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4 - 5 hours in Zurich, what's worth seeing?

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Any suggestions on the above? I will have a full afternoon to explore the city before my flight leaves at 9p.m. Museums do not interest me.

Many thanks in advance.

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    Depending upon what time of year you visit, there is a 90-120 minute guided walking tour daily at 11 am and 3 pm. Leaves from Tourist Info in the Main Train Station.
    Cathedrals x 2 = Fraumuenster and Grossmuenster.
    Famous bakery cafes = Schober, Spruengli, Cafe Felix for a nice lunch.
    Well-known and very good Vegetarian Resto = Hiltl.
    If in summer, spring or fall there are short circle trips on boats for sight-seeing.
    Nearby local 'mountain' Uetliberg reached by tram in under 30 minutes for terrific views over the city and across to alps.
    Enjoy!

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    Old Town

    Bahnhofstasse - turn around to see arch façade of train station

    Pestalossi Park

    Police Department - go in to view amazing waa and celing painting by Augusto Giacometti

    Schipfe Street

    Lindenhof

    St. Peterskirche - Dating from the early 13th century, Zürich's oldest parish church has the largest clock face in Europe. A church has been on this site since the 9th century. The existing building has been considerably expanded over the years: styles range from a Romanesque choir to a Baroque nave. The tower, for example, was extended in 1534, when the clock was added.

    Roman Bath and Weinplatz

    Rathausbrucke

    Conditorei Schober

    Grossmunster (Great Church) - Romanesque and Gothic cathedral. Executed on the plump twin towers (circa 1781) are classical caricatures of Gothic forms bordering on the comical. The core of the structure was built in the 12th century on the site of a Carolingian church dedicated to the memory of martyrs Felix and Regula, who allegedly carried their severed heads to the spot. Charlemagne is said to have founded the church after his horse stumbled over their burial site. On the side of the south tower an enormous stone Charlemagne sits enthroned; the original statue, carved in the late 15th century, is protected in the crypt. In keeping with what the 16th-century reformer Zwingli preached from the Grossmünster's pulpit, the interior is spare, even forbidding, with all luxurious ornamentation long since stripped away. The only artistic touches are modern: stained-glass windows by Augusto Giacometti, and ornate bronze doors in the north and south portals, dating from the late 1940s.

    Fraumunster (Church of Our Lady) - Stainedglass windows by Marc Chagall - Of the church spires that are Zürich's signature, the Fraumünster's is the most delicate, a graceful sweep to a narrow spire. It was added to the Gothic structure in 1732; the remains of Louis the German's original 9th-century abbey are below. Its Romanesque choir is a perfect spot for meditation beneath the ocher, sapphire, and ruby glow of the 1970 stained-glass windows by the Russian-born Marc Chagall, who loved Zürich. The Graubünden sculptor Alberto Giacometti's cousin, Augusto Giacometti, executed the fine painted window, made in 1930, in the north transept.

    Paradeplatz

    Lake Zurich

    Great view of city - Take the Polybahn funicular to the ETH terrace

    Wasserkirche (Water Church) - One of Switzerland's most delicate late-Gothic structures, this church displays stained glass by Augusto Giacometti. Both the church and the Helmhaus once stood on the island on which martyrs Felix and Regula supposedly lost their heads.

    Rathaus (Town Hall)- Zürich's striking Baroque government building dates from 1694-98. Its interior remains as well preserved as its facade: there's a richly decorated stucco ceiling in the banquet hall and a fine ceramic stove in the council room.

    Steamboat to Rapperwil - Lakeside town at southern tip of Lake Zurich, Rose gardens, promenade, lovely town with pedestrian town square, castle, and parish church with deer park, known as the town of Roses for its gardens (especially on the Cappuchin Monestary grounds)

    Botanischer Garten - Filled with works of the Impressionists
    Uetliberg - View Zurich from above, take the excursion train that climbs from main train station to this little mountain peak, high atop the city and the lake. View is particularly striking at sunset. From Uetliberg station, moderately steep 10 minute walk to a hotel and observation tower.

    Friedhof Fluntern (Fluntern Cemetery) - James Joyce's grave

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