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.
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.
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.
Housed in an impressive Neo-Classical castle built in 1826, Landesmuseum Zürich details Swiss history from prehistoric times, through the Roman era, right up to the present. A sprawling collection of arms and weapons puts the modern Swiss army knife to shame. You can also find a model of the Battle of Morat, along with frequent special exhibitions tackling various aspects of Swiss history, art and culture. If you're not an avid history buff, a relaxing stroll around the picturesque museum's sprawling gardens is still worth a visit. The museum is Switzerland's first building constructed out of concrete. Admission is free for the permanent exhibition.
Toni's Zoo in Rothenburg is a great place to spend some quality with friends and family interacting with some of our furry friends from the animal kingdom. The zoo features almost 500 animals of over 95 different species that are bred and accommodated in environments similar to their natural habitats. The zoo organizes an array of activities such as penguin feedings which are a favorite with the little ones who are given a rare opportunity to get up close and personal with these majestic creatures.
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.
Churches have been a part of rich culture in any Christian region, mainly in the European parts. The Wasserkirche also known as the Water church has distinct architecture like the rest of the city. It was known for its cult sects and though records show that the original sanctuary was built in the 10th Century, the complete structure was constructed in 1486. It became the city's public library, the first of its kind in 1634 and was one of the bases of the the University of Zurich. During its long history, it went through a series of changes in its use, however since the 1940s it is used by the Evangelical-Reformed State Church of the Canton of Zürich. This intricate, late-Gothic building will transport you to the medieval times with its antiquity. It is also renowned for its cultural events.
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.