As we may all know, Switzerland is not only famous for its banks but also for its exquisite museums. It might be that some of them have managed to elude your sight and if they have, then this is a perfect time to consider making up for the loss (wink). Excellence, professionalism and elegance – these are the words that describe the establishments that we are going to recommend to you, so make sure you keep your eyes peeled for the ones that excite you the most (wink)!
1. Swiss Museum of Transport:
The city of Lucerne may only have 250,000 inhabitants but that does not make it any less spectacular than the juggernauts of the world. Its Swiss Museum of Transport stands proudly as testament to the aforementioned traits for its collection of locomotives, ships, automobiles and aircraft are in perfect condition. Also known as Verkehrshaus der Schweiz, it was opened in 1959. Now, before you jump to conclusions and assume that it is just another vehicle exhibition, know that it is the most popular museum in Switzerland. Dedicated to communications also, it boasts with a number of other attractions such as a Planetarium, an IMAX film theatre (the Verkehrshaus Filmtheater – the largest screen in the country) and a massive scaled-down photograph of Switzerland called the Swiss Arena (this is an absolute must-see). Located on the shore of Lake Lucerne (at about a 30-minute walk from the city centre), the establishment is served by the city’s S-Bahn train system – just make sure you keep an eye out for the Lucerne Verkehrshaus railway station. Oh, and let us not forget about the EURECA satellite (weighing no less than 4.5 tonnes), one of the prime attractions of the museum.
2. Swiss National Museum:
Next up, we are going to hop all the way to Zürich, where our trip lands us at the Swiss National Museum. Affiliated with the Federal Office of Culture, the museum is part of the Musée Suisse Group and is one of the most important cultural establishments in Europe. Located adjacent to the renowned Hauptbahnhof (the largest railway station in Switzerland), it should be easily reachable. The building in which it is housed was designed and constructed by the famed Swiss architect Gustav Gull in 1898 and it adheres to the standards of the French Renaissance architectural style to some degree (resembling the chateaus of that specific era). What’s interesting about this museum is that it takes you from prehistoric times all the way to the 20th century – from ancient proto-art pieces to revolutionary modern ones, you can find anything there. If you are up for some inspiration and grandeur than this will be your favourite one, we promise you that!
3. Kunstmuseum Basel:
Next up, we recommend that you hop over to the Kunstmuseum of the city of Basel. Declared a heritage site of national significance (Swiss Inventory of Cultural Property of National and Regional Significance), it is one of the most important public art collections of the country. The building in which it is harboured was constructed in 1936 but expansions are sometimes made to further enhance its quality. What’s interesting about it is that its main focus is post-15th-century art (both national and international). Important art directions that the exhibited works adhere to include: Impressionism, Dadaism, Cubism, Surrealism, Constructivism, Renaissance and even American art. Famous artists represented are: Joseph Beuys, Andy Warhol, Jasper Johns, Georg Baselitz, Bruce Nauman, Jonathan Borofsky, Roni Horn, Walter Dahn, Martin Disler, Siegfried Anzinger, Leiko Ikemura, Markus Raetz, Robert Therrien, Rosemarie Trockel, Martin Schongauer, Lucas Cranach the Elder, Edvard Munch, Franz Marc, Oskar Kokoschka, and even Marc Chagall. Oh, and do not forget to check out Pablo Picasso’s “Les deux frères” (The Two Brothers) – an oil on canvas created between 1905 and 1906.
4. Olympic Museum:
Garnering over 250,000 visitors each year, Lausanne’s majestic Olympic Museum could not have been left out. Dedicated to the history and the grandeur of the Olympic Games, the establishment boasts with the largest archive of artefacts pertaining to them in the world. One of the most important tourist destinations of Lausanne, it is located adjacent to the renowned Olympic Park (a sculpture garden that should not be overlooked). Founded by Juan Antonio Samaranch on 23 June 1993, it even introduces visitors to the Youth Olympic Games and the Paralympic Games. Oh, and let us not forget about the Olympic Spirit – a specially-designed area where visitors can test their sports-prowess and where they can feel as though they were living in an Olympic Village.
Did you enjoy our list? Did you know all of the aforementioned museums? How many of them are you planning on visiting? Tell us all about it in the comment section below and do not forget to check back for some further updates! Safe travels!