19 Must-Visit Attractions in Zurich, Switzerland

From green spaces to beautiful architecture, Zurich has a lot to see and do
From green spaces to beautiful architecture, Zurich has a lot to see and do | © Ruth Georgiev / Unsplash
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11 September 2020

While Zurich is the financial and business capital of Switzerland, there is still plenty to see and do in and around the city, from relaxing in quiet, peaceful parks to exploring quirky shopping areas in refurbished industrial sites. Here are 19 of the must-visit attractions that you don’t want to miss.

Paradeplatz

Art Gallery, Museum
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Many decades ago the Paradeplatz was a livestock market, but now it’s home to banking headquarters and some of the most expensive pieces of real estate in Switzerland. The square, in the centre of the Bahnhofstrasse, is also the site of a perilous X-crossing for trams, which looks like an accident waiting to happen.

Zurich Opera House

Opera House
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Zurich opera house (Opernhaus Zurich)
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Since 1891, the Zurich Opera has made its home inside a neoclassical building, adorned with busts of famous musicians, poets and playwrights; Shakespeare, Mozart and Wagner are just a few of the faces on display. The Opera House is also the home of the Zurich Ballet. It always has a wide array of shows and performances.

Kunsthaus Zürich

Museum
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The Kunsthaus Zürich contains more than 4,000 paintings and sculptures, along with tens of thousands of prints and drawings, and is the best place in the country to explore pieces by Swiss artists. Alongside the homegrown talent, the museum displays plenty of works by world-famous artists as well. It’s easy to while away a few hours here.

Lake Zurich

Natural Feature
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Lake Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland, Europe
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There is no better way to enjoy Lake Zurich than along the lakeside promenade. During summer, it’s always bustling with people, including skaters, cyclists and walkers. Along the path, there are incredible views from the Bürkliplatz, while towards the Seefeld quarter is the splendid Chinese Garden.

Grossmünster

Church
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Grossmunster Cathedral in Zurich, Switzerland, Europe
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This famously austere church sparked the Protestant Reformation in Switzerland in the 16th century, but the building dates back even further – to the 12th century. Due to its part in creating the Switzerland of today, it is considered to be one of the most important churches in Zurich.

MoneyMuseum

Museum
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Zurich is one of the most expensive cities in the world. In 2020, it tied with Paris as the fifth most expensive, so there is perhaps a no better place to learn about the history of money. The MoneyMuseum is part of a private collection and includes many unique items, such as antique coins, that you won’t see anywhere else.

Botanical Garden

Botanical Garden
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Botanical Garden in Zurich
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If you want to immerse yourself in the scents of the Amazon or explore the flora of the Alps, Zurich’s Botanical Garden is the place to visit. Maintained by the University of Zurich, it holds more than 7,000 different plant species within 53,000sqm (570,487sqft), meaning you’ll have plenty to explore.

These recommendations were updated on September 11, 2020 to keep your travel plans fresh.