The Kunsthaus Zurich is among the most prominent fine arts museums in the city and is renowned for its 19th and 20th-century collections. 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. At the entrance, you will find an elaborately stocked art bookshop. Refresh yourself at the café bar or restaurant.
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.
Amid the city's bustle lies a serene sanctum complete with tree-lined walkways and the ornate Hedwig Fountain. This moraine hill-top space is a picturesque canvas and a nationally significant Swiss heritage site. Evidence of early activity dates back to the 2nd Century, and it is believed that the former castle remained standing through the 6th Century. Lindenhof also became a center of political activity and significant historic events. Home to the antiquated Lindenhof quarter, Lindenhof hill is where a synergy of history, culture, and natural beauty takes center stage. What today stands as an open verdant space is an erstwhile Celtic settlement harboring a Roman fortress, the ruins of which are still visible today. This scenic, emerald-hued expanse affords sweeping views of Old Town's charming roofed houses, the meandering waters of the Limmat River, and even the distant, mighty Swiss Alps.
The Predigerkirche in Zurich is a beautiful protestant church with spectacular architecture. It is was built somewhere in the 13th Century and was run by Dominican monks but was turned into a protestant church after the Zwingli Reformation. Besides the wooden church pews, the side aisle has a library and a seating area with chairs for lunch that is served every Sunday. Almost every evening the church is a venue for Christian concerts.
Nestled in the sprawling Swiss Plateau, the majestic Üetliberg mountain affords an awe-inspiring panorama. An integral piece of the Albis chain, this mighty mount towers over Zurich's charming roofed houses, playing an ideal vantage point to look across Lake Zurich, the Alps, and Zurich's cityscape in all its glory. Its forested fabric is crisscrossed by hiking trails, mountain bike paths as well as the extensive Planet Trail. 'Zurich's very own mountain' is further dotted with jubilant water fountains, campsites, and hotels and is an outdoor wonder par excellence. This mountain also offers views of the majestic, rolling expanse of the Limmat Valley. Bursting at the seams with diverse flora like the wild garlic come spring, this mountain is a naturalist's dream and an adventurer's wonderland. During winter, the snow-capped range is ideal for skiing and sledding, making Üetliberg a top destination for both summer and winter sports enthusiasts.
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.
Established in the year 2003, Galerie Haas specializes in 20th and 21st Century art. Centrally located in Zurich, this gallery showcases pieces by artists around the world. Pioneers of Cubism, Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque, have their works on display here, as do post-war artists like Andy Warhol. The artist roster also includes the likes of Lovis Corinth, Otto Dix, Gustav Kluge and Leiko Ikemura.
Overlooking the River Zugersee, St. Andreas Castle is an ancient existing since 400 CE. The site has been used during the Roman Era for ceremonies and for Christian services in the 8th Century. The castle is under the private ownership and is open to public twice a year. The castle has also been marked as a Swiss heritage site of national significance.
When Oskar Reinhart thought of a place to house his priced artwork collection, he founded the Am Römerholz. Almost 200 works of art, including paintings and sculptures, are on show here. Visitors can explore the museum and admire amazing art that is full of complex 2D artworks, full of technique, and skill. Here, highlights are paintings of French Impressionism and renowned artists - Vincent van Gogh, Courbet, Daumier, Renoir, Manet, and Cézanne. After appreciating art, visitors can tour the beautiful garden and relax at the cafe on the premises.
Zurich's vibrant and diverse history comes alive Augustinergasse, a historic street which winds through the charming Old Town. Touted as one of Zurich's most colorful streets, Augustinergasse is where lovingly carved, wooden windows embellish picture-perfect buildings gleaming in corals, emeralds and pastels. In the Middle Ages, it was home to a number of local artists, though the street was largely occupied by wealthy factory owners by the 17th Century. Notable landmarks along Augustinergasse include Augustinerkirche, one of the most significant churches in medieval Zurich, and Munzplatz, which served not only as a church but also as a workshop and mint coinage. Perhaps the most striking attribute of these edifices is the strategically crafted oriel windows, which go beyond just being a pretty ornamentation. Through these bay windows, residents could view forthcoming guests, hence buying themselves time to decline them with grace, if they so wished. These buildings which date to as far back as the 14th Century, are presently storefronts brimming with cultural relics, books, souvenirs, clothing and the likes.
Villa Patumbah, built for Karl Fürchtegott in the 1880s, demonstrates an architectural style quintessential of the Renaissance period. Designed by Chiodera and Tschudy, the ornate structure is punctuated by a magnificent piano nobile. A glass-stained dome tops the marble-framed windows, intricate murals and balconies. The villa is surrounded by a verdant landscape of manicured lawns, ponds, fountains and gazebos. It is the present headquarters of the Swiss Heritage Society.