From churches to museums, art galleries to beautiful gardens, Zürich is home to a huge number of great attractions.
Along with cultural delights such as the Swiss-focused Landesmuseum and the stunning collection of the Kunsthaus, Zürich also boasts a large number of spectacular churches. Three of the most notable are Grossmünster, Fraumünster and St. Peter’s, with its huge clock face.
In terms of natural beauty, the city also offers much to delight. Take the train up to the Uetilberg where you can enjoy an alpine setting, hiking trails and great views of the city, or walk along Zürich’s numerous quays to take in the Limmat River and Lake Zürich. You can also enjoy visits to the Chinagarten, the Botanic Gardens, Zürichhorn Park, and many more to see colour plants, leafy trees and great places to just sit and enjoy Zürich.
Shopaholics will have plenty to occupy themselves with in Zürich too. From the main shopping drag, Bahnhofstrasse, to huge complexes like Sihlcity, Zürich has much to offer in terms of well-known international stores and top local brands. For something a little quirkier, why not check out the Freitag Shop Zürich. Located in Zürich West, this store sells bags by the barrelful and it housed inside 17 converted freight containers.
Heimplatz, Zurich, Switzerland
The permanent collection of Zürich’s prestigious Kunsthaus houses paintings and sculptures by world-renowned artists including Jackson Pollock, Van Gogh, Rodin, Monet, Renoir, Munch and many, many more. An art-lover’s paradise, this bright and airy museum is spread out over a number of different floors and is a must while visiting the city.
Open Sat-Sun/Tues 10am-6pm, Wed-Fri 10am-8pm, closed Mondays; admission 18 CHF, free on Wednesdays.
Museumstrasse 2, Zurich, Switzerland
Throughout this extensive museum, handily located right beside the Hauptbahnhof, you’ll come across lots of interesting exhibits. From coins to clothing, the artefacts on display here chart the course of Swiss history from prehistoric times to the present day. Opened in 1898, it hosts the biggest collection of its kind in the country.
Open Tues, Wed, Fri-Sun 10am-5pm, Thurs 10am-7pm, closed Mondays; admission 10 CHF.
Fraumünsterstrasse, Zurich, Switzerland
A mix of Gothic and Romanesque design, this church complete with a towering spire was initially founded in the year 853. Fraumünster boasts two impressive organs along with a number of frescoes. Make sure to look up so you catch a glimpse of the star-covered dome, along with the stained glass windows by the altar area. Each of these five long panels is done in a different main colour.
Open Apr-Oct Mon-Sat 10am-6pm & Sun 11.15am-6pm, Nov-Mar Mon-Sat 10am-4pm & Sun 11.15am-4pm; admission free.
Grossmünsterplatz, Zurich, Switzerland
The two tall towers of this beautiful cathedral are one of the most identifiable sights in all of Zürich. Construction on this church, which shows a mix of Romanesque and Gothic features, began in 1100. Its simple stone walls and wooden pews are complimented by colourful stained glass windows and a huge organ with ornately crafted pipes. While you’re here, make sure to have a look in the drafty crypt too.
Open daily Mar-Oct 9am-6pm, Nov-Feb 10am-5pm; admission free for church, 4 CHF for towers.
City Centre, Zurich, Switzerland
Zürich’s premiere shopping stretch Bahnhofstrasse is a long street filled with intriguing decorative flowerpots, traversed by trams and often teeming with people. Shops along this important thoroughfare include everything from Hugo Boss to Claire’s. Men’s and women’s fashions, cosmetics, electronics, and of course a huge number of watches, are all available. Along this street you’ll also come across large department stores such as Jelmoli and Bally.
Kalanderplatz 1, Zurich, Switzerland
One of the most-visited shopping complexes in Zürich, Sihlcity houses four floors of stores in a bright and modern environment. Wandering around the various levels, you’ll come across top international bands including Nike, Mexx, Esprit, C&A, New Yorker and much more. Local brands are also well-represented. Whether you’re looking for a new watch or a pair of sneakers, this is the place to go to indulge yourself.
Open Mon-Sat 9am-8pm, closed Sundays.
Geroldstrasse 17, Zurich, Switzerland
This unique shop is worth a visit, even if you don’t plan on buying any of the multitude of bags, wallets and other accessories on sale. Housed inside 17 converted freight containers, Freitag also boasts an observation platform on its roof. Stretching up 25 metres, this desk offers a bird’s eye view of the vibrant Zürich West area and beyond.
Open Mon-Fri 11am-7.30pm, Sat 11am-5pm, closed Sundays.
Lindenhof, Zurich, Switzerland
Another one of the main shopping streets in Zürich, Rennweg is home to a wonderful mix of stores. Whether you’re looking for some souvenirs or it’s the neon clothing of American Apparel you need, look no further than this busy stretch. Other stores here include Lacoste, Benneton, and a number of local brand names.