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Urania Observatory

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Neighborhood: Old Town
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Address: Uraniastrasse 9, Zurich 8001, Switzerland
Phone Number: 01/211-65-23

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Super view of Zurich

the Urania Obersvatory has a super view over Zurich. Best time is for a Cocktail in the evening before dinner.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed August 23, 2016
Zurich, Switzerland
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Zurich, Switzerland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 23, 2016

the Urania Obersvatory has a super view over Zurich. Best time is for a Cocktail in the evening before dinner.

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Hoofddorp, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 16, 2016

There are paid public tours given in the evenings (if there is clear weather). Tours on Thursday - Saturday evenings 21:00 - 22:00 hrs. The telescope is a two lens system allowing for 600-fold magnification. Interesting to visit.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 22, 2016

the views from Urania observatory are unbelievable, the whole Zurich opens up under your feet - easy to get to by tram.

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Zurich, Switzerland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 30, 2015

We came as part of a larger group and received an interesting show with plenty of astronomy explanations. All instruments and the complete observatory are in great conditions - despite it was already built around 1901.

1 Thank FrankGeisler
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 13, 2015

This is a nice place to have a panoramic view of the city of Zürich. Just under the observatory there is a bar, and you can see the city from there. To go up to the bar, you will need to go through the Brasserie and to take the elevator. Enjoy a drink and the view, it's worth it. During... More 

3 Thank thegreenwizard
Windsor, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 8, 2015

It looks like Zurich is loaded with nice high views, be it from church towers, a nearby mountain an here an observatory. It is difficult to find the entrance but with some help from locals things work. However, I think high views of Zurich tend to become repetitive after trying them from different locations.

1 Thank TheGlacierist
Istanbul, Turkey
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 12, 2014

If you are tourist it might be hard to find the entrance of the observatory and Jules Verne bar for the first time. I tried to went there inside the building, there were other tourist people like me looking for the entrance. I realized that the main entrance was from inside the restaurant at the ground floor of the building... More 

3 Thank Emre F
Zurich, Switzerland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 8, 2014

We went to Urania Sternwarte on a saturday evening to have some drinks in the bar on top. It was crowded and seats were limited. But that is something you should expect and be aware of when going to this place. The drinks were served immediately. They were good, nothing to complain. The view is amazing! For sure, not my... More 

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Zurich, Switzerland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 21, 2014

You get an amazing view of the city from the observatory, even if you don't get too much of a view of the stars due to clouds. They open some nights and give a guided tour and talk of the observatory and let you look out of the telescope etc...

3 Thank Claireb82
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 26, 2014

Located at Zurich Central just walking distance Zurich central , you will experience a great panoramic view. i recommend you may try it at the evening time and take some click

1 Thank Sunayan_Pal

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