Budget Zurich: How to see everything for 100 francs?

Zurich is an amazingly beautiful city, which amazes with its diversity and abundance of attractions. There is the Baer Museum and Botanical Gardens, Museum of Fine Arts, National Museum, but what to do when you have only 100$ or 100 francs in your pocket? The good news is that even with such a budget you have great opportunities to visit different places and take away from this city your luggage of unforgettable impressions and photos. Today we will tell you about the places that every tourist can afford, as well as share the places where admission is free.

Lindt Chocolate House

1. Lindt Chocolate House

The Lindt Chocolate House is a great opportunity to see the chocolate industry from the inside and to see the process of creating Swiss chocolate from A to Z. Although the museum itself is new, it tells the story of the legendary chocolate brand. Switzerland is at the forefront of chocolate experimentation. At the end of the 19th century, Daniel Peter added milk powder to chocolate seven and invented milk chocolate. Three years after this seemingly simple discovery, he became a partner of Henri Nestlé and together they founded Nestlé. You will already be told about all this in the second room of the Swiss chocolate pioneers.

Opening hours: Tuesday, Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 to 18:00. Wednesday through Friday - from 10:00 to 20:00. Monday is a day off. The entrance fee is 17 francs.

2. FIFA Museum

The FIFA Museum is a meeting place for soccer fans from all over the world. Its 3,000 square meters of exhibition space houses around 1,000 exclusive exhibits - balls, trophies, awards, uniforms - and 500 videos, photographs, books, documents and other artifacts illustrating the development of soccer around the world from different angles and demonstrating its great unifying power. There is also an interactive gaming area and a movie theater with a 3D screen.

Opening hours: Tuesday - Sunday from 10:00 to 18:00. Monday is a day off. Entrance fee: 22 francs.

3. Swiss National Museum

It is a crime to visit Switzerland and not visit this museum, as it contains the entire history of the country. National costumes and paraphernalia, panoramas with key events that shaped the history of Switzerland. The museum captures its atmosphere and will give you the opportunity to be closer to the history of this beautiful country.

Opening hours: Tuesday - Sunday from 10:00 to 18:00. Monday is admission. Ticket costs: 13 francs (free for children under 16).


4. Kunsthaus

When making your list of places to visit in Zurich, don't forget to include the Kunsthaus. It is one of the largest fine art museums in the country. On the walls of this museum are collected works of famous masters from the XV century to the present day: Picasso, Monet, Rubens, Van Gogh and many other maestros of painting. So if you are a connoisseur of art, a trip to this museum will definitely not leave you indifferent.

Opening hours: Tuesday, Saturday and Sunday - from 10:00 to 18:00. Wednesday through Friday - from 10:00 to 20:00. Monday is a day off. Tickets cost 20 francs (free for children under 16) and 15 francs per person for groups of 20 or more.

5. Fraumünster Church

One of the most famous churches in Zurich. Unremarkable from the outside, inside it is amazing: a huge organ (the largest in the canton) with more than five and a half thousand pipes, an inner gallery preserved since 1270, and famous stained glass windows by Alberto Giacometti and Marc Chagall.

Opening hours: November-March - from 10:00 to 16:00, April-October - from 10:00 to 18:00.

Botanical Garden of the University of Zurich

6. Botanical Garden of the University of Zurich

The Botanical Garden of the University of Zurich is literally a free opportunity to find yourself in the midst of stunning nature and enjoy different kinds of flowers. Bring your camera and your favorite book just to spend a few hours in silence and enjoy the beautiful scents and colors.

Opening hours: March-September - Monday to Friday from 07:00 to 19:00, weekends from 08:00 to 18:00. October-February - Monday through Friday from 08:00 to 18:00, weekends - from 08:00 to 17:00. Admission is free.

7. Beyer Clock Museum

One of the hallmarks of Switzerland is the watch. The reputation of Swiss watches has spread all over the world, so you can't miss the opportunity to visit the Beyer Watch Museum, where you will see the history of watchmaking. In the museum there is an exposition with antique clocks, as well as various tools related to watchmaking. This museum is an opportunity to touch the art of watchmaking and immerse yourself in the roots of this craft. The museum showcases the finest works of artisans who made wrist and room clocks.

The museum is open Monday through Friday - from 14:00 to 18:00. The ticket costs 5 francs, free for children.

Rietberg Museum

8. Rietberg Museum

It's worth adding to your itinerary, if only because it's the only museum of non-European cultures in Switzerland. In the three villas it occupies, you'll find works of art from China, India, Japan, Africa and Southeast Asia, as well as a collection of Japanese prints, art from Oceania and Java, a collection of masks and Flemish carpets.

Opening hours are Tuesday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. Wednesday and Thursday - from 10:00 to 20:00. A ticket costs 18 francs (temporary exhibitions) and 14 francs (permanent). For children under 16 years of age, admission is free.

9. Chinese Garden

Don't miss the opportunity to take it all in and touch Chinese culture when you arrive in Zurich. Openwork pavilions and arched bridges, lush greenery, streams and ponds reflecting sakura and bamboo. Everything in this garden breathes peace and harmony. Just imagine what kind of photos you will get in social networks.

Opening hours: the garden is open from 11:00 to 19:00. Cost: 4 francs per entry.

10. Zurich Toy Museum

Feel like a child again and plunge into the world of childhood dreams! Kind teddy bears, dolls in elegant outfits, brave tin soldiers and many other childhood friends await you in this puppet kingdom. The private collection, started by Franz Weber in the ХІХ century, turned into the Toy Museum and today familiarizes visitors with the history of the toy world from the ХІХ to the end of the ХХ century.

Opening hours: Monday through Friday - from 14:00 to 17:00, Saturday - from 13:00 to 16:00. The museum is closed on Sundays and holidays. The entrance ticket costs 7 francs.


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