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Zürich is rich in cultural highlights. With over 50 museums and more than 100 galleries, Zürich is one of the world’s major art trade centers. Zürich’s cultural institutions such as the Opera House, the Tonhalle Orchestra, and the Schauspielhaus theater tempt visitors and residents with high culture on the stage.

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Zurich Opera House

Opera House

A home for muses, a place for art The Zurich Opera House was the first Opera House in all of…   more

Falkenstrasse 1
8008 Zürich
www.opernhaus.ch
 

Opera House

A home for muses, a place for art

The Zurich Opera House was the first Opera House in all of Europe that had electric lighting. The neo-baroque theatre building in front of the Sechseläuten green space on the shore of Lake Zürich was built in 1891 upon 1,800 oak piles. The first opera performed there was Richard Wagner’s ‘Lohengrin’.

The history of the Zurich Opera House is full of highlights: Wilhelm Furtwängler started his career here, and Richard Wagner’s ‘Parsifal’ was performed here in 1913 – the first time it had ever been performed outside Bayreuth. Ferruccio Busoni, Paul Hindemith, Richard Strauss, Othmar Schoeck, Arthur Honegger, Frank Martin and other famous composers all influenced the development of Zürich’s musical and theatrical life.

The Zurich Opera House is considered one of the best venues in the world for opera. In more than 270 performances per season, such international singing stars as Anna Netrebko, Cecilia Bartoli or Jonas Kaufmann and many others can be experienced live at the Zurich Opera House.

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The Opera House as a tour operator
The Zurich Opera House has just come up with a very special service for culture lovers: it is the first European opera house to offer its guests from abroad a full service including an opera ticket, travel expenses (return journey by train with Deutsche Bahn or by plane on SWISS), the ZürichCARD and an overnight stay at a hotel. Those interested will be advised personally by employees of the Opera House.

Just give our friendly staff a call – they will be happy to help you:
Tel. +41 (0) 44 268 66 66
www.opernhaus.chEmail reisen@opernhaus.ch

ZürichCARD special: 5% discount on tickets at evening box-office (with exception of premieres and gala performances)

ZürichCARD Discount

Four wheelchair places are available at every performance in price category IV. Escorts are entitled to a 50-percent reduction (price category I).

 
 
 
Falkenstrasse 1
8008 Zürich
+41 (0)44 268 64 00
info@opernhaus.ch
www.opernhaus.ch
Station: Opernhaus
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Schauspielhaus: Schiffbau

The Zurich Schauspielhaus is the largest theater in Switzerland. Under the leadership of the…   more

Schiffbaustrasse 6
8005 Zürich
www.schauspielhaus.ch

Schauspielhaus: Schiffbau

The Zurich Schauspielhaus is the largest theater in Switzerland. Under the leadership of the internationally renowned director Christoph Marthaler, the theater was voted “Theater of the Year” in 2002 and 2003.

Since 2000, the Zurich Schauspielhaus has been staging performances on three theater stages in the “Schiffbau” industrial building, where ships were once built. The stages are named the Schiffbauhalle, the Box and the Matchbox. These stages have achieved Europe-wide fame in just a short time since their creation.
The Moods Jazz Club and the trendy Restaurant LaSalle are also found at this location.

Overview and online ticket orders of the current performances at the Schiffbauhalle, Box und Matchbox theater stages.

Information about the “Schiffbau” theater venue at the Zurich Schauspielhaus.

Theater can be enjoyed for less in Zürich on Mondays:
The Zurich Schauspielhaus offers tickets for CHF 30.00 every Monday, as well as student tickets for as little as CHF 20.00 – for every category and at all the theater venues!

 
 
 
Schiffbaustrasse 6
8005 Zürich
+41 (0)44 265 58 58
theaterkasse@schauspielhaus.ch
www.schauspielhaus.ch
Station: Technopark
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Kunstgalerien in Zürich

Zürich is one of the top ten art gallery cities and has a density of galleries unseen anywhere…   more

Zürcher Kunstgalerien
8001 Zürich
www.dzg.ch

Kunstgalerien in Zürich

Zürich is one of the top ten art gallery cities and has a density of galleries unseen anywhere else: More than 100 galleries, as well as branches of the auction houses, Christies and Sotheby’s, are to be found in Zürich. Moreover, as these galleries are conveniently distributed throughout the city and are also quickly and easily reached by public transport, art connoisseurs are able to visit several establishments on one trip.

You can find an overview of Zürich’s galleries here: www.dzg.ch (in German).

 
 
 
Zürcher Kunstgalerien
8001 Zürich
www.dzg.ch
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Cabaret Voltaire, Dada Zurich

Dadahaus Cabaret Voltaire

The Dada art movement was founded in 1916 in the Cabaret Voltaire, on Spiegelgasse, as a “protest…   more

Spiegelgasse 1
8001 Zürich
www.cabaretvoltaire.ch

Dadahaus Cabaret Voltaire

The Dada art movement was founded in 1916 in the Cabaret Voltaire, on Spiegelgasse, as a “protest against the madness of the times”. Artists, musicians, dancers and literati met in the Cabaret Voltaire and called the entire existing art into question.

The reopening of the Cabaret Voltaire in Zürich’s Old Town in October 2004 marked the beginning of a brand new Dada era. Nowadays, the Dadahaus, with its exhibitions, events and bar, as well as its small specialized lending library, is open to the public. Dada enthusiasts will particularly enjoy a stay at the Hotel Limmatblick, where all of the rooms are individually decorated in Dada style.

 
 
 
Spiegelgasse 1
8001 Zürich
+41 (0)43 268 57 20
info@cabaretvoltaire.ch
www.cabaretvoltaire.ch
Station: Rathaus
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Schauspielhaus Pfauen Zurich

Schauspielhaus: Pfauen

With 750 seats, the “Pfauen” is the largest and oldest stage at the Schauspielhaus. During the war…   more

Rämistrasse 34
8032 Zürich
www.schauspielhaus.ch

Schauspielhaus: Pfauen

With 750 seats, the “Pfauen” is the largest and oldest stage at the Schauspielhaus. During the war years, the theater experienced a revival and developed into a theater with an explicit anti-fascist direction and a critically chosen program of plays. Many immigrants and actors who were openly against national socialism joined the cast.
Today, the Schauspielhaus offers a diverse and exciting program and 20 to 30 premières each year.

Overview and online ticket orders of the current performances at the “Pfauen” theater stage.

Information about the “Pfauen” theater venue at the Zurich Schauspielhaus.

Theater can be enjoyed for less in Zürich on Mondays. The Zurich Schauspielhaus offers tickets for CHF 30.00 every Monday, as well as student tickets for as little as CHF 20.00 – for every category and at all the theater venues!
Discounted prices for seniors; reserve seating for wheelchairs at the theater box office.
(+41 (0) 44 258 77 77).


 
 
 
Rämistrasse 34
8032 Zürich
+41 (0)44 265 58 58
theaterkasse@schauspielhaus.ch
www.schauspielhaus.ch
Station: Kunsthaus
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Tonhalle Zürich

The excellent acoustics of the Tonhalle Zürich concert hall rank among the best in the world. The…   more

Claridenstrasse 7
8002 Zürich
www.tonhalle-orchester.ch

Tonhalle Zürich

The excellent acoustics of the Tonhalle Zürich concert hall rank among the best in the world. The large concert hall was built in 1895 and inaugurated in the presence of Johannes Brahms. It can seat up to 1455 concert-goers.

In recent years, the Tonhalle Orchestra has developed into one of Europe’s leading ensembles. Around 100 highly-motivated musicians and a committed and charismatic conductor (David Zinman, since 1995) present audiences with around 100 concerts every season with approximately 50 different programs.

Overview and online ticket orders for the current performances of the Tonhalle Orchestra Zürich: Concert schedule
Admission is free for the people with disabilities; attendants must buy a concert ticket; four seats in the Large Hall (Stalls) and one seat in the Small Hall available; tickets only available at the boxoffice (+41 (0) 44 206 34 34).


 
 
 
Claridenstrasse 7
8002 Zürich
+41 (0)44 206 34 34
info@tonhalle.ch
www.tonhalle-orchester.ch
Station: Bürkliplatz
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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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Museum Bellerive Zurich

Museum Bellerive

Three times a year, this museum plays host to special exhibitions focusing on works by…   more

Höschgasse 3
8008 Zürich
www.museum-bellerive.ch

Museum Bellerive

Three times a year, this museum plays host to special exhibitions focusing on works by international artists inspired by the themes of play, decoration, and utility. William Morris, Emile Gallé, Diego Giacometti and Sonia Delaunay have all had works exhibited here; the museum also features contemporary fashion, design and lifestyle, as well as items from the arts and crafts collection.

Opening times and supporting programs for the special exhibitions are available on the website.
ZürichCARD – Free Entry

 
 
 
Höschgasse 3
8008 Zürich
+41 (0)43 446 44 69
www.museum-bellerive.ch
Station: Höschgasse
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Museum Haus Konstruktiv

The Haus Konstruktiv is located in the former Selnau electricity sub-station, one of the most…   more

Selnaustrasse 25
8001 Zürich
www.hauskonstruktiv.ch

Museum Haus Konstruktiv

The Haus Konstruktiv is located in the former Selnau electricity sub-station, one of the most distinctive icons of Zürich’s industrial architecture. The museum is the only such institution in Switzerland, one of just a few in Europe dedicated to historical and thematic exploration of concrete, constructive and conceptual art. The Museum Haus Konstruktiv focuses on making it part of a living dialog with international trends in contemporary art.

On five floors with a total of 1,200m² exhibition area, visitors discover works of art in the context of their historical background in various ways, through changing exhibitions and presentations of collections.
Free entry with ZürichCARD

 
 
 
Selnaustrasse 25
8001 Zürich
+41 (0)44 217 70 80
info@hauskonstruktiv.ch
www.hauskonstruktiv.ch
Station: Bahnhof Selnau
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Museum Rietberg Zürich

The Rietberg Museum in Zürich is the only art museum for non-European cultures in Switzerland. It…   more

Gablerstrasse 15
8002 Zürich
www.rietberg.ch

Museum Rietberg Zürich

The Rietberg Museum in Zürich is the only art museum for non-European cultures in Switzerland. It possesses an internationally renowned collection of works from Asia, Africa, America and Oceania.

By presenting works of art, the museum seeks not only to make visitors aware of the fascinating diversity of forms of artistic expression, but also to arouse their interest in and understanding of other cultures, ideologies and religions.

The architectural highpoint of the “Emerald”, as the new museum extension is called, is the glass pavilion, which merges perfectly with the existing buildings in one of Zürich’s most beautiful parks, the Rieterpark.


Free entry with ZürichCARD

ZürichCARD: Special exhibitions plus CHF 4.00
 
 
 
Gablerstrasse 15
8002 Zürich
+41 (0)44 206 31 31
museum.rietberg@zuerich.ch
www.rietberg.ch
Station: Museum Rietberg
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