Feb 1, 2014
Zurich is popularly known as the cultural capital city of Switzerland as it offers a unique mixture of attractions for visitors to see. Zurich is located on the northern shores of Lake Zurich and on the horizon are the magnificent Swiss Alps.A walk through the city reveals the attractions dotted all over.
THE 10 BEST ATTRACTIONS IN ZURICH, SWITZERLAND
Swiss National Museum
The Swiss National Museum is situated north of the city centre and has more than 820,000 items that showcase Switzerland’s rich history and cultural heritage covering areas such as Swiss migration,settlement,politics, economic progress and religion. The permanent exhibits highlight Swiss coins, furnishings, artwork and amory.(image by doglad).
Lake Zurich and Lake Promenade
Lake Zurich is located at the southern end of Zurich’s city ,the lush scenery around the lake is brilliant . Lake Promenade is its western shoreline and has a collection of gardens ,walkways lined with trees, and lake front parks. Visitors to the lake can enjoy a number of fun activities including; renting boats or bicycles to ride around the banks of the lake.
The Zurich Zoo has been around since 1929 and is one of the leading animal conservation areas .The site is suitable for a family fun day as it houses up to 2200 animals including apes,pandas,elephants and giant tortoises. The zoo is open every single day of the year and is just 3 miles from the city centre.
This is a world famous shopping centre located in Zurich’s Old town region. It has one of the most expensive stores in the world it is therefore a place a visitor would love to go and window shop.
This Romanesque and Gothic cathedral was built on a Roman Cemetery in the 11th Century. The cathedral is of great historical importance to the Protestant Reformation, it has two three story towers ,crypts ,bronze doors, stained glass windows and quite a number of channels. Visitors to the towers are required to pay a fee however entry to the church is free.
Zurich Opera House
The Zurich Opera House is located on the banks of the lake’s left shores and stages over 270 concerts annually this include ballet and opera productions held mostly between July and September. The 1891 Neo-Baroque Theater situated here is also a major attraction for visitors.(image by Calufrax).
Zurich Toy Museum
The Zurich Toy Museum has over 1200 antique toys including those dating back to the 18th and early 21st centuries. This museum located north of Zurich center has a collection of dolls, doll houses ,toy trains, games and books.
Stiftung Sammlung E.G. Buhrle
The museum with private collections of art is located south of the city center and is retained in a 1886 villa. The museum gives public and private tours and features works from Henri Matisse, Vincent van Gogh and Claude Monet.
This garden located two miles south east of the city center is owned by the University of Zurich has a pond, glass houses, meadows and herbarium with 3 million plants.
This building dominates the city’s skyline and is an important city symbol.
Zurich’s attractions do not come cheap ;meals, drinks and accommodation in this city will take a hit on your wallet however it is all worth the experience as it offers the best quality of life as compared to many other cities globally .
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Feature image by Claudio Zeiger