The Fraumünster Church can be recognized by its green steeple and is one of Zurich’s most recognizable landmarks. This church was built in the 9th century on the West Bank of the Limmat River and is located across from the Grossmünster Church on the East Bank.
The five stained glass windows have been beautifully crafted by Marc Chargall, who is also responsible for the rosette in the south transept. The north transept, however, was created by the uncle of the famous Swiss artist Alberto Giacometti, Augusto Giacometti. The Fraumünster Church is also home to the largest organ in the Swiss Canton of Zurich.
The Evangelical Church, Grossmünster, is located on the East Bank of the Limmat River. Although it has undergone several renovations, this church was first constructed in 1100. Legend says that the church was built on the site of the graves of the patron saints of Zurich, Felix and Regula, which were apparently discovered by Charlemagne.
There are many unique attractions in the church including the Romanesque crypt and the Reformation museum in the cloister. Augusto Giacometti, the uncle of famous Swiss artist Alberto Giacometti, created the beautiful stained-glass windows. Visitors can also climb the 187 steps to the main tower for a great view of Zurich.
The Kunsthaus Zurich is an art museum that houses the most important art collections in Switzerland. While the collection contains work from the Middle ages, this museum contains Zurich’s largest collection of modern art.
Many pieces by the Swiss sculptor, Alberto Giacometti, are on display as well as pieces from Picasso, Monet, and Chagall. On Wednesdays, admission to the Collection is free.
The most spectacular attraction in Zurich is undoubtedly the beautiful Lake Zurich. It is the 6th largest lake in Switzerland which has been known to completely freeze over twice, once in 1929 and again in the winter of 1962/1963. There are many restaurants and shops located along the lake as well as a number of activities for visitors to partake in, including swimming and cycling.
The lake is home to many swans who are often found swimming along the banks of the lake. The swans are very photogenic animals, but please be cautious when taking pictures. Trips on the historic paddle boats are also popular among visitors.
FIFA World Football Museum
A must see in Zurich, for all sports fans, in the FIFA World Football Museum. This museum is devoted to the rich heritage of football and its unique ability to bring the world together. This museum not only presents the development and history of international football but also looks back on major international tournaments and how they have impacted the lives of people throughout the world.
The main exhibit at the museum is the FIFA World Cup Gallery that is dedicated to football’s ultimate prize. The FIFA World Cup Trophy is even on display.