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Switzerland's high-energy metropolis, Zürich is more than a banking capital. From impressive churches to awesome art collections, the city has much to offer the culturally inclined. Likewise, if shopping is a pastime, there's no shortage of buying to be done here.
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  • Shopping
  • Architecture

Experiences

  • The Great Church is a 12th-century structure with 18th-century updates—specifically, two towers and one modern touch—stained glass windows made by Giacometti.
  • The Siftung Sammlung E.G. Bührle has a stunning array of Manets, Monets, and more. Be forewarned, because of a robbery in 2008, visits are by appointment only.
  • Zürich is a shopper's paradise. Walk along the Bahnhofstrasse for a peek at high-end boutiques, or head to Niederdorf for more avant-garde looks.

Festivals

  • The Theater Spectacular comes at the end of August into September.
  • Tango Week dances into town at the end of July.

Side Trips

  • The outstanding Am Römerholz art collection is in Winterthur, 12 mi/19 km northeast of Zurich.
  • Schaffhausen and the Rhine Falls are 30 mi/48 km northeast of Zurich.

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