A day in Zurich can easily slip by wandering between cafes, enjoying the lake, the buildings and the shops. But if culture beckons, Kunsthaus Zurich, the Museum of Art, is unbeatable. Alongside a gallop through classic European Art history, it houses some of the continent’s best modern art, featuring several of its greatest rock stars including Munch, Picasso, Braque, Giacometti, Monet and Van Gogh.
There are significant sections dedicated to Swiss artists, including 18th century surrealist Fuseli and sculptor Giacometti, and a large photography collection.
Art is central to the city- it was home to Cabaret Voltaire where the influential Dada movement was founded here in 1916 (and the slightly less influential Sheffield band found itself a compelling name), the University’s School of Art is very highly regarded, - there are 61 000 students here; and 20 000 of them are art students. Artists have always lived and worked here.
But if the Museum, however impressive, is too staid, head to Zurich West, where old viaduct arches now house contemporary galleries, artists and sculptors, many of whom sell their work at more than reasonable prices.
Sat/Sun/Tues 10 a.m.–6 p.m.
Wed–Fri 10 a.m.–8 p.m.
Painting by Alberto Giacometti courtesy of Kunsthaus Zurich