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  • 1. Bahnhofstrasse

    Kreis 1 | Neighborhood/Street

    Reputedly "the most expensive street in the world"—thanks to all of its extravagantly priced jewelry stores—Zürich's principal boulevard offers...Read More

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  • 2. Fraumünster

    Kreis 1 | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Of the church spires that are Zürich's signature, the Fraumünster's is the most delicate, a graceful sweep to a narrow point. It was added to...Read More

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  • 3. Grossmünster

    Kreis 1 | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    This impressive cathedral, affectionately known to English speakers as the "Gross Monster," features plump twin towers (circa 1781) on which...Read More

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  • 4. Kunsthaus

    Kreis 1 | Museum/Gallery

    With a varied and high-quality permanent collection of paintings—medieval, Dutch and Italian baroque, and impressionist—the Kunsthaus is Zürich...Read More

  • 5. Sammlung Oskar Reinhart "Am Römerholz"


    Lucas Cranach's Portrait of Johannes Cuspinian, Pieter Breugel the Elder's Adoration of the Magi in the Snow, Peter Paul Rubens's Decius...Read More

  • 6. Alfred Escher statue

    Kreis 1 | Public Art (Mural/Sculpture/Statue)

    Leave it to Zürich to have a statue that honors not a saint, not a poet or artist, but rather the financial wizard who single-handedly dragged...Read More

  • 7. Graphische Sammlung

    Kreis 1 | Museum/Gallery

    The impressive collection of the Federal Institute of Technology includes a vast library of woodcuts, etchings, and engravings by such European...Read More

  • 8. Hauptbahnhof

    Kreis 1 | Transportation Site (Airport, Bus, Ferry, Train)

    From the bustling main concourse of this immaculate 19th-century edifice you can watch crowds rushing to their famously on-time trains. Beneath...Read More

  • 9. Haus Konstruktiv

    Kreis 1 | Museum/Gallery

    Housed in a former electrical substation set by the River Sihl—an impressive 1930s modernist architectural statement in its own right—this collection...Read More

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  • 10. Helmhaus

    Kreis 1 | Museum/Gallery

    Changing exhibitions of contemporary, often experimental, art by Zürich-based artists are hosted at this museum, the open court of which once...Read More

  • 11. James Joyce's Grave


    The inimitable Irish author not only lived and wrote in Zürich, but died here as well. The city's most famous literary resident is buried in...Read More

  • 12. Kirche St. Peter

    Kreis 1 | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Dating from the early 13th century, Zürich's oldest parish church was built on a site that has been occupied by a church since the 9th century...Read More

  • 13. Kirchgasse


    Antiques, art, and book enthusiasts will delight in the shops on this street, and those interested in history or religion should note that No...Read More

  • 14. Kunsthalle

    Kreis 5 | Museum/Gallery

    Set in West Zürich, this is one of two major modern art venues on the top floors of a former brewery. The gallery hosts exhibitions presenting...Read More

  • 15. Lindenhof

    Kreis 1 | Plaza/Square/Piazza

    On the site of this quiet square, overlooking both sides of the river, a Roman customhouse and fortress and a Carolingian palace once stood...Read More

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  • 16. Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst

    Kreis 5 | Museum/Gallery

    One floor below the Kunsthalle, this airy, white loft has the same focus—up-and-coming contemporary artists—but is privately funded by Switzerland...Read More

  • 17. Museum für Gestaltung

    Kreis 5 | Museum/Gallery

    The main repository for Switzerland's important legacy in graphic design, posters, and applied arts, this vast collection has been rehoused...Read More

  • 18. Museum Rietberg

    Kreis 2 | Museum/Gallery

    Dancing Indian Shivas, contemplative Tibetan thangkas, late-18th-century literary paintings from China, and royal Benin bronzes from Nigeria...Read More

  • 19. Paradeplatz

    Kreis 1 | Plaza/Square/Piazza

    The hub of Bahnhofstrasse and a tram junction, this square is a great place to observe a microcosm of the local upper crust—furrowed-brow bankers...Read More

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  • 20. Rathaus

    Kreis 1 | Government Building

    In Zürich's striking baroque government building, dating from 1694–1698, the interior remains as well preserved as the facade, with a richly...Read More

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