Out of all the cities in the world, Zürich is considered to be the 6th most expensive. It also ranks first in terms of the richest cities in the whole of Europe. This does not mean that you no longer will be able to enjoy a visit to it, as there are still quite a number of affordable hotels to stay in, restaurants that do not charge exorbitant prices, and sites to visit that will not burn a hole in your pockets. The happy, welcoming, and friendly citizens will also give you a sense of belonging while you are visiting their beloved city.
Kunsthaus Zürich, which in English, if directly translated, means “Art House,” is a museum that houses one of the biggest modern art collections in the entire world. Manet, Munch, and Picasso are some of the names that you will encounter here. Be sure to bring with you at least $20, as the admission here is roughly about $17. There is a discount given to students though, so carry with you your school I.D. if you can. The building’s exhibits and displays are devoted primarily to 19th and 20th century masterpieces. You should not miss the “Gates of Hell” by Rodin when you are here.
If some shopping for the ritzy stuff is what you want to do while in Zurich, make sure that you stop by at the Bahnhofstrasse. This place is a haven for the chronic shropper. As you as get out of the city’s main train terminal, you can begin your expedition. Take note though that this is also one of the city’s (probably the entire world’s) priciest shopping destinations, so be prepared to do some negotiation and haggling. Here, you will find big name stores such as Bvlgari, Louis Vuitton, and Armani.
The northern part of the area is perfect for strolls, as the winding streets will lead you to the Old Town, which sits prettily along the river banks. Before you cross though, make sure that you stop by at the Fraumünster so you can be impressed by the Chagall stained glass windows. Nearby is also the Grossmünster Cathedral, another great religious site.
Just in between the Usteristrasse and the Bahnhofstrasseis the Pestalozzi Park, one of the most pristine and well-maintained parks in the city. Here you will find a Johann Heinrich Pestalozzi monument. Pestalozzi, for the uninitiated, is a renowned education reformer born 1746 and passed away 1827. This is a perfect spot for you to rest your tired legs after a day of shopping and sightseeing.
All cities are unique from each other, and there is not one city that you can truly say is like another. There are several things that make them different, one of the biggest of which is the history behind them. So while you are in Zurich, you should allot some of your time to visit its most important historical sites. Start at the ZunfthauszurWaag, which can be found in the area of the Airport – Zrh. Others that you should visit include the ZunfthauszurZimmerleuten, ZunfthauszumRüden, and Schauspielhaus.