From world-class museums to thriving shopping districts, Switzerland’s largest and most important city has so much to offer visitors. Among its attractions is a rich array of historical and culturally attractions, including over 50 museums and more than 100 galleries.

The largest museum dedicated to Swiss history is the Swiss National Museum (Landesmuseum). A visit to this comprehensive museum is perfect for anyone interested in learning more about the traditions of Switzerland’s various cantons. The museum’s collection features artefacts that help tell the story of the country’s culture and history, including costumes, military pieces and art work. The museum is situated opposite Zurich’s railway station next to Platzspitz park, which is a short walk from affordable accommodation Zurich  options such as the Comfort Hotel Royal.

The Zurich Museum of Art (Kunsthaus) is one of Europe’s best art museums. The museum houses the one of the largest collections of Classic Modern art, including works by Picasso, Giacometti and Munch. The collection boasts some 4,000 pieces, including paintings, scultures and other installations. Another top art museum is the Centre Le Corbusier, which sits on the shore of Lake Zurich. The museum houses works by architect, designer and urban planner Le Corbusier. Its home is an attractive modern villa laid out by Le Corbusier.

For a glimpse at cultures from around the world, visit the Rietberg Museum. The museum’s collection features pieces from non-European Cultures, including art from Asia, Africa, the Americas and Oceania. Exhibits include sculptures from India, grave decorations from China, tribal masks from Africa and other artefacts from various cultures. For a look at one-of-a-king watches, visit the unique Uhrenmuseum Byer (Beyer Watch Museum) on Bahnofstrasse. Some timepieces date back centuries, including pieces from Gothic and Renaissance periods.