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The best attractions in Zurich

It's Switzerland's largest city but visitors to Zurich might just find it quaint and quiet enough to forget they're in one of the world's leading financial centers! Here are a few highlights to discover nestled within the picturesque Alpine landscape.

Lake Zurich

Sightseeing in Zurich doesn't get much better than taking a boat tour across its pristine lake. Or why not pack your bathing suit and join the locals for a summertime swim?

Swiss National Museum

The "Landesmuseum" boasts one of Europe's most important art collections, spanning right back to the prehistoric era. It's open from Tuesday to Sunday and under-16s go free.

Mount Pilatus

Make time for a day-trip to the quintessentially Swiss city of Lucerne, and ride the world's steepest funicular railway to the summit of its scenic mountain, Pilatus!

Old Town

The "Altstadt" dates back to an ancient Roman-era settlement and remains a treasure trove of historical buildings. It's Zurich's main hub of tourism – and for good reason!

Grossmunster

Legend has it that the executed saints Felix and Regula picked up their heads, walked uphill, and prayed before dying at the spot where the Grossmunster church was later built!

Zoo Zurich

A popular family attraction all year round – even when it's cold! If the outside temperature drops below 10°C, get there by noon to witness the delightful penguin parade!

Opera House

Not only is the grand 19th-century "Opernhaus" a must-see but, as the home of the Zurich Opera, its performances are too! Book tickets in advance to make sure you don't miss out.

Planning Your Zurich Visit

Best time to visit?

The stunning landscape makes Zurich a charming place to visit in all seasons, but if you really can't stand the cold then you should probably stick to peak season – June to August.

How many days?

You could satisfy your city-sightseeing urges within a couple of days, but it would be silly not to book an extra day at least to visit the Alps, and perhaps another to take advantage of Zurich's museums. All in all, four or five should be perfect!

Best area to stay?

Staying around the Old Town is certainly most convenient for visitors, but where exactly takes a little more research. Niederdorf is a mostly pedestrian area full of lively bars and restaurants, but if that sounds a little too busy, then try the slightly quieter Lindenhof. Seefeld is a popular lakeside district, but at the opposite end you'll find Enge & Wollishofen, which is considerably more relaxing if only because it's further from the sights!

Good to Know

  • Language
    German
  • Currency
    Franc (CHF)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+01:00)
  • Country Code
    +41
  • Best time to visit
    Year-round is lovely, but the warmest months are June through August.

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What People Are Saying About Zurich

Amzing experience with a wonderful guide and beautiful scenery

This is definitely a 'must try' experience for all those going to Switzerland. This tour ticked all the right boxes for us. The staff involved in checking us in, the bus driver and our guide Daniela were all very friendly and professional. The bus was big, neat and clean and it was safe, scenic drive through the different Swiss cantons with stops in between for those wishing to use the toilet. The ride up to Mt Titlis is via 2 cable car and the scenery is amazing. The activities at the top are a must try and included in the ticket price. Once at the top, you are refreshed by the open mountain air, the snow and the excitement to experience as much as you can. This tour shows you nature at its very best and combined with the wonderful people, makes for a brilliant experience.

Mount Titlis Day Tour from Zurich or Lucerne Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 11/15/2016

Knowledgeable guide clean English accent

I wish I we had more time there but still we enjoyed guide was very informative and knowledgeable. They have 2 pickup locations 1st I guess central other is airport I wish they had an option to select meeting point when purchasing tour on their website and it's confirmation on the ticket of the tour which makes tourists more confident that they will be picked up from right location although they clearly mentioned meeting points but I had bit confusion about getting picked up from the airport but I must say I was picked up from the airport on time although we were the only tourists to be picked up from airport location that day. Overall I'm happy will use them again and recommend this service to anyone visiting Switzerland.

Great showcase of the city and surrounds.

Enjoyed the tour, good range of areas visited. Weather was great for us. Bus was comfortable and guide was knowledgeable. Swiss are very particular on timekeeping so you need to keep to time. Visit to lookout was great.

Zürich - Extended City Tour Reviewed by David, 09/30/2016

Stunning, and yes it is worth the price!

I want sure about paying so much for a tour, but on researching, this is pretty much the same price as the train and lift; so go with the guide! Luzern was a highlight of our trip to Switzerland and obviously Titlis was out of this world, even in summer. Guide was whacky (in a cute Swiss way!) and left the perfect balance of free and guided time. Don't hesitate to pay, if you can afford it; for the convenience and local knowledge it's worth every penny!

Mount Titlis Day Tour from Zurich or Lucerne Reviewed by Robert, 09/24/2016

Our guide was very informative, attentive, and fun!

Our tour guide was Lydia. She provided a great tour with plenty of insight on Zurich. We had a great time and would definitely recommend her to friends!

Zurich City Tour Reviewed by Ivan, 09/20/2016

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