The urban life of the global bank and financial center beats to the tune of a different rythm according to personalities and interests. These are a few timeless activities to consider when in town.
Beyer Clock and Watch Museum
The Beyer Clock and Watch Museum invites shoppers to pop in for a cultural moment on a day out shopping. The exhibition displays rare sundials, oil-lamp clocks, hourglasses, water clocks, grandfather clocks, table clocks, pocket watches, wrist-watches and scientific instruments for timekeeping and marine navigation. The museum explores the history of timekeeping from 1400 BC to the present day.
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Fraumunster, meaning “Church of Our Lady”, marks the Zurich skyline with its elegant tower. Founded in 853, it counts as one of the oldest religious buildings in the city. Stained glass windows by Augusto Giacometti and Marc Chagall draw admirers from around the world. The cloister displays a series of frescos by Paul Bodmer, and the crypt museum located beneath the choir also merits a visit.
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Zurich Opera House
No place says elegance and class quite like the interior of this exquisitely designed opera house. An ornate building with a neo-classical façade, the auditorium is built in the neo-rococo style and seats approximately 1200 people. Today it is home to the Zurich Philharmonic orchestra and premiers operas, ballet, and concerts. Seventeen new productions take the stage in the upcoming season.
The Kunsthaus Museum houses one of the most important art collections in Switzerland. With an emphasis on Swiss art, the collection spans from the Middle Ages to contemporary times and includes over 4000 paintings, sculptures, and installations. Highlights include German medieval paintings, paintings by Zurich artists and works by Swiss artists, Alberto Giacometti and Henry Fuseli.
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