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1 LOWENBRAU AREAL
The district of Zurich West has undergone a renaissance in the past decade or so. No better place to start taking it all in than at Löwenbräu Areal on Limmatstrasse. This refurbished brewery houses the Kunsthalle art complex (kunsthallezurich.ch), the Migros Museum of Contemporary Art (migrosmuseum. ch/en), numerous other galleries, and residential and office space.
Head inside and stroll the building’s wide, white corridors, popping into exhibitions as they take your fancy. Some rooms are very large, allowing for sizeable exhibits. Downstairs is a bookshop, and outside are two courtyards where you can take a closer look at some of the modernist architecture that has been added to the original façade. Most notable is the tall, black residential block that overhangs the brewery building.
Entry to the galleries is free with the Zurichcard (zuerich.com), which can be bought for SFr 24 ($26) for 24 hours and provides a discount at a number of city attractions.
2 IM VIADUKT
Walk a few minutes along Limmatstrasse to Im Viadukt (imviadukt.ch), a retail collective nestled between the space where two viaducts intersect. Long disused as waterways, one is a raised walkway offering great views