Sightseeing in ZurichWednesday 29 October 2014 by Irina Catana The former Roman city of Zurich is pretty and picturesque. Discover the top sights to see with our great guide!
Train rides to the top of Uetliberg Mountain must be done as this view point over the lake and the city holds the most breath-taking views. Best viewed in November, on clear days you can see as far as the Alps. With the availability of activities such as paragliding, hiking and sledging in winter, the mountain could take a while to explore!
Zurich’s old town or ‘altstadt’ displays great architecture, views of the lake and to top it off, brilliant entertainment. Within the old town itself there are many sights worth visiting, such as the double towers of the Grossmünster, Peterskirche, which records the largest clock face in Europe and Fraumünster with its stained glass windows courtesy of Chagall.
Lake Zurich by boat can give you a real feeling of how beautiful Zurich is. With views of the Alps on a clear day and the lights of the boats in the evening there is always time to visit the lake. If you fancy a quick dip, areas around the China Garden are the most pleasant, but be mindful of the swans! Recommended is a 24 hour local transport ticket allowing access to trams and water taxi’s.
The Zurich opera house is seen as one of the major European opera houses. With such a small seating area of 1100 seats, the intimate feeling is like no other. As well as regularly putting on performances of world famous operas such as Tannhauser, the house plays host to ballets, children’s productions and often premiers. In 2014 it was awarded the best opera company of the year.
For a light-hearted day, Zurich zoo holds over 2011 specimens varying over 300 different species including Elephants, Baboons and Tigers. Of particular interest at the zoo is the daily penguin parade which occurs every the afternoon, provided the outdoor temperature is below 10 degrees. With a reputation of well-kept animals it really is a good day out.
The Rietberg Museum is not internationally known, but get ready to be pleasantly surprised! Located in one of Zurich’s most picturesque parks and boasts the only non-European art collection in Switzerland, each piece of art has its own cultural touch. Pieces from Asia, Africa and South America hold the most space here.