Culture Self-guided Tour, Zurich

Many of Switzerland's most important cultural venues are located in Zürich. The city has been home to many distinguished figures, including Richard Wagner, Thomas Mann, James Joyce, Carl Jung, Felix Bloch, and others. Zürich’s theaters are famous all over the world. Take the following tour to discover Zürich’s most popular and prominent cultural venues.
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Culture Self-guided Tour Map

Guide Name: Culture Self-guided Tour
Guide Location: Switzerland » Zurich (See other walking tours in Zurich)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 9
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.5 km
Author: ellen
Museum Rietberg

1) Museum Rietberg (must see)

The Rietberg Museum in Zürich is the only non-European art gallery in Switzerland. It features works from Africa, Asia and the ancient Americas. The goal of the museum is to make the visitor aware of the diverse type of artistic expression that can be found outside of Europe. The museum was founded on the private collection of Baron Eduard von de Heydt. The physical location of the museum dates back to the purchase of the Rieterpark and Wesendonck Villa, a Renaissance mansion, by the city of...   view more
ArteF Fine Art Photography Gallery

2) ArteF Fine Art Photography Gallery

The ArteF Gallery, established in 2004, is dedicated to promoting photography as a fine art. It exhibits photos from the 20th century, as well as outstanding contemporary works. Some of its fine collection has also toured many significant galleries all over the world.

Operation hours: Tuesday - Thursday: by appointment; Friday: 12 pm - 6 pm;
Saturday: 12 pm - 5...   view more
Tonhalle Orchester

3) Tonhalle Orchester

Tonhalle Orchester Zürich is a symphony orchestra founded in 1868 in Zürich Switzerland, where it established its residence in the neue Tonhalle (new concert hall) in 1895. For many years, Tonhalle Orchester has been one of the most recognized orchestras in Europe.The orchestra of just over 100 musicians now plays all over the world; it has twice performed widely-broadcast BBC Promenade Concerts at Royal Albert Hall. This 100-piece symphony orchestra, gives great performances not only in...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia

4) Bürkliplatz

Bürkliplatz is a popular attraction with both tourists and locals. From the promenade you can admire the view of Lake Zürich's calm waters and a fascinating panorama of the Alps. There is also a statue of Ganymede and Zeus, in the form of an eagle, being taken to Mount...   view more

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
Kronenhalle Restaurant

6) Kronenhalle Restaurant

This is the most prominent restaurant in Zürich. It was a favorite meeting place of famous Swiss and international writers, musicians and artists, among them Thomas Mann, Pablo Picasso, James Joyce, Coco Chanel, Christian Dior, Igor Stravinsky, Yves Saint-Laurent, and many others. It not only serves superb cuisine, but also contains a great collection of original paintings by famous...   view more
Kunsthaus Zürich

7) Kunsthaus Zürich (must see)

The Kunsthaus is one of the most important museums in Europe. The building was designed by architect Karl Moser and completed in 1910. The facades contain bas-reliefs designed by Oskar Keifer, a long time collaborator with Moser. The collection is impressive and diverse, from pieces dating to the Middle Ages to contemporary ones. Overall, the collection emphasizes Swiss art through various periods. Some of the Swiss artists represented include Fussli, Hodler, Rist and Fischli. Works by Munch,...   view more
Schauspielhaus Zürich

8) Schauspielhaus Zürich

The Zurich playhouse is one of the most well-known theaters in the German-speaking world. The theater was constructed in 1892 as a “people’s theater” and featured a beer garden and bowling alley, along with a performance space which primarily showed vaudeville. In 1901, the building was rented by the Zurich Opera in order to have an additional space for performances. For the next 30 years, the theater switched hands and never got a lot of traction. In 1933, well-known actors and directors...   view more
Thomas Mann Archives

9) Thomas Mann Archives

Thomas Mann (1875 – 1955) was a German social critic, novelist, essayist and the 1929 Nobel Prize Laureate. His work was known for being highly symbolic and ironic and for providing insight into the psychology of the artist. When Hitler came to power in Germany, Mann, an anti-fascist, fled to Switzerland. He then moved to the United States when World War II broke out. He came back to Switzerland in 1952. After his death in 1956, his heirs donated his literary estate and personal items to the...   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.
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
Religious Sights Walking Tour

Religious Sights Walking Tour

Zürich has many splendid churches and monasteries, which provide an immense spiritual and cultural contribution to the entire country. Many of them played a significant role in the Protestant Reformation. Each church is inimitable in its architecture. Follow this walking tour to become familiar with Zürich's most beautiful religious edifices.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.4 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
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
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

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