Zürich is famed for its palatial guild houses, which date back to the early 14th century and are reminiscent of pocket Oxbridge colleges. Today, many of these well-loved (and exceedingly well-preserved) medieval institutions house top-end restaurants in their time-honoured halls, including Zuntfhaus zur Zimmerleuten, Zum Grünen Glas and Haus zum Rüden. But chief among them is the resplendent Zunfthaus zur Waag on cobbled Münsterhof square, where you can enjoy traditional Swiss fine dining in stately wood-panelled surrounds, washed down with a superb wine list.
THE MOST GLAMOROUS GALLERIES
As one of the richest cities in the world and the home of Dadaism, it’s no surprise that Zürich is home to some of the world’s fanciest galleries – many situated in a converted red brick brewery called the Löwenbräuareal. But there are a wealth of others to explore besides, including punchy modern art at Urbanside and big name, big ticket creations at Hauser & Wirth. For those more into art museums, the big budget reboot (and rebuild) of the Kunsthaus Zürich is well worth a look – as is its near namesake, the Kunsthalle Zürich, a lively, fun-filled exhibition centre for contemporary art, hosting a number of rotating exhibitions every year.
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