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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

Fantastic tour,highly recommend, very informative tour guide

The tour guide, Valerie, was very informative, punctual and open to all questions. She made the tour even more interesting, despite the fact that this was not my first visit to the waterfalls. The trip in the air-conditioned bus was very comfortable and entertaining. My only disappointment was that the boat ride did not go all the way to the main sightseeing point by the fall.

From Zürich: Stein am Rhein and Rhine Falls Reviewed by Nirali, 08/26/2019

Great day trip out but could’ve been better explained

Once we got onto the coach it was unclear of our specific schedule - as we had multiple people doing different things. It would’ve been better if we had a CLEAR timetable given to us before we got on the bus so we were more aware of when we were getting off the bus. Despite this, it’s a great excursion and we highly recommend it.

Day Trip to Kleine Scheidegg: Center of the Alps Reviewed by Anonymous, 08/03/2019

Gorgeous tour but benefited from upgrade

The tour guides were amazing (especially Peter) and very knowledgeable about every second of the tour route. Once on tour the option to upgrade to actually going to the top of europe was offered which highly benefitted the tour but should be better communicated online. Overall amazing and definitely worth the upgrades

From Zurich: Day Trip to Grindelwald & Interlaken Reviewed by Anonymous, 09/17/2019

Stunning views for Jungfrau and beautiful lakes on the way!

Keep your camera ready all the time, the whole way return can see a lot of stunning views, great value. Choose a better season without raining, then you may see more beautiful views with sunshine, but we were able to see snowing at the top of Jungfrau this time during rainy day.

From Zurich: Day Trip to Jungfraujoch - Top of Europe Reviewed by Anonymous, 09/27/2019

A great value to introduce us to Zürich!

We have been going So hard in other cities that we decided to do a change of pace. We took this tour which was over four hours and showed us pretty much most of the town of Lake Zürich and the hills overlooking Zürich. A very laid-back and informational tour. Beautiful views!