Sights in Zurich

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In the Old Town centre, you can find gothic and baroque churches and an overdosis of museums. Some, such as the 'Kunsthaus', exhibit excellent collections of paintings. Make sure when you have paid a visit to the 'Peterskirche' and the 'Fraumunster', that you continue your walk to the 'Lindenhof'. At this site aside the Limmat, you can see the 'cradle' of Zurich. It shows remnants of an old Roman fortress as well as a customs post. From this point, you can command a fine view of the Old Town.

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Kunsthaus Zürich

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One of the most important art museums in Europe, the Zurich Kunsthaus is devoted mainly to the 19th and 20th centuries, although the range of paintings and sculpture reaches back to antiquity. The museum was founded in Victorian times and was overhauled in 1976. Today it's one of the most modern and sophisticated museums in the world, both in its lighting and its display of art.

Our favorite exhibits include Rodin's Gate of Hell, near the entrance, and the Giacometti wing, showing the development of this Swiss-born artist. The collection of modern art includes works by all more..

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address:Heimplatz 1
url:www.kunsthaus.ch

Schweizerisches Landesmuseum

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This museum offers an epic survey of the culture and history of the Swiss people. Its collection, housed in a Feudal-looking, 19th-century building behind the Zurich Hauptbahnhof, contains works of religious art, including 16th-century stained glass from Tanikon Convent and frescoes from the church of Mustair. Some of the Carolingian art dates back to the 9th century. The altarpieces are carved, painted, and gilded. The prehistoric section is also exceptional. Some of the artifacts are from the 4th millennium B.C. There's a large display of Roman clothing, medieval silverware, more..

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address:Museumstr. 2
tel:+41 (0)43 - 218 65 11

Grossmünster

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Open Mon-Sat 9-10am & 4-6pm. It is believed to be of Carolingian origin, the Grossmünster. With its unique dual towers, it is the city's most famous landmark. The oldest parts date from the late 11th/early 12th century. One can also see the remains of Romanesque cloister with late 12th century sculptures. The earlier canonic educational establishment was replaced by the first school for girls (Wegmann) in 1853; today it houses the theological faculty of the University.

type:Churches and Cathedrals
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address:Niederdorfstrasse

St. Peter's church

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This is the oldest church in Zurich. It has the largest clock face in Europe added in 1534 (8.7 m / 28.5 ft in diameter). Beautiful interior, looks more like a ballroom than a church. Open: Mon-Fri 8am-6pm & Sat 8am-4pm.

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address:Munsterhof

Tram-Museum Zürich

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A museum about the Trams in Zurich.

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address:Limmattalstr. 260
tel:+41 (0)43 - 341.50.58

Spielzeugmuseum (Toy Museum)

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This museum exhibits an amazing collection of toys. Some are created by the famous Swiss toy manufacturer Franz Carl Weber. Admission is free.

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address:Fortunagasse 15
openinghours:Mon – Fri 2-5 pm, Sat 1-4 pm.
tel:+41 (0)43 - 2119305

Rietberg Museum

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This museum is located on the premises of the old and beautiful villa Wesendonck in a nice park with a lake. It exhibits non-European art including famous works from India, China, Africa and Japan. Special exhibitions are held throughout the year.

Admission: 3 Sfr-12 Sfr. Take Tram 7 to the museum.

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address:Gablerstrasse 15, Villa Wesendonck
openinghours:Tue - Sun 10 am - 5 pm

Haus zum Kiel

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address:Hirschengraben 20
tel:+41 (0)1 - 261.96.52

Museum Konstruktive u. konkrete Kunst

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Museum about constructive and concrete art.

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address:Seefeldstr. 317
tel:+41 (0)43 - 381 38 08

Zoologisches Museum

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This museum exhibits all aspects of the animal kingdom.

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address:Karl Schmidstrasse 4
openinghours:Tue - Fri 9 am -5 pm, Sat and Sun 10 am - 4 pm.
tel:+41 (0)43 - 6343838

Rathaus

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Zurich's renaissance town hall dates back to the 1600s. The richly ornamented building is still the seat of city and cantonal parliaments.

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Paradeplatz

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A little square, tram-packed, with cafes and nice possibilities to watch people. Supposedly the heart of banking in Switzerland being surrounded by some of the major Swiss banks.

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Fraumünster

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Open Mon-Sat 9-10am & 4-6pm. This Gothic church was the former church of the noblewomen of Zurich and a gift from Louis the German (853 A.D.). The foundations date from the 9-11th century. It is particularly well-known for its stained glass windows by Marc Chagall (1970).

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address:Munsterhof

Johann Jacobs Museum

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Museum covering the history history of coffee, porcelain, silver and graphic arts. Admission is free.

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address:Seefeldstrasse 17
openinghours:Fri and Sat 2-5 pm, Sun 10 am-5 pm.
tel:+41 (0)43 - 3886151

Thomas Mann Archives

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Thomas Mann, the German writer who won the Nobel Prize for literature in 1929 for such works as Death in Venice and The Magic Mountain, died in Kilchberg, near Zurich, in 1955. An opponent of the Nazi regime, he had lived outside Germany after 1933--in the United States and Switzerland during most of the period. The archives, located next to the university, contain manuscripts and mementos

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address:Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Schönberggasse 15
openinghours:Wed and Sat 2-4pm

Museum für Kunst u. Kulturen Amerikas

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Museum about the art and culture of the native americans.

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address:Leuengasse 10
tel:+41 (0)43 - 252.90.27

Wohn- & Porzellanmuseum E. S. Kern

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A museum about chinaware and objects of daily use.

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address:Agentenhaus Seestr. 175
tel:+41 (0)43 - 726.01.00

Kulturama-Stiftung Museum des Menschen

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address:Englischviertelstr. 9
tel:+41 (0)1 - 260.60.44

Paläontologische Sammlung

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A museum about paleontology.

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address:Karl Schmid-Str. 4
tel:+41 (0)43 - 634 38 38

Indianermuseum der Stadt Zürich

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Museum about native americans (USA area) and their culture.

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address:Feldstr. 89
tel:+41 (0)43 - 241 00 50
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