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.
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.
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.
The Zürich Zoological Garden is hailed as a cultural institution of the city and is one of the best and the most diverse zoos in all of Europe. It boasts over 2200 animals and 260 species, coming from all over the world. The rare species found here include frogs, birds, and other wildlife from New Caledonia and South Africa, which are normally only found in their native habitats. They also offer a wide range of classes and interactive events aimed at educating the public about the needs of many endangered animals. Be sure to stop by and experience a whole new tropical side of the city.
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.
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.
The Schanzengraben reclaims the perimeter of Zurich's original defensive bulwarks, turning the area into a lovely tree-shaded walkway that subverts the once-imposing fortifications of Altstadt. What was once a prohibitive moat is now a tranquil canal, boats and swimmers bobbing easily in the still water that reflects the brickwork of antique fortress walls. A haven from the bustle of urban Zurich, Schanzengraben is the perfect destination for a peaceful walk through green pathways and nearby office workers enjoying a leisurely lunch.