Zurich Tourism brings millions of visitors to Switzerland and the other cities nearby. The city of Zurich, lies on the north side of Lake Zurich in the northern part of this spectacular country. It has a vas medieval history that can be felt all over the city.
Lake Zurich at the town of Rapperswil
This lake stretches from Zurich to other small towns. The lake is clean and is home to many different beaches along its shores providing great swimming areas during summers.
You make take a boat ride that goes out from Zurich and brings you back in a few hours, or you make stay in one of the villages and take the next one back to the city.
Zurich old town on the left bank of the Limmat River
It is located between the left bank of the Limmat River and Bahnhofstrasse. Romans built here their fortified settlements and now is a quiet neighborhood. From the tree shaded Lindenhof you have a nice view of the old town.
Here you’ll find a group of old streets like Münstergasse and Napfgasse, with the Brunnenturm, which was the headquarters of the Lombard money-changers in the 14th and 15th centuries. On Spiegelgasse, at number 17, is a house where Lenin lived in 1917.
It is one of Europe's top art museums, this museum of Fine Arts is run by the Zürich Society of Arts and traces its history back to a society of artists founded in 1787.
It has a large collection by many artists especially Charles Munch and the largest collection of Monet’s work outside of Paris.
The Swiss National Museum is a neo-gothic castle like building showing the history of all of Switzerland. More than 820,000 of them, covering a wide range of subjects from prehistory through the 20th century.
The archaeological collections, with artifacts discovered in Switzerland that date from about 100,000 BC to about 800 AD are among the finest in Europe.
This is a Confectioner's Café opened in 1856 and is today a favorite among locals and tourists.
Just watch the temptations on the windows and you’ll be drawn inside to at least treat your eyes to the cakes, bonbons and the famous macarons called Luxemburgerli. The retail shop is on the street floor, while the upstairs café-salon serves breakfast and lunch.
Bahnhofstrasse is the most important avenue in Zurich
This Zurich important street goes from the Train Station or Bahnhof to the Bürkliplatz at the head of the lake. The 1,200-meter street is one of the most attractive shopping streets in Europe, enlivened by fountains, public art, trees, and distinguished buildings.
Budget wise this street is not for everyone, but it’s a treat to stroll and watch the spectacular windows full of high end products of fashion.
This Protestant church means Women’s Church, built by Emperor Ludwig in 853 for his daughter Hildegard. The church is a three-aisled, pillared basilica with a Gothic nave built from the 13th to the 15th centuries, a Romanesque chancel, and an Early Gothic transept with high vaulting. In the undercroft, you can see remains of the crypt of the 9th-century abbey church.
Bürkliplatz and Lake Zürich
This is where the Limmat flows from the lake and the landing for lake steamers.
As mentioned above, from here you can cruise on Lake Zurich and enjoy great views of the Glarus Alps. The entire shore is lined with promenades and parks where local residents catch the sun, jog, picnic, and swim in the lake.
Located on an altitude of 871 meters is this northerly summit of the Albis ridge.
There is a train running to the summit that leaves Selnau station year-round. The broad walkway is well lit at night and leads to the summit restaurant, a glass-enclosed space with beautiful views of the city lights below.
Limmatquai bordering the Limmat River
Limmatquai and the Rathaus
This is a popular shopping street lining the Limmat River with old elegant houses with sumptuous interiors reflecting the wealth of those who governed the city until 1789.
Today many of these houses are restaurants and one of them is Zurich Town Hall or Rathaus overhanging the river and supported by wide arches.
Constructed between 1694 and 1698, the massive Late Renaissance building has rich sculptured decoration and a Baroque ceremonial hall that is well worth seeing.
It is home to more than 360 different animal species. It is one of the finest in Europe. Animals live as close to their own environments as possible: snow leopards amid the rocky Himalayan landscape, penguins swimming in chilly water, and you can spot flying foxes from a canopy walk amid 13,000 square meters of tropical rainforest.
Great Minster is Zürich's principal church dominating the city skyline with its twin towers. Built between the 11th and the 13th centuries.
This “Great Minster” church is one of Zurich’s four main churches and believed to have been founded by Charlemagne.
Map of Switzerland showing the location of Zurich
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