This museum, which is integrated with a children's museum, features a tangible natural domain for children and adults to explore.
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.
Nestled along the fringes of Lake Zurich, the Zürich Opera House, known locally as Opernhaus Zürich, has a history dating as far back as 1834. Its stately facade, fashioned in white and grey sandstone, gives way to interiors which are just as regal, adorned with gorgeous carved paintings of maestros like Schiller, Mozart, Shakespeare, Goethe, and Weber. Touted as one of the world's smallest opera houses, this neo-classical edifice yet stands magnificent bearing a stunning repertoire of theater, ballet, premiers and the like. It has established itself as one of the pioneers in the rich and eclectic course of Swiss arts and culture. Currently housing the Bernhard-Theater Zürich and the Zürich Ballet, this award-winning opera house brings to mind the past glories of the iconic operatic and theatrical cultures of Switzerland.
Crowning the picture-perfect Weinegg Quarter, this university garden is enlivened by a vivid tapestry of botanical wonders. It is an integral part of the Institute of Systematic Botany. Constructed across its verdant meadows are bubble-style greenhouses, bountiful harbors of plants which lovingly call to mind the clear weather and vibrant landscapes of the Mediterranean and the Tropics. Come spring, the garden comes alive with a burst of mesmerizing blooms while droves of frogs croon into its glimmering pond. From alpine roses and water plants to native European and primitive species, the garden strives to be an embodiment of both research and recreation, creating a gardenscape which is a spectacular feast for the senses.
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.
Flanked by verdant hills, the majestic Lake Zurich spans the cantons of Zürich, St. Gallen and Schwyz. The lake is bridged by the Seedamm at the point where it narrows, diving Lake Zurich into two distinct parts. Carved out by the ambling Linth River, this enormous lake is fringed by vineyards, orchards and splendid alpine hillocks. Myriad cruise ships ply its shimmering, blue-green waters, making it an ideal tourist destination replete with opportunities for adventure. Along its banks lie a wide variety of lake-view restaurants where patrons can relish 'Fischknusperli', a dish made using fish straight from the lake's depths. In addition, Lake Zurich is a popular windsurfing destination, and several idyllic hiking and biking trails wind around its perimeter. Particularly on public holidays, the lake is swarmed by boats and its banks with strolling people.
Specializing in the Old Masters, Koetser Gallery, located in District 1, is an integral part of Zurich's cultural landscape. If you have an interest in the works of the greatest Flemish, Dutch and Italian painters, this gallery is the perfect spot. The artist roster boasts names like Jan Brueghel the Elder, Balthasar van der Ast and Laurens Craen, among many other greats. The gallery participates in various fairs and exhibitions.
Those interested in Russian art, particularly avant-garde art, will be doing themselves a favor by checking out Galerie Gmurzynska Zurich, situated in District 1. The artist roster includes the likes of Kazimir Malevich, Mikhail Larionov, Olga Rozanova, Alexander Rodchenko and Konstantin Rozhdestvyenksy, among many others. Works by artists like Robert Indiana and Andy Warhol, who are associated with the Pop Art movement, are also displayed here.
Elmo Delmo hosts music concerts; however, the location changes with each performance.
Emblematic of its rich history since the Middle Ages, the Zünfte or the guild houses have shaped much of the city's architecture and culture. Step into this rich historical tapestry with the Zürich And Its Guilds tour, where participants are guided through some of the 13 guild houses and apprised of their backgrounds. The tour typically begins at Paradeplatz, and is available in German, English and French languages. Zürich And Its Guilds also gives you an overview of the soul-stirring Sechseläuten festival in spring, held within the historic guildhalls.
This is where the heart of Switzerland beats: the biggest banks, two luxurious hotels and the traditional café "Sprüngli" surround this square that consists mainly of a big streetcar station. The place is scarcely more than a traffic crossing without cars - just pedestrians and streetcars. You can distinguish the exclusivity of this place by the wardrobe of the female passers-by and the volume of high-class shops nearby. The square thus represents the real character of Zurich: a little bit bourgeois and conservative like the "gnoms of Zurich".