In Zurich, I like to take trams to and from the city. What makes me most delighted is that I stumbled upon the tram No. 4, which is the cultural treasure of Zurich.
In my spare time, I was ready to slowly experience the cultural life of Zurich, so I listed the places and addresses I wanted to go to, and then inquired how to get there from where I lived. In the process of searching, I found that most of the cultural landmarks and institutions I wanted to visit were actually on tram line 4.
Tram Line 4 runs between Zurich’s West End and the Old Town, and is also one of the tram lines with the highest passenger flow in Zurich. Many famous museums in Zurich, such as the Swiss National Museum, the main and branch museums of the Zurich Design Museum, the Zurich Art Museum and the Le Corbusier Center, are all along the line 4.
In addition, taking Line 4 can also reach cultural and creative parks, famous cultural and creative landmarks, and places closely related to culture and history. Therefore, it is impossible to see all the cultural places worth visiting along Line 4 in one day.
Take the tram line 4 in the direction from the West End to the old town. The most impressive thing is the Museum fürGestaltung station. Nearby, the main hall of the Zurich Design Museum will hold exhibitions on themes of visual communication and architectural design.
The museum has a rich design collection. There will be some special exhibitions held regularly in the museum, where visitors can see the design process of Helvetica font which is widely used all over the world.
The Bahnhofquai station also made me linger. This is where the Swiss National Museum is located. The building of the museum consists of two parts, the old and the new, and is adjacent to the Zurich Main Station. There are many collections related to Swiss history and culture in the museum: sculptures, paintings, handicrafts, everyday objects, etc. from prehistoric to modern and contemporary times. Here you can see a lot of interesting pictures and hear a lot of Swiss folk tales.
The Rathaus station also left a good impression on me. When you get off the tram, you can see the Zurich Literature Museum. Lovers of literature and culture can read quietly in this historic building or take part in a reading exchange meeting. Through the window, you can see the quietly flowing Limmat River on the opposite bank and Lindenhof, which is full of characteristics of the old city.
Also near the Rathaus station, the Voltaire tavern is hidden in the alleys of the old town. The tavern opened in 1916 and is the birthplace of Dadaism. During the First World War, a group of artists with high anti-war sentiment gathered here to express their dissatisfaction with the war and discuss the existence of the world and the meaning of individuals. Visitors sitting here, having a drink, seem to be able to feel the excitement of that era.
The Bellevue station accompanies the Zurich Art Museum, which was built in 1787. It has important works of art from the 13th century in Switzerland to the present, and works by famous artists from other European countries such as Picasso and Monet. I spent a whole day without seeing this gallery enough. Interestingly, Rodin’s famous sculpture “The Gate of Hell” is placed next to the entrance of the museum, attracting pedestrians.
In addition, next to the Opernhaus station, the Zurich Opera House, with a theater with only more than 1,200 seats, is located on the banks of the beautiful Zurich Lake. It was built in 1834 and is small and exquisite. Here you can see the performances of the Zurich Opera, as well as ballet performances and recitals.
The sightseeing feature of the H?schgasse station is the Le Corbusier center made of steel and glass. It was the last work of Le Corbusier, a master architect born in Switzerland, and was completed only two years after his death.
The literary Zurich tram line 4 connects the cultural and artistic treasures of the city, just like a beautiful necklace worn by this city.