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Must-Sees in Zurich

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From one of Switzerland’s best shimmering lakes to quaint cobblestone backstreets, there are certain unforgettable spots in Zurich. Elegance and efficiency are entwined at Zurich’s Paradeplatz - home to the HQ’s of the largest Swiss banks. Expense and affluence are flaunted on the designer shop lined Bahnhofstrasse. Nostalgia fills the air around James Joyce’s grave at Friedhof Fluntern cemetery, and "wow" is one word to describe the stained glassed windows of the Fraumünster church.
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Paradepl., 8001 Zürich, Switzerland
This square on the left bank of the Limmat serves as the very crux of the city, a must-visit for understanding the Zurich way of life in all its elegance and efficiency. It’s home to the headquarters of its largest banks (Credit Suisse takes up...
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Münsterhof 2, 8001 Zürich, Switzerland
This small, elegant church near Paradeplatz has been around since 853, but it wasn’t until 1970 when it received its crowning touch: five glorious stained glass windows created by Marc Chagall when he was in his 80s. Also not to be missed: Augusto...
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8044 Zürich, Switzerland
High up the Zurichberg, this cemetery serves as a pilgrimage destination for any James Joyce fan; there’s a statue of the literary legend—a book in one hand—to mark his grave, number 1449.
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Mühlebach, 8008 Zürich, Switzerland
Locals are fanatic about the lake. They boast the water is clean enough to drink; boating is a favorite pastime, whether it’s on a sailboat, paddleboat, yacht or public boat from the ZSG network (included in the cost of a daily tram card); and...
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Grossmünsterplatz, 8001 Zürich, Switzerland
According to legend, Zurich’s most iconic landmark was commissioned by Charlemagne. While Fraumünster, across the Limmat, draws onlookers with its stained-glass windows by Chagall, Grossmünster recently acquired destination-worthy...
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Zürich, Switzerland
Even in the rain, Zurich's Old Town is romantic. The cobblestone walkways twist their way throughout the area, making for some particularly beautiful walking tours.
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Niederdorfstrasse 41, 8001 Zürich, Switzerland
Some locals may scoff at hanging out in this right bank neighborhood, claiming it’s too overrun with tourists. Pay them no heed—any visit to Zurich would be incomplete without a stroll through the busy, cobblestoned Niederdorfstrasse, lined with...