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Best Things To Do in Zurich

Zürich boasts of Dadaism, more than 100 art galleries, several renowned museums, and world-famous architecture, both old and new. But for those who aren't art enthusiasts, Zürich also offers a number of active pursuits that range from swimming in clean Lake Zürich (in the warm months) to hiking through nearby Uetliberg, and touring the nearby waterfalls at Rhine Falls, too. Travelers should also check out the nightlife in Zürich West, as well as the haute-couture shopping along Bahnhofstrasse.

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#1
Bahnhofstrasse Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: One of Zürich's must-dos is a stroll along the sleek storefronts of the Bahnhofstrasse. Along the way, from Zürich ... read more»

#2
Old Town (Altstadt) Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: Alstadt (or Old Town), like it sounds, is the historic part of town -- and by historic, we mean medieval. Winding ... read more»

#3
Zurichsee and Lake Promenade Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: Backing lower Lake Zurich (or the Zürichsee) is a tangle of promenades, parks and gardens, collectively known as Lake Promenade ... read more»

#4
Zurich Opera House (Zuricher Opernhaus)
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: One of reviewers' favorite attractions to highlight, the Opernhaus Zurich is located on the lake's edge and features a ... read more»

#5
Uetliberg
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: According to experts, you can reach Uetliberg from Zürich Hauptbahnhof in about 20 or 30 minutes (aboard the S10 train ... read more»

#6
Zurich Toy Museum Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: Travelers say the Zurich Toy Museum, or Spielzeugmuseum, is small but intimate. You'll find it on a townhouse's ... read more»

#7
Zurich West Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: If Altstadt is Zürich's Old Town, Zürich West is definitely the city's contemporary town. Centered on the Langstrasse ... read more»

#8
Great Church (Grossmunster)
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: The Grossmünster, located in Kreis 1, was the starting place of the Protestant Reformation in Zürich. Preacher Huldrych Zwingli initiated ... read more»

#9
Swiss National Museum
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: The Swiss National Museum, or Landesmuseum, surveys Swiss art, history and culture from as far back as 4th century B ... read more»

#10
Zoological Garden (Zoologischer Garten)
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: Travel experts list Zürich Zoo as one of the top zoos in all of Europe. Sprawling across Kreis 6, the ... read more»

#11
Rhine Falls
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: Located an about 45-minute bus ride north of Zürich in Schaffhausen, the beautiful Rhine Falls is worth a trip. If ... read more»

#12
Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich)
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: With its assortment of quality works, some say the Kunsthaus Zürich, roughly translated as Museum of Art, is one of ... read more»

#13
Rietberg Museum
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: Many travel guides like Yahoo! Travel and TripAdvisor rate the Rietberg Museum as one of the top things to do ... read more»

#14
Friedhof Fluntern (Fluntern Cemetery) Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: The Friedhof Fluntern, or Fluntern Cemetery, is the final resting place of James Joyce, the famous Irish author who lived ... read more»

#15
Church of Our Lady (Fraumunster) Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: The Fraumünster, or Church of Our Lady, is best known for its graceful spire (which tops Zurich's skyline) and ... read more»

#16
Winterthur
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Overall Rating: Rating: 3.5

Why go: If you're in town for four (or more) days, Frommer's suggests taking a day trip to Winterthur. The ... read more»

#17
Tonhalle Gesellschaft

Overall Rating: Rating: 3.5

Why go: The Tonhalle Gesellschaft, home to the Tonhalle Orchestra, enjoys international acclaim for its musicianship. Yahoo! Travel says: "It has been ... read more»

#18
Botanical Garden (Botanischer Garten) Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 3.5

Why go: The Botanischer Garten (Botanic Garden) holds more than 3 million plants, which are laid out on the grounds of an ... read more»

#19
Foundation E. G. Buhrle Collection
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Overall Rating: Rating: 3.5

Why go: If you've been to Paris and enjoyed the Musee d'Orsay, you might want to schedule a visit to ... read more»

#20
Beyer Museum of Time
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Overall Rating: Rating: 3.0

Why go: Located along the Bahnhofstrasse and beneath the popular Beyer Uhren & Juwelen (Beyer Watches & Jewellery) shop, the clock and watch museum ... read more»

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