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Culture of Zurich. Places to visit - old town, temples, theaters, museums and palaces

Zurich Zurich has the right to be considered the most beautiful city in the country. It’s really hard to find such wide choice of attractions present in the territory of any other city. Bahnhofstrasse district is the place where tourists can widest choice of entertainment venues, restaurants, and shops. In addition to retail stores selling clothing and souvenirs you can buy most original things here, and even antiques.
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Niederdorf is considered a historic district of the city. In the daytime tourists can walk through the picturesque old streets of the city and see beautiful historic buildings. In the evening the squares of the city often become the location of different performances by street acrobats, musicians and dancers. Music does not stop until late at night, and you can see many people on the streets of Zurich. Fans of nature will be interested in visiting the local zoo and looking at exotic plants that are available in the Chinese garden. Do not forget about Kirche St. Jakob - a beautiful cathedral, which was built in 1901. The spacious hall of the church can accommodate more than a thousand visitors at a time.
Liebfrauen Catholic Church was built a little earlier, in 1893. The name of the church is literally translated as "Beloved Woman". In the hall of the church visitors can see a beautiful statue of Madonna, and the walls of the church are decorated with skillful paintings, which are the creation of the famous artist Fritz Kunz. Predigerkirche tower is one of the oldest monuments of the city. It was built in 1230 and was a part of the monastery founded the Order of Dominicans. On Sundays a weekend mass takes place in the church, and on weekdays the landmark is free to be visited by tourists, who want to capture the ancient monument on their photos and videos. Zurich is the location of a huge number of museums and art galleries. The most famous of them are Swiss National Museum, Museum of Fine Arts and Rietberg Museum. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
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The headquarters of FIFA is located in the economic capital of Switzerland. Note that football fans as well as lovers of architecture will find it interesting to admire the building. Within its territory there is an interesting sculpture depicting football players. Next to it is the Fluntern cemetery, where many famous personalities are buried (James Joyce for instance). This place is surrounded by exceptional peace and tranquility, where each headstone is a piece of art. Also in the city is the FIFA World Football Museum; all football fans will definitely like it here. Among the exhibitions of the museum are the football strips of all the teams of the world, balls, footballers’ mascots, their cups and medals.
Zurich Everyone knows that Vladimir Lenin, one of the leaders of the October Revolution, lived in the city of bankers for some time, and you can visit the apartment in which he lived as the Zurich heritage. Now this is truly a historical place where the future revolutionary wrote down his ideas, hence history lovers will be delighted with visiting such a landmark. Another noteworthy historical plan is the James Joyce Tower & Museum, which demonstrates the legacy of the great Irish writer. You can also get to learn a lot of new information about him here. Cabaret Voltaire, the place where Dadaism originated, is another historic place in Zurich, and a must-visit.
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Grossmunster, a magnificent and striking church with its extraordinary grandeur, is rightfully considered the main cathedral of the city of millionaires. The cathedral was built from 1090 to 1492, and legends say that it was erected by the order of Charlemagne. By the way, you can see the statue of the father of Europe on the facade of the cathedral. Initially it served as a monastery. It was here that the ideologists of the Reformation Huldrych Zwingli (a monument to whom can be found on the Limmatquai embankment – a wonderful place for walking by the way) and Heinrich Bullinger spoke. There is an Orthodox church in the city, called the Russisch-Orthodoxe Auferstehungs-Kirche. It was founded in the year 1936. However, it does not quite look like a traditional Orthodox church as the building has a certain restraint of architecture.
Zurich A truly picturesque spot can be found at Schipfe. There are antique buildings on the street, and reigns placatory atmosphere. Several galleries and craft workshops on this street create its visual voice. Architecturally interesting buildings can be found at Bellevueplatz. The Opera House is situated here, and the main attraction is the natural one – here the Limmat River flowing from Zurich Lake offers a great view, revealing something wonderful and, of course, memorable for a lifetime. You can take a wonderful walk along the Bahnhofstrasse, along which there are beautiful boutiques and banks, and you can appreciate them for a very long time.
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Schweizerisches Nationalmuseum, which looks like a fairytale castle, will impress you with its architecture from the very first minutes. Inside, you can find a lot of interesting exhibits related to the history and culture of the economic capital of Switzerland. The building was constructed in the year 1898. Landesmuseum is a place where you can learn a lot of new information about the history of the city, but much more fascinating is how the knowledge is presented – the interactive exhibits became the “hallmark” of the museum. Museum Muhlerama is remarkable not only as a museum with attention-grabbing exhibits, but also from an architectural point of view. This is a mill; here you can learn its history and its work, as well as participate in workshops on flour production.
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Swiss National Museum, Zurich

» The Swiss National Museum was built in 1898. Architect Gustav Gull combined architectural elements of different eras in his project, and the building turned into a fairytale castle with numerous turrets and courtyards.
»  The museum has exhibits from ancient times to the present day in its collection. Some exhibits date from the 6th millennium BC.
»  Visitors are told about how this unique country was formed, about the country’s most famous historical figures, about the creation of the Swiss watch industry and the famous Swiss chocolate, about the creation of ski resorts and famous people – immigrants who lived in Switzerland over the years.
»  In 2009, an additional wing was erected from the side of the park near the main museum building. The new grounds (2,200 square metres) have been used for various projects of the national museum. There are seven branches of the museum in the country.
»  Several hundred thousand tourists visit the museum exhibitions annually.

Fraumunster, Zurich

» The Fraumünster is an oldest cathedral founded by King Louis the German in 853. He granted the convent and the surrounding area to his eldest daughter Hildelgard.
»  In the following centuries, the influence of the convent increased every year. In 1045, King Henry III allowed to mint coins on the territory of the cloister.
»  During the Reformation (1524), the convent was dissolved. The Fraumünster church began to decline. Only in 1960 was it decided to restore the church.
»  Artist Marc Chagall was invited for that. He was 83 years old then, but he personally worked on each stained glass window.
»  He created magnificent stained glass windows, which became famous all over the world. Chagall did not take money for his work, and when he was 90 years old, he presented the Fraumünster with a rose window. This stained glass window consists of seven petals symbolizing the seven-day creation of the world. The church has become the main attraction in Zurich.

Grossmunster, Zurich

» The Grossmünster is the largest and most important church in Zurich. The construction of the cathedral began in 1090, but it was built very slowly. It was fully completed only in the 15th century.
»  There’s a legend about the Grossmünster that says the construction of the church on this site was commissioned by Charles the Great, when his horse suddenly knelt at the burial place of holy martyrs Felix and Regula. But official historians do not support this legend.
»  Nevertheless, the main facade of the church has a stone sculpture of Charles the Great made by ancient masters. In 1935, the sculpture of the king was transferred to the crypt, where it has been stored since, and its place on the facade was taken by a copy.
»  The church windows are decorated with wonderful stained-glass windows made by Swiss artist Augusto Giacometti.
»  The church towers have steep spiral staircases consisting of 187 steps, using which anyone can climb to a height of 62 metres and view the panorama of the city.
»  On Wednesdays, the church organizes organ concerts for music aficionados.

Kunsthaus, Zurich

» The Kunsthaus Zürich is a famous art museum located in Zurich. The collection had been assembled by enthusiastic artists since 1787. Some time later, they bought premises for the museum. The collection was constantly updated with paintings by local artists.
»  In 1910, a new building of the museum was opened. The halls of the museum contain paintings from the 15th century to the present day.
»  The exposition of local Swiss artists includes works by Henry Fuseli, Ferdinand Hodler, Giovanni Segantini. The museum owns the largest collection of works by Norwegian artist Edvard Munch and Swiss sculptor Alberto Giacometti.
»  The museum exhibits paintings by European artists: Vincent van Gogh, Salvador Dali, Marc Chagall, Claude Monet, Picasso, and others.
»  The museum has a shop selling reproductions, postcards, and other accessories.

St. Peter Church, Zurich

» St. Peter’s Church is considered the oldest in the city. According to archival data, the first St Peter’s church was built in 857. It was less than 10 metres high.
»  Then the next temple was built here in 1000. In 1230, a third church was erected here instead of the previous ones.
»  The tower next to the temple was used as a fire tower until 1911. And it still belongs to the city.
»  The tower is interesting because of its huge dials – 9 metres in diameter and a 4-metre minute hand – installed with the help of hundreds of workers in 1538. The clock still counts the time with great accuracy. It is listed in the Guinness Book of Records as the largest clock in Europe.
»  Inside, there are choirs of the 12th century, fragments of frescoes of the 13-15th centuries, a font of the 16th century.
»  St. Peter's Church is the burial place of Rudolf Brun, the first Zurich mayor (buried in 1360), pastor Leo Jud, Ulrich Zwingli’s friend and colleague, who was the first to translate the Bible into Swiss German.
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What to visit during two-day excursion in Zurich

The Grossmünster
Where: Grossmünsterplatz, Zurich; Telephone: +41 442525949;
St. Peters Church
Where: St. Peter-Hofstatt, Zurich; Telephone: +41 442112588;
Kunsthaus
Where: Heimplatz 1, Zurich; Telephone: +41 442538484;
Le Corbusier Haus
Where: Höschgasse 8, Zurich; Telephone: +41 443836470;
Chinagarten
Where: Bellerivestrasse 144, Zurich; Telephone: +41 44 4352851;
Reference information
Map of all art museums
Art galleries in Zurich and around
♥   Art museum 'Kunsthaus' Zurich, 0.4 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Art museum 'Centre Le Corbusier' Zurich, 1.2 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Art museum 'Swiss National Museum' Zurich, 1.6 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Art museum 'Rietberg Museum' Zurich, 1.7 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Art museum 'Foundation E.G. Bührle' Zurich, 1.8 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Map of all churches
Cathedrals and basilicas near Zurich
♥   Kirche St. Georg, Reichenau, 53.7 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Basilika Mariä Himmelfahrt, Uhldingen-Birnau, 65.6 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Erzabtei St. Martin, Beuron, 82.2 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Münster Unserer Lieben Frau, Freiburg, 87.3 km from the center. On the map   Photo
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Culture guide to Zurich. Which fascinating sights to visit once you are in Zurich: temples, churches, museums, theaters and castles. Recommendations (with addresses, phone numbers and links) on the places 'must visit' in Zurich. Plan your own city excursion by using this page info!
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