Zurich Attractions

Zurich is a place with something to do for every person and every interest. This compact city is teeming with activities for art lovers, history enthusiasts, foodies, athletes, and shoppers alike.

Many of Zurich's must-see attractions are within walking distance of each other in the quaint Old Town (Altstadt). Grossmünster and Fraumünster-the two medieval churches that are also famous for their modern stained glass windows-are practically across from each other on different sides of the Limmat River. Lindenhof, the starting point of Roman settlement, offers fabulous views across the city's thirteenth century buildings and more modern institutions like the University of Zurich.

You can get a good feel for Zurich and Swiss history at the Swiss National Museum located next to the Main Station (Hauptbahnhof), which on Wednesdays is home to a specialty food market featuring Swiss cheeses, sausages, sweets and other delicacies. From the train station, you can walk the famous Bahnhofstrasse, Switzerland's premiere shopping street, all the way to Paradeplatz, home to the Confiserie Sprüngli Café, which serves some of Zurich's finest hot chocolate, or you could continue towards the lake and stop at the Bürkliplatz Flea Market to peruse antiques and other secondhand goods.

A short walk from Bellevue is Zurich's Kunsthaus, one of Switzerland's foremost art museums. The permanent collection features many major European artists in addition to Swiss artists. You could also go in search of other vistas strolling along Lake Zurich or the Limmat River. Both the lake and river are home to activities like swimming, rowing and other sports.

Bahnhofstrasse

Bahnhofstrasse

Zurich's world famous shopping street...
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Grossmünster

Grossmünsterplatz
Grossmünsterplatz

Home of the Zurich Reformation, windows by Sigmar Polke and Augusto Giacometti...
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Fraumünster

Münsterhof
Fraumünsterstrasse

Gothic church with windows by Marc Chagall and Augusto Giacometti...
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Kunsthaus Zürich Fine Art Museum

Heimplatz 1

Zurich's biggest collection of fine art from the 15th to the 20th Century...
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Lindenhof

Lindenhof

Site of a former Roman fort, great view of the city...
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Swiss National Museum (Schweizerisches Landesmuseum)

Museumstrasse 2

Swiss history and culture housed in a reconstructed castle...
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Lake Zurich and the Limmat River

Walking, swimming, people-watching and other activities along Zurich's main bodies of water...
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Bürkliplatz Flea Market

Bürkliplatz

Zurich's most central flea market, summer only...
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Specialty Food Market in the Main Station

Hauptbahnhof

Food market (Swiss cheeses, breads, etc.) in the Main Station, great for food lovers...
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Hot Chocolate at the Confiserie Sprüngli Café

Bahnhofstrasse 21

Zurich's best hot chocolate since 1836...
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Zoo Zürich

Zürichbergstrasse 221

Zoo on top of Zurichberg; Apes, elephants, penguins, and a simulated rain forest...
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Züri Rollt free bike rental

Museumstrasse

Visit Zurich on city-sponsored free bikes...
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Roman Ruins on Thermengasse

Thermengasse

Ruins of a Roman Bath in the Old Town...
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Frauenbad Stadthausquai

Stadthausquai

Women-only swimming area in the Limmat River...
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Arteba FineArt

Forchstrasse 127

Expressive Art...
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Art One

Heinrichstrasse 235

One and Only...
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Lindenhof

Pfalz-Gasse 6, 8001 Zürich, Switzerland

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Zurich Christmas Market (Christkindlimarkt)

Hauptbahnhof

Europe's biggest indoor Christmas Market...
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Cabaret Voltaire

Spiegelgasse 1

The birthplace of the Dada art movement...
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Strandbad Mythenquai

Mythenquai 95

Beach space right on Lake Zurich...
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