I stayed in Zürich from 8-10 August 2021 to see the Altstadt, museums, churches, and lake. I also managed to do a day trip to Bellinzona from here on the 9th.


Exterior of Grossmünster, a church that was, according to legend, originally commissioned by Charlemagne.
Looking at the Limmat River from high up in Grossmünster’s west tower.
View of Lake Zürich and Fraumünster, from Grossmünster’s west tower.
The giant clock tower at the Church of St, Peter, seen from Grossmünster.
Colorful buildings surrounding Münsterhof.
Fraumünster (or “Women’s Minster”), which was built over the remains of a former abbey for aristocratic women that was founded in 853 AD by Louis the German for his daughter Hildegard.
Looking toward the choir and the stained glass windows, which were created by Marc Chagall in 1970 AD.
The pipe organ in Fraumünster.
Grossmünster (a Romanesque-style Protestant church that was inaugurated around 1220 AD), Münsterbrücke (or “Münster Bridge”), the Helmhaus, and the Wasserkirche (or “Water Church,” which dates to the 13th-century AD).
Zürich Rathaus (“town hall”), seen from across the Limmat River.
View from the Lindenhof, a hilltop that once hosted a Roman fortress, with the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zürich and University of Zürich in the distance.
Church of St. Peter, which apparently has the largest church clock face in Europe, which was built in 1538 AD.
Outdoor seating at a café in Zürich.
Rennweg, a pedestrian road, with the clock tower of the Church of St. Peter visible at the southern end.
Clever use of decommissioned aerial lift gondolas, now being used for private outdoor dining at a restaurant – especially useful during a “pandemic.”
Limmat River in the evening glow.
Looking across the Limmat River, toward the Zürich Storchen ferry terminal, from the Zürich Rathaus (“town hall”).
Fraumünster’s bell tower lit up in the sun’s setting light.
Looking west near Münster Bridge as the sun is setting over Zürich.
Southern end of Grossmünster during sunset.
Limmat River coursing through Zürich in the morning.
Zürich Opera House, which opened in 1891 AD.
Augustinergasse, a lovely street found in Zürich.
Fraumünster Church with its copper spire on the bell tower.
Swiss National Museum.
Depiction of wild horses carved on a reindeer antler, from 13,000 BC – this is one of the oldest figurative depictions found in Switzerland.
Traditional dress for women from the Canton of Vaud.
Photograph of a roped party ascending a pinnacle of ice, by Romedo Guler-Jenni (ca. 1890-1900 AD).
Pendant watch from 1574 AD; watches like this were worn around the neck and were predecessors to pocket watches.
Wash basin built into the wood-paneled furniture, from the early 1600s.
Tiled stove, created by stove builder Ludwig II Pfau in 1620 AD, part of the Seidenhof Room in the museum.
The costume of Baron Ulrich von Hohensax (around 1462-1538 AD), a nobleman from Thurgau, made of Milanese silk and using ostrich feathers in the headdress, this costume was used for diplomatic occasions.
Swiss dagger with sheath and cutlery – part of every Swiss mercenary’s equipment (1567 AD).
Panels showing part of the Zürich cityscape, from a collection of panels that depict the martyrdom of the patron saints of Zürich, by Hans Leu the Elder (1497-1502 AD).
‘Regimentsspiegel’ (organizational chart) of Zürich, by Hans Heinrich Schwyzer (originally from 1657 AD); this cabinet maps the municipal regime of the city’s guilds and the paper discs list all of those who held office between 1490 and 1798 AD.
Alliance tapestry made from wool and silk, based on a template by Charles Le Brun, around 1705-1723 AD.
Set of the first federal coinage of Switzerland, from 1850 AD.
Tap-proof portable telephone disguised as a suitcase, used by the police in Zurich, from 1981 AD.
Saints Felix, Regula, and Exuperantius (the three patron saints of Zürich) holding their severed heads and being received by Christ in Heaven, from an altarpiece, ‘Zürich Master of the Violets’ (1506 AD).
Powder and tools for creating stained glass panels – part of a limited exhibition entitled “Colours Revealed by Light.”
Canton panel of Bern from the Church of Othmarsingen, by Hans Jakob Güder (from 1675 AD).
One of six heraldic panels from 1701 AD depicting death, by Franz Joseph Müller, a glass painter from Zug.
‘Madonna of Flums’; stained-glass taken from a window in the Chapel of St. Jakob which is located near Flums (ca. 1200 AD).
Examples of different colors of stained glass.
The exterior of the art museum, Kunsthaus Zürich.
‘Portrait of Charles de Guise, Cardinal de Lorraine’ by El Greco (1572 AD).
‘Saint Sebastian’ by Ferraresisch (1475 AD).
‘The Ruins of Kreuzkirche in Dresden’ by Bernardo Bellotto (1765 AD).
‘Seated Woman’ by Otto Tschumi (1939 AD).
‘Guitar’ by Georges Braque (1913-1914 AD).
‘The Kiss’ by Frank Buchser (1878-1879 AD).
‘The Gotthard Post’ by Rudolf Koller (1873 AD).
‘The Jungfrau Massif from Mürren’ by Ferdinand Hodler (1911 AD).
‘Hektor and Andromache’ by Giorgio de Chirico (1917 AD).
‘Woman with Head of Roses’ by Salvador Dalí (1935 AD).
‘Music on the Karl Johan Street’ by Edvard Munch (1889 AD).
‘Autumn Sea XI (Coast and Orange Sky)’ by Emil Nolde (1910 AD).
‘Seated Woman with Hat’ by Pablo Picasso (1921 AD).
‘Lake Engadin’ by Giovanni Giacometti (1906 AD).
‘Hollyhocks’ by Vincent Van Gogh (1886 AD).
‘Man with Parasol’ by Claude Monet (1865-1867 AD).
‘The Rhone Glacier’ by Heinrich Wüest (1775 AD).
‘Adam and Eve’ by Augusto Giacometti (1907 AD).
The twin towers of Grossmünster near sunset.

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