Varied cultural scene
The Zürich cultural scene has a diversity and a quality that you would rarely find in other international cities. In the city of Zürich alone there are 70 different cultural institutions to choose from, including the Opernhaus opera, the Kunsthaus, the Tonhalle concert hall, the Zürich Ballet, the Schauspielhaus theatre (in German), the Landesmuseum, the Löwenbräu-Kunstareal art centre (in German) and the Museum Rietberg which are all famous beyond the borders of Switzerland. In addition there are countless galleries, cinemas, theatres, music clubs and alternative culture centres.
Nature and water
Lounging on a meadow in the middle of the city? Swimming in lakes where the water is of drinking quality? Floating around on an inflatable in a river? Barbecuing in the woods? These are the very things that make Zürich such a wonderful place to spend your leisure time. There are countless places to go swimming in Zürich's waterways, and on warm summer evenings, some of the lake and riverside bathing areas even turn into bars. There are also plenty of hills and mountains to enjoy, with Zürich's highest peak being the Schnebelhorn, at 1292 metres above sea-level.
There is still plenty going on in Zürich even after the shops shut, with over 3,500 restaurants, bars, lounges and clubs offering something for every taste. There are also annual festivals including the Streetparade, which is the world's biggest techno event, the Caliente Festival (de) which is Europe's largest Latino culture event, the Theaterspektakel, and the lakeside festivals (Seenachtsfest).
Whether it is leisure, high-performance or just occasional sport that you are after, there are countless different ways of getting and staying fit in the canton of Zürich, with over 200 different types of sport, 2,500 sports clubs and 1,700 sports venues on offer. Zürich is also home to such international sporting events as the Zürich Weltklasse, the Mercedes CSI, the Zurich Open, the Ironman (de), freestyle.ch and Art on Ice (de). In 2014, the European Athletics Championships will also be held in Zürich.