Top 10 Sightseeing Attractions - Here is a list of what
we think are the top attractions to see in Zurich.
There a plenty of other places for you to see but
if you are only in Zurich for a few days then here
is our recommendations for Sightseeing in Zurich. We have included some more detailed information
about some of the attractions below.
1. The Bahnhofstrasse of Zurich
4. Zürichsee (Lake Zurich)
8. Zunfthaus zur Meisen (‘zur
Meisen’ Guild Hall)
9. St. Peter’s Church
10. Zurich University
The Bahnhofstrasse of Zurich –
The world's most famous streets for strolling and
shopping. At 140 years old and 1.4 km in length, it
links the Main Station and the Lake of Zurich. With
lime trees decorating on both side of the street,
it has about 120 first-class shops of different trades.
This elegant structure is built on the site of the
city walls and has bank vaults full of gold and silver
underfoot. With every major banks having a foothold
on this street, coupled with all the jewellery shops,
it is the world’s most expensive street.
This street is not only littered with international
banks, but also boutique, departmental stores, pastry
shops, cafes etc. And of course its very own Swatch
store is also located here.
– The largest cathedral in Zurich, stand at
the east bank of River Limmmat, attracting visitors
with her twin towers. There is nothing special about
the towers by outward appearance. Furthermore, the
Karlstrum tower has 187 steps and there is no lift
to take you up the tower. As there is no lift, you
have to climb the narrow stairs to get to the top
of the tower. Half way up the tower, there is a history
galley of Grossmünster. Once
up at the top of the tower, you will find that the
bird’s eye view of the city is a great reward
for the 187 steps that you have struggled up. The
view overlooks the River Limmat and gives a good aerial
view of the other 2 sister. It also gives a good photo
taking angle of the entire Lake Zurich. Take time
to enjoy the fruit of your labour while at the top
of the tower and appreciate Grossmünster from
Fraumünster – Founded
by King Ludwig in 853 AD, the other landmark of Zurich,
stand at the west bank of River Limmat, opposite facing
Grossmünster. Not to be outplay by her sister,
this sister church flirt with visitors with her 1970
five part biblical stained-glass in the choir and
south transept by Marc Chagall. The best time to view
these stained-glass is during morning. The freshness
of a new day together with the burst of morning light
thru the stained-glass can make you feel the warm
of God’s love while standing in the aisle of
the church. Also look out for ‘The Heavenly
Paradise’ which stained the north window in
St. Peter’s Church –
Located near the site of former Roman custom at Lindenhof,
this eldest sister, though slightly overshadowed by
the other two sisters, is in a league of her own.
This oldest church in Zurich is endowed with Europe’s
largest church clock face, font dates from 1598, five
bells dating from 1880, fire-watchers in the tower
until 1911. Walk up to the pulpit and you will see
rich acanthus-cartouche with Biblical verses over
it. She definitely has what it takes to make sure
visitors do not bypass her, to go for stained-glass
or view of Zurich city only.
Rapperswil – Situated at the
end of Lake Zurich, it is not call the Town of Roses
for no reason. It is famous for its display of roses.
Even roses are part of the coat of arm for Rapperswil.
The best time to view the roses is from June to October
when it is blooming. There are many public gardens
where the rose bushes can be admired.
Many of this small town attractions are close together
and can be visited by strolling thru the romantic
lanes of the old part of the town. Beside the rose
gargdens, there is the 13th century Rapperswil castle.
And it a little surprise to find a Polish National
Musuem in a Swiss castle. Next you will find a deer
park on the castle hill.
Legend has it that, the count and countess spared
the lives of a hind and her 2 offspring on a hunting
trip. While resting, the hind appear and laid her
head on the countess lap. This gesture of thankfulness
enchanted the count and made him decide to build his
new castle on this hill and found a village on the
south slope. The legend is depicts on painting on
the wall of a building, just before the stairs that
leads up to the castle.
After strolling thru the castle old town, there are
café and restaurants by the quayside that cater
to tourist, which you could take a break. You can
sit by the café and admire the other side of
picturesque Lake Zurich.