Must see attractions in Canton of Zürich

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    Fraumünster

    This 13th-century church is renowned for its stunning stained-glass windows, designed by the Russian-Jewish master Marc Chagall (1887–1985), who executed the series of five windows in the choir stalls in 1971 and the rose window in the southern transept in 1978. The rose window in the northern transept was created by Augusto Giacometti in 1945. Admission includes a multilingual audioguide.

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    Kunsthaus

    Zürich’s impressive fine-arts gallery boasts a rich collection of largely European art. It stretches from the Middle Ages through a mix of Old Masters to Alberto Giacometti stick figures, Monet and van Gogh masterpieces, Rodin sculptures, and other 19th- and 20th-century art. It also hosts rotating exhibitions of the highest calibre.

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    Sukkulenten-Sammlung

    Zürich is home to one of the largest collections of succulents in the world: more than 4500 species from more than 78 families. With seven greenhouses, an outdoor rockery, plus cacti, agaves, aloes and pennyworts in all manner of shapes, spikes and stature, the Succulent Plant Collection is free and full of surprises.

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    Focus Terra

    This hands-on university museum reveals the treasures of the earth, explaining what makes volcanoes erupt, where gems come from and what fossils tell us about the origins of life. It even has its own earthquake simulator.

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    Schweizerisches Landesmuseum

    Inside a purpose-built cross between a mansion and a castle sprawls this eclectic and imaginatively presented museum. The permanent collection offers an extensive romp through Swiss history, with exhibits ranging from elaborately carved and painted sleds to domestic and religious artefacts, via a series of reconstructed historical rooms spanning six centuries. In 2016 the museum celebrated a major expansion with the opening of its archaeology section in a brand-new wing. The museum is right next to Zürich's main station.

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    Zoo Zürich

    With more than 380 species in as-nature-intended enclosures, Zoo Zürich is home to elephants, lemurs, chameleons, camels, yaks and penguins. With one eye on conservation, its habitats include Masoala Hall, which mimics the rainforest, and the Pantanal, which displays animals from the South American wetlands. Check the website for feeding times. A visit will typically take around four hours.

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    Botanical Garden & Museum

    Escape the hustle of the city at the botanical garden, home to some 8000 species of the world's flora. Flowers, trees and mosses can be admired in the extensive grounds and greenhouses, and 25,000 botanical curiosities can be explored in the museum's alternating exhibitions. Tropical greenhouses and museum hours vary.

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    Zoological Museum

    Dinosaur skeletons, giant mammoths, sloths – the hands-on Zoological Museum of the University of Zürich is home to 1500 stuffed animals, with interactive exhibits that allow visitors to listen to whales singing or get close up to insects with a magnifying glass. It hosts a permanent exhibition, plus varying one-off events. The in-house cinema also shows free nature films twice daily.

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    Josefwiese

    An atmospheric Kreis 5 park, in the shadow of a towering smokestack and railway viaduct, this family-friendly place has huge grassy expanses and a fountain for kids to splash in, along with drinks and snacks for sale at the adjacent Kiosk Josefwiese.

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    Grossmünster

    Founded by Charlemagne in the 9th century (but heavily reworked since), Zürich's twin-towered landmark cathedral sits directly across the river from Fraumünster. The interior showcases stained-glass work by Augusto Giacometti. For far-reaching city views, climb the southern tower, the Karlsturm. Firebrand preacher Huldrych Zwingli (1484–1531) began speaking out against the Catholic Church here in the 16th century, and thus brought the Reformation to Zürich. Zwingli’s house is nearby.

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    St Peterskirche

    From any position in the city, it’s hard to overlook the 13th-century tower of this church. Its prominent clock face, 8.7m in diameter, is the largest in Europe. Inside, the choir stalls date from the 13th century, but the rest of the church is largely an 18th-century reconstruction. Just below is one of Zürich's most picturesque spots: St Peterhofstatt, a lovely cobbled square surrounding a graceful old linden tree.

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    Beyer Museum

    Inside the premises of a purveyor of fine timepieces is this small jewel of a museum, which chronicles the rise of timekeeping, from striated medieval candles to modern watches. To see short videos of the most creative pieces in action (Moses striking a rock with his staff to bring forth water, and a magician who lifts cups to reveal ever-changing geometric shapes), ask staff for a loaner iPad.

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    Museum Rietberg

    Set in three villas in a leafy park and fronted by a striking emerald glass entrance, this museum houses the country’s only assembly of African, Asian and ancient American art. Highlights of the permanent collection include a shaman eagle mask, Persian wall hangings and Chinese cloisonné enamelling. The collection is frequently complemented by temporary exhibitions.

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    Museum of Wax Moulages

    Moulages are 3D, naturalistic recreations of body parts and the skin alterations that various diseases can evoke. They were used in the 19th century to study diseases, and have themselves now become a subject of scholarly interest. Zürich hosts the most life-like and well-preserved wax moulages but you’ll need a strong stomach for this academic house of horrors.

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    Ethnographic Museum

    The University of Zürich's Ethnographic Museum hosts two regularly changing temporary exhibitions on non-European cultures, and offers insight into its topics of research – for example, you can discover how Prince Vessantara became Buddha, or find out how the museum works with international partners in order to examine other societies in a sensitive way.

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    Archaeological Collection

    Discover ancient history at the University of Zürich's archaeological collection. The extensive collection of both original pieces and plaster casts is wide-ranging – you can find out about the interior-design trends of Neo-Babylonian kings or the burial rituals of ancient Egyptians, plus get your fill of Ancient Greek and Roman artefacts, too.

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    FIFA World Football Museum

    Fans of the game won't want to miss out on the FIFA World Football Museum, opened in 2017, which races you through the history of FIFA and the World Cup in a series of hands-on displays. Highlights include the original World Cup Trophy and a giant pinball machine where you can put your own skills to the test. The museum is southwest of the centre.

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    Cabaret Voltaire

    Birthplace of the zany Dada art movement, this art space has come back to life as a hotbed of contentious art exhibitions and socially critical artistic ferment. Explore the history of Dada downstairs or head for the poster-plastered cafe-bar upstairs. Art books and Dada-related publications are sold in the shop.

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    Niederdorf

    On the Limmat River’s east bank, the winding cobbled streets of Niederdorf are crammed with restaurants, bars, galleries, bookshops and craft shops. Affectionately dubbed 'Dörfli' by locals, the quarter has a laid-back vibe. Climb up from the river to Lindenhof for postcard views of the Old Town.

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    Museum für Gestaltung

    Consistently impressive and wide-ranging, the revolving exhibitions at this design museum can include anything from works by classic photographers such as Henri Cartier-Bresson to advertising for the design furniture of yesteryear. Graphic and applied arts dominate the permanent collections.