The Top 10 Things to do in Zurich
Feb 10 , 2012
Zurich boasts a delightful mix of medieval history, breathtaking views from neighboring mountains, and top notch shopping, dining, and nightlife. Here are some of the best things to do in Zurich.
Swiss National Museum, Zurich (Landesmuseum Zurich)
Housed in an enchanting 19th century castle, the Landesmuseum Zurich tells the story of Swiss history from its founding by the Romans in 15 B.C. to today. The museum features one of the most extensive collections of medieval art in Europe.
Zurich's largest church, the two towers of the Grossmunster dominate the city skyline. The 186-step trip to the top of the church tower provides incredible panoramic views of the city.
The China Garden
Located on Lake Zurich, the China Garden was a gift from Zurich's sister city, Kunming in China. This beautiful, walled garden features a pond, pagodas, and charming stone bridges.
Shopping on the Bahnhofstrasse
This famous pedestrian street is the 5th Avenue of Zurich. Lined with upscale shops and boutiques, Bahnhofstrasse also delivers a great day of window shopping and people watching for those with a tighter budget.
Enjoy the view at Lindenhofplatz
Located on a hill just above Zurich's old town, the park at Lindenhof provides a spectacular view of the city and the lake.
Featuring the new 36,000 square foot (11,000 square meters) Masaola Hall, The Zurich Zoo brings the Madagascar rainforest to Switzerland. The Penguin Parade held several times each winter is a fun thing to do with kids.
Cruise Lake Zurich
The city's namesake, beautiful Lake Zurich, is the pride of the city. In summer, you'll find sunbathers and swimmers enjoying the many beaches. From April – October, you can enjoy scenic cruises on the water.
Zurich Toy Museum
Containing more than 1,200 toys, the kid in you will marvel at the collection in the Zurich Toy Museum, which features toy trains, doll houses, miniatures, and games, some dating back to the 18th Century.
Thermalbad & Spa
For a more unusual thing to do in Zurich, visit the Thermalbad & Spa, a traditional public bath that includes an incredible rooftop pool providing sweeping views of the city center. Go in the evening for a truly spectacular experience.
This church and convent founded in 1853 is best known for the gorgeous Marc Chagall stained glass windows installed during a massive renovation project in 1970. It is the oldest church in the city.
Travel back in time with a visit to the Zurich old town, another great thing to do in Zurich.