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Often known as a business city, Zurich is also abuzz with sleek eateries, cool shops, and a ton of history. Here are some suggestions for your visit visit to vibrant Zurich.

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  • History Buff
  • Shopping Fanatic
  • Art and Architecture Lover
  • Nightlife Seeker
  • Nature Lover
  • Foodie
  • Peace and Quiet Seeker
  • Like a Local

12 Places

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12 Places

Day 1

Old Town (Altstadt)

Neighbourhoods, Historic Walking Areas

St. Peter Church (St. Peterskirche)

Architectural Buildings

Bahnhofstrasse

Points of Interest & Landmarks

Lake Zurich

Bodies of Water

Niederdorf

Points of Interest & Landmarks, Neighbourhoods

Day 2

Swiss National Museum

Speciality Museums

Frau Gerolds Garten

Restaurants

Freitag Shop Zurich

Speciality & Gift Shops

Cabaret Voltaire

Points of Interest & Landmarks

Day 3

Chinese Garden Zurich

Parks

Nordamerika Native Museum (NONAM)

Speciality Museums

Museum Bellerive

Speciality Museums

FaboFinds's City Tips

  • Take a boat tour of Lake Zurich.
  • Consider purchasing the ZurichCARD, which offers free or reduced entry to many museums, as well as discounts at a variety of stores and restaurants.
  • It is considered polite to greet the staff when entering stores and restaurants.
    Day 1
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    Old Town (Altstadt)
    Neighbourhoods, Historic Walking Areas
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    FaboFinds Says:

    Old Town can be full of surprises if you are willing to wander the little streets and alleyways. Spend the morning just 'getting lost,' and see what strikes your fancy!

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Like a Local
    • History Buff
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Don’t miss the landmark double towers of the Grossmünster (Great Minster).
    • Stop into a chocolateir (or three) to grab some famous Swiss chocolate to keep you fueled for the day.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #4 of 211 things to do in Zurich
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A beautiful city. 05/07/2015
    • Great People watching 04/07/2015
    • Old Town (Altstadt)
    Other:
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    St. Peter Church (St. Peterskirche)
    Architectural Buildings
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    FaboFinds Says:

    Originally built in the 9th century, St. Peterskirche (or St. Peter's Church) is the oldest church in Zurich, although much of the current church dates back to 18th-century renovations. Still, you can see richly carved 15th-century choir stalls, and name of God written in Hebrew above the pulpit, which reflects the Protestant Reformation’s emphasis on original biblical languages. The church also has the distinction of having Europe's largest clock face. Its tower used to be used as a fire watch — perhaps this is why Zurich never had any massive fires that were common in other historic cities!

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • The tower and the church are different colors because they are owned by different organizations.
    • After visiting the church, take a quick detour down to St Peterhofstatt just below — the lovely square makes a great photo stop!
    • Try and catch a performance if you can — the acoustics in the church are amazing.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #32 of 211 things to do in Zurich
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • big clock on a nice square 30/06/2015
    • Can't miss it 21/06/2015
    • St. Peter Church (St. Peterskirche)
    Address:
    St. Peterhofstatt 1
    Switzerland
    Phone:
    41 44 211-25-88
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    Bahnhofstrasse
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    FaboFinds Says:

    Located in Old Town, Bahnhofstrasse (of 'Station Street') is a glitzy promenade that runs from the main railway station to Lake Zurich. It's become famous as a shopping hub, where you can find fancy designer names, pastry shops, and more.

    Good for
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Bürkliplatz Farmers Market can be found near Lake Zurich on Tuesdays and Fridays.
    • Be sure to stop into Max Chocolatier for some delectable treats.
    • There is ice cream for the summer and mulled wine to warm you in the winter.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #14 of 211 things to do in Zurich
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • 2015 Swiss vacation 05/07/2015
    • Zürich's high street invites you for a walk 04/07/2015
    • Bahnhofstrasse
    Address:
    Runs north-south west of Limmat River
    Switzerland
    Other:
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    Lake Zurich
    Bodies of Water
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    FaboFinds Says:

    Bahnhofstrasse leads down to Lake Zurich, a lovely natural escape where you can go for a relaxing stroll, take a boat ride, or just relax and take in the beauty.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • Lots of cultural events take place by the lake, especially during summer.
    • Zürichhorn, a small delta, offers a number of cute lakeside restaurants.
    • In August, the water can be very warm at 20C/68F and swimming and sunbathing is popular.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 211 things to do in Zurich
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • The water is not as cold as one would expect 05/07/2015
    • superb Location 05/07/2015
    • Lake Zurich
    Other:
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    Niederdorf
    Points of Interest & Landmarks, Neighbourhoods
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    FaboFinds Says:

    If you are looking for something other than the big fashion houses, feel free to explore the lovely neighborhood of Niederdorf. This is a lovely place to get lost, as the little alleys can hold some charming little shops.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Trendsetter
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • This area is the least developed part of the old city — look for the quaint old homes.
    • This is also a great area to visit if you are looking for some night life.
    • The Nierderdorf area has been compared to the Latin Quarter in Paris or Soho in London.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #19 of 211 things to do in Zurich
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Nice meeting point 25/06/2015
    • Colourful Zurich 19/06/2015
    • Niederdorf
    Address:
    Right bank of Limmat river
    Switzerland
  • Day 2
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    Swiss National Museum
    Speciality Museums
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    FaboFinds Says:

    Providing a great look at the history of Switzerland, the Swiss National Museum offers a Collections Gallery, antique Swiss Furniture, an Armory Tower, a diorama of the Battle of Murten, and large coin collection with pieces from the 14th, 15th, and 16th centuries.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Near the museum, you can find boat tours that traverse the River Limmet though Zurich.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #28 of 211 things to do in Zurich
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A truly incredible museum 04/07/2015
    • Being remodeled, limited English information. 03/07/2015
    • Swiss National Museum
    Address:
    Museumstrasse 2
    8023
    Switzerland
    Phone:
    41 (0)44 218 65 11
    Hours:
    Tue - Wed
    10:00 - 22:00
    Thu
    10:00 - 0:00
    Fri - Sun
    10:00 - 22:00
    Other:
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    Frau Gerolds Garten
    Restaurants (Swiss, Fondue)
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    FaboFinds Says:

    When it comes to urban regeneration, Frau Gerolds gets it right. Situated in converted shipping containers, the shopping and dining complex is helping transform an industrial neighborhood into a vibrant community hub. But you'll find so much more than dining and shopping at this vibrant new institution. There is also public art, a garden, and a lovely terrace from which to enjoy some excellent views.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Trendsetter
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • If you are visiting in the winter, this is a great place to cozy up with some fondue in the wooden hut.
    • In the summer, there are activities until midnight.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #437 of 1,328 restaurants in Zurich
    • Very quirky place to relax, drink and eat 12/05/2015
    • Good lunch option on a sunny day 22/04/2015
    • Frau Gerolds Garten
    Address:
    Geroldstarsse
    Switzerland
    Hours:
    Sun
    12:00 - 3:00
    Mon - Sat
    11:00 - 5:00
    Other:
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    Freitag Shop Zurich
    Speciality & Gift Shops
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    FaboFinds Says:

    In 1993, brothers Markus and Daniel Freitag were on the quest for a waterproof, durable bag. They ended up creating their own, out of upcycled materials like from discarded tarps to seat belts, and FREITAG has since become a beacon of hip, eco-conscious fashion. It makes sense, then, that the company's flagship store should be a beacon in and of itself. Built with the company's R'n'R (recycling and recontextualization) motto in mind, the store is made up of 17 stacked freight containers. It's the tallest building in Zurich and the tallest shipping container building in the world, and what's inside is just as fascinating as the building itself. Here you'll find more than 1,500 uniquely designed bags, plus an observation deck offering some take-your-breath-away views.

    Good for
    • Trendsetter
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • A clothing line was added in 2014.
    • The observation deck is accessible by steps only, but it's worth the climb.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #4 of 39 Shopping in Zurich
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Very nice shop 30/04/2015
    • Friendly staff, expensive bags and an observation deck 07/04/2015
    • Freitag Shop Zurich
    Address:
    Geroldstrasse 17
    8005
    Switzerland
    Phone:
    +41 (0)43 366 95 20
    Hours:
    Mon - Fri
    11:30 - 0:00
    Sat
    11:00 - 22:00
    Other:
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    Cabaret Voltaire
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    FaboFinds Says:

    Dadaism, the experimental art movement that blends art and absurd got its start in 1916 right here in Zurich. At Cabaret Voltaire, to be exact. Today this bar-cum-art space (which reopened in 2004) remains a place where artists and thinkers can gather to talk, explore art, or simply relax.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • Be sure to head downstairs, where you can learn more about Dadaism.
    • Cabaret Voltaire is also good night spot.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #55 of 211 things to do in Zurich
    • different 04/06/2015
    • Fun and silly 21/02/2015
    • Cabaret Voltaire
    Address:
    Spiegelgasse 1
    8001
    Switzerland
    Phone:
    +41 43 268 56 30
    Other:
  • Day 3
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    Chinese Garden Zurich
    Parks
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    FaboFinds Says:

    The Chinese Garden was a gift from Zurich’s Chinese sister city, Kunming, as a thank-you gift after Zurich helped Kunming expand its water system. Situated on the lake at the Zürichhorn, this lovely oasis is one of the top-ranked Chinese temple gardens outside of China.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • It is open daily, April though November.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #51 of 211 things to do in Zurich
    • Cute place 04/07/2015
    • Rainy day visit and still excellent 01/07/2015
    • Chinese Garden Zurich
    Address:
    Bellerivestrasse 138
    8008
    Switzerland
    Phone:
    044 380 31 51
    Other:
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    Nordamerika Native Museum (NONAM)
    Speciality Museums
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    FaboFinds Says:

    While Zurich might seem an unlikely place to find a museum devoted to North America's native cultures, the Nordamerika Native Museum began as the private collection of Gottfried Hotz, and was acquired by the city in the 1960s. Today, it provides a fascinating glimpse into native American cultures, including many of Hotz's original artifacts and exhibits about contemporary living.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Make sure to visit the soundscape section — it's very interesting.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #156 of 211 things to do in Zurich
    • Ziemlich enttäuschend, sehr klein 20/02/2015
    • Ein muss für Familien 19/01/2015
    • Nordamerika Native Museum (NONAM)
    Address:
    Seefeldstrasse 317
    8008
    Switzerland
    Phone:
    044 413 49 90
    Other:
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    Museum Bellerive
    Speciality Museums
    FaboFinds Says:

    Museum Bellerive focuses on industrial design, visual communication, architecture, and craft. Especially notable is its a large poster collection that includes posters from the US and Russia.

    Good for
    • Trendsetter
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • The collections are split into different buildings located in different locations in Zurich. This is the location of the applied arts collection.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #98 of 211 things to do in Zurich
    • Murano glass exhibition 01/07/2015
    • Interesting artwork 23/06/2012
    • Museum Bellerive
    Address:
    Hoeschgasse 3
    8034
    Switzerland
    Phone:
    44-1-3834376
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