Zurich, the capital of Switzerland, has been called the cultural capital of Switzerland. As such, the city affords many opportunities for entertainment and recreation.
The Johann Jacobs Museum Coffee Museum, located at Seefeldquai 17, 8034 Zürich, has a new, different exhibition each year dispensing information about the political, social and cultural facets of coffee. These exhibits are built around the collection of coffee and coffee implements the museum has in its possession.
Another museum unique to Zurich is the The Depuoz Collection Toy Museum, which can be found at Englischviertelstrasse 19b, 8032 Zürich, offers displays of children’s toys from the 18th to 20th century. The exhibits of dolls, dollhouses, toys made of wood and tin, and other objects chosen by collectors Claudia and Christian Depuoz, are a must-see for young and old alike.
Those more interested in outdoor entertainment can purchase a snow’n’rail ticket, which includes a train and ski pass, from the Hauptbahnhof during months in the winter. Ticket-holders are able to ride the train to a ski resort in the morning and return in the evening. The closest large ski resort is Flumserberg, a setting popular with Zurich natives. The resort has a variety of runs, for beginners to experts, and offers an alpine garden, shops, restaurants and a night club.
For those interested in shopping, Zurich has Bahnhofstrasse, one of the most exclusive shopping avenues in the world, to offer. The avenue, which begins at Bahnhofplatz by Zürich Main Station, offers plenty of shopping opportunities, including Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Cartier, Tiffany and Co, Dior, H&M and Salvatore Ferragamo, among others. The Credit Suisse Group and UBS, the two biggest Swiss banks, have headquarters located along the avenue and the street also features Confiserie Sprüngli, a chocolate shop and café.
A notable entry on the list of things to see for those interested in historic architecture is the 12th-century cathedral, the Great Church (Grossmunster), located at Zwingliplatz, Zurich 8001. Ulrich Zwingli led an important part of the Reformation from this location in the 1500s and the two towers of the cathedral are some of the landmarks most recognizable in Zurich today.
The Zurich Zoo, located at Zürichbergstrasse 221, CH-8044 Zürich, is open 365 days a year and is a popular destination for those visiting the city. The zoo offers educational programs, special events, guided tours and attractions specifically for children, including birthday offerings in the zoo’s Masoala restaurant. Another popular and unusual program at the zoo is the Night Walk program, which allows participants to take part in an overnight stay at the zoo. This event takes place during school holidays and lasts from 6:30 p.m. until 10:30 a.m. the next day.
Finally, the Theater am Hechtplatz, Hechtplatz 7, 8001 Zürich, a small theatre capable of seating 260, offers independent theater year-round. Most of the shows produced are Swiss cabaret, but performances also include pantomimes, clowns, and song. Children’s plays are shown here on a regular basis and there are shows available to satisfy every age and taste.