Free BikesBikes to borrow free of charge (daytime free, overnight Fr. 10.–)! Robust city bikes are available all year round at the main railway station at “Velostation Nord” (opposite track 18 at Museumstrasse near Landesmuseum) and at “Velostation Süd” (near Sihlpost). Both open daily 8 am – 9.30 pm. From May to October bikes are also available at Globus City (a shopping centre close to Bahnhofstrasse) and at Stadthausquai 1, both open 9 am – 9.30 pm; at the train station Oerlikon (in front of the Swissôtel), and at the train station Enge, both open 10 am – 9.30 pm. Bikes can be picked up with presentation of
a valid form of ID and a deposit of CHF 20.–. Zurich’s best summer deal; make use of it!
The Bahnhofstrasse. Zurich’s world-famous shopping street covers a distance of 1.4 km (0.9 miles) from the main station to the lake.
Grossmünster. Zurich’s most famous landmark and a symbol of the city. Climb the tower (cost CHF 4.-, students CHF 2.-) and enjoy a terrific view! On a clear day you can even see the snowcapped Alps. Cathedral open daily 9 am – 6 pm, tower Mon - Sat 9.15 am – 5 pm and Sun 12.30 – 5.30 pm.
Fraumünster church. Well-known for its stained glass windows in the chancel by Marc Chagall and the large organ (5,793 pipes). Open Mon - Sat 10 am – 6 pm, Sun 11.15 am – 6 pm, Worship Sun 10 am.
Schweizerisches Landesmuseum (Swiss National Museum), Museumstrasse 2. The castle-like building, surrounded by the charming Platzspitz park, right behind the train station, houses the largest collection of objects relating to Swiss cultural history. Open Tue - Sun 10 am – 5 pm (Thu till 8 pm), closed on Monday! Adm. CHF 10.-, students CHF 8.-. www.musee-suisse.com
Niederdorf (Zurich’s old town). During the daytime the pedestrian zone is a shopper’s paradise and at night an exciting centre of entertainment.
Augustinergasse. One of Zurich’s most beautiful streets. This quaint old street is lined with numerous 14th-18th century houses with ornate bay windows.
Lindenhof. An oasis of peace in the heart of the city offering a magnificent view of the old town. It’s also the place for passionate chess players (open-air).
St. Peter’s. Zurich’s oldest church. Since 1534, it has held the record for the largest church clock face in Europe (8.7 m diameter). Open Mon - Fri 8 am – 6 pm, Sat 9 am – 4 pm, Sun 12 noon – 5 pm (worship Sun 10 am).
Langstrasse. Walk down from Helvetiaplatz until Limmatplatz and enjoy this busy, international, big-town feeling (Red light district). Lots of second hand shops and international take-out food (tasty and cheap).
West of Limmatplatz the former industrial quarter has changed into a very trendy quarter now called Zurich West. Here you’ll find lots of new bars, restaurants and clubs and the huge complex called Schiffbau (with drama stages, jazz clubs and more). To get there take tram 4 or 13 until station Escher-Wyss-Platz.
Kunsthaus (Art Museum), Helmplatz 1. Zurich’s Kunsthaus is called Switzerland’s finest gallery. So if you visit just one at museum in Switzerland, this should be it! Open Wed – Fri 10 am – 8 pm, Sat, Sun and Tue 10 am – 6 pm, (Mon closed). Entry: permanent collection CHF 14.–, students CHF 10.–, (free with ZurichCard); on Wed admission is free of charge for all visitors! www.kunsthaus.ch
Polyterrace. Hop on the Polybähnli (cable car) at Central and in two minutes you’ll be enjoying the best all-round view of the city! The area in front of the Federal Institute of Technology is a popular viewing point!
Zurich Zoo and Masoala Rainforest. With around 2,000 animals this is one of Europe’s most attractive zoos. And the Masoala rainforest hall simulates the climate of Madagscar and has hundreds of species. Tropical Feeling guaranteed!.Open daily 9 am -6 pm (Masoala 10 am -6 pm). Entrance is at Zürichbergstrasse 221 (take tram 6 to Zoo). Admission CHF 22.-, youth under 25 CHF 16.- www.zoo.ch
The Municipal Collection of Succulent Plants (at Mathenquai 88) has one of the most important collections in Europe! Open daily 9 am – 4.30 pm, free entry! (Take bus 161 from Bürkliplatz (direction Kilchberg) or bus 165 (direction Rüschlikon), both to bus-stop Sukkulenten-Sammlung).
Chinese Garden at Bellerivestrasse on shore of lake Zuerich is one of the most important Chinese gardens outside of China. Open daily from March 28th – October 24th , 11 am – 7 pm, entrance CHF 4.-. After visiting take a bath in the lake and have a rest along the lake.
For for lake and river cruises, Uetliberg hiking, Rhine falls and more around Zurich, see 'Arround Zuerich' !
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