece of architecture and antiques stands out among the many department stores and shops that line the street. Known to preserve the world’s leading private collections of clocks, Beyer Clock and Watch Museum showcases around 260 valuable exhibits, some of which are modern, while others date back to 1400 BC.

You’ll find everything from sundials to water clocks, magnificent pendulums to elaborate pocket watches, automatic watches to scientific devices and so much more. The museum is definitely a great way to learn about how people kept track of time in the ancient eras and the development of clocks and watches over the centuries.

Highlights: Educational experience, antique products

Location: Bahnhofstrasse 31, 8001 Zürich, Switzerland

Entry Fee: Adults: CHF 10; Students: CHF 5; Senior: CHF 7; Children (under 12): Free

Timings: Mon-Fri: 2–6 pm; Weekends Closed
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Zurich Botanical Garden
If you’re looking for beautifully landscaped places to see in Zurich, the local Botanical Garden is a must-visit, especially in the spring when the flowers are blooming and the entire space boasts of lush greenery. The tropical greenhouses too are a great sight and these can be visited all year-round as well.

Walk around breathing in the fragrance of nature and admire the rare plants that you don’t spot often. Stop by to notice the beautiful flowering alpine roses and simply stroll through to enjoy visual joy as you learn more about the flora that surrounds you.

Highlights: Blooming plants, educational experience about nature

Location: Universität Zürich, Zollikerstrasse 107, 8008 Zürich

Entry Fee: Free

Timings: Monday to Friday 7.00am – 7.00pm; Weekends: 8.00am – 6.00pm
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Zoological Museum
If you’re a nature lover keen on learning more about wildlife, look no further because the Zoological Museum should top your list of must-visit tourist places in Zurich. Tucked away in the University of Zurich, the Zoological Museum is home to over 1500 animals and even a day doesn’t seem enough to observe it all.

Be it the Large Frogmouth or the Minke Whale, every kind of species can be spotted here and learnt more about. The buzz of the insects, the chirping of birds, quacking and grunting, all of this can be heard through headphones as you stroll through the expansive space.

Watch smaller creatures closely through a magnifying glass, stroke the fur of a wild boar, and be a part of the numerous exhibitions and events that the museum organises. The museum aims to spread awareness about the diversity of nature while also contributing to education, especially in the fields of botany and zoology.

Highlights: An educational wildlife experience, rare species 

Location: Karl-Schmid-Strasse 4, 8006 Zürich, Switzerland

Entry Fee: Free

Timings: Tues-Sun: 10am–5pm; Monday Closed
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Chinese Garden

The Chinese Garden is a beautiful, manicured temple garden in the Swiss city of Zurich. It is situated along the lake at the Zürichhorn and is frequented by locals and tourists alike. The garden was a gift from a nearby Swiss town of Kunming and is one of the highest-ranked temple gardens outside of China.

It has a beautiful pond with a small island in the middle. The island is decked with beautiful pavilions and a palace! The garden pays homage to the traditional Chinese gardens and follows the theme of the Three Friends of Winter. This means that the landscape of the park is dominated by three major tree types which bloom throughout the winter; including pines, bamboo and plum blossoms.

The different flowers found in the garden also carry special meaning. For example, the willows which line the pond stand for the purity of the water and holiness and the plum blossoms symbolise the joyful-ness that spring brings!

The entire garden complex, including the boundary wall and the temples, are covered in intricate designs and patterns representing the rich Chinese culture. You will also find sculptures depicting the Chinese dragon of clouds and carved panels with experts from old Chinese tales.

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Seilbahn Rigiblick
Translating to Funicular Station, Seilbahn Rigiblick lies to the north-east of Zürich. It connects the station of Zurichberg Hill to the lower stations in the town, which further connects you to other transport facilities like the tram and trolleybus.

First operational in 1901, the station was later renovated in the 1950s, replacing the original wooden cable cars with metal-bodied cars in a distinctive red. Later, the railway line was further extended and all-new cars in blue and white were introduced, which exist to date. Transporting 6 lakh passengers per year, to and fro, travelling up the hill via this funicular feels like a breeze, instead of walking up.

Highlights: Cable car ride, Funicular, Hilltop View

Location: 8006 Zürich, Switzerland

Entry Fee: CHF 1

Timings: Daily 6 am to midnight
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Adliswil-Felsenegg Cable Car
A short ride in the Adliswil-Felsenegg Cable Car is all you need to feel like you’re aiming for the sky! Gliding over the best sightseeing points of Zurich, this cable car ride lets you experience the best of the city while also enjoying an aerial view of its breathtaking beauty.

Begin your journey by train, followed by a short walk to reach the valley station before hopping into the cable car. Among places to visit in Zurich this remains a tourist-favourite because it depicts Zurich in all its glory. Once at the top, you can soak in the charm of Zurich, admire the gently flowing lake and the Alps and dine at the restaurant, making. After making the most of your trip, head back down to Zurich via the same route. 

Highlights: Panoramic view of Zurich

Location: Zelgstrasse 80, 8134 Adliswil, Switzerland

Entry Fee: Cable Car: CHF 4.4; Full Journey: CHF 8.80

Timings: 08:00 or 09:00 to 20:00 or 22:00
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Castle Kyburg
Your trip to Zurich isn’t complete without a visit to Castle Kyburg which is among the best places to see in Zurich. This award-winning museum offers extraordinary insights into the castle life that the Swiss Royals enjoyed for over 800 years.

Perched high up above the river Töss, Kyburg has a prominent place in Switzerland’s history and today is home to a lively museum. You can explore the court of justice, the cellar, the attic and the torture chamber, among others. You can also visit the kitchen of medieval times and enjoy the fragrance of spices that have lasted for centuries. 

Highlights: History of Zurich

Location: Schloss 1, 8314 Kyburg, Switzerland

Entry Fee: Regular: CHF 12; Students / Apprentices: CHF 9; Children: CHF 5

Timings: March to October - Tuesday to Sunday, 10.00 am – 5.30 pm
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Museum für Gestaltung
Noted as one of the most ancient museums in the world, Museum für Gestaltung provides a lot to the tourists in terms of design, history and technology. Starting from innovative uses of science and technology to the finest art portrayals, this museum in Zurich has gradually developed to become one of the most popular tourist spots.

It is also referred to as the museum that paved the way for a design for the rest of the world. As a part of the Zurich Museum of Arts, this museum conducts a number of study programmes apart from the exhibitions every year.

Thus, apart from being important academically because of its course of study, research programmes and so on, Museum für Gestaltung Zürich has become quite a popular tourist spot over the years. The museum hosts a series of exhibitions every year both for its students as well as tourists to showcase its huge collection of design and visual arts.

Tourists also visit the place because of its various photography competitions and workshops that the museum conducts as an academic institution. Overall, Museum für Gestaltung has developed as a prominent tourist spot over the years and if you are in Zurich, you should make a point to visit it, especially if you are fond of arts. 
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We booked this package from Delhi, it is one beautiful place to be visited by anyone. Interlaken is the most romantic places I've visited, specially with bed breakfast everyday with the view we had from the hotel room were stunning. Loved the trip would definitely recommend.
I went to Switzerland with my partner.The place has magnificent beauty of snow capped mountains We had driver right at the airport for our pick-up. The hotels had dine-in facilities and the friendly companions made the journey more beautiful.
It was a nice trip. Everything went off well and systematically thanks to Thrillophilia for this trip
I visited Zurich with Thrillophilia with their planned trip, and it was worth the try as everything was pre-planned and only thing i was supposed to do was just join the group !! And it was beautiful.
18 January 2020
Comfort, beauty and pleasure; three words that describe my E Tuk Tuk Experience. Totally worth the price. This awesome experience took us to some of the best places in Zurich like Sechseläutenplatz, Niederdorf, the National museum and many other places. Enjoyed the picturesque steers of Zunich and loved capturing the beautiful buildings.
The overall service was satisfactory and very cost effective at the same time.
05 October 2019
The experience of being received at the Zurich Airport was very smooth. The car had arrived at the location on time and we had a very comfortable ride.
09 October 2019
The Jesuit church, Lion monument, and the Chapel Bridge were so beautiful! On top of that, you also get to see the picturesque Lake of Four Cartons with its crystal clear water! Of all the Lucerne day trips, this one is undoubtedly the best! The train ride from Zurich to Lucerne is a must as it offers the best views of the city of Lucerne and also gives a slightly off-beat experience! Overall me and my friends enjoyed the trip.
03 January 2020
If you wish to get a good look at the Alps in a single day trip, then this Zurich city tour is for you! The Thrillophilia sales team got me on board with their description of the trip. We saw the Swiss national museum, the Opera House, and even toured the Bahnhofstrasse shopping avenue, which has a plethora of items! And at the end then we took a ferry ride across Lake Zurich. The cable car takes you to Felsenegg- for the most stunning views of the Swiss Alps!
18 December 2019
This is the perfect day trip to Zurich for someone who just wants to relax! It was the most scenic day trip to Switzerland for sure! I got to see the Opera House and National Museum and take in stunning views of the lake. The view of Zurich during the ferry ride and a view of the Alps at Felsenegg was awesome.

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