XcelTrip|4 min read|May 30, 2019

Famous as the country's economic and cultural hub and one of Europe's main financial and business capitals, it's easy to forget that it's also a charming and captivating place for tourists. Its many attractions include dozens of museums, a well-preserved old town filled with medieval and Renaissance buildings, and enough art - both in and out of museums - to keep art-lovers happy for a week. Zurich's custom of liberal thinking and active intellectual life drew in leading figures that included Georg Büchner, Vladimir Lenin, James Joyce, C. G. Jung, and Thomas Mann. Zurich is also a sight to behold, visit Zurich to experience the following place, book your trip on XcelTrip and make memories that last a lifetime.

Zurich Zoo

More than 360 different animal species live in the exotic world of the Zurich Zoo, one of the finest in Europe. Animals live as close to their own environments as possible: snow leopards amid the rocky Himalayan landscape, penguins swimming in chilly water, and you can spot flying foxes from a canopy walk amid 13,000 square meters of tropical rainforest. In the Kaeng Krachan Elephant Park, you can watch the Asian elephant family play with their babies and bathe in their multi-environment outdoor complex, which was designed to resemble their natural Thai habitat. Trams and trains run to the zoo from the main train station and the Paradeplatz.

Swiss National Museum

A castle-like building with neo-Gothic trappings houses an excellent museum showcasing the enlightening history of all Switzerland. It is by far the most significant collection of Swiss historic and cultural artefacts - more than 820,000 of them, covering a wide range of subjects from prehistory through the 20th century. The archaeological collections, with artefacts discovered in Switzerland that date from about 100,000 BC to about AD 800 are among the best in Europe. Entire collections cover works of gold- and silversmiths, textiles, costumes, metalwork, jewellery, watches and clocks, scientific instruments, rural life, carriages and sleighs, musical instruments, crafts, and industrial antiquities. The medieval wall canvases are particularly interesting, as is the collection of old stained glass. The Armory Tower exhibits an important collection of arms and armour.

Kunsthaus Zurich

The Kunsthaus is run by the Zürich Society of Arts and traces its antiquity back to a society of artists founded in 1787. While it has large collections of works by several artists - more portraits by Charles Munch than any other museum outside of Oslo and Europe's most important collection of Monet's works outside of Paris - the weight has always been on showing the highest quality works by an artist over the largest quantity. The Kunsthaus is especially strong in Impressionists, Post-Impressionists, and Modern schools, beginning with the forerunners and early Impressionists Delacroix, Corot, Courbet, and Manet. Two of the most stunning of the large water lily canvases are at the centre of the Monet exhibit. Both Cézanne and van Gogh are represented by paintings from the end of their careers - van Gogh's painted in the final days of his life. An entire room is filled with characteristic dreamlike works of Marc Chagall.

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