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Best Things To Do in Zurich

Zurich boasts of Dadaism, more than 100 art galleries, several renowned museums (like the Museum of Art and the Swiss National Museum) and world-famous architecture, both old and new. But for those who aren't art enthusiasts, Zurich also offers a number of active pursuits that range from swimming in clean Lake Zurich (in the warm months) to hiking through nearby Uetliberg Mountain. For a more relaxed pace, there's Lindenhof. Local historic treasures include Minster of Our Lady church, Old Town and Great Minster church. And a visit to Zurich wouldn't be complete without checking out the haute-couture shopping along Bahnhofstrasse and the variety of animals housed at Zoo Zurich.

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#1
Lake Zurich (Zurichsee) Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

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

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

Why go: Zurich's Old Town, or Altstadt in German, is the historic part of town – and by historic, we mean medieval ... read more»

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Bahnhofstrasse Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: One of Zurich's must-dos is a stroll along the sleek storefronts of Bahnhofstrasse. Stretching across Old Town from Hauptbahnhof ... read more»

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Uetliberg Mountain
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: Standing an impressive 2,858 feet above sea level, Uetliberg Mountain offers some of the best views of Zurich and ... read more»

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

Why go: With its assortment of works, some say the Museum of Art, or the Kunsthaus Zurich as it's called in ... read more»

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Lindenhof Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: Whether you want to play a game of chess, relax after exploring Bahnhofstrasse or take in some superb views of ... read more»

#7
Swiss National Museum (Landesmuseum Zurich)
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: The Swiss National Museum (Landesmuseum Zurich) resides within a historic, castle-like building in the northern tip of Kreis 1. The ... read more»

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Great Minster church (Grossmunster) Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: Great Minster church, which is known locally as the Grossmunster and can be found in Kreis 1, was the starting ... read more»

#9
Zoo Zurich
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: Nestled within Kreis 7 is Zoo Zurich, where more than 2,000 animals from all over the world reside. The ... read more»

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Minster of Our Lady church (Fraumunster) Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 3.5

Why go: Known to Zurchers as the Fraumunster, the Minster of Our Lady church is popular to visit thanks to its graceful ... read more»

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