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
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.

Zurich Opera House

Opera House
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.

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Natural Feature
Aerial view of Zurich city and lake from top of Uetliberg, Switzerland
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Head to the top of Zurich’s local mountain, the Uetliberg, to take in panoramic views of the city, Lake Zurich and the not-too-distant Alps. It’s accessible all year round, but the best time to visit is in the spring when the mountain flowers begin to blossom.

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Lake Zurich

Natural Feature
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.

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Museum, Park
Switzerland, Zurich, Rieterpark, Villa Wesendonk
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Rieterpark is Zurich’s biggest public park, and on clear days, the Glarus Alps glimmer on the horizon. It’s also home to the Museum Rietberg; it lies inside a 19-century villa near the centre of the park and contains a unique collection of art from around the world.
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These recommendations were updated on September 11, 2020 to keep your travel plans fresh.