Zurich unites creative city life and idyllic scenery within the smallest of areas. Art connoisseurs and culture enthusiasts have over 50 museums and more than 100 galleries to choose from, while inquisitive city explorers can discover the striking contrast between the picturesque Old Town and the modern, constantly changing urban quarters. Nature lovers seeking fresh air and green open spaces will delight in the city’s location directly by the lake, in its abundant expanses of forest and parkland, and in its very own mountain, the Uetliberg. In addition, the vibrant nightlife, offering the widest choice of entertainment facilities in Switzerland, is perfectly suited to night owls and the young-at-heart.
Zurich is the perfect starting point for trips to nearby touristic sites, and the famous Swiss alpine hotspots can be reached within a short time using the very dense Swiss railway network.
For information on touristic activities in Zurich and surroundings, turn to Zurich tourist service. For tourist information about entire Switzerland please visit My Switzerland.
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If you have some spare time in Zurich, our local organizers recommend the following:
- The old town on both sides of the Limmat river, between Bahnhofbrücke and Bellevue square, with plenty of bars and restaurants, shops, boutiques, and art galleries. Close by spots for a drink or two and many restaurants can be found in the "Niederdorf" part of the old town, on the right bank of the Limmat river, at walking distance from the congress venue.
- Beautiful views of Zurich from the Lindenhof hill, site of an ancient Celtic oppidum and medieval castle (old town, left bank)
- Fraumünster church with its famous stained-glass windows by Marc Chagall (old town, left bank)
- Grossmünster, the church of the Swiss reformator Huldrych Zwingli (old town, right bank)
- Kunsthaus with works of famous painters and sculptors (among them Rodin, Munch, van Gogh, Picasso, Monet, Giacometti, Warhol, Fischli/Weiss and many others). (Tram 3 to "Kunsthaus")
- The "Bahnhofstrasse" between main station and the lake front is a grand shopping street. Department stores, international fashion labels, jewelers and (in)famous Swiss Banks are all there. If you want to buy a watch for 50'000 Francs, this would be the place to go...
- Zürich HB (main station) is one of the busiest railway stations in Europe. The old main hall with the large "guardian angel" sculpture is well worth a visit.
- The grassy parks on the lakeshore are perfect for a stroll. Around the lakeshore you can find several public lidos (Tiefenbrunnen, Utoquai, Seebad Enge, Mythenquai) for relaxing and swimming in the lake, a popular past time for the locals during summer.
- During the summertime the "Oberer Letten" on the left and right bank of the Limmat river, about 1 km downstream from the city center, is the place to see and be seen for the in-crowd, enjoying a sunbath with friends or a swim in the river. More hipsters per square meter than anywhere else in the city... (Trams 4, 13, 17 to "Limmatplatz")
- The Zoological Garden with its huge Masoala rainforest hall (Tram 6 to "Zoo").
- For clubbers and night owls of any age we recommend to pay a visit to Zurich's former industrial zone in Zurich-West (Trams 4, 13, 17 to "Escher-Wyss-Platz") or the lively Langstrasse district (Tram 8 to "Helvetiaplatz" or Trams 4, 13, 17 to "Limmatplatz") which both have a totally different appeal than the picturesque old town.
- Aficionados of classical theater and music are in for a treat at the Opera, the Schauspielhaus, the Schiffbau theater, or the Tonhalle concert hall.