Zürich is rich in cultural highlights. With over 50 museums and more than 100 galleries, Zürich is one of the world’s major art trade centers. City walks is the best way to explore the Old town.
1. Old Town
The well preserved Old Town can look back on a history spanning 2,000 years. Stroll through narrow and winding Old Town alleys, over cobblestone streets and by medieval residential towers, past houses surrounded by legends, picturesque bay windows, ruins of Roman baths and much more. This is the place you will find old-school European architecture and get more traditional foods.
Easily one of the most expensive streets in the world, Zurich’s Bahnhofstrasse is more of a curiosity than a feasible, accessible place to shop for mainstream tourists.
3. Kunsthaus Zürich
The museum boasts of its largest collection of modern art and is renowned both for its permanent art collection and its temporary exhibitions. In addition to works by Alberto Giacometti there are also significant pictures by Picasso, Monet and Chagall as well as numerous contemporary Swiss artists.
4. Lake Zurich
Head outside the old city to the idyllic confines of Lake Zurich then, either on foot or via bicycle. Stroll, meander or just plain walk. The views are brilliant here.
5. Churches: Grossmünster & Fraumünster
The most distinctive landmarks on Zürich's skyline are the Grossmünster and Fraumünster churches, standing tall on each side of the Limmat River. They are without doubt the city's main points of attraction for anyone who is interested in history and art. Two highlights should not be missed: the Christmas stained-glass window by Augusto Giacometti in the choir of the Grossmünster, and the early Romanesque crypt and five stained-glass windows by Chagall in the choir of the Fraumünster.