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Things to do in Zurich

The medieval Grossmünster soars dramatically above Zurich's Altstadt (Old Town). Explore arty fishing quarter Schipfe and tree-shaded Lindenhof square affording rooftop views. The world's largest Giacometti collection is housed at Kunsthaus Zurich. Riesbach district is home to the Botanical Gardens. Zuri-West showcases graphic art at the Museum of Design Zurich and contemporary masters at Kunsthalle Zurich. Escape the city with a walk to the top of local mountain Uetliberg. Most museums open Tuesday to Sunday 10am-6pm.

Zurich Zoo, Zurich. Courtesy of Zurich Tourism

Museums and Galleries

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  1. 1. Museum of Design Zurich - Museums and Galleries

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    Museum of Design Zurich, Zurich. Photo by Regula Bearth/Betty Fleck, © Zurich University of the Arts, Museum für Gestaltung Zürich

    In the trendy Zuri-West district, Museum of Design Zurich houses one of Switzerland's finest collections. The cube-shaped 1930s edifice is an attraction in itself. Exhibits cover the entire design spectrum from graphics, posters and textiles to ceramics, glass and woodwork.Show this on map

    Cost

    SFr9; concessions SFr6

    Opening hours

    Tue-Thu 10am-8pm, Fri-Sun 10am-5pm

    Address

    60, Ausstellungsstrasse, Zurich 8005

    Telephone

    +41 (0) 43 446 67 67

    Transport

    Museum für Gestaltung tram

    Website

    Museum of Design Zurich

  2. 2. Cabaret Voltaire - Museums and Galleries

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    Cabaret Voltaire, Zurich. Courtesy of Cabaret Voltaire

    In 1916, Hugo Ball and Emmy Hennings performed in protest against WWI at Cabaret Voltaire in Zurich's Altstadt. The birthplace of Dadaism was re-dedicated to the movement in 2004 and stages exhibitions, installations and events inspired by the Dada aesthetic.Show this on map

    Cost

    Free

    Opening hours

    Tue-Sun 1pm-7pm

    Address

    1, Spiegelgasse, Zurich 8001

    Telephone

    +41 (0) 43 268 57 20

    Transport

    Rathaus tram

    Website

    Cabaret Voltaire Website

  3. 3. Kunsthaus Zurich - Museums and Galleries

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    Kunsthaus Zurich, Zurich. © Kunsthaus Zurich

    Kunsthaus Zurich in the Altstadt shelters Switzerland's most important art collection. The cavernous gallery presents a journey through the ages: from Ruisdael's brooding landscapes to Monet's Impressionist masterpieces and Munch's Expressionist works. Don't miss the world's largest Alberto Giacometti collection.Show this on map

    Cost

    SFr17; concessions SFr12; under-16s free

    Opening hours

    Wed-Fri 10am-8pm, Sat & Sun & Tue 10am-6pm

    Address

    1, Heimplatz, Zurich 8001

    Telephone

    +41 (0) 44 253 84 84; +41 (0) 44 253 84 97 (recording)

    Transport

    Kunsthaus tram

    Website

    Kunsthaus Zurich Website

  4. 4. Kunsthalle Zurich - Museums and Galleries

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    Kunsthalle Zurich, Zurich. Courtesy of Kunsthalle Zurich

    Housed in the former Löwenbräu brewery in the Zuri-West district, Kunsthalle Zurich stages temporary exhibitions of contemporary art. Challenging convention and cultivating new talent, the gallery focuses predominantly on solo exhibitions, working in close cooperation with featured artists.Show this on map

    Cost

    SFr8; concessions SFr4; under-7s free

    Opening hours

    Tue, Wed & Fri 12pm-6pm, Thu 12pm-8pm, Sat & Sun 11am-5pm

    Address

    270, Limmatstrasse, Zurich 8005

    Telephone

    +41 (0) 1 272 15 15

    Transport

    Dammweg tram

    Website

    Kunsthalle Zurich Website

  5. 5. Swiss National Museum - Museums and Galleries

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    Swiss National Museum, Zurich. © Swiss National Museum

    With its fairy-tale turrets, the Swiss National Museum has become a recognised symbol of the Altstadt. The 1898 museum building houses Switzerland's largest collection of cultural and historical artefacts. Items date from early history right through to the 20th century.Show this on map

    Cost

    SFr10; concessions SFr8

    Opening hours

    Tue-Sun 10am-5pm

    Address

    2, Museumstrasse, Zurich 8023

    Telephone

    +41 (0) 1 218 65 11

    Transport

    Zurich HB (main train station)

    Website

    Swiss National Museum Website

  6. 6. Rietberg Museum - Museums and Galleries

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    Rietberg Museum, Zurich. Courtesy of Zurich Tourism

    Overlooking manicured gardens, the Rietberg Museum in Wollishofen occupies a neo-classical mansion inspired by Rome's Villa Albani. An emerald glass pavilion leads to 6,000 pieces of non-European art: from Mayan reliefs and African masks to Tibetan bronzes and Buddhist jade.Show this on map

    Cost

    SFr6; concessions SFr3

    Opening hours

    Tue-Sun 10am-5pm (Wed & Thu until 8pm)

    Address

    15, Gablerstrasse, Zurich 8002

    Telephone

    +41 (0) 44 206 31 31

    Transport

    Museum Rietberg tram

    Website

    Rietberg Museum Website

Attractions

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  1. 7. Lindenhof - Attractions

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    Lindenhof, Zurich. © Andy Christiani

    Raised above Zurich's Altstadt, lime tree-fringed Lindenhof square is where avid chess players meet and locals kick back in the sunshine. Former site of the Roman castle, it offers sweeping views over the city's spires, red rooftops and Limmat River.Show this on map

    Cost

    Free

    Opening hours

    Daily all day

    Address

    Lindenhofstrasse, Zurich 8001

    Transport

    Rudolf-Brun-Brücke tram

  2. 8. Grossmünster - Attractions

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    Grossmünster, Zurich. Courtesy of Zurich Tourism

    With its two famous towers exalted above Zurich's Altstadt, the medieval Grossmünster (Great Minster) is Zurich's most visible landmark. It was the epicentre of the Swiss-German Reformation in the 16th century. Glimpse the Romanesque crypt and Augusto Giacometti's choir window.Show this on map

    Cost

    Free

    Opening hours

    Daily mid-Mar-Oct 9am-6pm; daily Nov-Mid-Mar 10am-5pm

    Address

    Grossmünsterplatz, Zurich 8001

    Transport

    Helmhaus tram

    Website

    Grossmünster Website

  3. 9. Fraumünster - Attractions

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    Fraumünster, Zurich. Courtesy of Zurich Tourism

    Rising above Zurich's Altstadt, the Fraumünster's slender turquoise spire forces an upward gaze. The former church of Zurich's noblewomen has 9th-11th-century foundation remains. It's highlight are Marc Chagall's stained-glass windows, best seen when illuminated by the first rays of sunlight.Show this on map

    Cost

    Free

    Opening hours

    Mon-Sat 9am-12pm & 2pm-6pm, Sun 2pm-6pm

    Address

    Münsterhof, Zurich 8001

    Telephone

    +41 (0) 1 211 4100

    Transport

    Helmhaus tram

    Website

    Fraumünster Website

  4. 10. Zunfthaus zur Meisen - Attractions

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    Zunfthaus zur Meisen, Zurich. © Litscher

    Close to Limmat River in Zurich's Altstadt stands the Zunfthaus zur Meisen, a sublime baroque guildhall opening onto cobbled Münsterhof. Its stuccoed rooms on the first floor showcase the Swiss National Museum's rich collection of 18th-century porcelain, tableware and faience.Show this on map

    Cost

    SFr3, under-16s free

    Opening hours

    Tue-Sun 10.30am-5pm

    Address

    20, Münsterhof, Zurich 8001

    Telephone

    +41 (0) 44 211 21 44

    Transport

    Helmhaus tram

    Website

    Zunfthaus zur Meisen Website

Special things to do

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  1. 11. Zurich Zoo - Special things to do

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    Zurich Zoo, Zurich. Courtesy of Zurich Tourism

    Located in the Tobelhof district, conservation-conscious Zurich Zoo is home to 250 different species including endangered snow leopards and red pandas. Spacious enclosures recreate ecosystems from exotic Madagascar, playground of red-ruffed lemurs, to Ethiopian Highlands where Gelada baboons roam.Show this on map

    Cost

    SFr22; concessions SFr11; under-6s free

    Opening hours

    Daily 9am-5pm (until 6pm Mar-Oct)

    Address

    221, Zürichbergstrasse, Zurich 8044

    Telephone

    +41 (0) 1 254 25 05

    Transport

    Zoo tram

    Website

    Zurich Zoo Website

  2. 12. Botanical Gardens - Special things to do

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    Botanical Gardens, Zurich. Courtesy of Zurich University Botanical Gardens, © Peter Enz

    The serenely beautiful Botanical Gardens in Zurich's Riesbach district nurture over one thousand plant species - many rare and endangered. Explore peaceful gardens and tropical glasshouses to glimpse unusual blooms including Madagascan Angraecum orchids, Chinese snowball flowers and Christmas cacti.Show this on map

    Cost

    Free

    Opening hours

    Mar-Sep Mon-Fri 7am-7pm, Sat & Sun 8am-6pm; Oct-Feb Mon-Fri 8am-6pm, Sat & Sun 8am-5pm

    Address

    107, Zollikerstrasse, Zurich 8008

    Telephone

    +41 (0) 44 634 84 61

    Transport

    Höschgasse tram

    Website

    Botanical Gardens Website

  3. 13. Uetliberg - Special things to do

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    Views from Uetliberg over Zurich, Switzerland. Credit to Zurich Tourist Board

    The 871m-high Uetliberg mountain, just outside Zurich, offers impressive views over the city, lake and surrounding Alps. Trains from the city centre drop you just 10 minutes' walk from the summit. The Uetliberg is also a popular startpoint for hikers.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Daily all day

    Transport

    S10 train to Uetliberg Station

    Website

    Uetliberg Website

  4. 14. Bürkliterrasse - Special things to do

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    Bürkliterrasse, Zurich. Photo by Caroline Minjolle, courtesy of Zurich Tourism

    When the sun's out, there's no place like Bürkliterrasse in the Altstadt for unbeatable views of Lake Zurich and the Alps. Rest under the terrace's maple trees to spy the Ganymede and Zeus sculpture in the form of an eagle.Show this on map

    Cost

    Free

    Opening hours

    Daily all day

    Address

    Bürkliplatz, Zurich 8001

    Transport

    Bürkliplatz tram

  5. 15. Schipfe - Special things to do

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    Schipfe, Zurich. Courtesy of Zurich Tourism

    The Altstadt's medieval heart is Schipfe, a former fishing quarter on the banks of the Limmat River which takes its name from the nautical term schupfen (push). Roam its picturesque cobbled lanes to find art workshops, boutiques and bohemian-style cafes.Show this on map

    Cost

    Free

    Opening hours

    Daily all day

    Address

    Zurich 8001

    Transport

    Rennweg tram

    Website

    Schipfe Website

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