Zurich Sights & Attractions
What to See and Do in Zurich
The twin towers of GROSSMÜNSTER are Zurich's most recognized landmark. This church was first built in the 12th century, and is a mostly Romanesque construction, although its stained glass windows are actually modern additions from the early 20th century.
Monet, Munch, Rodin, and Van Gogh are just some of the artists represented at the Kunsthaus Museum. It's Zurich's most important museum, and in addition to old masters, there is also a significant collection of modern art which includes works by Dali, Matisse, and Picasso.
The Swiss National Museum presents the cultural history of Switzerland from prehistory to the present. In its permanent exhibition you will see everything from armory, to ancient decorative pieces, to gold archaeological treasures.
The Museum Rietberg is also worth a look, a mansion showcasing African, Asian, and other non-European art. It includes one of Europe's most important collections of Chinese art, and masterpieces from West and Central Africa.
FRAUMUNSTER is a church founded in the 9th century but (re)built over the years. Its most famous feature is its large stained glass windows, installed in 1970.
ST. PETER'S CHURCH is another important monument in the city, with its foundations going back to the 8th century. The nave was rebuilt in the Gothic style in the 15th century, while its steeple's clock was added later. With a diameter of 8.7 meters (29 feet), it's said to be the largest church clock in the world.
The number one activity in Zurich is shopping down BAHNHOFSTRASSE. That's one of the most exclusive and expensive shopping avenues in the world, and you must at least do some window-shopping even if you can't afford or don't plan to buy anything. Walking down the LIMMATQUAI promenade is another favorite attraction, but best of all is taking a couple of hours for a LAKE ZURICH cruise.
TOURS & DAYTRIPS
Go on a tour of Zurich and easily see all of the city's sights, or leave the city to explore more of Switzerland.