Zurich

About Zurich

The city of Zurich, a global center for banking and finance, lies at the north end of Lake Zurich in northern Switzerland. The picturesque lanes of the central Altstadt or Old Town, on either side of the Limmat River, reflect its pre-medieval history. Waterfront promenades like the Limmatquai follow the river toward the 17th-century Rathaus. Augustinergasse is a colorful old-world street, known for the carved windows of former merchants’ houses. The shopping boulevard Bahnhofstrasse is lined with high-end fashion stores and banks. Niederdorf is a popular nightlife area. The 9th-century Fraumünster church houses Marc Chagall's 1970 stained-glass windows, and the Grossmünster’s tower has views of the city, lake, and Alps. The Landesmuseum traces Swiss culture over thousands of years. Cabaret Voltaire, a cafe/bar that's still in operation, was the 1916 birthplace of the Dada art movement. Work by modern artists like Alberto Giacometti is on display at the Kunsthaus museum.
Lake Zürich

Lake Zürich or Zürichsee is a lake in Switzerland, extending southeast of the city of Zürich. The lake is bordered by the cantons of Zurich, St.Gallen, and Schwyz. At the western end lies Zurich, Switzerland’s largest city. The lakeside promenade with its Mediterranean charms, the picturesque Old Town, and the medieval castle make this harbor town a popular place for excursions.
Grossmünster

Grossmünster is a Romanesque-style Protestant church in Zürich and one of the four major churches in the city. The twin towers of the Grossmünster are regarded as perhaps the most recognized landmark in Zürich. It offers a great carved portal featuring medieval columns with grotesques adorning the capitals. The church now features modern stained-glass windows by Swiss artist Augusto Giacometti.
Fraumünster

The Fraumünster is a church in Zürich that was built on the remains of a former abbey for aristocratic women which was founded in 853 by Louis the German for his daughter Hildegard. The choir of the abbey includes 5 large stained glass windows designed by artist Marc Chagall and installed in 1970.
Uetliberg

Uetliberg is a mountain in the Swiss plateau, part of the Albis chain, rising to 870 m. The mountain offers a panoramic view of the entire city of Zürich and the Lake of Zurich and lies on the boundary between the city of Zürich and the municipalities of Stallikon and Uitikon. The summit is easily accessible by train from Zürich. There are numerous walking paths leading up to the top from Albisgüetli, Triemli, or Albisrieden with frequent water fountains and camping spots.
Swiss National Museum

The Swiss National Museum is located in the city of Zurich. The exhibition tour takes the visitor from prehistory through ancient times and the Middle Ages to the 20th century. There is a very rich section with gothic art, chivalry, and a comprehensive collection of liturgical wooden sculptures, panel paintings, and carved altars. Zunfthaus zur Meisen near Fraumünster church houses the porcelain and faience collection of the Swiss National Museum.
Bahnhofstrasse

Bahnhofstrasse is Zürich's main downtown street and one of the world's most expensive and exclusive shopping avenues. There are numerous department stores, boutiques, and jewelry shops the further you stroll towards the lake, the more exclusive the shops become. Since the major Swiss banks set up their headquarters here, the Paradeplatz has made a name for itself as Switzerland’s biggest money-handling centre.
Zürich Opera House

Zürich Opera House is an opera house in the Swiss city of Zürich located at the Sechseläutenplatz. It has been the home of the Zürich Opera since 1891 and also houses the Bernhard-Theater Zürich. It is also home to the Zürich Ballet. The Opera House also holds concerts by its Philharmonia orchestra, matinees, Lieder evenings, and events for children. The Zürich Opera Ball is organized every year in March and is usually attended by prominent names.
Uhrenmuseum Beyer

Uhrenmuseum Beyer is located in the heart of the city of Zürich, Switzerland, and is one of the world's leading private museums dedicated to horology. The museum is located on the lower level of Bahnhofstrasse 31, the main shopping boulevard. The collection is particularly strong regarding early clocks and watches, including several pieces from the gothic and renaissance era, as well as complicated pieces with many complications.
Bruno Weber Park

Bruno Weber Park is a sculpture park and one of the visitor attractions in the Limmat Valley. The sculpture garden is designed as a Gesamtkunstwerk of the Swiss artist Bruno Weber. It is regarded as Switzerland's largest sculpture park created by a single artist. Bruno Weber created a dreamlike world that conveys a personal understanding between mankind, nature, and the living environment.
Paradeplatz

Paradeplatz is a square at the Bahnhofstrasse in downtown Zürich. It is one of the most expensive pieces of real estate in Switzerland and has become synonymous with wealth and the Swiss banks, being the location of the headquarters of both UBS and Credit Suisse.
Best Time To Visit Zurich

The best time to visit Zurich is from June to August.

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