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10 Feb 2008

Zurich - Attractions Guide

List of most of the attractions in Zurich with quick information:

SZ01 City: Zurich
Name of Attraction: Botanischer Garten (Botanical Gardens)

Details: Zurich University's Botanical Gardens make for a wonderful place to get away from it all. Inside are over a million plants that comprise the university's botanical collection, representing a number of different ecosystems from tropical rainforests to alpine meadow flowers.
Location: Zollikerstrasse 107
Tel: (044) 634 8461.
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 0700-1900, Sat and Sun 0800-1800 (Mar-Sep), Mon-Fri 0800-1800, Sat and Sun 0800-1700 (Oct-Feb).
Free admission.

SZ02 City: Zurich
Name of Attraction: Fraumünster

Details: Although this beautiful church dates from the ninth century (when it was a Benedictine abbey), it is often the five 20th-century stained-glass windows in the choir by Marc Chagall (1970) that attract visitors. These glass works of art are best seen in the morning light. The church itself was begun in the 12th century, although the undercroft contains the original abbey crypt. The Fraumünster spire is an elegant and notable landmark dating from 1732. The rest of the church is predominantly gothic, although the choir is romanesque. The site was originally endowed by Charlemagne's grandson, the German king Ludwig, in 853 and later became the church of the Zurich noblewomen's convent. The stained glass windows in the north transept are by Alberto Giacometti's cousin, Augusto.
Location: Am Münsterhofplatz
Tel: (044) 211 4100.
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 1000-1800, Sun 1115-1800 (Apr-Oct), Mon-Sat 1000-1600, Sun 1115-1600 (Nov-Mar).Free admission.

SZ03 City: Zurich
Name of Attraction: Grossmünster

Details: The twin towers of this attractive cathedral (the largest in Zurich and the city's symbol) face onto the River Limmat and are best seen from Rathausbrücke. Originally endowed by Charlemagne, parts of this minster date back to the 11th and 13th centuries, notably the crypt, which is the largest of its kind in Switzerland. Recent archaeological discoveries suggest the existence of a Roman cemetery underneath the church. There are remains of a romanesque cloister, 12th-century statuary and stained glass in the choir by Augusto Giacometti (Alberto's cousin). The Karlstrum tower has 187 steps, there is no lift.
Location: Grossmünsterplatz
Tel: (044) 252 5949.
Opening hours: Daily 0900-1800 (15 Mar-31 Oct), daily 1000-1700 (1 Nov-14 Mar). Karlstrum tower: Mon-Sat 100-1700, Sun 1115-1600. Cloister: Mon-Fri 0900-1800 (15 Mar-31 Oct), Mon-Fri 100-1700 (1 Nov-14 Mar).
Free admission (charge for tower).

SZ04 City: Zurich
Name of Attraction: Kunsthaus Zürich (Zurich Art Gallery)

Details: This is the city's most important art gallery, boasting a collection of paintings and sculptures by Swiss and international masters, covering most periods from medieval times but predominately from the 19th and 20th centuries. Two of Monet's Water Lilies paintings and the largest collection of Edvard Munch's works outside Norway can be found here, as well as many works by Füssli and Hodler and important works by Expressionists like Kokoschka, Bechmann and Corinth. There are also good collections of photography, the Dadaists and Alberto Giacometti, as well as an important library. Tours are available in English if reserved beforehand.
Location: Heimplatz 1
Tel: (044) 253 8484.
Opening hours: Tues-Thurs 1000-2100, Fri-Sun 1000-1700.
Admission charge.

SZ05 City: Zurich
Name of Attraction: Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst (Museum of Contemporary Art)

Details: Devoted to collecting and exhibiting contemporary art, especially from the 1990s, the Museum of Contemporary Art features a core collection of works of the Migros Co-operative Society in the open-concept exhibition space. These create a dialogue with the rotating exhibitions and special installations. There are both solo and group exhibitions.
Location: Limmatstrasse 270
Tel: (044) 277 2050.
Opening hours: Tues, Wed, Fri 1200-1800, Thurs 1200-2000, Sat and Sun 1100-1700.
Admission charge.

SZ06 City: Zurich
Name of Attraction: Museum Rietberg

Details: The collection of the Rietberg Museum of Non-European Art is housed within two buildings dating from the 1850s which are set within the Rieterpark. The Villa Wesendonck has special exhibitions in addition to its collection of Indian, Chinese and African art (the core of which is the sculpture collection donated by Baron Eduard von der Heydt), while the Park-Villa Rieter has paintings from China, Japan and India. The latter also holds occasional world music concerts.
Location: Villa Wesendonck and Park-Villa Rieter Gablerstrasse 15
Tel: (044) 206 3131.
Opening hours: Tues-Sun 1000-1700.
Admission charge.

SZ07 City: Zurich
Name of Attraction: Schweizerisches Landesmuseum (Swiss National Museum)

Details: The Swiss National Museum lies on a landscaped triangle between the Hauptbahnhof and the Limmat and Sihl rivers, and has fulfilled the role of the nation's attic for over a century. Special exhibits in this castle-like museum supplement the permanent display of items related to Switzerland and Swiss culture. These include not only paintings and sculpture but also weapons, flags, watches, clocks, tools, toys and prehistoric objects.
Location: Museumstrasse 2
Tel: (044) 218 6511.
Opening hours: Tues-Sun 1100-1700.
Admission charge.

SZ08 City: Zurich
Name of Attraction: Üetliberg

Details: At an elevation of 871m (2,857ft) this is the tallest point in the city, with views over Zurich, the lake and (on a clear day) the Alps. The Üetliberg is part of the Albis ridge. There is a one-and-a-half to two-hour walk to Felsenegg, from where a cable car connects to Adliswil station, which has connections on S-Bahn line S4 to the city. A 24-hour train/cable car pass is available. The SZU Sihltal Zürich Uetliberg Bahn (website: www.szu.ch), S10, goes to the top of the city's peak (departing from many stations, including the Hauptbahnhof). A restored 1920s electric railway car can also be hired for groups. The hotel and restaurant Uto Kulm is an excellent venue from which to look down upon the city.
Location: Uto Kulm
Tel: (044) 457 6666.
Opening hours: Daily 0800-2400.

SZ09 City: Zurich
Name of Attraction: Zoo Zürich

Details: The open, park-like enclosures of the Zurich zoo house some 1,500 animals from points near and far, in areas that replicate the animals' natural environments. The zoo's animals draw crowds during feeding times (details are available on the website). A complex duplicates Madagascar's Masoala rainforest. There are several good restaurants at the zoo, including the Altes Klösterli, Siesta and Outpost.
Location: Zürichbergstrasse 221
Tel: (044) 254 2505 or 0848 966 983.
Opening hours: Daily 0900-1800 (Mar-Oct), daily 0900-1700 (Nov-Feb).
Admission charge.

SZ10 City: Zurich
Name of Attraction: Zunfthaus zur Meisen (‘zur Meisen' Guild Hall)

Details: The ‘zur Meisen' Guild Hall, opposite the Fraumünster, has exhibits of 18th-century Swiss pottery and china. The elegant rococo galleries are an appropriate setting for the beautifully decorated porcelain figurines that were produced in Kilchberg-Schooren, Zurich and other porcelain and pottery factories. The building itself, built in 1757, expresses a baroque aesthetic and is considered to be the most beautiful of all the Zürich guild houses.
Location: Münsterhof 20
Tel: (044) 221 2807.
Opening hours: Tues-Sun 1030-1700.
Admission charge.

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