Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich)#5 in Best Things To Do in Zurich
With its assortment of works, some say the Museum of Art, or the Kunsthaus Zurich as it's called in German, is one of – if not the – best museums in the city. Among an interesting collection of Swiss artists, the museum also hangs works by Pablo Picasso, Wassily Kandinsky, Marc Chagall and Claude Monet.
While the entire museum is worth perusing, previous travelers said a visit to the top floors are a must. On the upper floors you'll find the museum's most iconic works, including Vincent van Gogh's "Self Portrait with Bandaged Ear" and Andy Warhol's "Big Torn Campbell's Soup Can." And before leaving, be sure to check out Auguste Rodin's The Gates of Hell bronze sculpture, which sits just outside the museum's entrance.
Visitors will find the Museum of Art about two blocks east of the Great Minster in Kreis 1. Access to the museum's permanent collection will set you back 23 Swiss francs (around $24.50). Entrance fees for children 16 and younger are waived. Discounted admissions are available for travelers with a Zurich Card. Museum tickets include an audio guide to help you navigate the property. The Museum of Art is open Tuesday and Friday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., with extended hours until 8 p.m. on Wednesdays and Thursdays. In addition to the museum's collections, the property has public restrooms, a library and a gift shop. On-site parking is not available; however, the museum sits less than a block from the Kunsthaus tram station. A bus stop and two train stations are also within walking distance. To learn more about the property, visit the Museum of Art's website.
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#1 Lake Zurich (Zurichsee)
Backing lower Lake Zurich is a tangle of parks and gardens, collectively known as the lake promenade, that make for a picturesque place to spend an afternoon. And in warm weather, the lake is peppered with boats, while the banks are filled with picnickers and sunbathers. If you're a jogger, the area is also one of Zurchers' favorite places to pound the ground.
For some of the best views of Zurich and the nearby Alps, travelers suggest taking a boat ride on the lake. One-and-a-half-hour boat tours are available throughout the year and are free for Zurich Card holders.
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