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Urania Observatory

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Neighbourhood: Old Town
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Address: Uraniastrasse 9, Zurich 8001, Switzerland
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+41 43 317 16 40
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Thu - Sat 20:00 - 22:00

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This place is awesome!!!

The day we visited it was raining so we did not get to see the star but still the observatory is unique and the tour guide is passionate! You can also catch some drink in the bar... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Vancouver, Canada
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Vancouver, Canada
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53 reviews
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The day we visited it was raining so we did not get to see the star but still the observatory is unique and the tour guide is passionate! You can also catch some drink in the bar below it before heading up to see the observatory.

Thank hussain13
Zurich, Switzerland
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6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 March 2017

Go in the evening to the Urania Observatory for a drink and you will have one ob the best views over Zurich.

Thank vprunner11
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Reviewed 29 October 2016

Enter through the restaurant. Up the elevator to the bar and observatory floor. Great views late in the day or early evening.

Thank Hans B
Hoofddorp, The Netherlands
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121 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 187 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 May 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.

1 Thank nzwaneveld
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96 reviews
69 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 February 2016

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

Thank polinav
Zurich, Switzerland
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680 reviews
139 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1,636 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 October 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.

2 Thank FrankGeisler
Windsor, Canada
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1,442 reviews
936 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 622 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 August 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
Zurich, Switzerland
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89 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 December 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 

2 Thank Lalilalaaa
Zurich, Switzerland
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75 reviews
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Reviewed 21 September 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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28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 117 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 July 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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