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The best attractions in Zurich

It's Switzerland's largest city but visitors to Zurich might just find it quaint and quiet enough to forget they're in one of the world's leading financial centers! Here are a few highlights to discover nestled within the picturesque Alpine landscape.

Lake Zurich

Sightseeing in Zurich doesn't get much better than taking a boat tour across its pristine lake. Or why not pack your bathing suit and join the locals for a summertime swim?

Swiss National Museum

The "Landesmuseum" boasts one of Europe's most important art collections, spanning right back to the prehistoric era. It's open from Tuesday to Sunday and under-16s go free.

Mount Pilatus

Make time for a day-trip to the quintessentially Swiss city of Lucerne, and ride the world's steepest funicular railway to the summit of its scenic mountain, Pilatus!

Old Town

The "Altstadt" dates back to an ancient Roman-era settlement and remains a treasure trove of historical buildings. It's Zurich's main hub of tourism – and for good reason!

Grossmunster

Legend has it that the executed saints Felix and Regula picked up their heads, walked uphill, and prayed before dying at the spot where the Grossmunster church was later built!

Zoo Zurich

A popular family attraction all year round – even when it's cold! If the outside temperature drops below 10°C, get there by noon to witness the delightful penguin parade!

Opera House

Not only is the grand 19th-century "Opernhaus" a must-see but, as the home of the Zurich Opera, its performances are too! Book tickets in advance to make sure you don't miss out.

Planning Your Zurich Visit

Best time to visit?

The stunning landscape makes Zurich a charming place to visit in all seasons, but if you really can't stand the cold then you should probably stick to peak season – June to August.

How many days?

You could satisfy your city-sightseeing urges within a couple of days, but it would be silly not to book an extra day at least to visit the Alps, and perhaps another to take advantage of Zurich's museums. All in all, four or five should be perfect!

Best area to stay?

Staying around the Old Town is certainly most convenient for visitors, but where exactly takes a little more research. Niederdorf is a mostly pedestrian area full of lively bars and restaurants, but if that sounds a little too busy, then try the slightly quieter Lindenhof. Seefeld is a popular lakeside district, but at the opposite end you'll find Enge & Wollishofen, which is considerably more relaxing if only because it's further from the sights!

Good to know

  • Language
    German
  • Currency
    Franc (CHF)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+01:00)
  • Country Code
    +41
  • Best time to visit
    Year-round is lovely, but the warmest months are June through August.

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What people are saying about Zurich

The trip was a great way to start off our visit to Zurich!

Our driver, Tomas, was smart, informed, warm and excellent! We could not have enjoyed our first day tour of Zurich any more than we did! Thank you, Thomas!!!

Zurich: eTukTuk City Tour Reviewed by LINDA, 28/08/2018

Excellent trip with breath taking views.

The tour guide was very helpful and pleasant. We loved traveling through beautiful towns on the bus. The mount titles experience was breathtaking and worth the trip and money spent. Highly recommend for everyone.

Mount Titlis Day Tour from Zurich Reviewed by Amer, 23/08/2018

Interessenting insights, thank you Monica for a great afternoon!

I've seen all the relevant places and the guide knows what she's talking about. Inspiring and charming, and walking distance is not too long.

We really enjoy the trip. Thank you very much

The trip was well organized. Both the tour guide and the driver were excellent. Will recommend to my friends if they plan a trip to Zurich

Mount Titlis Day Tour from Zurich Reviewed by HASHIM, 18/07/2018

Very interesting, informative and good value for money

Very good tour (compared to 2.25 hour bus tour which was totally disappointing). Our guide Nicola was very helpful, pleasant and well informed.

Zurich Old Town Walking Tour: 2-Hours Reviewed by Iftikhar, 09/07/2018