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- Posted: Thursday, June 25, 2009
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Things to do in Zurich for free
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During your visit to Zurich, Switzerland’s largest city, you’ll find that there are plenty of things to do. While some of the main attractions, like the museums and the art galleries, charge an entrance fee, many others can be enjoyed totally free of charge. In fact, one of the best things about Zurich is the city’s natural beauty. Its picturesque location and pretty cityscape can be enjoyed without having to spend anything at all. Here we provide information about five of the top things to do for free in Zurich. If you’re lucky enough to visit this enticing Swiss city, be sure to check them out.
St. Peter’s Church
Without a doubt one of the most noticeable sights in Zurich, the clock face on St. Peter’s tower is the largest of its kind in Europe at 8.7 metres in diameter. Dating back to around the 7th century, this is also oldest church in the city. Inside this church, you’ll see numerous dazzling chandeliers, as well as a giant organ. A variety of musical events are held here, or if you’re lucky you’ll catch one of the organists practicing during your visit. Open Mon-Fri 8am-6pm, Sat 8am-4pm.
This is the highest point in Zurich’s famous Old Town area. Walk to the summit of the hill and you’ll be afforded with stunning views of much of the city, including Limmatquai, Grossmünster and more. Along with the view, Lindenhof boasts other attractions, not least the games of street chess and boules held here. You can watch these while sitting in the shade by the beautiful fountain.
Zurichhorn Park and Lake Zurich
Situated beside Lake Zurich, Zurichhorn Park is a great place to take in glorious views of the alpine countryside surrounding the city of Zurich. From sunbathing on the stretches of grass to going for a dip in the lake, you’ll find lots of things to do. You can catch a boat trip that takes in the lake and the Limmat River from one of the jetties here.
One of the coolest things about Mythenquai is the large fountain just beside it that’s actually part of the lake. From the different jetties along this quay, you can sit and watch the fountain’s changing display while you soak up the sun. At the top of the quay, you’ll come across the Arboretum Enge. This is an open park area, filled with large stretches of grass that are filled with sunbathing locals and visitors on fine days. The park also has its own aviary, which is something a little different!
Throughout these beautiful gardens you’ll see a huge range of colourful plants and flowers. This well-loved and popular attraction is looked after by Zurich University. Covering an expanse of around 53,000 square metres, these gardens are home to approximately 9,000 species of plants and flowers. While walking around, you’ll also come across a large pond and lots of glasshouses. Open Mar-Sept Mon-Fri 7am-7pm & Sat-Sun 8am-6pm, Oct-Feb Mon-Fri 8am-6pm & Sat-Sun 8am-7pm.