Switzerland’s greatest art museum, Kunsthaus, contains several important works of art, ranging from medieval religious paintings and Old Dutch masters to Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings. Here you can find masterpieces by Van Gogh, Picasso, Chagall and Monet.
The Old Town, also called Alstadt, is one of the most beautiful and charming areas in Zürich. Here you can stroll around narrow lanes and medieval houses. This area is highly appreciated by both tourists and locals, but also by writer of the past who lived there such as Einstein, James Joyce and Wagner.
For great views over the city you can visit pretty Lindenhofplatz and enjoy a stuinning view of Grossmünster and Rathaus. This place represented the meeting place for people during the Modern Era and today it is the perfect hot-spot where to find some peace and tranquillity.
Set in a park on top of a hill, The Reitberg Museum with its green glass entrance houses a collection of historical artefacts and art from Africa, Asia and Ancient America, making it the only art museum for non-European cultures in Switzerland. Here you can also find various special exhibitions including a cafe.
The Opera House hosts various performances and is well worth a visit when in Zürich, it was even awarded in 2014 as the Best Opera Company of the Year at the International Opera Awards. The classic building where the opera is housed in is truly beautiful and where guided tours are on offer, perfect if you want to get to know the place from another perspective.
The river delta in Zürich is called Zürichhorn and is on the list of Swiss heritage sites of national significance. It offers lake access and several trees to admire, a grill station and a huge playground where to relax. Moreover, in the lakeside park you can find the famous rock sculptures among other attractions.
In a castle, right by the water you will find the Swiss National Museum. This museum hosts various collections from the Swiss history to the present as well as temporary exhibitions, in fact it houses the biggest collection of cultural-historical objects in the country. For the kids, there are interactive technology exhibits, making it suitable for the whole family.
Paradeplatz represents the heart of Bahnhofstrasse. In the 17th century Paradeplatz was a pig market, but today it is known as the largest financial transaction site in Switzerland. From Paradeplatz it will only take you a few minutes to reach the old town of Zürich, Lake Zürich or the Bahnhofstrasse.
The legendary Kronenhalle's former patrons include big names such as Picasso, Chagall and Miró (whose original paintings still adorn the walls today - chances are, you may be dining within arm's reach from precious artwork). Kronenhalle is a world-renowned establishment that's been around for nearly a century, consistently delivering superb quality Swiss/French cuisine and above par service.
Blinde Kuh is a restaurant run by blind people and in almost complete darkness. This is your chance to experience first-hand what it is like to be blind. Here you must trust your nose, your mouth, your ears and your hands. You will be amazed. Who said we eat with our eyes? The menu changes every week and it is necessary to book several weeks in advance.
The 15th-century location adds flavour to this beer hall where sausages are the main attractions. Here you can find more than a dozen different kinds of sausages, the biggest one being one metre long. The recipes are almost all based on recipes cultivated and modernised over generations.
The traditional Conditorei Schober is situated in the middle of the Old Town in what is known as the ‘sweet corner’. This is actually claimed to be one of the best cafés in Zürich and their hot chocolate with whipped cream is among the best around and therefore highly recommended.
This urban, relaxed cafe is very popular and located right in the city centre. You might have to get into a long line for a cup of coffee, but it is claimed to be well worth the wait! If you enjoy your hot drink so much that you cannot get enough, you can also buy your favourite to bring home.
With a complete devotion to coffee, Henrici really knows how to make a great cup of coffee, everything from classic coffees to creative coffee drinks are on the menu. If you have a sweet tooth, then do not worry, they have yummy baked creations too, the mouth-watering cheesecake might just be your thing.
A small hidden gem and even though it might be the smallest bar in town, long queues are normal, attracting regulars every day. Why? It is simple; the coffee is the star at ViCafe, offering special coffees from all around the world and it´s all made with love by the knowledgeable and friendly baristas. If the place is too crowded, buy your favourite coffee to takeaway and find a cosy location where to enjoy the hot java.
Housed in a period building in heart of the old town, this cafe is a peaceful oasis where to relish high quality coffees, teas, amaretti and hot chocolate. If your sugar cravings kicks in, they offer daily baked cakes and other bakes goods and it is all prepared in the cafe´s own bakery. Don`t miss their legendary cheesecake!
Not only a café but also a bar and restaurant, Cafe Lang is the place to visit whatever the time is, may it be for breakfast, lunch, dinner or just for a cup of coffee or for a high-quality cocktail in the evening. The brunch here is also worth a try and if the weather allows, enjoy your beverage and food on the terrace.
Oepfelchammer is a nice pub, which is notoriously famous for its association with the city’s literary son, Gottfried Keller. Located in the heart of the Old Town, this is the oldest, originally preserved pub in Zürich and where typical Swiss cuisine and high-quality wine can be enjoyed.
Wooden benches, bright lights and no décor on display, Rheinfelder Bierhalle is one of the oldest beer halls in Zürich. A popular place that is always crowded, attracting workers, students and business men, who all are here to enjoy traditional food that comes in big portions and of course they are here for the beer.
Very popular with the younger generation at the weekends, this pub is normally full of teenage au-pairs and exchange students on the pull. Nelson also broadcasts live sports on large screens, which adds an authentic touch. If you want to complement something eatable with your beer, don´t worry they serve bar food too.
Zürich’s premiere Jazz club offers first-rate music from big names. This trendy bar is situated on top of the Schiffbau building off Hardstrasse. Here you will find a nice seating area, good cocktails and fun people. Generally this place is visited by locals and therefore not very ’touristic’.
Oliver Twist is the number 1 sport pub in the city and is located near Rindermarkt. This nice and cosy pub serves a good pint and is frequently visited by English speaking football fans since live sport is broadcast here regularly. If the hunger kicks in, they have a pub food menu too.
The Bohemia presents itself in an American-Brasserie style. The menu is heavy on the meat and seafood, however the Bohemia also serves pastas and vegetarian dishes. You can choose from an excellent wine list or from a range of beers, spritz and cocktails. In the evenings, they host regular sets by local DJ's and live bands.
This trendy area invites you to stroll around tiny shops that offers everything from international fashion brands to local labels and from second-hand to high fashion. There is even a market hall, housing more than 30 vendors where you can buy fresh fruits and vegetables or why not enjoy a coffee in one of the cafes along the Viadukt Arches.
A shop like no other. The Dada movement started in this building and still today the spirit of Dada is kept alive. In the shop you can get the perfect souvenirs for art lovers, they sell Dada products as well as objects from young designers. If you are looking for a unique design, that unusual item, then this is the shop to head for.
Use to be an industrial-age paper mill, today a shopping and leisure centre, featuring 80 shops that boasts everything from fashion, shoes, cosmetic to electronics including restaurants, a hotel, a spa and cinema. They even have a Minicity Sihlcity, their own childcare facilities, where the parents can leave their kids for one or two hours while shopping in stores like C&A, Desigual, Esprit, Gant, H&M, The Body Shop and Tommy Hilfiger.
The House of Brands, also called Jelmoli, is situated near Zurich main station. It is Zurich's largest premium department store with many top-quality brands for men, women and children. Inside, you will find fashion items, accessories, shoes, sport articles and home products. Below ground level, there is a well-known Food Market.
A wide range of different stores invites visitors to come in and stroll, Glatt Shopping Mall is one of the most popular shopping malls in Switzerland. And if you get hungry, just visit one of the many culinary outlets. There is around 100 stores selling the latest fashion, jewellery, toys, electronic goods and cosmetics.
Over 50 different stores fulfil nearly every wish, whether you are looking for sportswear, or a suit, you will find it in Letzipark. They have everything from fashion wear, shoes, furniture, and stationery to electronic specialists. The shopping centre includes a choice of seven different snack bars and restaurants when wishing for a break.
One of Switzerland's most traditional chocolate-makers is not to be missed. The Vollenweider chocolatiers offer handmade delicacies following old recipes including new and unusual delicacies. A heaven for anyone who loves chocolate, macaroons and truffles.
If you spend your weekend in Zürich, you should visit this year-round flea market. It is Zürich's most famous and also most notorious flea market where you can buy everything from kitchen utensils to electronic equipment, leather bags, paintings, furniture and jewellery.
The best season to visit Zurich is definitely summer, particularly from June to August, when temperatures are pleasant and you can enjoy outdoor activities during the sunny days. If you want to visit the city when fewer tourists fill the streets, then spring is the best choice: March to May are the months when temperatures are still not too cold to be uncomfortable.
Zürich Airport is voted to be one of the best in the world. It consists of two terminals and they both have a Tourist Information Centre based in the arrivals hall. The airport is situated 11 kilometres outside Zürich and there are several ways of getting into the town centre. The subterranean train station is directly beneath Terminal B, and trains depart roughly every 10 minutes for the city’s main station. You can buy tickets directly from the vending machines that can be found next to the SBB travel centre. +41 900 300 300. The Glatttalbahn, tram number 10, connects the airport and the main railway station. The tram runs every 7 or 15 minutes. Tram number 12 connects the airport and the hub of Stettbach and runs every 15 minutes. +41 44 809 5600 There is a frequent bus service running from the airport. www.zvv.ch The taxi rank is located just outside the arrivals terminal 1 and 2. Taxis may be reserved in advance by calling +41 848 850 852. Airport Taxi +44 777 77 88 [email protected] www.taxi7x7.ch At the airport you can find car hire services. You can pick up your car from the Airport Centre on level 1. Avis +41 44 800 77 33 www.avis.ch Budget +41 44 800 77 33 www.budget.ch
The best way to visit Zurich is by foot, but you also have a list of opportunities to explore the city such as bus, trams and trains. You can choose between a tickets for 1 hour or a Day Cards for various zones, but don´t forget to have the ticket with you at any moment. Another alternative is the Zürich Card: you can use it to enjoy free travel with public transports throughout the city of Zürich and it also gives you the possibility of enter museums for free and have discounts on several restaurants.