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  • 2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
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Zurich's Old Town is the historic part of town – and by historic, we mean medieval. Winding cobblestone alleys run alongside quintessential Zurich attractions like the Great Minster. You'll also find several acclaimed museums – such as the Swiss National Museum and the Museum of Art – and hotels in and around the district.

Though all of the neighborhood's buildings are worth admiring, when visiting Old Town, be sure to check out Muhlesteg Footbridge. This bridge, which is famous for its array of love locks, comes highly recommended by past travelers. But those traveling with kids should consider visiting during the day. Old Town boasts the highest concentration of nightclubs in Switzerland, which come alive once the sun goes down.

Getting to Old Town is a cinch thanks to the city's tram system. Multiple tram stations can be found throughout the Old Town area, including Neumarkt and Central stations. Bus Nos. 31 and 33 also make multiple stops here. While the area itself is free to visit, fees apply for purchases made at Old Town's shops, bars and restaurants. Additional information about Old Town can be found on Switzerland Tourism'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 ... Read more » Denis Linine / iStock / Getty Images

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#4 Bahnhofstrasse One of Zurich's must-dos is a stroll along the sleek storefronts of Bahnhofstrasse. Stretching across Old Town from Hauptbahnhof station to Lake Zurich, Bahnhofstrasse features a variety of high-end ... Read more » aldorado10 / Getty Images

#5 Museum of Art (Kunsthaus 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 ... Read more » MatteoCozzi / Getty Images

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#7 Swiss National Museum (Landesmuseum Zurich) The Swiss National Museum resides within a historic, castle-like building in the northern tip of Kreis 1. The museum surveys Swiss art, history and culture from as far back as ... Read more » Borisb17 / Getty Images

#8 Great Minster (Grossmunster) Located in Kreis 1 in the Old Town, the Great Minster church was the starting place of the Protestant Reformation in Zurich. Preacher Huldrych Zwingli initiated the movement from this ... Read more » AleksandarGeorgiev / Getty Images

#9 Zoo Zurich Nestled within Kreis 7 is Zoo Zurich, where more than 380 animal species from all over the world reside. The zoo features several areas, including an elephant park, a petting zoo ... Read more » Picture by Tambako the Jaguar / Getty Images

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# MyKugelhopf Sweet Zurich Tour If you have a sweet tooth, then no visit to Zurich would be complete without sampling some world-renowned Swiss chocolate during a Sweet Zurich Tour. This MyKugelhopf excursion takes participants ... Read more » chrispecoraro / Getty Images

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