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12 Must-Do Experiences in Zurich

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Zurich is Switzerland’s largest city and there are plenty of must-do experiences that will make a trip here unforgettable. Ride the Polybahn funicular, one of two left in Zurich, for panoramic views of the city. Explore Zurich's streets on foot or on a rented bike. And if shopping on Bahnhofstrasse hasn't left your wallet too weary, head to Einzelstück for vintage objects and upcycled items from around the world.
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The tree-lined Utoquai and Arboretum at Enge offer excellent views of Lake Zurich and the snow-capped Alps, but the iconic spot for lake-gazing is at the Bürkliterrasse, with its statue of Zeus and Ganymede and straight-shot view of the Alps. ...
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Grossmünsterplatz, 8001 Zürich, Switzerland
Strolling along the Limmat river we saw this grand Romanesque church. Unfortunately we did not have the time to go inside.
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Zürich Hauptbahnhof, Museumstrasse 1, 8021 Zürich, Switzerland
My favorite part of a quick visit to Zurich is the moment after stepping off the train and walking towards the main street in the heart of town. The subtle and pleasant city suddenly becomes lively and urban. This moment reminds me of my life in...
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Limmatquai 144, 8001 Zürich, Switzerland
The terrace at ETH Zurich—where Einstein was an alum—lords high above the city for catch-your-breath views beyond to the lake and the Alps. A number of trams will take you to the terrace, but the most fun way to get there is on the fire-engine red...
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Münsterbrücke, 8001 Zürich, Switzerland
I love the bicycle, and cycling is an activity I try to do in every single place that I visit. There is nothing like exploring a city on a bike, although in some places this can be a challenge. Zurich, Switzerland, has made it incredibly easy to...
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Bürkliplatz, 8001 Zürich, Switzerland
At the end of Bahnhofstrasse, in Zurich's District 1, you'll find some of the best bargains in Zurich. Bahnhofstrasse is a street lined with big fashion names, but if you're like me and like to find unique souvenirs, the Zurich Flea Market is your...
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Hauptbahnhof Zürich, 8001 Zürich, Switzerland
When you visit Zurich you feel like you’re at the epicenter of Western European intellectual thought. Since the Reformation, Zurich has been an incubator for progressive ideas as a peaceful axis of European cross-cultural academic, artistic and...
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Masoala Hall, in the Zurich Zoo, is a glass house reproducing a piece of Madagascar jungle. The 30C temperature and 80% humidity make you feel like you are truly in a tropical country. More than 60 animal species and about 170 species of trees and...
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Falkenstrasse 26, 8008 Zürich, Switzerland
This treasure trove of curiosities by Susanne Schmid and Simon Wirth in Kreis 4 sells all sorts of vintage objects and upcycled items, including Indian Mrinmaya statues, a mango- and teakwood art deco locker from a colonial hotel in Sri Lanka, and...
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Badenerstrasse 500, 8048 Zürich, Switzerland
In the Swiss city of Zurich there are two soccer teams—Grasshopper and FC Zurich. I was lucky that FC Zurich was playing at home at Letzigrund. The stadium holds 25,000 and is actually in a hole in the ground!
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Münsterhof 2, 8001 Zürich, Switzerland
When the clock strikes noon in Zurich, take a moment and embrace the timeless (and massive) St. Peter clock. The clock face is the largest in the world and very visible from downtown Zurich. Downstream from the clock tower is the first church in...
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Mühlebach, 8008 Zürich, Switzerland
Sunset dinner with friends along the lake.