Zürich is the largest city in Switzerland and the capital of the canton of Zürich.


Zurich is such a beautiful city and one of the most expensive. But don’t let this stop you from visiting this Swiss city. Here are some free things to do in Zurich to help keep you from busting your bank account while there:

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Free Things to Do in Zurich: Browse the Various Exhibits at ETH Zürich

Geology exhibits abound on the different floors of ETH Zürich’s FocusTerra, a contemporary earth science museum. The Graphics Collection, Thomas Mann Archives and the gta Exhibitions of the university are equally amazing.


Free Things to Do in Zurich: Conquer Uetliberg

For great views of Zurich, head to this small mountain and explore its hiking trails. On a clear day, you can even enjoy views of the Alps from there. And there’s a chance for you to catch the mountain fog during your visit that makes you feel like you are in a sea of clouds.

Free Things to Do in Zurich: Follow a myclimate Audio Adventure Zurich Tour

Download one of the myclimate Audio Adventure Zurich stories for free and go on a guided walking tour of the different squares, gardens and districts of Zurich. The starting point of the tours is at the Tourist Information Center at Hauptbahnhof Zürich.

Go on a Culture Trip

Architekturforum Zürich holds different free events and exhibitions that focus on architecture. To view contemporary arts pieces, you can visit Helmhaus Zürich. Or you might want to browse the millions of media titles at Zentralbibliothek Zürich.

Learn More about Body Parts at the Moulagenmuseum

The University Hospital of Zurich has a collection of wax models of body parts afflicted with diseases. The collection is housed in the Moulagenmuseum, with more than 600 lifelike wax models.

Relax at the Green Spaces of Zurich

Zurich also has a slew of green spaces, with Rieterpark as the largest and Platzspitzpark as one of the most ancient. Arboretum Zürich and Irchelpark have scenic waterscapes. Other public green spaces great for recreation are Bäckeranlage, Josefwiese, Rechberggarten and Belvoir Park. The city also has a number of gardens: Botanical Garden of the University of Zurich, Chinese Garden, Zurich Succulent Plant Collection and Old Botanical Garden.

Step Inside the Lavaterhaus

Along St. Peterhofstatt, one can find the house where Johann Caspar Lavater lived from 1784 to 1801. It is presently home to the Johann Caspar Lavater Collection that showcases the life, works and influence of this famous Zurich native.

Take a Swim in One of Zurich’s River Pools

From May to September, you can go on a free swim in one of the river pools in Zurich. Along the Limmat, there’s Unterer Letten Swimming & Recreational Area for adventurous swimmers and Flussbad Oberer Letten that features a diving platform. At Männerbad Schanzengraben, only men are welcome into its public bath.

View the Collections at the University of Zurich

The University of Zurich has several artifacts and exhibits under different fields of study. These collections are housed in the Zoological Museum. Archaeological Collection, Anthropological Museum, Palaeontological Museum and Ethnographic Museum.

Visit the Government Buildings in Zurich

The Rathaus or Town Hall of Zurich is in a riverfront building that was completed in 1698. Until 1798, it was home to the Republic of Zurich. Since 1803, it is the seat of the Zurich canton and houses the cantonal parliament and the city parliament. The city council and administration of Zurich is housed at the Stadthaus.