Satellite photo of central Zürich, with Lake Zürich to the south (bottom) and the main station in the north-west. The Limmat river flows from south to north, whilst the Sihl flows from the south-west and joins the Limmat to the north of the station.
Follow Limmatstrasse from Zurich’s historical centre and discover the city’s former industrial district, Zurich-West, now a cultural hub for art and design. Migros Museum of Contemporary Art resides in the Löwenbräukunst complex – a converted century-old brewery – and ideal setting for thirsty art hounds.
Established in the mid-twentieth century by the eponymous Swiss retailer, the museum’s initial collection was born from the fostering of local and national artists. Ever since, Migros Museum has continued to support the careers of young and emerging talent, outreaching to artists from around the world to develop new and innovative work for exhibition. Social contexts and large-scale installations are on the curatorial menu, which suits the vast, open spaces across two floors.
Its programme of individual and group exhibitions throughout the year makes Migros Museum an influential platform for international art in Switzerland.
The Löwenbräukunst houses several further institutional and private galleries within its walls that will satisfy your art taste buds until beer o’clock.
Migros Museum of Contemporary Art Zurich
Limmatstrasse 270, 8005 Zürich, Switzerland
+41 44 277 20 50
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Satellite photo of central Zürich, Switzerland with Lake Zürich to the south (bottom) and the main station in the north-west. The Limmat river flows from south to north, whilst the Sihl flows from the south-west and joins the Limmat to the north of the station. Photo by NASA Earth Observatory.
Avid traveler Risto Kuulasmaa has explored monasteries in Bhutan, trekked across deserts in the Middle East, hiked across Iceland, and then some. Despite his wanderlust, the Scandinavian television producer has proudly called the “hassle-free, pocket-size metropolis” of Helsinki home for the past 12 years. Here are a few of Risto’s favorite things about Finland’s capital city.
When someone comes to visit me, the first place I take them is to Ateljee Bar, a classic rooftop terrace located on the 14th floor of historical Hotel Torni.
August is the best time to visit my city because the warm summer nights are magical, people are in festive moods, and the city is bustling with a diverse array of events.
You can see my city best from a boat. Helsinki is built on a peninsula stretching out into the Baltic Sea.
Locals know to skip driving a car and to check out the city by bike instead.
Kaapelitehdas—a cultural center that hosts art fairs, markets, and design events—is the place to buy authentic, local souvenirs.
My city’s best museum is Suomenlinna, a fortress complex built across six islands, because it offers a scenic window on Helsinki’s maritime history, both past and present.
If there’s one thing you should know about getting around my city, it’s to travel by kayak. You’ll find the peace of nature and plenty of urban tunnels and bridges to explore.
The best place to spend time outdoors in my city is the Helsinki Archipelago. Charter a boat and check out the nearby islands.
My city really knows how to celebrate summer. On weekends, everyone flees to summer cottages, turning Helsinki into a ghost town. Take a bike ride through the empty streets in the white light of the night, and you’ll feel like you own the city.
You can tell if someone is from my city if he or she is very reluctant to use a car horn. We prefer silent politeness—even in the traffic jams.
My city is known for being a bit introverted, but it’s really ready to offer adventure. Just ask locals to show you around their favorite places.
The best outdoor market in my city is Hietalahti Flea Market.
To find out what’s going on at night and on the weekends, read Visit Helsinki, or simply shut your laptop, go to a bar, and chat up a local.
When I’m feeling cash-strapped, I open my own pop-up restaurant and cook and serve my favorite food during Restaurant Day, another fine Helsinki-based invention.
To escape the crowds, I pull up the sails and head to the islands to take in a quiet sauna and bonfire.
The illegal and infamous (yet highly anticipated and fun) annual beer float (Kaljakellunta in Finnish) could only happen in my city.
In the spring you should go to Kulttuurisauna for a skinny dip in the hole in the ice.
In the summer you should fill up your picnic baskets, pick up your guitar, and join the locals sitting in Helsinki’s many parks.
In the winter you should enjoy sunny (but cold) February by skiing or ice skating on the ice-covered sea.
If you have kids (or are a kid at heart), you won’t want to miss searching for oft-reported elves that are said to inhabit the forests of Nuuksio National Park.