Zurich is Switzerland’s largest city and is indeed a beautiful and fascinating location.
Numerous museums with eye-catching artworks to satisfy art aficionados, an old town full of well-preserved structures from the Renaissance and the Middle Ages, lakefronts, and souvenir stores are just a few of the city’s many attractions.
In this article, you will get to know about the following places in Zurich,
- Lake Zurich
- Bahnhofstrasse and the Bahnhof
- Swiss National Museum
- Zurich Zoo
- Zurich Christmas Markets
- Grossmunster (Great Minister)
Let’s see each of these places in detail…
1. Lake Zurich
Lake Zurich is one of the main centers of attraction in Zurich.
This glaciated lake stretches to many small towns such as the Kusnacht and Thalwil. A long boardwalk stretches from Bellevue towards Tiefenbrunnen.
The extended lakefront is a favorite spot for local tourists.
You can see many promenades, parks, and residents enjoying jogging, picnicking, and sunbathing along the long shore.
One can enjoy picturesque views of the Glarus Alps and the city by taking a cruise ride. Waterways through the lake offer visitors to explore breathtaking islands.
You can also visit Zurichhhorn Park near Lake Zurich by ferry, which houses the Exclusive Chinese Garden.
There is also a meadow that offers you an ideal place for relaxing near Bellevue.
2. Bahnhofstrasse and the Bahnhof
The busy pedestrian markets of Bahnhofstrasse stretch from the main train station Bahnhof to Burkiplatz. The Main Street of Zurich is lined with sophisticated shops and is one of the ideal places for shopaholics.
The 1.2 km shopping lane is one of the most attractive shopping hubs in Europe.
The streets are adorned by fountains, public art, trees, and famous buildings.
Along with the global headquarters of Credit Suisse and the delectable chocolate shops and cafes of Paradeplatz plaza, many of the most well-known designers in the world have outlets in Bahnhofstrasse.
The stores sell beautiful fashionable goods, jewelry, furs, and other expensive goods.
The stores have beautifully decorated windows. You can stroll along the streets all day long and enjoy shopping for the best items.
Uetliberg, which is 2,850 feet above sea level, offers a magnificent panorama of the city, the comely lake, and the impressive Alps.
The mountain is one of the desired tourist destinations in Zurich for outdoor enthusiasts, especially in November.
The city looks magical when Fogg covers the entire city. You can take exclusive pictures of the cityscapes.
You can reach the mountain top of Uetilberg either by walking trail from Albisguetli, Triemli, or Albisrieden or by rail from Zurich.
The summit is an excellent point to start camping and hiking to some of the other mountains on the chain.
4. Swiss National Museum
The Swiss National Museum is home to impressive collections that display Swiss culture and the way of life from the Stone Age to the present.
More than 82,000 Swiss cultural and historical artifacts are preserved here.
Gustav Gull constructed the museum building in the style of a French chateau in 1898.
It has several unique items, including an armory tower and a sizable number of altars, panel paintings, and liturgical carvings made of wood.
A fascinating chivalry exhibit, a collection of gothic art, watches, scientific instruments, carriages, industrial antiquities, and a historical collection of Swiss coins from the middle centuries are the other significant attractions of this exceptional museum.
5. Zurich Zoo
The exotic biota of the Zurich Zoo is one of the best in Europe and is home to more than 360 different animal species.
Animals in this zoo are preserved just like in their habitat.
The exotic species include snow leopards of the rocky Himalayas, penguins residing in the frigid zones, and flying foxes in the 13000 square meters of tropical rainforest.
Additionally, you can also see bears, tortoises, gorillas, and many more.
The Asian elephant family in the Kaeng Krachan Elephant Park plays with their babies and swims in their multi-environment outdoor complex. The complex was created to resemble their natural habitat in Thailand.
The zoo can be reached from the Pardeplatz and the main station.
6. Zurich Christmas Markets
The month of December is a wonderful time to travel to Zurich because the city’s squares, streets, and train stations are all lined with stalls selling holiday fare, presents, and a good lot of Christmas decorations.
The Singing Christmas Tree, a pyramid-shaped platform made of evergreen boughs, is located in the market stalls on Werdmühleplatz.
Visitors can make their own Christmas candles at Bürkliplatz, and there are kid-friendly attractions like carousels scattered throughout the markets.
This is one of the biggest Christmas markets in Europe occupying almost the enormous Bahnhof. Its main hall is brilliantly illuminated, with a 50-foot Christmas tree that is decked out in Swarovski crystal ornaments as its prime attraction.
More than 6,000 decorations are displayed on the tree, which brings up all that Christmas spirit.
The western half of Zürich’s old town rises gradually to the serene Lindenhof, which is shrouded by trees and breathtaking landscapes.
It is located between Bahnhofstrasse and the left bank of the Limmat.
This Old Zurich Park is a pedestrian-only area with a long history. It has a fantastic outlook because of its location on Lindenhof Hill alongside the banks of the Limmat River.
The sweeping views of the Old Town and the river will mesmerize you.
Lindenhof which once housed a Roman castle, today serves as a recreational spot for all visitors.
There’s a lush green oasis on the slopes of the valleys that makes it an ideal picnic spot.
You can spend a long time relaxing on top of the hill, soaking in the beauty of old Zurich for hours!
8. Grossmunster (Great Minister)
Grossmunster is the main church of Zurich perched on an open terrace above the river. The church dominates the skyline of the city with its twin towers.
It is a Romanesque three-aisled galleried basilica that was constructed between the 11th and 13th centuries and has a chancel over a crypt that dates from around 1100.
The domed tops were constructed in 1782, and the towers’ upper levels were built around 1487.
A seated statue of Charlemagne, who is a significant figure of the cathedral (the foundation of the order), is located high on the south tower on the riverside.
If you visit the Grossmunster, you can see the two modern bronze doors of 1935-36, the sculptured Romanesque capitals, the remains from Gothic wall paintings, colored stained glass windows, and the Late Romanesque cloister from about 1200.
These are some of the best places to visit in Zurich, Switzerland.
The captivating beauty of this city will provide you with all the relaxation and rejuvenation that you would love to have on your trip to Switzerland.
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