Zurich – largest city in Switzerland

Highlights Zurich Region

With around 430,000 inhabitants, Zurich is the largest city in Switzerland and part of a densely populated agglomeration of around 1.3 million people. It lies at the mouth of the River Limmat into Lake Zurich.

The history of Zurich dates back to Roman times. It became a free imperial city in 1262 and joined the Swiss Confederation in 1351. As the city of the reformer Huldrych Zwingli, it became an important center of the Reformation in the 16th century. In the industrial age, the city developed into Switzerland’s leading economic metropolis.

Zurich Old Town

Zurich Old Town

As a transportation hub, Zurich has the country’s largest railroad station and the international airport in Kloten. Thanks to its banks and insurance companies, the city is an important financial center, the largest in Switzerland. It is also home to the renowned Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich and the University of Zurich. Although the population is comparatively small, Zurich is one of the world’s major cities.

The city is an important location for the Swiss media and creative industries. With its location on Lake Zurich, the well-preserved old town and a rich offering of culture and nightlife, Zurich is also an attractive destination for tourists.

5 Top Highlights in Zurich

The city of Zurich offers a multitude of sights that will make visitors’ hearts beat faster. The following list presents the absolute highlights that should not be missed during a stay in Zurich:

Grossmünster in Zurich

Grossmünster in Zurich

1. Grossmünster – landmark of Zurich

The Grossmünster, a Protestant Reformed church in the old town of Zurich, is the city’s most striking landmark. According to legend, it was founded in the 9th century by Charlemagne on the graves of the city’s saints Felix and Regula.

The Romanesque building dates back to the 12th century, while the twin towers from the 15th century give it its characteristic appearance.

The Karlsturm is one of the two towers of the Grossmünster, the symbolic landmark of Zurich. With 187 steps, it leads to the viewing platform, which offers a breathtaking panoramic view of the Old Town, Lake Zurich and the majestic Alps. The climb rewards visitors with a unique perspective of the historic buildings, the rooftops of the city and the impressive natural backdrop. An unforgettable experience for anyone visiting Zurich.

2. Niederdorf – Zurich Old Town

Zurich Niederdorf

Zurich Niederdorf

Niederdorf, also known as “Dörfli”, is a picturesque part of Zurich’s old town that stretches from Niederdorf to Oberdorf and as far as Bellevue. Both the Niederdorf and the parallel Limmatquai are car-free.

During the day, the Niederdorf attracts shoppers with its pedestrian zone and hidden stores. In the evening, it transforms into a lively entertainment district with a variety of bars and restaurants that attract a mixed crowd.

Niederdorf is a popular meeting place for locals and visitors to experience Zurich’s vibrant nightlife.

3. Lake Zurich – landmark of the city

Uetliberg view of Lake Zurich

Uetliberg view of Lake Zurich

Lake Zurich is considered the trademark of the city and region of Zurich and connects it with Rapperswil. With its picturesque shores, it offers a wide range of activities, whether on the water, along the shore or in the lake itself. Whether sailing, swimming, stand-up paddling or simply enjoying the idyllic panorama – Lake Zurich is a real magnet for those seeking relaxation and water sports enthusiasts.

4. Zurich Zoo

Zurich Zoo, located on the Zürichberg in the Fluntern district, is Zurich’s zoological garden.

Since its opening in 1929, it has offered visitors the opportunity to experience a fascinating variety of animals.

King penguin

King penguin

With over 4500 animals from 375 different species, Zurich Zoo is one of the most important zoos in Switzerland. Here, visitors can not only admire the beauty of the animal world, but also contribute to the protection of species and raise awareness of the importance of the animal world.

5. Bahnhofstrasse – world-famous shopping mile

Zurich’s Bahnhofstrasse stretches for 1.4 kilometers, connects the main train station with Lake Zurich and is considered one of the most famous shopping streets in the world.

The world-famous Bahnhofstrasse offers a variety of options to satisfy every taste. Here, locals and visitors alike will find a wide selection of exclusive fashion, renowned art and delicious Zurich specialties.

Bahnhofstrasse Zurich

Bahnhofstrasse Zurich

The shopping mile is one of the most exclusive and expensive streets in the world and is a magnet for shopping enthusiasts from all over the world. Immerse yourself in the pulsating heart of Zurich and be inspired by the diversity and luxury of this unique street.

For more sights, see: 10 top highlights in Zurich

Video The Best Things to do in Zurich, Switzerland – Zurich Travel Guide by The Planet D

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Zurich, Switzerland’s largest city, is well known as the country’s economic and cultural hub and one of Europe’s main financial and industrial capitals.
Its many attractions include dozens of museums, a well-preserved old town filled with medieval and Renaissance buildings, and enough art – both in and out of museums.


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