If you are confused about what to do in Zurich, don’t you worry! Our experts have compiled the best things to do in Zurich with pictures, activities & budgetary details. With this comprehensive travel guide you will be able to cover all the major Zurich attractions and hit the extra ordinary places without wasting any time.
Here are our top places to visit in Zurich:
1. Lake Zurich
Lake Zurich is one of the largest lakes in Switzerland as it extends towards the southeast part of Zurich. The lake is best tourist attraction during summer time, offering great public baths and beaches. You can have a dip in the lake easily as the water temperature is ideal in summer unlike winters when temperature is around 0 degree Celsius. During July and August there are different events and concerts that you can enjoy with your family in the evening after having a long fun day at the beach. If you want to explore the lake then you can hop on a boat and enjoy the picturesque landscape and lake view. Alternatively you can explore the lake on foot by walking on the special walking path and admire the beautiful scenery around you.
Uetliberg is the most famous mountain of Swiss Plateau and ideal Zurich sightseeing destination . This 871 meter mountain offers breathtaking panoramic views of the city of Zurich, Lake Zurich and the Alps. The mountain is easily accessible by train which you can catch at the main Zurich train station (there is 10 minutes of easy walk to the summit from train station). If you are an adventure seeker then you can also hike or even cycle on the hiking trails and reach the top. We recommend you to take your own water bottle and snacks as refreshments up there are quite pricey. Uetliberg offers lots of things like paragliding, path of the planets trail, sledding trail, fancy dinning, biking and so on.
Tickets – Round trip train fare- around CHF 20Tower fee- CHF 2
If you plan to visit Zurich then Grossmunster should a must visit place on your list. It is the Romanesque style protestant church which is one of the famous churches and historical buildings of the city. The Grossmuster Church has played a major part in the reformation of Protestant Christians, in fact the church hosted the entire reformation movement. The church has two towers unlike other churches, which makes it unique and different. You can climb up the towers and witness breathtaking panoramic views of the city.
Tickets – Tower fee- CHF 4
Fraumunster is an old Protestant Gothic style church which is one of the three famous churches of Zurich. The church is primarily famous for its 5 multi colored stained glass windows painted by Marc Chagall. The paintings are very intriguing as each one tells you different story. This church is also known as The Women’s Church as it was built by King Louis –The German, in 853 for his daughter as a prayer place. The Church has both architectural and historical significance, which makes it a must visit destination of Zurich, Switzerland.
5. St Peter
St. Peter is the oldest Parish church of the city and is known for the huge 8.7 meter diameter clock, which is placed on its exterior. This is Europe’s largest clock and thus makes the Church a significant landmark locally as well as internationally. The interior of the church is as striking as its exterior. You will find stunning chandeliers, a huge organ and mixture of beautiful Romanesque and Baroque architecture. The Church hosts different musical events that attracts hundreds of people from around the globe.
Timings – Opening times- Monday to Friday 8:00 am till 6:00 pm Saturday 8:00 am till 4:00 pm
6. Swiss National Museum
Swiss National Museum is a castle like museum which is one of the significant art, history and cultural museums of Europe. The museum focuses on early Swiss period including Swiss life and consciousness during different eras. The unique permanent collection comprises works of art since stone-age till the modern period. You can find interesting collections of textile, furniture, coins, toys, ancient tools, armory and the list goes on. So we recommend you to take out few hours for this wonderful and knowledgeable museum to visit and explore the whole new world of Swiss history. As the Museum is located between two rivers, you can not only access the museum by road but also through boats.
Letzigrund is a 25 to 30 thousand seating capacity stadium that hosts numerous meetings of international athletics, open air concerts/events and football matches. FC Zurich soccer club owns the Letzigrund Stadium which is home-ground for Fussball Club Zurich and Grasshopper Club Zurich. When the stadium is not booked otherwise, it is available for private and corporate events.
Hallenstadion is a 13 thousand seating capacity multi-purpose indoor facility that is not only a home to ZCS Lions but also hosts national and international level cultural, musical, sports and other entertainment events. The beautiful stadium is designed by Bruno Giacometti and was opened in 1939. The stadium hosted Ice Hockey World Cup in 1998 and continues to host high level sport championships till date.
9. Zurich Zoologischer Garten
Still got more time and don’t know what to see in Zurich then Zoological Garden is ideal for you to visit. It is one of the best zoos of Europe as it houses 2200 animals that belong to 260 different species. There are different areas of wild animals like snow leopard, red pandas, tigers, Indian Lions etc. In the afternoon you can enjoy the cute penguin parade that happens only if the temperature is below 10 degree Celsius. The zoo also offers an incredible open air aviary in which you can find lots of birds. People who have interests in aquatic life can also find an interesting aquarium with different types of fish and other sea life.
Timings – Opening Times Monday to Sunday 9:00 am to 6:00 pm
10. Zurich Opera House
Zurich Opera house is one of the finest Opera Houses of Switzerland and among the top zurich tourist attractions. It was built in 1891 and since then it has gained popularity and acclamation in the world of opera. It is internationally known for its incredible acoustics and diversity of international performances. The opera house can accommodate 1200 people at a time and is almost houseful during any performance. The famous Viennese architects have designed its Neo-classical concert hall which is as incredible as its performances. You will find various intricate paintings at the ceilings of the opera house that portray poetry, love, music, tragedy and comedy.