The Fraumünster Church is built on the remains of a former abbey for aristocratic women. Enjoy its marvelous space, lit by absolutely stunning 5 large stained glass windows, each of one depicting a Christian story, and its equally impressive 9m tall stained glass of the North transept.
According to legend, Charlemagne discovered the graves of the city’s martyrs Felix and Regula and had built the first church as a monastery – Grossmünster. Climb one of the monolith twin towers, regarded as the most recognized landmark of Zürich, and enjoy the bird’s-eye view of the city. Also, among its more recent attractions are the seven windows designed by contemporary German artist Sigmar Polke.
Situated in Gablerstrasse, Rietberg Museum is one of the great repositories of art and culture in Zürich. Displaying exhibits gathered from various corners of the world, like bronze artifacts from Tibet, ceramics and jade, Indian sculpture, Chinese grave decorations, masks by African tribes, American and Oceanian art, it’s the only art museum of non-European cultures in Switzerland definitely worth seeing.
Take a peеk at Zürich’s cultural life and visit one of its high-quality museums. Whether you’re an art junkie or just a person who enjoys culture itself Züri offers a great variety of choices. Landesmuseum (located in the Platzspitz park opposite to the Hauptbahnhof) is Zürich’s National Museum displaying many objects that illustrate the cultural and historical background of Switzerland. At Museum of Design (located in Zürich’s Kreis 5, close to Zürich Hauptbahnhof) you can admire at industrial design, visual communication, architecture and craft. Or if you want something unorthodox, No Show Museum is the right choice for you, devoted to nothing and its various manifestations throughout the history of art. Learn something about Zürich’s iconic tram systems boarding on its own Tram-Museum Zürich (the main museum site is located at the former tram depot Tramdepot Burgwies), specialising in the history of the Zürich tram system. Or visit FIFA World Football Museum, dedicated to the triumphs of football and its heroes with a focus on interactive experiences for all ages.
As admirer of fine arts and the beauty of life itself, you should enter the gate of Kunsthaus Zürich, Züri’s patron of major art works. Enjoy the eternal paintings of such maestros as Claude Monet, Edvard Munch, Pablo Picasso, Jacques Lipchitz, Vincent van Gogh, Édouard Manet, Henri Matisse, René Magritte and the Swiss Alberto Giacometti. The gallery is the home of Monet’s enormous masterpiece White and yellow Water Lilies.
Welcome to the jungle. House of about 300 different species of animals with total amount of 2200 creatures, Zürich Zoologischer Garten (located on Zürichbergstrasse, on the lower reaches of the Zürichberg in the Fluntern quarter) is place where you can melt into a crowd of snow leopards, India lions, pandas, or if you adore the chill and the outside temperature is below 10 degrees Celsius, come to the penguin parade.
Or, if you want to be the only animal in a virgin land, come visit the Botanischer Garten (located at Zollikerstrasse in the Weinegg quarter of the city) containing as three million plants and trees. Explore many rare plants species from south western part of Africa, as well as from New Caledonia. Feel the nature, smell the nature, come to the botanical garden.Or explore the gift from Zürich’s Chinese partner town Kunming, dedicated to the Three Friends of Winter – the Chinagarten Zürich (located in the city’s Seefeld quarter, next to the Centre Le Corbusier between Blatterwiese and Bellerivestrasse and near to the Zürichhorn on the right shore of Lake Zürich). Expression of Three Friends of Winter, also known as Suihan Sanyou, symbolizing the pine, bamboo and plum, which do not wither as the cold days deepen
into the winter season, the garden is a small version of China’s landscapes and buildings, plants and water world, nestling in Zürich.
In the entrance hall to the city’s police headquarters, Augusto Giacometti’s (1877 – 1947) magnificent murals adorn the vaulted ceiling and the walls, it’s a must see sigh delight.
Zürich’s main downtown street, Bahnhofstrasse, knows as one of the most expensive shopping streets in the world, filled with the usual high street brands and luxury shops, it’s a great place to spend a buck or two, or just sit down and enjoy a cup of seducing hot chocolate at the outside tables of one of the café’s, situated on Paradeplatz, at which southern end is located Confiserie Sprüngli, a Swiss luxury confectionery manufacturer founded in 1836 and
6. A walk to remember
Zürich’s main downtown street, Bahnhofstrasse, knows as one of the most expensive shopping streets in the world, filled with the usual high street brands and luxury shops, it’s a great place to spend a buck or two, or just sit down and enjoy a cup of seducing hot chocolate at the outside tables of one of the café’s, situated on Paradeplatz, at which southern end is located Confiserie Sprüngli, a Swiss luxury confectionery manufacturer founded in 1836 and internationally known for its signature macarons called “Luxemburgerli“. And don’t forget to visit in December, when, after dark, you can see the dazzling lights of Lucy, Bahnhofstrasse’s custom made Christmas illumination.
The Lindenhof is the oldest core of the city, a moraine hill and an idyllic public square. The hilltop area, including its prehistoric, Roman, and medieval remains, sits atop the remains of the last glacial period, is great for strolling around, with its pretty view over the Limmat and on sunny days you can join in a pleasant game of chess at the back of the square.