Swiss National Museum
There’s no better place to see Swiss history and culture in one place, at the National Museum. The excellent collection covers every aspect of Swiss life, from politics and furniture to warfare and coins. This fascinating (and now newly-extended) museum has perfectly presented exhibits showing there’s more to Switzerland than cheese and chocolate. Closed Monday.
This isn’t Zurich’s biggest church though, Fraumünster is possibly the most beautiful. From the outside this former abbey is elegant, but inside it’s truly marvellous, thanks to five exceptional stained glass windows by Marc Chagall. Each has a vividly different colour, and they appear to be made from layers of fine tissue paper.
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If you do just one thing while in Zurich, visit Confiserie Sprüngli and try a Luxembürgli. This mini macaron is as light as can be, but with a divine filling, and comes in a rainbow of flavours, such as vibrant raspberry or pale pistachio. The main shop is on Paradeplatz but others are in the station and airport.