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.
Zürich Opera House, known locally as Opernhaus Zürich, sits on the edge of Lake Zurich. Its history dates back to 1834 when the first permanent theater, the Aktientheater, was erected. The current theater, which replaced the original after it was destroyed in a fire, was built by Viennese architects and opened in 1891. Today, the site also houses the Bernhard-Theater Zürich and Zürich Ballet. Zürich Opera House is a premier cultural attraction in the Swiss city, celebrating a rich artistic history in the many performances it puts on. The neo-Classical structure even has carved images of such geniuses as Schiller, Mozart, Shakespeare, Goethe, and Weber in its facade. While the ornate auditorium offers excellent acoustics, the lovely Zürich Opera House is even worth admiring from the outside.
The Beyer Clock and Watch Museum is a one of its kind museum and houses an extensive collection of timepieces. Horologists will marvel at the exhibition which showcases over 250 chronological instruments that date back from 1400 BC all the way to modern quartz clocks that are accurate upto a millionth of a second. The instruments are meticulously arranged according to chronology, so the collection begins from shadow sticks, sundials, oil clocks and tails off with navigational chronometers. There is a lot you can learn about man’s complex relationship with time here.
A venerable cathedral made memorable by imposing twin towers, Grossmünster is among the best-known landmarks in Zurich. Construction on the Romanesque-style structure began in the early-12th century and continued on for approximately a century. Significant architectural features beyond the site's iconic towers include the crypt, which dates back to the 11th century, and grotesque-ornamented capitals on the medieval columns in the grand south portal. Equally historically relevant, Grossmünster was the site where religious leader Huldrych Zwingli initiated the Protestant Reformation in Switzerland during the 16th century. The cathedral has since seen a handful of modifications, such as the stained-glass windows by Augusto Giacometti, which were added in 1932.
Since 1977, the Botanical Garden of the University of Zurich has been mesmerizing visitors with its collection of exotic species. You'll find roses from the Alps as easily as you'll discover lilies from Mediterranean forests, creating an inviting global environment. Whether you come to learn about the exciting flora in the domed greenhouses or have a picnic and walk along the nearby lake, you won't want to miss the Botanical Garden of the University of Zurich. A charming feature of the city's prestigious university, it is open throughout the year.