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Top Parks and Gardens in Zurich

Top Parks and Gardens in Zurich

Home to more than 70 public parks and gardens, the picture-perfect city of Zurich serves up plenty of greenery to go alongside its Alpine peaks and heritage architecture. During your time in town, breathe in the fresh Swiss air, go for a ramble, spot rare flowers, or plan a picnic. Here are some of the best parks and gardens in Zurich:

Rieterpark

Officially the largest park in Zurich, Rieterpark plays host to the Rietberg Museum, which is home to an impressive art collection. The public space is best known for its landscaped gardens, pond, and forested pathways.

Chinese Garden

Perched on the edge of Lake Zurich, the Chinese Garden was given to Zurich by its Chinese sister city of Kunming in 1993. Today, the temple garden—noteworthy for its traditional Chinese architecture and island pavilion—is particularly lovely in the spring when plum blossoms appear.

Botanical Garden

Discover local flowers and plants from across the globe at Zurich’s Botanical Garden. Maintained by the University of Zurich, the garden’s flower beds are vibrant in the spring while its greenhouses contain hot-weather species that thrive throughout the year.

Old Botanical Garden

Not to be confused with Zurich’s other botanical garden, the city’s Old Botanical Garden dates back to 1837. Today, the park comprises an arboretum area, the Gessner Garden (which is devoted to medicinal plant species), and a 19th-century palm house.

Arboretum Zürich

Another waterside park that’s part of Zurich’s Quaianlagen (Waterfront), the Arboretum Zürich has been a popular place to socialize, sunbathe, and unwind for centuries. Home to an array of mature trees, a lido, and a sauna, it has everything you need to relax between sightseeing stops.

MFO-Park

Unlikely to be confused with any other city parks, MFO-Park is a feat of contemporary architecture. Housed in a former industrial space, the park features a steel structure and soaring climbing plants, which cascade down trellises. If you want a sci-fi look at the future of public gardens, head here.

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Zurich City Highlights Tour with Felsenegg Cable Car and Ferry Ride

Zurich City Highlights Tour with Felsenegg Cable Car and Ferry Ride

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Explore Zurich on a half-day sightseeing tour of the city. Climb aboard a luxury coach for a panoramic tour of top sights like the Swiss National Museum, the Zurich Opera House and the Old Town, and then take to the water for a scenic ferry crossing of Lake Zurich. Marvel at the grand architecture of Fraumünster Church and the Bahnhofstrasse and then gaze at sweeping Alpine vistas as you ride a cable car to the vertiginous Felsenegg vantage point.
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  • 4 hours 15 minutes
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3 in 1: Zurich Walking Tour - Cruise on the Lake - Cable Car Ride to Felsenegg

3 in 1: Zurich Walking Tour - Cruise on the Lake - Cable Car Ride to Felsenegg

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Tick off three top experiences at a reduced price with a 3-in-1 Zurich package. Discover the city’s major landmarks on a walking tour, then relax your feet on a lake cruise, before riding a cable car to Felsenegg’s summit for views that reach as far as the Alps. Along the way, benefit from your small-group guide’s personalized insights.
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  • 5 to 6 hours
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Zurich City Tour Experience

Zurich City Tour Experience

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If you want to experience all of the outstanding things Zurich has to offer in a single sightseeing outing, this is the tour package for you. Experience the town on this unique city tour with detailed commentaries in one of eleven languages: English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Japanese, Russian, Chinese, Arabic, and Hindi.  The air-conditioned Panorama bus takes you on a 100-minute round trip to the sights of Switzerland’s largest city. The route leads across the famous Bahnhofstrasse and the banking center of the lake with a view of the snow-capped mountains, part of the old town with its magnificent guild houses and the churches St. Peter, Grossmünster and Fraumünster. You’ll see the university quarter and the residential area Zürichberg, the National Museum and the Kunsthaus. At the two most scenic viewpoints we will make a short photo stop.
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  • 2 hours
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$38.68
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Zurich Tour Including Lake Cruise and Lindt Home of Chocolate

Zurich Tour Including Lake Cruise and Lindt Home of Chocolate

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See the best of Switzerland's business and cultural hub on a half-day tour of Zurich. Follow your guide to the city's top attractions, including the shopping haven of Bahnhofstrasse, the Opera House, National Museum, and charming Old Town. Ride uphill by cogwheel train for panoramic views over the city and then take a 30-minute cruise on Lake Zurich. Top off the trip with a stop at the newly opened Lindt Home of Chocolate, where you can marvel at the world's highest free standing chocolate fountain. After an audio-guided tour through the museum, taste as much chocolate as your heart desires before returning by coach to Sihlquai Coach Parking.
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  • 5 hours 15 minutes
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Private Tour: Zurich City Highlights

Private Tour: Zurich City Highlights

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Discover the spectacular sights of Zurich on a private tour of the cultural Swiss city. Admire legendary landmarks and historical monuments like the Bahnhofstrasse and the charming Old Town while enriching your knowledge of the region’s rich history. See the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, the place Albert Einstein imparted his wisdom; browse the exhibits within the Swiss National Museum; and take a tranquil cruise on the shimmering surface of Lake Zurich. Customize the itinerary of this private tour according to your interests and receive the undivided attention of your personal guide.
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The Great Tour of Zurich

The Great Tour of Zurich

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Enhance your sightseeing experience of Switzerland’s cultural capital on a half-day tour of Zurich and the quaint neighboring village of Rapperswil. With a knowledgeable guide, discover blooming rose gardens; see sweeping vistas of the snow-capped Alps; and stroll amid the verdant splendor of a deer park to see the majestic creatures in their natural habitat. Marvel at the ancient castle that reigns over the village of Rapperswil and then conclude your tour with a tranquil boat ride on Lake Zurich.
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  • 4 hours
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Private Tour: Zurich Walking Tour

Private Tour: Zurich Walking Tour

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Receive the undivided attention of a private guide as you discover the spectacular city of Zurich on a 2-hour private walking tour. Admire popular attractions like Frauminster Church, with its prismatic stained glass windows, and gaze at the shimmering surface of Lake Zurich. See, too, the elegant Bahnhofstrasse and explore the charming Old Town while listening to captivating commentary from your insightful guide. Relish the freedom and flexibility of this private tour and customize the itinerary to suit your interests.
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City Walk with funicular ride and boat trip to China Garden

City Walk with funicular ride and boat trip to China Garden

This experience is offered by a private local. Want to get to know the city with a local and be able to know it like the back of your hand in only one afternoon? That is possible! You will get to see the city and you will be able to discover it through the eyes of a local. By taking the tram, boat and cable car you will know how to get from A to B and even get some insider tips on how to be even faster than the Zürcher! It is not only going to be a practical experience, you will get to know more about the history, local lifestyle and modern transformation if the city of Zurich. This Experience will help you make the best out of your stay in Zurich! This experience will be a public one in a group size that does not exceed 8 people so that you can really ask all your questions and get the best out of this Experience.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Zürich Secret Garden

Zürich Secret Garden

Romantic walk along the Schanzengraben, part of Zurich's old fortifications. No traffic right through the city centre. Historic buildings and gardens.
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