These are the Top 10 Things to do in Zurich Switzerland
Zurich in Switzerland is is chic and cool, historical and interesting.
The city is one of the most easy cities to navigate either on foot or by tram. A car is totally unnecessary as you explore the cities beautiful buildings as well as its very renowned lake. The city might have been noted as banking HQ but it s a really very trendy city, yet in a manner that is not pretentious.Zurich is a mecca for people watching. Yet it would be unwise not to see some of the spectacular sites in this city. #travel #Zurich #NgtradarClick To Tweet
These are the top 10 things to see and to do in Zurich, in no particular order.
Lake Zurich can be explored in many different ways. You can sail on the lake yourself by hiring a boat, or hopping on one of the many organized boat tours. Cycle or walk around the lake and earn those Lindt chocolates that you know are waiting for you. Alternatively you may choose to roller blade around, which seems still a very popular way to get around as are skateboards. Go for a swim in the lake. Here you will find designated swimming pools built into the lake and any day that the sun appears, so do the beautiful people to replenish their tans.
Visit Niederdorf, the Old Town
Located on eastern bank of the river Limmat, this is where history meets a very lively café scene. There are medieval alleys and small squares as well as beautiful Renaissance buildings, to admire as you are walking through the old town. There are four main areas in the old town, each distinctive from the other so make sure that you check out each – these are the Rathaus, Hochschulen, Lindenhof and City.
Grossmünster, the iconic church
The Great Church is iconic to and of Zurich. It is the landmark most associated with this Swiss city. Legend has it that the church was built on the graves of the city’s patron saints, Felix and Regula. The church includes two towers, and has been designed by a who’s who of art and architecture. The stained glass windows are by Sigmar Polke, the Romanesque crypt, choir windows by Augusto Giacometti and the bronze doors are by Otto Münch
The church is a Roman style. In the early 20th century, stained glass windows and ornate bronze doors were added to the building, giving it a mix between ancient traditions and more modern trends.
March to October: Monday to Saturday 10.00am – 6.00pm Open on Sundays after the service
November to February Monday to Saturday 10.00am – 5.00pm Open on Sundays after the service
The slender, blue spire of Fraumünster, the Minster of Our Lady is one of the most beautiful church spires in Zurich
See the magnificent Marc Chagall stained glass window or Giacometti’s windows.
Open: 10:00 – 18:00
Go to the Police Station
No you are not in trouble, but in the entrance hall you can see Giacometti’s murals on the vaulted ceiling and walls. Make sure you take identification, as this is a police station.
Polizeiwache, Bahnhofquai 3
9:00 – 11:00
14:00 – 16:00
People watch on the main street or Bahnhofstrasse
Zurich is about people watching and sitting and catching up with friends at any of the innumerable cafes. Time is unimportant when you linger over a wine or a coffee.
Should you feel the need to move, there is ample shopping to be done in Zurich, though the prices tend to be on the steep side.
Watch for the very fashionable men in Zurich.
Chocolate – enough said
Lindt and Sprungli chocolate for one
Lindt chocolate is made just outside of Zurich and I am led to believe that there are samples to be had if you visit the factory. Details are on there website though it is free to visit.
Details are on their chocolate website
Even if you don’t you go to the source, you can hardly be in Zurich without seeing these chocolates everywhere.
Museum of Modern Art, Zurich
The Museum of Modern Art is also known as the Kunsthaus, and houses an impressive collection of pieces from the Middle Ages to present day. The collection includes some famous names such as Van Gogh, Rodin, and Monet, plus Swiss artists that you may not have heard of before.
Tue/Fri–Sun 10 a.m.–6 p.m.
Wed/Thu 10 a.m.–8 p.m.
The Rietberg Museum, Zurich
The Rietberg Museum in Zürich is the only art museum for non-European cultures in Switzerland. It possesses an internationally renowned collection of works from Asia, Africa, America and Oceania.
It consists of a new museum extension called the “Emerald”: a glass pavilion, which merges perfectly with the existing buildings in one of Zürich’s most beautiful parks, the Rieterpark.
Closed on Mondays
Eat in Zurich
There are over 1,500 restaurants and cafes that span every cuisine as befits such a multicultural city. Interestingly two of the most favoured foods are kebabs and tapas. Prices will vary so it pays to read the menu before you go in. Restaurant Orangerie is a pleasant choice.
Zurich is chic, interesting and an easy city to visit. There is always something going on that is not always in the guidebooks.