This innovative theater in the old-town was established in 1965 and often shows experimental plays in which the spectators become part of the action. Some of the plays are performed on a 'pay-what-you-can-afford' basis, catering to culturally interested people who might otherwise not be able to afford a night at the theater. Theater Neumarkt holds around 200 visitors, but all the chairs are mobile and that opens up even more flexibility for creative performances.
One of the best things about Zurich being a university town is that the university has several free museums. The Zoological Museum is the main attraction, not only because of the microscope tables, furry games and video projections, the giant giraffe and stuffed birds. No, the best attraction is getting there! A Polybahn which is accessible from the tram station Central, brings you to the terrace where many of the university buildings are found. This beautifully restored, antique mode of transport is a special treat for children of all ages.
This is a city beach on lake Zürich with a beautiful, 250 meter (820 feet) long stretch of sand which gives the bathing experience a Mediterranean feel. There is a separate area for non-swimmers and a jumping tower with different level platforms. For children, there is a large play area. A modern self-service restaurant right by the beach and with view of the Alps caters for hungry swimmers. Further, you can shop in the boutique or enjoy a relaxing massage. Parts of the venue can be rented for special occasions or company parties during the day or in the evenings.
Established in 1660, the Johanna-Spyri-Museum treasures memories and works of its namesake—Spyri—a Swiss writer. The museum is divided into three parts; the Keller or the basement room displays photos and literary works. Then comes the Spyri Stube, which holds personal items owned by the author and her family. The Heidi room is dedicated to the famous character created by Johanna. Call for further details.
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".
The Zürcher Spielzeugmuseum (Zurich Toy Museum), which is found on the fifth floor of a house in one of Zurich's oldest neighborhoods, contains over 1200 antique toys from all around Europe. The oldest toys, here, date back to the early 18th Century, and range well into the 20th Century. The toy collection reflect the history and culture of the times they belong to. For further information, please check the website.
Landsgemeindeplatz in the heart of Zug throbs with life day in and day out. One of the busiest places in town, it is bathed in natural splendor and is a fine place to spend a summer evening. A host of concert venues and restaurants that attract tourists from all over the world are located here. The notable Zug Stadt is located at Landsgemeindeplatz, which has held stage to some of the biggest events taking place in the city. Contact Zug's tourist information centre for more information.
One of the oldest independent research institutes in Switzerland, the Gottlieb Duttweiler Institute is a retail business research center. This place was established in 1963 and started being hosts to various other private events. The institute has been the venue for a number of conferences and seminars that are not limited to the subject of research of this place. With it's lush green surroundings this place is quite and calm to hold any kind of seminar. Visit their website for details.
A small mountain north if Zurich, the Käferberg is a favorite walking destination amongst children for the abundance of activities it has to offer. For instance, the track through the wood has "fitness stops", the placards guide you on exactly what to do. You will also find a number of barbecue pits to have a picnic with family and friends. There is a restaurant with two separate terraces; one for those who like to have a drink and something to eat with a little bit of luxury, while the other space has long tables and benches as well as a playground. On top of this mountain, you can savor the wonderful panoramic view of the lake of Zurich.
Offering a panoramic view of the Lake Pfäffiker and the surrounding mountains, Jucker Farm has an ethereal ambiance to it. A great place to experience nature together with your family, this estate offers various packages such as the pick-your-own options, a walk-in goat enclosure and a tour of their beautiful orchards and green patches where you can pick asparagus, pumpkins, strawberries and more. While the playground with rabbits and bundles of straw are a hit with the children, their apple grove is the center of attraction with nearly 6000 trees. The annual pumpkin fair is hosted here from the beginning of September to November and is the largest of its kind in the country. Visit this homestead for a memorable trip.
Zurich is one of the best cities in the world to visit for people who are interested in galleries. The Löwenbrau complex is a former brewery that has been converted into a large arts complex, complete with various galleries, an art center and a museum. At the bookshop on the ground floor you can find all kinds of printed material about modern and contemporary art.