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A breath taking view of the Swiss AlpsAugusto Giacometti's entrance hallZurich, can win the title of the most splendid city in the world. A step in this city and one can’t stop gushing about the mesmerizing surroundings.   Zurich is the largest city of Switzerland and houses the largest railway station of the country too. The name is due to the Romans, who called the city ‘Turicum’ in 15 BC. It lies beside lake Zurich and the River Limmat that flows along the city. Zurich is a leading global city and among the world’s largest financial centres. The city offers a jaw-dropping view of the Swiss Alps and it is the perfect place to relax amidst nature. It attracts a lot of tourists every year.

 

Augusto Giacometti’s entrance hall

Augusto Giacometti’s entrance hall in Zurich is one of the most attractive police stations in the world. Yes, it is a police station! It is often called the ‘hall of tiny flowers’, to describe the colourful floral decorations and the illumination on the ceiling.

The story behind it is quite interesting. One of Zurich’s master architects transformed an orphanage hall into a municipal building, housing the city police station. There was no other alternative but to resort to artistic methods in order to improve the lighting in the entrance hall. The result was a piece of art that has achieved international recognition. With a government issued ID, tourists are allowed to view the entrance hall.

Swiss national museumCentre Le CorbusierSwiss National Museum

The city houses over 50 museums mostly dedicated to art. The Swiss National Museum looks like a castle and is over 100 years old. It contains the country’s most extensive collection of exhibits related to Swiss cultural history. It also contains many ancient artefacts, including stained glass, costumes, painted furniture and weapons.

Centre Le Corbusier

The Centre Le Corbusier is an art museum dedicated to the work of the Swiss architect, Le Corbusier. This colourful, light piece of art in itself was his last building, finished in 1967. Another example of this architect’s genius work, is the city of Chandigarh in India, known internationally for its architecture and urban design.

St. Peter's ChurchThe Chinese gardens in ZurichSt. Peter’s Church

The St. Peter’s Church is the oldest church in Zurich The church, built in the 8th century, has the largest clock face in Europe and measures 8.7 meters in diameter. There are five bells in the tower – the largest of which weighs over six tons without its clapper. Until 1911, the church tower was used as a fire watch post. It is a famous national monument where Rudolf Brun, the first mayor of Zurich, was buried.

Interesting facts

  • Zurich is one of the world’s most fountain-friendly cities. It has many fountains with crystal clear drinking water!
  • Zurich has given to the world, personalities like the scientist Albert Einstein, and Johanna Spyri, author of the famous book ‘Heidi’, among many others.
  • The highlights of Zurich’s event calendar include the street parade, the Zurich festival, open-air concerts and the Zurich carnival.
  • The Chinese garden in Zurich, classified as the temple garden, is known to be one of the highest ranking gardens outside China.

 

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