Highlights - Zürich Tourism

Zürich’s Landmark

… Grossmünster Church

Zürich’s Landmark

Picturesque Old Town

… with the eye-catching Fraumünster Church

Picturesque Old Town

World-Famous Squares

… such as Zürich’s Paradeplatz

World-Famous Squares

Green Oases In and Around Zürich

… such as Platzspitz Park near the National Museum in Zürich

Green Oases In and Around Zürich

Most Colorful House and Techno Party in the World

… the Street Parade

Most Colorful House and Techno Party in the World
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Augustinergasse

Augustinergasse is one of Zürich’s most beautiful old, narrow streets with its many colorfully…   more

Augustinergasse
8001 Zürich

Augustinergasse

Augustinergasse is one of Zürich’s most beautiful old, narrow streets with its many colorfully painted oriel windows. Among other things, the oriels were a way to keep an eye on who came to the door and so they were never situated directly over the front door, but rather built just to the side.
Augustinergasse connects bustling Bahnhofstrasse with the St. Peterhofstatt “oasis” in the picturesque Old Town.

 
 
 
Augustinergasse
8001 Zürich
Station: Rennweg
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Erlebnisregion Zürich: Baden

Baden - city of diversity

The Romans were here. Then came Goethe, Nietzsche and Dürrenmatt to top up their energy levels in…   more

Bahnhofplatz 1
5401 Baden
www.baden.ch

Baden - city of diversity

The Romans were here. Then came Goethe, Nietzsche and Dürrenmatt to top up their energy levels in 47 ºC/116.6 ºF thermal waters. These gush forth from 18 springs and made this small town on the Limmat a lively resort. Nowadays, Baden offers a wide variety of attractions in well-tended urban green spaces, as well as international culture festivals, a diverse theatrical scene, relaxing wellness oases, and the Grand Casino.


 
 
 
Bahnhofplatz 1
5401 Baden
+41 (0)56 200 87 87
info@baden.ag.ch
www.baden.ch
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Bahnhofstrasse Zürich

The world-famous shopping precinct was created following the construction of Zürich Main Station…   more


Bahnhofstrasse Zürich

The world-famous shopping precinct was created following the construction of Zürich Main Station on the very site where 150 years ago the city’s fortified moat was located. 1.4 kilometers in length, it connects Zürich Main Station to Lake Zürich. Department stores, boutiques and jewelry shops are strung together like pearls on a chain.

The further along Bahnhofstrasse you go in the direction of Lake Zürich, the more exclusive the shops become.

From Bahnhofstrasse, Rennweg and Augustinergasse lead to the picturesque old town.

 
 
 
8001 Zürich
+41 (0)43 243 90 00
info@bahnhofstrasse-zuerich.ch
www.bahnhofstrasse-zuerich.ch
Station: Bahnhofstrasse/Hauptbahnhof
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China Garden

The China Garden is located directly on the lake near Zürichhorn and was a gift from Zürich’s…   more

Bellerivestrasse 138
8008 Zürich
www.stadt-zuerich.ch/chinagarten

China Garden

The China Garden is located directly on the lake near Zürichhorn and was a gift from Zürich’s sister city Kunming in China. The present was an expression of gratitude for Zürich’s assistance in expanding the potable water facilities in Kunming. The park is one of the most beautiful Chinese gardens outside of China. In its center lies a pond with a small island, and pavilions and even a tiny pagoda stand on its shoreline.

 
 
 
Bellerivestrasse 138
8008 Zürich
+41 (0)44 380 31 51
www.stadt-zuerich.ch/chinagarten
Station: Chinagarten
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Fraumunster Zurich

Fraumünster

Founded in 853 by King Louis the German, this church with its convent was inhabited by the female…   more

Stadthausquai 19
8001 Zürich
www.fraumuenster.ch

Fraumünster

Founded in 853 by King Louis the German, this church with its convent was inhabited by the female members of the aristocracy of Europe. The convent enjoyed the patronage of kings and the right to mint coins in Zürich until well into the 13th century. Ownership of the church and convent passed to the city of Zürich after the Reformation.
Important architectural features include the Romanesque choir and the high vaulted transept. The nave was last renovated in 1911, following on from work to heighten the north tower and remove the south tower in the 18th century.
In addition to the largest organ in the canton of Zürich (5,793 pipes), its most stunning jewels are the stained glass windows: those in the north transept are by Alberto Giacometti's cousin, Augusto (1945), the five-part cycle in the choir (1970) and the rosette in teh southern transept (1978) are by Marc Chagall. There is a series of frescos by Paul Bodmer in the cloister to mark the founding of the Fraumünster.

 
 
 
Stadthausquai 19
8001 Zürich
+41 (0)44 211 41 00
fraumuenster@zh.ref.ch
www.fraumuenster.ch
Station: Paradeplatz
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Grossmünster Zürich

Grossmünster

According to legend, Charlemagne discovered the graves of the city's martyrs Felix and Regula and…   more

Grossmünsterplatz
8001 Zürich
www.grossmuenster.ch

Grossmünster

According to legend, Charlemagne discovered the graves of the city's martyrs Felix and Regula and had a church built as a choristers' cloister on the spot. Construction work on the present building began around 1100.
In the first half of the 16th century, Grossmünster Church was the starting point of the Swiss-German Reformation led by Huldrych Zwingli and Heinrich Bullinger. The theological college then annexed to the cloister became the germinal cell of what is now the University of Zürich.

Worth visiting:
Church windows of Sigmar Polke
Romanesque crypt, Romanesque capitals in the church and cloister.
Choir window by Augusto Giacometti (1932),
bronze doors by Otto Münch (1935 and 1950),
Reformation Museum in the cloister (open Mon-Fri 9 am -6 pm, closed on weekends).

Opening hours of Grossmünster Church
March-October, 9 am -6 pm (Mon-Sat)
November-February, 10 am - 5 pm (Mon-Sat)
Sundays after the church service
Changes due to current events possible, so please call ahead to confirm.

Opening hours of the Karlsturm tower
March-October, 10 am -5 pm (Mon-Sat), Sundays 12:30 pm-5:30 pm
November-February, 10 am -4:30 pm (Mon-Sat), Sundays 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Changes due to current events possible, so please call ahead to confirm.

Tours
  • Public tours of the Grossmünster: At 11:30 am on the second Sunday of the month, there is a one-hour public tour of Grossmünster Church, including a visit to the cloister, starting at the main entrance. Language: German. The tour costs CHF 5.00 per person.
  • Spiritual night-time tours of Grossmünster Church: At 10 pm on the last Friday of the month, there is a one-hour public tour of Grossmünster Church, during which visitors, accompanied by a knowledgeable guide, will have an opportunity not only to discover the unique atmosphere of the church interior, but also to enjoy panoramic views of Zürich at night from the church tower.
    The tour starts at the main entrance and is free of charge.


 
 
 
Grossmünsterplatz
8001 Zürich
+41 (0)44 252 59 49
www.grossmuenster.ch
Station: Rathaus
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Kunsthaus Zürich

The Kunsthaus Zürich (Museum of Fine Art) houses the most important collection of modern art in…   more

Heimplatz 1
8001 Zürich
www.kunsthaus.ch

Kunsthaus Zürich

The Kunsthaus Zürich (Museum of Fine Art) houses the most important collection of modern art in Zürich and is renowned for both its permanent art collection and its temporary exhibitions. International works of significance include many paintings by Edvard Munch, Van Gogh, Picasso, and leading Expressionists. There is also a significant group of works by Claude Monet and Marc Chagall. In addition to modern artistic trends represented by Rothko, Merz, Twombly, Beuys, Bacon, and Baselitz, visitors can discover a wide choice of pop-art works. An audio guide gives background information on 200 “highlights” of the collection.

Opening hours: Sat/Sun/Tue: 10am – 6pm, Wed/Thu/Fri: 10am – 8pm. Mon closed

>> Reserve your ticket for the permanent Kunsthaus collection here.

>> Buy your ticket for the Expressionism temporary exhibition (07.02.2014 – 11.05.2014) here.

 


Free entry with ZürichCARD

ZürichCARD: No reduction on special exhibitions
 
 
 
Heimplatz 1
8001 Zürich
+41 (0)44 253 84 84
info@kunsthaus.ch
www.kunsthaus.ch
Station: Kunsthaus
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Lakeside Promenade

The grassy park areas along the lakeshore are a hive of activity during the summer months. A…   more

Bellevue
8001 Zürich

Lakeside Promenade

The grassy park areas along the lakeshore are a hive of activity during the summer months. A popular meeting place for inline skaters, sunbathers, jewelry vendors and street artists.

 
 
 
Bellevue
8001 Zürich
Station: Bellevue
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Limmatquai

Limmatquai is the street in Zürich's Old Town that connects Bellevue and Central along the…   more

8001 Zürich

Limmatquai

Limmatquai is the street in Zürich's Old Town that connects Bellevue and Central along the right-hand waterfront of the Limmat River. It passes by Grossmünster Church, the Water Church as well as many of Zürich's guildhalls and the Rathaus, Zürich's city hall building.

 
 
 
8001 Zürich
Station: Central/Rudolf-Brun-Brücke/Rathaus/Helmhaus/Bellevue
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Lindenhof

This spot provides a glorious view of the Old Town, Grossmünster Church, City Hall, the Limmat…   more


Lindenhof

This spot provides a glorious view of the Old Town, Grossmünster Church, City Hall, the Limmat river, the university and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology. Lindenhof was also the scene of numerous historical events.
In the 4th century, a Roman fort stood on Lindenhof. It served as protection for the occupying Roman forces as well as the local population in the event of attacks by the Alemanni.
In the 9th century, the grandson of Charlemagne built a regal palace as a residence on this site.
This area continued to be a place for gatherings for Zürich’s inhabitants right up to the beginning of the modern era. For example, the oath sealing the Helvetic Constitution was taken on Lindenhof in 1798.
Today, Lindenhof is a haven of peace and tranquility in the heart of the city and a meeting point for passionate chess players.

 
 
 
8001 Zürich
+41 (0)44 215 40 00
information@zuerich.com
www.zuerich.com/lindenhof
Station: Rathaus
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