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The best attractions in Zurich

It's Switzerland's largest city but visitors to Zurich might just find it quaint and quiet enough to forget they're in one of the world's leading financial centers! Here are a few highlights to discover nestled within the picturesque Alpine landscape.

Lake Zurich

Sightseeing in Zurich doesn't get much better than taking a boat tour across its pristine lake. Or why not pack your bathing suit and join the locals for a summertime swim?

Swiss National Museum

The "Landesmuseum" boasts one of Europe's most important art collections, spanning right back to the prehistoric era. It's open from Tuesday to Sunday and under-16s go free.

Mount Pilatus

Make time for a day-trip to the quintessentially Swiss city of Lucerne, and ride the world's steepest funicular railway to the summit of its scenic mountain, Pilatus!

Old Town

The "Altstadt" dates back to an ancient Roman-era settlement and remains a treasure trove of historical buildings. It's Zurich's main hub of tourism – and for good reason!

Grossmunster

Legend has it that the executed saints Felix and Regula picked up their heads, walked uphill, and prayed before dying at the spot where the Grossmunster church was later built!

Zoo Zurich

A popular family attraction all year round – even when it's cold! If the outside temperature drops below 10°C, get there by noon to witness the delightful penguin parade!

Opera House

Not only is the grand 19th-century "Opernhaus" a must-see but, as the home of the Zurich Opera, its performances are too! Book tickets in advance to make sure you don't miss out.

Planning your Zurich visit

Best time to visit?

The stunning landscape makes Zurich a charming place to visit in all seasons, but if you really can't stand the cold then you should probably stick to peak season – June to August.

How many days?

You could satisfy your city-sightseeing urges within a couple of days, but it would be silly not to book an extra day at least to visit the Alps, and perhaps another to take advantage of Zurich's museums. All in all, four or five should be perfect!

Best area to stay?

Staying around the Old Town is certainly most convenient for visitors, but where exactly takes a little more research. Niederdorf is a mostly pedestrian area full of lively bars and restaurants, but if that sounds a little too busy, then try the slightly quieter Lindenhof. Seefeld is a popular lakeside district, but at the opposite end you'll find Enge & Wollishofen, which is considerably more relaxing if only because it's further from the sights!

Good to Know

  • Language
    German
  • Currency
    Franc (CHF)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+01:00)
  • Country Code
    +41
  • Best time to visit
    Year-round is lovely, but the warmest months are June through August.

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What people are saying about Zurich

Excellent guide was Steinmann ! He made the trip great !

The tour was great considering the weather was not good . Steinmann was an excellent guide with a wealth of knowledge . The fondue dinner was very good . Would recommend this tour to everyone especially if you have nice weather to see the city from the mountain top .

Excellent, partly spoiled by weather, but great tour experience.

Wish we could have seen the mountains more but father frost had other ideas. But, the tour itself was excellent. The guide (Marcelo I think) was very nice and spoke very good English. The bus was very comfortable and the experience was exactly as advertised. This was my first mountain experience and I loved it. Beware of the prices for food at the mountain cafeferia/restaurant. It's daylight robbery even given that Switzerland is very expensive in general. Maybe have to discount for the fact that tourist spots are always going to overcharge and getting supplies 10,000 feet up via cable cars can't be an easy task.
Mount Titlis Day Tour from Zurich or Lucerne Reviewed by Somak, 03/24/2016

A tasty and interesting way to explore Zurich!

We thoroughly enjoyed our tour with Christina! She was incredibly friendly and knowledgeable - providing information not just on the chocolatiers of Zurich, but also filling us in on history of the area & giving us some recommendations of places to visit. The samples in each location were delicious, and as the tour was just our group, we had time to make purchases as well, however there was no hard sell or pressure to buy. The meeting place was very easy to find, and communication before the tour was excellent. I would highly recommend the tour to anyone with a sweet tooth who is looking for a different way to get to know the city.

Amazing tour with an amazing guide (Andy)

It is a beautiful experience. The views and the places you go to are delightful. The fondue dinner is an excellent opportunity to get the best fondue in Zurich

exciting new experience in the heavy snow though limited view on top

Unfortunately the heavy snow made the out door activity on top limited the view the ride through the snow covered mountains was a lifetime experience. The visit to luscern was also memorable. The tour was worth the money spent
Mount Titlis Day Tour from Zurich or Lucerne Reviewed by LALITHA, 12/04/2015

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