Cabaret Voltaire – the Birthplace of Dada

Hugo Ball and Emmy Hennings founded the Cabaret Voltaire in the middle of Zurich’s Old Town in 1916. It was here that Dada was born.

The Cabaret Voltaire is the birthplace of the world-famous Dada movement, which started in Zurich in 1916. In the middle of the First World War, Dada awakened the desire to question the present with new and surprising forms of artistic performance, expressed through music, literature, dance, and painting.

To this day, the artists’ locale continues to serve as a platform for contemporary art and debates by holding exhibitions and soirées.

During the day, visitors can read and work in the historical hall. In the evenings, the place is transformed into a bar, where lively parties are held.

In the entrance area is the Dada library and the display area of CV Books.

Opening Hours

12.00pm – 8.00pm
12.00pm – 6.00pm
12.00pm – 8.00pm
12.00pm – 6.00pm
12.00pm – 6.00pm
12.00pm – 6.00pm


Distance Travel time
Zürich Main Station 740 m 8 min
Zürich Airport 9 km 24 min