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The best attractions in Zurich

It's Switzerland's largest city but visitors to Zurich might just find it quaint and quiet enough to forget they're in one of the world's leading financial centers! Here are a few highlights to discover nestled within the picturesque Alpine landscape.

Lake Zurich

Lake Zurich

Sightseeing in Zurich doesn't get much better than taking a boat tour across its pristine lake. Or why not pack your bathing suit and join the locals for a summertime swim?

Swiss National Museum

Swiss National Museum

The "Landesmuseum" boasts one of Europe's most important art collections, spanning right back to the prehistoric era. It's open from Tuesday to Sunday and under-16s go free.

Mount Pilatus

Mount Pilatus

Make time for a day-trip to the quintessentially Swiss city of Lucerne, and ride the world's steepest funicular railway to the summit of its scenic mountain, Pilatus!

Old Town

Old Town

The "Altstadt" dates back to an ancient Roman-era settlement and remains a treasure trove of historical buildings. It's Zurich's main hub of tourism – and for good reason!

Grossmunster

Grossmunster

Legend has it that the executed saints Felix and Regula picked up their heads, walked uphill, and prayed before dying at the spot where the Grossmunster church was later built!

Zoo Zurich

Zoo Zurich

A popular family attraction all year round – even when it's cold! If the outside temperature drops below 10°C, get there by noon to witness the delightful penguin parade!

Opera House

Opera House

Not only is the grand 19th-century "Opernhaus" a must-see but, as the home of the Zurich Opera, its performances are too! Book tickets in advance to make sure you don't miss out.

Planning Your Zurich Visit

Best time to visit?

The stunning landscape makes Zurich a charming place to visit in all seasons, but if you really can't stand the cold then you should probably stick to peak season – June to August.

How many days?

You could satisfy your city-sightseeing urges within a couple of days, but it would be silly not to book an extra day at least to visit the Alps, and perhaps another to take advantage of Zurich's museums. All in all, four or five should be perfect!

Best area to stay?

Staying around the Old Town is certainly most convenient for visitors, but where exactly takes a little more research. Niederdorf is a mostly pedestrian area full of lively bars and restaurants, but if that sounds a little too busy, then try the slightly quieter Lindenhof. Seefeld is a popular lakeside district, but at the opposite end you'll find Enge & Wollishofen, which is considerably more relaxing if only because it's further from the sights!

Good to know

  • Language
    German
  • Currency
    Franc (CHF)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+01:00)
  • Country Code
    +41
  • Best time to visit
    Year-round is lovely, but the warmest months are June through August.

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What people are saying about Zurich

Great introduction to the city of Zurich

We booked this tour once we had arrived in Zurich and we were looking for a quick introduction to the highlights of the city. This was the perfect tour for us, very comfortable touring bus and smooth driving, very knowledgeable tour guide. We had a couple of stops along the way which allowed us to stretch and get a closer look at the harbor, ride the cable car and finally the old village. After the tour, we went back to the Konshaus which the guide has mentioned, and we were tremendously impressed by the museum's collection. So very glad to have learned about it from the tour.

Zurich: 2-Hour Sightseeing Bus Tour Reviewed by Brigitte, 08/06/2019

Good but shortened due to traffic problems

The tour was generally good and the guide excellent. However, it was a public holiday elsewhere which meant people were coming to Zurich to shop; this caused tremendous traffic problems, meaning we did not have time to stop and walk around the Old Town (which was a planned part of the tour). This was very disappointing and something we'd been looking forward to. The guide knew about this so surely on this day the company could have planned (before accepting bookings) for the tour to last 15-20 minutes longer which would have meant it was not cut short.

Zurich: 2-Hour Sightseeing Bus Tour Reviewed by A, 24/06/2019

An excellent and wonderful experience but Dario made it memorable!

This is a must do tour! A truly amazing and wonderful experience. All the places we went were just sublime, we used various forms of exciting transport, but the icing on the cake was the experienced and well versed tour guide Dario. Dario made all the difference. He was very professional and kept us updated with so much information he made the tour informative and exciting! Keep up the excellent work Dario you have shown us the wonders of Switzerland but you were just amazing! Well done!

From Zurich: Lucerne & Mount Pilatus Day Tour Reviewed by william, 09/07/2019

Excellent views but Monica made it exceptional!

This is a must do tour !! The Rhine Falls are amazing and the picturesque town of Stein am Rhein has wonderful history but again, the tour guide Monica was the person who made this tour memorable. She is so knowledgeable and kept giving great snippets of information and history about not just the places we went to but also about Swiss culture. This was a wonderful experience which I recommend to all.

From Zürich: Stein am Rhein and Rhine Falls Reviewed by william, 09/07/2019

Nice tour and train ride! Beautiful mountain!

Tour went smoothly, although it was much larger tham I anticipated (about 60 people). It worked out fine but as the guide did a good job and tourmates respect the meeting time. I can see it is very difficult to manage such a large group with one guide and the meeting point is really busy so it's almost impossible to keep track on headcounts.