Top 5 Must Do's in Zurich

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Zürich may be the sixth most expensive city in the world, and it may be the richest city in Europe, but these factors combined offer's Zurich's citizens the best quality of life. Don't worry - just because it is titled as an expensive city, there are still affordable accommodations, restaurants and there are most definitely numerous things to do on a budget. This is a place where you will meet happy and friendly people and still have the opportunity to see all of the sites at a decent price. These should be top priority on your list of things to do:

5. Fraumünster - This popular church is beautifully historic. It is one of the major churches in the city (alongside Grossmünster and St. Peterskirche) and was founded in 853 making it one of the oldest churches in Zürich.

4. Bahnhofstrasse - If you want to do some ritzy shopping, this street is the place to do it. The road starts as soon as you walk out of the main train station and is one of the most expensive shopping areas in the world with stores like Louis Vuitton, Armani and Bvlgari.

3. Chinese Garden Zürich - This garden was a gift from Kunming City in China. This was built to show what is called the "Three Main Friends of Winter". These would be the hardy pine, bamboo and winter cherry. It is beautiful Chinese architecture and has a large and stunning pond that highlights the theme. Adult entrance is around $4.

2. Kunsthaus Zürich - This museum, the name directly translating into Art House, is home to one of the largest collections of modern art in the entire world. This would include artists such as Manet, Picasso and Munch. Admission for adults is around $17. If you are a student though, ask for a discount!

1. Zürich Festival - This is an amazing festival, but is not like many you are familiar with. It is not held in some park but instead takes place in numerous buildings. This festival lasts for a little under a month and celebrates the culture and diversity of Zurich. For about $19, you will get admission into many of the establishments that are celebrating, which can be anything from opera to concerts to numerous kinds of art. Many important Swiss banks and the Zürich Tourist Board are some of the major contributors to the festival. The festival takes place mid-summer.
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