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Zurich, Switzerland

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Zurich Attractions

Zurich is sure to impress anyone who’s keen on architecture, history and art.  Many Zurich attractions rank among some of the best on the European continent. 

Museums
Among Zurich attractions is the Kunsthaus Zurich which houses the most important art museums in Switzerland and in Europe.  It exhibits an astounding collection dating from the Middle Ages all the way to contemporary art with a focus on Swiss works.

Another must for all tourists is the Swiss National Museum.  It’s considered one of the most important venues of cultural history in the world.  It’s housed in an 1898 building featuring French Renaissance architecture.  Exhibits go back to pre-history, through ancient times, the Middle Ages and up to the 21st Century. 

Tip:  Don’t miss the special gothic art gallery, the section showcasing wooden sculptures and carved altars.  They’re truly unique.

And for those who are young at heart, the Toy Museum is one of the most delightful Zurich attractions.  It’ located in the oldest part of the city and shows 1,200 antique toys from all throughout the continent. 

You might also want to see the Thomas Mann Archives.  This interesting institution houses the manuscripts and mementos of this important figure of history.  You may recall that Thomas Mann was fervently against the Nazi regime and migrated from Germany.  He won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1929 for “Death in Venice” and “Magic Mountain”. 

Also of major interest is the Uhrenmuseum Beyer (Beyer Watch and Clock Museum).  It’s the only private institution that focuses on horology.  Its exhibits present clocks and watches from the gothic and Renaissance periods.  Many of the pieces have played major roles in the history of watch making.  It’s one of the impressive Zurich attractions you won’t see elsewhere.

 


Religious Icons
In the Old Town area stands a majestic church which was pivotal in the country’s Protestant reform.  The Grossmunster was built in 820 and was declared an Imperial church by Charlemagne.  It boasts a magnificent Romanesque style and features glass stained windows by Marc Chagall.  It’s a must see of Zurich attractions. 

Fraumunster was built in 853 and was once a Benedictine convent.  Its stained glass windows are also the work of Marc Chagall and depict a number of Christian stories.  This beautiful structure was also the site of the town’s main market.  The uniqueness of the windows makes it one of the popular Zurich attractions. 

If you want to see the largest clock face in the world, you’ll want to visit St. Peter’s church.  The bells date to 1880 when it was a Roman castle.  Archaeologists estimate that the structure of this Zurich attraction was constructed in either the 8th or 9th century. 

You probably wouldn’t think of touring a cemetery, but the Fluntern Cemetery is among the top Zurich attractions.  It’s the final resting place of several literary personalities.  Among them is James Joyce who wrote Ulysses, Johanna Spiri the author of Heidi and Elias Canetti, a writer who won the Nobel Prize in 1981. 

 

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