Switzerland’s largest city is also one of the most popular European tourist destinations. The city of Zurich is situated on Lake Zurich where the lake is met by the Limmat River. The city is also Switzerland’s financial center and is the home of the stock exchange and the headquarters of numerous international and national corporations. It is also the media center of the country since the majority of the country’s TV channels call Zurich home.
Many international tourists are well aware that you can really splurge when vacationing in Zurich. Ironically, it can be a great place for budget travelers as well, so if you have financial concerns about spending time in Zurich, you shouldn’t get discouraged by what you hear as far as expense goes. The following content is a listing of some of the FREE things to enjoy in Zurich.
Altstadt (Old Town) – with its cobblestone streets and its assortment of beautiful religious sites, Old Town is an excellent place to spend the day exploring without having to spend any money in order to have an enjoyable experience.
Bahnhofstrasse – probably the most famous street in Zurich for shopping, it is also the location of many of the important banks of the world. Although you can spend money here, if your budget doesn’t permit much, you can spend the morning or afternoon window shopping to your heart’s content.
Church of Our Lady – a prominent Gothic cathedral constructed in the 13th century, the structure is best known for its more modern additions such as the stained glass windows that were installed in the 1970’s. Just be sure that you find out the hours of operation before deciding to visit the cathedral.
Grossmünster church – now a Protestant church, it was originally Catholic. This massive structure is one of Zurich’s most historical icons and the magnificent architectural style make this church a must-see stop on your vacation itinerary.
St. Peter Church – built sometime during the 13th century (dates unknown), its primary feature is its gigantic clock face which is the largest on the entire European continent. The diameter of the face is 30 feet (9 meters) and the minute hands of the clock are over 13 feet (4 meters) in length.
Swiss Customs Museum – situated in the former house of the Zurich frontier guards, this educational museum is only accessible by ship. It is a great destination for discovering more about smuggling on the many European lakes as well as what it may have been like on the high seas.
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