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Cultural Capital of Switzerland

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  • General Information

    Other Name: -, District: NA, State: NA, Switzerland
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    Languages Spoken: German
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  • Description

    Zurich is the largest city in Switzerland and the capital of the canton of Zurich.The city is Switzerland''s main commercial and cultural centre and sometimes called the Cultural Capital of Switzerland.
  • Location

    About 30 km north of the Alps.
  • Climate

    Humid continental climate
This famous pedestrian street offers the best in world-class shopping opportunities and is also home to some of the world''s most important banks.
Although this beautiful church dates from the ninth century, it is often the five 20th-century stained-glass windows in the choir by Marc Chagall (1970) that attract visitors. These glass works of art are best seen in the morning light.
This 12th-century cathedral has both historical and architectural significance: Ulrich Zwingli led an important sect of the Reformation from here in the early 1500s, and the cathedral''s twin towers serve as perhaps the most recognizable landmarks in modern Zurich.
This famous performance hall, built in the late 19th century, hosts frequent dramatic and musical events.
The Rhine Falls were formed fourteen to seventeen thousand years ago after the ice age. The falls are located in northern Switzerland near the German border. They are about seventy feet high, and four hundred feet wide and are the largest waterfalls in Europe.The water spray from the falls rises in a cloud of rainbows above the trees along the bank of the Rhine River, which makes for a beautiful sight. There is about fifty thousand people who visit the falls daily, just to look at its beauty.
This is the city’s most important art gallery, boasting a collection of paintings and sculptures by Swiss and international masters, covering most periods from medieval times but predominately from the 19th and 20th centuries. Two of Monet’s Water Lilies paintings and the largest collection of Edvard Munch’s works outside Norway can be found here, as well as many works by Füssli and Hodler and important works by Expressionists like Kokoschka, Bechmann and Corinth.
This modern zoo is home to exotic animal species from all over the world.
The open, park-like enclosures of the Zurich zoo house some 1,500 animals from points near and far, in areas that replicate the animals’ natural environments. The zoo’s animals draw crowds during feeding times. A complex duplicates Madagascar’s Masoala rainforest. There are several good restaurants at the zoo, including the Altes Klösterli, Siesta and Outpost.