Top 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.
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?
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.
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!
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!
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!
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!
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.
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.
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!
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!
- CurrencyFranc (CHF)
- Time ZoneUTC (+01:00)
- Country Code+41
- Best time to visitYear-round is lovely, but the warmest months are June through August.
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What people are saying about Zurich
We were a group of 11, and Monica did a great job of giving us an overview of the foundations of the city and how it developed. Hearing about important revolutions, learning about the different guilds, and seeing the model of old Zürich gave us an interesting perspective on the old ways of life compared to the commercial, financial city of today. Monica was great at answering our questions, and you could feel her passion about the city, its history, and its architecture.
Met at our hotel by our guide Elda, we spent a very pleasant 2 hours strolling around the city on a bright and beautiful Saturday morning. Elda shared the history of the city, pointed out key sights and also showed a few hidden gems. Elda recommended activities and trips to consider for the Sunday and pointed out something we weren't aware of - most of the shops close on Sunday (apart from the shops at Central Station), so be sure to do your shopping on Saturday! We thoroughly enjoyed our time together and would highly recommend a 2-hour walking introduction to Zurich. Thanks Elda!
The Rhine Falls and Stein am Rhein are amazing places, the scene is fantastic and relaxing. Our guide (and driver) was Anna-Liese, she was very friendly, knowledgeable, good story-telling skills with some humor. To me the tour can only be better by spending more time at the attractions, or may be by visiting the attractions a second time for longer duration. Over all we were all happy and had nice memories!
We enjoyed the trip! Unfortunately, the weather was not so good, it was snowing all the time, and we didn't manage to see all the outstanding beauty of the mountains. But you cannot rule the weather, and all the controllable aspects were just perfect: the amazing guide who was really pleasant and interesting to listen to, the bus, the overall journey through mount Rigi and Luzern, the amazing travel by the cable road up to the peak of the mount Titlis - everything was just fine! Thank you for this stunning experience!
We all enjoyed our tour! We had 24 hours in Zurich and wanted a quick overview of the city.