Established in the year 1961, North America Native Museum in Zurich offers a wonderful insight into different cultures. Originally set up with Gottfried Hotz' erstwhile private collection, the museum today focuses on conserving and exhibiting various ethnographic items of Inuit, First National and Native American cultures. The museum building's second level houses its permanent collection. North America Native Museum received a small exhibition space in 2013 which displays a few original art works by Karl Bodmer, a renowned illustrator and painter.
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.
The Offene Rennbahn in Oerlikon, Zurich, is an open air track-cycling arena. Dating back to 1912, this concrete track was host to the inaugural UCI Track Cycling World Championships (Bahn-Radweltmeisterschaften) which was held in 1923. The arena has a seating capacity of 3,000 and is a regular venue for other disciplines of track cycling as well. Call ahead to know more.
The Grossmunster is possibly Zurich's best-known landmark. The crypt, dating from the latter part of the 11th Century, counts amongst the oldest surviving elements of the original Carolingian Münster or cathedral. The 12th Century brought the introduction of the nave and its impressive cloister, while the galleried basilica dates from a later period. The imposing twin towers displaying elements of Roman, Gothic and New Gothic styles, along with the frequently altered plans for extensions, caused a lengthy building phase. In 1762 the bell tower was destroyed by fire and following this the twin towers were given their present characteristic design. It was as a result of the reformation that the Grossmünster was transformed into the more soberly designed religious building it is today. Make sure you see the Sigmar Polke window.
Recently declared the world's 7th most expensive shopping street, Zurich's Bahnhofstrasse easily holds its own compared with its peers in New York, Hong Kong, Paris and London. Blue-and-white trams whisk shoppers along this mile-long and mainly car-free stretch between the main train station and the lake. Bahnhofstrasse is where well-heeled bankers and perfectly-coiffed ladies shop for designer clothing and gold watches. However, it's also where denim-clad teens bag the latest trends. Elegant department stores worth a visit include Jelmoli and Globus, which is separated from Bahnhofstrasse by a small park. Numerous restaurants and Cafés feature outdoor seating, ideal for observing fellow shoppers and trying to guess what's in their bags!
This part of Zurich is lively and teeming with activity, come day or night! Spanning from Bellevue to the Central area, Niederdorf is a major tourist attraction for its shopping and food stalls. The alleys spill over with boutiques, accesory-stores, and street performers. The nightclub-pub-restaurant scene is alive and kicking too, so grab a bite and then head out to party it up!