Design line 4 – Zurich’s most artistic tram

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If you are planning a trip to the gay-friendly Swiss city of Zurich this year, we have a special tip for you: a trip past the city’s art hotspots – getting off optional. And the price is unbeatable, because the vehicle is a normal tram. The somewhat different city tour.

Line 4 of the city’s tram network is also called the “design line”. Because it is a must for architecture enthusiasts and art lovers. It runs through the city, connecting the villa district on Lake Zurich with the hip Zurich West district. It passes all three buildings of the Zurich Museum of Design and other design highlights.

Le Corbusier Pavilion

The Pavilion happens to be the last building of the famous architect and designer Le Corbusier, located on the eastern shore of Lake Zurich. Le Corbusier is considered one of the most influential architects of the 20th century. 17 of his buildings are UNESCO World Heritage sites. Since 2019, the “Museum für Gestaltung” in Zurich has been operating the newly renovated building as a public museum on behalf of the City of Zurich over the summer months.

Further information on the museum can be found here.


The Museum of Design


After visiting the house to take pictures or visit an exhibition, you can have a coffee after a few stops – for example in “The Monocle Shop & Café”, the restaurant Kronenhalle or the Café Odeon. On the way you pass the opera house. And a walk through the Niederdorf, i.e. Zurich’s old town, is also a must on the way.

Finally, the next museum stop on the line behind the main railway station is the Museum of Design – ideal for design and graphics enthusiasts. In addition to constantly updated photo and graphic exhibitions, the museum’s collection, which comprises over 500,000 design objects, is a particular highlight.

Further information on the museum can be found here.



Cultural Centre Toni


Next stop at Limmatplatz: time for a trendy shopping tour through the small shops on Limmatplatz and in the culture mile “Im Viadukt”.

At the next stop, “Hardbrücke”, the Freitag Tower awaits you, a structure consisting of 17 used overseas containers that is now used as a salesroom and viewing platform.

Finally line 4 leads to the Toni-Areal. Here you will find the first digital museum in Europe MuDA (Museum of Digital Art) and the “Toni”, a former milk factory, which has been converted into the Museum of Design. In the education and cultural centre there is a large collection of the designer Le Corbusier, who was already visited at the beginning.

Further information can be found here.

How much is it?

A regular single trip (valid 1 hour) costs CHF 4.40, a day ticket CHF 8.80. With the Zurich Card, the tram ride is free, as is admission to most museums along the way. Further information is available here.

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