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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Great introduction to the city of Zurich

We booked this tour once we had arrived in Zurich and we were looking for a quick introduction to the highlights of the city. This was the perfect tour for us, very comfortable touring bus and smooth driving, very knowledgeable tour guide. We had a couple of stops along the way which allowed us to stretch and get a closer look at the harbor, ride the cable car and finally the old village. After the tour, we went back to the Konshaus which the guide has mentioned, and we were tremendously impressed by the museum's collection. So very glad to have learned about it from the tour.

Zurich: 2-Hour Sightseeing Bus Tour Reviewed by Brigitte, 08/06/2019

Solid uninterrupted 4G network even on top of the mountain.

Very reliable network, really enjoyed 24 hrs uninterrupted fast 4G internet connection.

Zurich: Pocket Wi-Fi Unlimited 4G Airport Pick-up Reviewed by Karthikeyan, 08/06/2019

Trip was very good. The coach was not clean.

Great excursion. Great guides. Coach was kinda dirty. Small papers and even a food item was on the floor. The tray tables in the coach were disgusting!

From Zurich: Day Trip to Grindelwald & Interlaken Reviewed by Linwood, 04/06/2019

Excellent view !! One of the best experience I’ve had :)

The tour guide, Angelica was really nice. The fact that it was sunny really added to our experience

an experienced and good heart tour guide

Lucerne is a good place for visiting in terms of landscape, history, culture, .... and even shopping. Highly recommended