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The Zürcher Spielzeugmuseum (Zurich Toy Museum), which is found on the fifth floor of a house in one of Zurich's oldest neighborhoods, contains over 1200 antique toys from all around Europe. The oldest toys, here, date back to the early 18th Century, and range well into the 20th Century. The toy collection reflect the history and culture of the times they belong to. For further information, please check the website.
A serendipitous meeting in 1996 led to Stefanie Harig and Marc Ullrich's first collection of press photos. The creators celebrate and share their passion for art with a well-curated portfolio of photographic artwork by established and emerging artists as well as historical chronicles and autographed original pieces. The four-storied establishment is the first of the LUMAS brand to hit the Swiss art scene after making its mark in Paris, London, New York and Germany. The minimalistic space is punctuated by a thought-provoking and awe-inspiring repertoire that is a result of globe-spanning travels and are available at affordable prices.
The Kunsthaus Zurich is among the most prominent fine arts museums in the city and is renowned for their 19th and 20th-century collection. It includes pieces by Chagall, Mondrian, Munch and other masters. Those who favor Impressionist artists will be delighted to find two of Monet's best waterlily paintings here. Modern art is not forgotten, with works by Beuys, Baselitz and Bacon flying the flag. In the entrance you will find an elaborately-stocked art bookshop. Refresh yourself at the cafe-bar or restaurant.
Rejuvenate your body and mind with a visit to Thermalbad & Spa. It retains much of the century-old charm of Hürlimann brewery that formerly occupied this building. Immerse yourself in the open-air thermal bath while taking in 360-degree views of Zurich's breathtaking panorama. The grotto indoors is a labyrinth of stone walls that are over a 100 years old. Select from special treatments like body wraps and spa rituals that promise a therapeutic experience.
Zurich's most remote partner town is the Chinese town of Kunming. Of course real partners mutually support one another; Limmatstadt helped the southern Chinese in the upgrading of their water supply and in a sort of return gesture they sent their best master gardeners to Zurich with the job of creating an imperial garden. This very traditional garden, opened in autumn 1993, operates under the name Three Friends in Winter. This name comes from its pine trees, winter cherry and bamboo, which are fit to withstand the winter temperatures. Artfully placed ponds, small bridges, rolling hills and attractive pavilions lend it an exotic sense of peace and tranquility. It is hardly surprising that this park receives some 43,000 visitors annually. This park, situated at the end of the Zürich Horn is open to public. Dates may vary so please check the website for more details.
The horn represents the south end of the sprawling park that leads out of Zürich's city center, along the Zürichsee. A river delta formed by the Hornbach stream, the landscape has evolved tremendously over the years into what is today a recreational hub. In summer, boat rides can be availed to the right bank of the lake for stunning views of the Alps towering over the verdant scenery. The park has a weather-permitting open-air cinema and is very popular among locals. At its end you'll find the sea-side swimming pool, Strandbad Tiefenbrunnen. Don't skip a stroll on the China Garden, a famous gift from Zürich's twin city Kunming, on location.
Dedicated to the lifeline of Zurich's public transport system, the Tram Museum is a testimony of the city's urban development through the times. Occupying a former tram depot, the historic space houses a well-preserved collection of documents, archives and photographic evidence that trace the country's economic trajectory and industrial evolution. Witness tram cars built in the 20th Century, including the oldest vehicle dating back to 1897, as well as engines, authentic uniforms, ticket machines and model layouts. Take home unique postcards and souvenirs, along with a guaranteed memorable experience.
Museum for Design (Museum für Gestaltung) showcases architecture, industrial design, visual communication and craft. Housed in the old School of Arts and Crafts building, features a gallery, cafeteria, shop, an exhibition hall and a foyer. Founded in 1878, it hosts six to eight large exhibitions, as well as smaller lobby-exhibitions. The L-shaped building with its “severe functionality,” dates back to 1933 and has been added to Switzerland's Heritage Protection list. In the lobby there is a café and a kiosk with books, cards and various designer gift items. Check out their poster, graphics and design collection. It is truly worth a visit.
The majestic Üetliberg is contained in the Albis hills that stretches over 15 kilometers (nine miles) to the south of the Swiss plateau. Towering over Zürich at roughly 870 meters (2855 feet) above sea level, it is the doorstep of the town. Follow hiking trails up the mountain that can be accessed by train, for panoramic views of north-central Switzerland, the Alps and Lake Zürich. During winter, the snow-capped range is ideal for skiing and sledding. The experience is enhanced by Bruno Weber's artistic work of imaginative figures that punctuate what is arguably the symbol of the city.
The Swiss artist Bruno Weber has made his own fantasy come true here. This sculptor makes larger than life, colorful animals which you can climb on, walk through, slide off, sit on and live in as well! The park is full of creatures which look as if they stepped straight out of a fairytale. Bruno Weber desired to share his fabulous artwork with the world and thus opened his vineyard to the public. You will find some of Weber's works on top of the Uetliberg.
Drawn by the Swiss National Exhibition in 1939 and the Landscaping Exhibition of 1959, lower Lake Zurich is ringed by a wide array of promenades, public parks, baths and gardens. Especially on public holidays, the lake is swarming with boats, and the banks are swarming with people out for a stroll or a picnic. From April through October, regular passenger and automobile ferries operate on the lake. Special round trips can be booked at the Bürkliplatz in summer, offering meals, music, dancing and night cruises.