Swiss National Museum (Landesmuseum Zurich)

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Key Info

Museumstrasse 2

Price & Hours

10 Swiss francs (about $11) for adults; free f...
Tues-Sun 10 a.m.-5 p.m. | Thurs 10 a.m.-7 p.m.

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Museums Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
4.1scorecard
  • 4.0Value
  • 4.0Facilities
  • 4.5Atmosphere

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 the fourth century B.C. Exhibits cover everything from medieval and religious frescoes to weapons and Swiss furniture. There are also several ornate rooms to explore during your visit.

According to many past visitors, the Swiss National Museum's architecture alone is worth seeing. However, should you decide to go inside, expect to find a comprehensive overview of Switzerland's history. To absorb all that this museum has to offer, previous travelers recommended downloading the free English audio guide from the Google or Apple app store since most of the exhibits' displays are in German.

The Swiss National Museum is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (except on Thursdays when the property is open until 7 p.m.). Visitors ages 17 and older are charged 10 Swiss francs (less than $11) to enter, though admission is free for all Zurich Card holders and children 16 and younger. Museum tickets include access to restrooms, a gift shop, a cafe and a library. Parking is not offered through the museum but can be found across the street at the Hauptbahnhof train station. Multiple train, tram and bus lines stop at Hauptbahnhof or the adjacent Bahnhofquai station. For more information about the Swiss National Museum, visit the museum's website.

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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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