Zurich is both the largest city in Switzerland, and also its capital. It is centrally located at the tip of what is known as Lake Zurich. The city has about 400,000 residents, and it is part of an overall larger municipality which is home to over 2 million people. It is a hub of activity, that makes use of many various forms of transportation. Airports, roadways and trains buzz in and out of the city on such a regular basis that Zurich Airport and also its train station are the busiest and also the largest in the country.
The city boasts over 100 art museums, for those of you who are romantiss at heart. Whether you are an art lover, a romantic, or an outdoors person who really would prefer to get away from the crowds, Zurich seems to have every activity covered that would keep you occupied and entertained for weeks on end.
Let us go through a short list of Must-See destinations in Zurich, so that on your next trip there, you can be sure not so miss any of the reasons so many travelers seem to love Zurich so much.
Old Town (Alstadt)
Of course many historic cities have their “old town” areas and Zurich is no exception. This is the historic area of Zurich, and it lures you in with its “medieval” feel. This place has charming cobblestone streets, which run by a popular destination called Lindenhoff Square. Also do not forget to stop by Fraumunster Church, (There is a world famous Gigantic Chess Set, do not miss that). There are also many world famous museums for you to drop by on your liesurely stroll. The Swiss National Museum is there, The Museum Reitberg is also a wonderful place to while away the hours. According to many travel guides, this area is riddled with charming and affordable hotels. If you like Italian food, you are in luck, because there are many sleepy, cozy Italian restaurants with delicious food.
Zurichsee and Lake Promenade
In the lower part of Lake Zurich (it is callud the Zürichsee to the locals) is a wonderful and fabulous collection of gardens and parks, which is known to all around as Lake Promenade. If you like taking pictures, you are in luck. This place is a photographers paradise. On warm sunny days, the lake is filled with beautiful boats, and the banks of the lake are normally being enjoyed by people picnicking and basking in the sun. Joggers and runners have chosen this area as one of their favorite destinations, so you will always be entertained watching the people jogging by in colorful outfits.
Zurichsee (Lake Zurich), Switzerland
Zurich Toy Museum
The Spieglzeugmuseum is the local name for the Zurich Toy Museum. This museum might not be large but it is extremely popular and is a great way to spend a few hours on your trip to Zurich. It is located in an area called Kreis 1, and it is located on the 5th floor of a townhouse (how quaint). This museum is fascinating because it displays toys and playthings of children for a time span of 200 years (from the 18th to the 20th centuries) Admission is free, and the museum hours are from Monday to Saturday. Do not forget to drop by this place, you will be glad you did.
Zoological Gardens (also known as Zoologischer Garten)
This zoo is a great way to spend an afternoon or even a day in Zurich, and you can even bring the kids without worrying about them complaining. The Zurich Zoo is listed in many travel guides as one of the top Zoos in the world, and certainly in Europe. There are more than 2,000 different animals that come from a wide geographical mix. There is a petting zoo to keep the children occupied also. The admission price for the zoo is a bit high, but those who have visited it find the experience well worth the price. Don’t forget to stop by the world famous Zurich Zoo.
Zurich is a fascinating “old world” destination with activities that are suitable for historians, romantics, artists, and outdoor enthusiasts. This charming capital of Switzerland has been much talked about for generations, and a visit there will quickly make you aware of why this place is also so often written about. Once you arrive, you will wonder why it took you so long to visit this majestic city by the lake.
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