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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A home for muses, a place for art The Zurich Opera House was the first Opera House in all of… more
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 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
ZürichCARD special: 5% discount on tickets at evening box-office (with exception of premieres and gala performances)
The Zurich Schauspielhaus is the largest theater in Switzerland. Under the leadership of the… more
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!
Zürich is one of the top ten art gallery cities and has a density of galleries unseen anywhere… more
You can find an overview of Zürich’s galleries here: www.dzg.ch (in German).
The Dada art movement was founded in 1916 in the Cabaret Voltaire, on Spiegelgasse, as a “protest… more
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.
With 750 seats, the “Pfauen” is the largest and oldest stage at the Schauspielhaus. During the war… more
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!
(+41 (0) 44 258 77 77).
The excellent acoustics of the Tonhalle Zürich concert hall rank among the best in the world. The… more
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
The Kunsthaus Zürich (Museum of Fine Art) houses the most important collection of modern art in… more
Opening hours: Sat/Sun/Tue: 10am – 6pm, Wed/Thu/Fri: 10am – 8pm. Mon closed>> Reserve your ticket for the permanent Kunsthaus collection here.
Three times a year, this museum plays host to special exhibitions focusing on works by… more
Opening times and supporting programs for the special exhibitions are available on the website.
The Haus Konstruktiv is located in the former Selnau electricity sub-station, one of the most… more
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.
The Rietberg Museum in Zürich is the only art museum for non-European cultures in Switzerland. It… more
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.
2013: Free admission to the collection!