World's Greatest Places 2021
Artist Franz Gertsch's work on view at the Kunsthaus Zürich art museum.
Courtesy Kunsthaus Zürich; Photograph: Franca Candrian
July 20, 2021 6:35 AM EDT

Although known as a financial center, Zurich also ranks among the most livable cities in the world and boasts the highest concentration of creative-industry companies in Switzerland. Its young creatives are revitalizing formerly industrial neighborhoods like Districts 4 and 5 in the west. The opening of Bridge, a market and food hall with funky cafés and artisanal purveyors, complements nearby art galleries, including the Museum for Design, which hosts exhibitions on fashion and other aspects of design. Zurich’s first capsule hotel, Green Marmot, offers an affordable and modern alternative to the ubiquity of five-star accommodations. And the extension of Kunsthaus, which will make it the country’s largest art museum when it opens in October, is certain to cement the city’s cultural bona fides. —Michelle Tchea

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