Things to do in Zürich

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Lakeside or river swimming, short hikes above the city, remarkable churches, gorgeous parks, theater, opera, live music, madcap summer festivals—you ... Read More

Lakeside or river swimming, short hikes above the city, remarkable churches, gorgeous parks, theater, opera, live music, madcap summer festivals—you won’t be at a loss for things to do in Zurich. You may have thought that Switzerland was all about banks, but it’s a place that takes free time as seriously as it does work. Head to Kunsthaus for the city’s preeminent art collection of old masters and impressionist paintings, or Uetliberg, just outside the city, perfect for day hikes and biking. Every Tuesday and Friday morning, the Helvetiaplatz Market is full of stalls selling beautiful flowers and delicious breads, cheeses, and meats.

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  • Botanical Gardens in Zurich Alamy
    Botanical Gardens

    Few places in the city offer more respite than the botanical gardens. This beautiful and expansive set-up is maintained by the university and is an... Read More

  • Zurich Guide Martin Stollenwerk/Courtesy of Cabaret Voltaire
    Cabaret Voltaire

    Legend has it that this performance space is where, one night in 1916, artists Jean Arp and Sophie Taeuber-Arp started yelling “Dada! Dada!” (da means ... Read More

  • Zurich Guide Courtesy of Dienstgebäude
    Dienstgebäude

    In recent years, Zurich has witnessed an explosion of noncommercial galleries run by artists. Andreas Marti, coeditor of the indispensable Art Space... Read More

  • Bicycle Rentals in Zurich Courtesy of Zürich Tourism
    Free Bicycle Rentals

    For a modest refundable deposit after you return with the bike, you're to be able to enjoy a day of riding all over town. It's a great way to see and... Read More

  • Grossmunster Church in Zurich Alamy
    Grossmunster Church

    This magnificent Protestant church has a beautiful interior as well as courtyards that are so enthralling that you can easily spend a couple of hours... Read More

  • Helvetiaplatz Markt Market in Zurich Alamy
    Helvetiaplatz Markt

    Every Tuesday and Friday, early in the morning, this plaza plays host to local stalls of beautiful flowers and delicious breads, cheeses, and meats that... Read More

  • Kunsthaus Zurich Museum Alamy
    Kunsthaus Zurich

    The city's preeminent art museum has a first-rate collection of old masters and impressionist paintings as well as exhibitions. Read More

  • Lindenhof Plaza and Garden in Zurich Alamy
    Lindenhof

    In the city center and reachable by a flight of stone steps, this is a very large and peaceful plaza with many linden trees and benches that make it... Read More

  • Zurich Guide Christian Kerber
    Löwenbräu-Kunst

    After this historic brewery in Zurich’s industrial area closed down in the mid 1980s, it was taken over by squatters and artists. Now, it has... Read More

  • Old Town in Zurich Alamy
    Old Town

    Between the Bahnhofstrasse and the Limmat river are narrow alleys and medieval structures that make for wonderful sightseeing and quiet afternoons of... Read More

  • Rathaus Town Hall in Zurich Alamy
    Rathaus

    Definitely worth a visit, the town hall has great architecture and a history of the city on display. A lovely cafe is on the ground floor right beside... Read More

  • Kusnacht Lake in Zurich Alamy
    River and Lake Swimming

    Along the Limmat river are bathing houses and along the shores of Lake Zurich are grassy beaches. On hot days, few things are as pleasurable as a swim... Read More

  • Swiss Soccer Game in Zurich Getty Images
    Swiss Soccer

    Worth taking in a game of pro soccer where you'll meet Swiss fans in all their glory as they celebrate the local heroes FCZ. Read More

  • Uetliberg Mountain in Zurich Alamy
    Uetliberg

    You needn't venture into the high mountains to enjoy Swiss nature. This local mountain, just above the city, is perfect for day hikes and biking as well... Read More

  • Welschland Ladeli Shop in Zurich Courtesy of Welschland Ladeli
    Welschland Ladeli

    Everyone has their favorite cheese shop. This is one of the best. Read More

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