Things to Do in Zurich
Founded by the Romans in 15 BC, Zurich is the largest city in Switzerland. The city is a hub for railways, roads and air traffic. Despite having a relatively small population, Zurich is a leading global city and also one of the world’s largest financial centers. The city houses many commercial centers and banking giants. Most of the Switzerland’s research and development centers are located in Zurich only which attracts many national and international companies to set up their hubs here.
Zurich was also named the city with the ‘best quality of life’ in the entire world and additionally the ‘wealthiest city’ in Europe from 2006 to 2008. Many museums and art galleries can be found within the city. Before you start your journey, make sure to get to know the popular things to do in Zurich.
Kunsthaus Zurich: An art museum in the Swiss city of Zurich, Kunsthaus Zurich houses one of the most prominent art collections in Switzerland. The items displayed span from the Middle Ages to contemporary art, with much focus on Swiss art. The museum attracts millions of tourists every year. In 2013, the museum witnessed 315,000 visitors. Also, the museum collections include significant works by artists including Claude Monet, Pablo Picasso, and the Swiss Alberto Giacometti and other notable artists.
Zurich Zoological Garten: The Zurich Zoological Garden is famous for its successful Asian elephant exhibit that can be viewed from underwater too. The zoo has a collection of over 2000 specimens of more than 300 species. Many Zoogoers believe that it is the best zoo on earth for elephants. The site is also famous for penguin parade, which is performed almost daily in the afternoon.
Chinese Garden: An expression of one of the main themes of Chinese culture, it is a gift from Zurich’s Chinese partner town Kunming. The garden is devoted to the Three Friends of Winter i.e. three plants that collectively face the winter season – pine, bamboo and plum blossom. The zoo features many attractions including the surrounding wall with barred bamboo and lotus flower tiles, the leading portal which is emblazoned with calligraphy on a golden plate, meaning China Garden, a bridge connecting the pavilion’s island and the inner garden and the water palace which is called the heart of the garden.