Architecture Walking Tour, Zurich

The beauty and individuality of Zurich's architectural heritage is striking. Outstanding samples of traditional styles like Baroque, Classicism, Neo-Classicism are in harmony with the new trends in architecture. Major architectural masterpieces of the medieval period and modern structures blend perfectly to represent the many facets of the city. Don't miss the next list of attractions if you decide to visit Zurich.
You can follow this self-guided walking tour to explore the attractions listed below. How it works: download the app "GPSmyCity: Walks in 1K+ Cities" from iTunes App Store or Google Play to your mobile phone or tablet. The app turns your mobile device into a personal tour guide and its built-in GPS navigation functions guide you from one tour stop to next. The app works offline, so no data plan is needed when traveling abroad.

Download The GPSmyCity App

Download 'GPSmyCity: Walks in 1K+ Cities' app for IOS   Download 'GPSmyCity: Walks in 1K+ Cities' app for Android

Architecture Walking Tour Map

Guide Name: Architecture Walking Tour
Guide Location: Switzerland » Zurich (See other walking tours in Zurich)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 8
Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 7.5 km
Author: ellen
Aussersihl Community Center

1) Aussersihl Community Center

The Aussersihl Community Center is a unique building that was born out of a 1999 design competition. The building was designed by EM2N architects and construction was completed in 2004. The building is situated adjacent to a historic memorial park, so the design needed to be sensitive to the surrounding area. To reduce the building footprint, the architects decided to go vertical with the building, instead of horizontal. This allowed all mature trees on the site to be retained. The building...   view more
Urania Observatory

2) Urania Observatory (must see)

The Urania Observatory is visible on the city landscape, with its curved dome and impressive height. It was named after Urania, the muse of astronomy in Greek mythology. It began, first, as an observatory on the roof of the Zunfthaus zur Meisen. The Urania Observatory was initiated in 1899 and went into operational use in 1907. The refracting telescope is equipped with a two-lens system allowing for 600-fold magnification. The refractor is what sits in the large dome structure. The telescope...   view more
Hauptbahnhof (Central Railway Station)

3) Hauptbahnhof (Central Railway Station) (must see)

The Hauptbahnhof is the largest rail station in Switzerland. Zurich is a major rail hub, not only to other cities in Switzerland but also for service to Germany, Italy, Austria, and France. The station is located in the old town portion of central Zurich at the confluence of the Sihl and Limmat Rivers.

The first rail station in the city was constructed by Gustav Albert Wegmann. At the time of the construction, it was on the northwestern outskirts of town. In 1871, a newer building was...   view more
ETH-Zurich - Swiss Federal Institute of Technology

4) ETH-Zurich - Swiss Federal Institute of Technology

The massive main building of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology is impressive and leaves no one indifferent. ETH Zürich is an élite university which consistently ranked by major World University rankings among the top universities in the world. Its grandiosity is appropriate for this most important Swiss institute. Twenty-one Nobel Prizes have been awarded to students or professors of the Institute in the past, the most famous of which is Albert Einstein in 1921, and the most recent is...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia

5) Opernhaus (must see)

The Zurich Opera House is the primary venue for the opera and performing arts in the city. The site, as a performance space, has its origins as a theater. It started in 1834 with a production of Mozart’s Zauberflote. The theater burned down in 1890 and replaced by the current building you see today. The building was designed by Fellner and Helmer and was established as the Zurich Opera house. It is rather dramatic, with pillars, columns, and arched windows. It features a neo-classical façade...   view more
Ferrohaus (Klinik Pyramide am See)

6) Ferrohaus (Klinik Pyramide am See)

The pyramid-shaped Ferrohaus is an exclusive private hospital with the motto of “pinnacle on the lake.” The hospital specializes in surgery, including plastic surgery and vascular hand/ foot surgery. The building was designed by Justus Dahinden, a Swiss architect, and its construction completed in 1970. The very modern pyramid shape makes it unique on the Zurich landscape, where buildings are traditionally much older. The building is situated on the banks of Lake Zurich against a backdrop of...   view more
Foundation E. G. Buhrle Collection

7) Foundation E. G. Buhrle Collection

The Foundation E.G. Bührle Collection (Stiftung Sammlung E. G. Bührle) was established by the Bührle family in Zürich to bring to public viewing Emil Georg Bührle's important collection of European sculptures and paintings. The Foundation's art museum is in a Zurich villa adjoining Bührle's former home. Although the collection includes a number of Old Masters and Modern art including works by Pierre Bonnard, Georges Braque, Henri Matisse, and Pablo Picasso, it comprises...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
Cocoon Offices

8) Cocoon Offices

The Zurich Cocoon Office is incredibly modern for a city that boasts churches hundreds of years old. The building was designed by the Swiss architectural firm, Camenzind Evolution, and construction was completed in 2007. The very modern building sits in a green park-like oasis, with mature trees on three sides, which result in a sharp contrast. The hillside location provides stunning mountain and lake views. The stand-alone building is spiral shaped and is meant to have flexible interior spaces...   view more

Walking Tours in Zurich, Switzerland

Create Your Own Walk in Zurich

Create Your Own Walk in Zurich

Creating your own self-guided walk in Zurich is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Aussersihl Area Daily Life Tour

Aussersihl Area Daily Life Tour

The best way to become acquainted with a city’s energy and inner world is to witness the daily lives of its locals. Aussersihl, or Kreis 4, is a multinational neighborhood in Zürich, located near the center of the city. It was formed in the 18th century. There are many places to relax and plenty of entertainment to find here as well. The following is a list of places that are popular among Aussersihl residents.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.3 km
City Orientation Walking Tour

City Orientation Walking Tour

Switzerland’s largest city, Zürich, is rich in heritage and historic value, and is a popular travel destination. Its medieval architecture is well-preserved and worth seeing, as well as the city’s historic monuments and modern sculptures. Old Town, with its 13th century buildings, is an especially wonderful historic area to be seen. Be sure to visit some of Zürich's best landmarks in the following tour.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.0 km
Walking Tour for Gourmets

Walking Tour for Gourmets

Gourmets from all over the world come to Switzerland to enjoy its splendid tastes. It is famous not only for its high-quality watches, but also for its numerous specialty and confectionery shops offering many delicacies with inimitable flavors. The secrets of making these unique delicacies have been preserved for centuries, passed from father to son. Most of the products are still made by hand. Take the following tour to discover the most popular shops among gourmets.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.5 km
Kids Entertainment Walking Tour

Kids Entertainment Walking Tour

Zurich offers many activities for kids of all ages. There are shops for those who have just started their life journey with a lot of safe and enjoyable toys and games, boutiques with exclusive clothes, and, of course, sweet shops with original Swiss chocolate. Visiting the city’s museums, kids will learn about the history and culture of Switzerland, and the puppet theater will entertain with great performances. Be sure to visit the popular attractions listed in this tour.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.8 km
Souvenir Shopping

Souvenir Shopping

It would be a pity to leave Zurich without having explored its specialty shops and bringing home something truly original. We've compiled a list of gifts and souvenirs, which are unique to Zurich, that a visitor might like to purchase to reflect their visit.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.9 km
Museums Walking Tour

Museums Walking Tour

Zürich has a great number of museums, many of them historical museums displaying the history of Zürich and its citizens and the history of world civilizations. Many exhibit unique objects, documents and artifacts witnessing the past. One of the most interesting is the museum of timepieces from ancient times till the present. Take a look at Zürich's most popular historical museums in this walking tour.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 7.3 km

Useful Travel Guides for Planning Your Trip

16 Distinctively Swiss Things to Buy in Zurich

16 Distinctively Swiss Things to Buy in Zurich

Zurich is Switzerland’s largest city, and although it may feel like a bustling metropolis, the tranquil essence of the Alps flows fervently through the lively cobblestone streets, the buzzing train station, and the frenzied designer boutiques. Most shops in downtown Zurich open at 9 am and close...