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Zurich

Country
Switzerland
State
Zurich
City
Zurich
Type of Location
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Places to Visit
How to Reach

By Air

There are also direct trains to Oerlikon  (S2 and/or S16) which take 4 minutes: Follow the signs to the underground train station, three levels down. The escalator proof luggage carts in the baggage arrival area are free of charge and can be taken down all the way to the train station.
Before taking the last stairs down to the train tracks make sure to purchase a ticket either from a ticket window or from a ticketing machine.

By Train

All inter-city train connections get you into Zurich main station (Schweizerische Bundesbahnen SBB). From there the best option is to take a train to Bahnhof Oerlikon (trains every 5 minutes). It takes about 10 minutes to get to Oerlikon station. When getting off make sure to use the exit at the back of the station or continue to walk to the end of platform 6. From the back exit turn right and cross over the street, turn left and walk past the AVIA gas station and follow the directions stated above in street level, turn right into a short underpass until you reach Friesstrasse and follow the directions stated above in the "tram" paragraph.

Tram service

The new Glattalbahn tram service (no. 10) provides new direct connections between the airport and the surrounding areas,
plus the northern suburbs of Zurich city, including Irchel, Milchbuck, Zurich-Oerlikon and Glattpark.

Key places to visit
Swiss National Museum, Uetliberg, Zurich Zoo, Konditorei Sprüngli, Church of Our Lady


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Places to Visit

Swiss National Museum

Immediately north of the Zurich station is the Swiss National Museum (Schweizerisches Landesmuseum), a large castellated building with Gothic elements which was built 1893-1898 to designs by Gustav Gull. It contains the most important collection of material on the history and culture of Switzerland. The main departments in this richly stocked museum are as follows: pre-history and the early historical period; weapons, flags and militaria; goldsmiths' and silversmiths' work; articles in non-ferrous metals and pewter; ceramics and glass; textiles, costume and jewelry; coins and medals; seals; stained glass; sculpture; furniture and domestic interiors; painting and graphic art; clocks, watches and scientific instruments; musical instruments; rural life; craft and industrial antiquities; library; special exhibitions. Of particular interest among the scientific instruments are the celestial globe by Jost Bürgi (1552-1632), the works of religious art and medieval wall paintings (including works by Hans Fries), the unique collection of old stained glass, the Armory, with the celebrated murals by Hodler, a series of period rooms of the Gothic to Baroque periods, the most important antiquities in Switzerland of pre- and early history, and the largest collection of coins and medals in the country.

Among the most interesting textiles are a series of battle flags from the 15th century including those from the Burgundian wars.Hobbies & Activities category: Fabrics, textiles, costumes exhibits;  Agricultural area or museum;  Armaments collection;  Coin collection;  Crafts center or marketplace;  Furniture display;  Paintings, art collections;  Glass, porcelain, pottery exhibit;  Gold, silver, metalworking exhibit;  Architecture - Gothic;  Historical museum;  Musical instruments museum;  Jewels, diamond cutting;  Library;  Military attraction or museum;  Architecture - Renaissance;  Science, technology attraction or museum;  Stained glass of note;  Clocks and timepieces

Uetliberg

To the southwest of Zurich rises the Uetliberg (871 m/2,858ft) the most northerly summit in the Albis ridge. The Uetlibergbahn, a mountain railroad, runs from Selnau station to the upper station at 816 m/2,677ft, from which it is a 10-minute walk to the summit (restaurant). In clear weather there is a superb view from the lookout tower over the Vallais, Bernese and Glarus Alps, with the Black Forest to the north and the Säntis to the east. From here there is an easy ridge walk of just over one hour to the Felsenegg (790 m/2,592ft), from which a cableway descends to Adliswil. The return to Zurich is by the Sihltalbahn (Zürich-Selnau to Sihlbrugg).

Zurich Zoo

From the Central Station and the Paradeplatz there are tram services to the Zoo, one of the finest in Europe (opened 1929), with more than 2,000 animals.

Konditorei Sprüngli

The Konditorei Sprüngli is the heart of a chocolate empire which has its chief factory in Kilchberg. The Sprüngli firm, the largest confectionery concern in Switzerland, was divided about a century ago to form the chocolate factory Lindt and Sprüngli (Rudolf Sprüngli) and the Sprüngli Confectionery, now headed by Richard Sprüngli. As well as the main shop in the Paradeplatz (renovated in 1985), there are seven other shops belonging to the firm. Well-known confectionery specialties are: mouth- watering gâteaux, the delicious "Luxemburgerli" and Sprüngli's chocolate cubes "number one"

Church of Our Lady

On the south side of Zurich's Münsterhof square is the Fraumünster (restored 1965), a three-aisled pillared basilica with a Gothic nave (13th-15th C.), an Early Gothic transept and a pointed spire. The Fraumünster was given by the Emperor Ludwig (Louis) the German to his daughter Hildegard in 853 and, from that time until the high Middle Ages, the head of the convent was also governor of the town.

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