Visit the world’s largest financial centre and the wealthiest city in Europe. Located in north central Switzerland on the northwestern side of Lake Zurich, this city will give you the pleasure to explore both the traditional and modern way of life. The rich history, breathtaking geography, non-stop transportation, boat trips, museums, art galleries, parks and theatres, are some of the things and places that you can experience in this city dating from 15 BC.
Ride a bike, take the train, or just walk through the narrow streets to visit every single place where the modern world adjoins the traditional. While there, don’t forget to taste the delicious food served in the restaurants near the lake.
Old Botanical Garden
Owned by the University of Zurich, the garden was founded in the 15th century as a private herbarium. With more than three million plants and 15,000 species of plants and trees including medicinal plants and herbs, the botanical garden is one of the most fascinating objects in Switzerland where you can scientifically explore the nature or just take a relaxed stroll.
Held on the second Saturday of August, the Street Parade is one of the biggest techno parades in the world. It started as a small gathering of around 1000 participants, a demonstration for freedom, love and tolerance. Now, it numbers over 1,000,000 participants and it is still one of the safest mass events due to its prevention concepts. Located exactly on Lake Zurich, the event will give you an unforgettable pleasure to dance, love and feel free. If you by any chance visit Zurich in August, don’t miss to celebrate love, freedom and dance and spend a full day with people from all over the world. You can meet people from all nationalities and religions and see middle-aged parents having great time with their children.
Zurich Opera House
Opened in 1891, the Zurich Opera House is the smallest of the world’s biggest opera houses with around 1200 seats. Its neo-rococo inside style makes it one of the most pleasant places to enjoy Weber, Wagner, and Mozart. Here, you can see and hear over 250 performances every year. It is also the home of the Bernhard-Theater Zürich.
Lying on the banks of the Limmat River, the Grossmünster is a Protestant church built in Romanesque style. Take a walk through the magnificent cloister from the late 12th century AD. The most recognized symbol of Zurich is the twin towers of Grossmünster with high wooden steeples that were destroyed by a fire in 16th century and rebuilt later. You can also find the theological school of the University of Zurich in the annex of the church.
You have most probably never seen a decorated police station. Well, in Zurich, you can see more than that. Giacometti murals ornament the entrance of the police station in Zurich and you can hardly imagine that the building is actually a police station. You will be welcomed by a splendid hall with yellow- reddish murals. This masterpiece by Augusto Giacometti is often called “The hall of tiny flowers” because of the floral ornaments. If you want to visit this spectacular police station, take note of the opening hours: daily from 9.00am – 11.00am and 2.00pm – 4.00pm.
If you have more time and you want to explore something unusual, you can climb up to the Uetliberg Mountain and enjoy in the panoramic view of the city of Zurich, Lake Zurich and the Alps. Early in the morning or later in the afternoon, the best period to experience this is in November, when the fog starts to cover the pick of the mountain thus, presenting a marvelous view. But, if you visit Zurich in summer, don’t miss to take a mountain bike route.
If you simply want to take a walk and see something different, don’t skip the Lindenhof Square situated in the Old Town of Zurich. The Limmat River on the left side will give you a sense of tranquility and you will fill your lungs with fresh air due to the fact that the square is a car free zone, a recreational space and a green oasis. Here, you can get an outline of old Zurich geography while enjoying on some bench under the thick shadow of linden trees.
Zurich is one of the most organized cities in the world in all aspects including transportation. You can use a tram, bus, or boat. At around 10km from Zurich, you will find Zurich airport that is the largest and busiest airports in the country and one of the most important airports in Europe. You can also book a private taxi from Zurich airport in advance that will take you directly to your accommodation.