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Amazing Zürich

A May 2001 trip to Zurich by Tolik

Zürich Photo, Zurich, Switzerland More Photos
Quote: Zürich is Switzerland's largest city and among the most beautiful in all of Europe.

Amazing Zürich

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Zürich Photo, Zurich, Switzerland
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It is a wonderful town, sitting astride the Limmat River where it emerges from the Zürichsee (Zürich lake). Its charming Altstadt (Old Town) is full of beautifully restored historic buildings and narrow, hilly alleys. In the distance, snowy mountains overlook the waters of the lake, and the shores are dominated by the 1900s mansions. Quick Tips: The earliest known Zürichers lived around 4500 BC in small houses perched on stilts by the lakeside. In the 1st century BC the Romans built a customs house on the hill overlooking the Limmat River. In the time the customs house became a fortress, the remains of which can be seen on the Lindenhof square. In the 5th century the Germanic Alemanni drove o...Read More

Kunsthaus Zurich Museum of Modern Art

Attraction | "Kunsthaus Zürich (Fine Arts Museum)."

Kunsthaus Zurich Museum of Modern Art Photo, Zurich, Switzerland
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This is my favorite art museum in Switzerland. Near the museum`s entrance you can see Rodin`s `Gate of Hell`. Museum is devoted mainly to 19th and 20th centuries, although the range of painting and sculpture reaches back to antiquity. My favorite exhibits include the pictures by Monet, Cezanne, Degas, Toulouse-Lautrec, Utrillo and Picasso. The visitors come to see works of Rubens, Rembrandt, Chagall, Bonnard, Edward Munch, Mondrian and other famous artists.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 5, 2002

Kunsthaus Zurich Museum of Modern Art
Heimplatz 1
Zurich, Switzerland
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Schweizerisches Landesmuseum Photo, Zurich, Switzerland
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SCHWEIZERISCHES LANDESMUSEUM (Swiss National Museum) conveniently located next to Hauptbahnhof (the main train station). Its collection contains works of religious art (frescoes, altarpieces etc.). There is a large display of Roman clothing, medieval silverware, furniture, costumes, dollhouses of various periods, and Swiss clocks.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 5, 2002

Schweizerisches Landesmuseum
Museumstrasse 2 CH-8023
Zurich, Switzerland

Grossmünster (Great Church)

Attraction | "Grossmunster"

Grossmünster (Great Church) Photo, Zurich, Switzerland
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Its towers are Zürich`s landmark. Romanesque and Gothic cathedral was founded by Charlemagne. Construction begun in 1090 and additions were made until early 14th century. The cathedral is dedicated to the patron saints of Zürich: Felix, Regula and Exuperantius. In the 3rd century the 3 martyrs attempted to convert the citizens of Turicum (original name for Zurich) to Christianity. The governor had them plunged into boiling oil, then forced them to drink molten lead. Nevertheless, they refused to renounce their faith and were beheaded. Miraculously, they had enough power to pick up their heads and climb to the top of the hill (the present site of the Grossmunster), where they dug their own graves and t...Read More

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Grossmünster (Great Church)
Zwingliplatz, Altstadt
Zurich, Switzerland 8001

Fraumünster (Minister of Our Lady)

Attraction | "Fraumunster"

Fraumünster (Minister of Our Lady) Photo, Zurich, Switzerland
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FRAUMUNSTER (The Church of Our Lady).This church is on the left bank overlooking Munsterhof square. The chief attractions of the church are 5 stained-glass windows designed by Marc Chagal in 1970. The Munster is also celebrated for its elaborate organ. The basilica has 3 aisles, the nave is in the Gothic style.

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Fraumünster (Minister of Our Lady)
Adliswil, Altstadt
Zurich, Switzerland

Lindenhoff

Attraction | "The Lindenhoff"

Lindenhoff Photo, Zurich, Switzerland
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Zürich is situated on both shores of the Limmat river. Old Town is said to have begun at the Am Lindenhofe, which is where you too might have begin your orientation to the city. It is situated on the top of the hill and is the architectural center of historic Zurich. A Linde is a tree and the the Lindenhof was built originally by the Romans...

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Lindenhoff

Zurich, Switzerland

Swiss Transportation System

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Swiss Trains Photo, Zurich, Switzerland
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Swiss Federal Railways SBB offers a range of passes to suit the travel requirements of most visitors. The Swiss Pass entitles the holder to unlimited travel for 4, 8 or 15, 22 days or one month of railway, boat and postal bus networks and on the municipal transport system of 40+ cities and towns. Prices range from a 4-day 2nd class pass at $160 to one month 1st class $535. They also offer 1st and 2nd class Saver passes (2 or more people traveling together – 15% discount), and 1st and 2nd class Youth passes. These passes also entitle the holders to a reduction of 25% on many mountain railways and aerial lifts. The Swiss Flexipass is ideal for those wanting to walk or cycle from a ...Read More