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Zürich is the largest Swiss city, located on the northern shore of the lake of the same name. The city is considered to be one of the world’s main financial centres and the place of residence for most of the country’s commercial, industrial and cultural establishments. It’s also one of the most expensive cities in the world.

Its Old Town, however, has managed to preserve its authentic quarters with many narrow streets and colourful, Gothic-style little houses that now host tiny cafés, confectionary stores and antique shops.

This attractive European city boasts a rich history, beautiful traditions, and greets its visitors with hospitality which leaves a permanent mark on their hearts. Just of museums there are at least 50 here, and let’s not forget the hundreds of art galleries with their spectacular exhibitions, ancient churches, natural objects and much more. It is in Zürich that most of the cross-country train expeditions begin, allowing the participants to take in some breathtaking views of the Alps along the way.

Felsenegg from Lake Zürich
Photo taken by Roland zh - wikimedia.org.  Felsenegg from Lake Zürich

As regards museums, we would first of all recommend you visit the Kunsthaus – the largest visual arts museum in Switzerland. The collections contained herein can make any of the world’s galleries slightly jealous – the walls of the museum are covered in paintings made by the most famous of 15 tp 21st-century painters. Some unique masterpieces of the world-class masters can also be found in the E. G. Bürle Foundation Museum. Tour organisers also insist people visit the Swiss National Museum, which unfolds the country‘s entire history, from ancient times to the present day.

The Urania Observatory is located almost at the very centre of the city. Thanks to its domed roof, this tall structure is easy to recognise. The observatory’s powerful telescope allows for observing the heavenly bodies at an arm’s distance. Moreover, Urania also offers a spectacular view of nighttime Zürich. If you want to feel like an astronomer, come here any evening when it‘s not overcast. If it is, though, you can still come, as the employees here also have a programme for just such a case.

Zurich at night
Photo taken by 123rf.com.  Zurich at night

The Grossmünster Cathedral, with its high tower atop of which one can see some truly breathtaking sights, is considered to be one of the city‘s business cards. There‘s no lift, though, so you‘ll have to cllimb the winding stairs yourself. Every Wednesday, the church holds an organ music show.

St. Peter’s Church – the city’s oldest, built in the 9th century CE – also has a watchtower. The church’s ancient clock is so accurate that the locals use it as a reference for their own timekeeping.

People celebrating in the Zurich Spring Festival
Photo taken by 123rf.com.  People celebrating in the Zurich Spring Festival

The remarkably beautiful Lake Zürich stretches between the Swiss Alps like an elegant crescent. This body of water is, indeed, shaped like a sickle, and is considered to be one of the cleanest lakes in the whole country. It‘s an ideal place of rest not just for lovers of long walks along the waterfront, but also for swimmers, dving enthusiasts and fans of yachting. It must be admitted, though, that the Lake Zürich‘s recreational infrastructure is developed rather poorly – there are almost no resorts here. Tourists come to Zürich exclusively for taking walks on its ancient little streets and enjoying its picturesque surroundings.

Riding the city’s old funicular is an especially fun tourist pastime activity. This red, archaic wagon with an open platform, which can carry around 50 people at a time, has been in operation since 1889.

If you’ve come to Zürich with children, you simply have to visit the zoo, which is one of the best zoos in the whole of Europe. Here animals live under conditions that match their natural habitats in the wild.

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