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Old Town ZürichZürich

Romantic and charming are apt descriptions of this part of picturesque Zurich. Stroll through this section any time of day, as it never sleeps.

Zurich’s Altstadt, or Old Town, is a whimsical area with Renaissance-period buildings, cobbled streets, quaint bridges and a tranquil river. At night, it transforms into a social spot with many bars and clubs.

Start your visit to Old Town by noticing the landmark twin towers of Grossmünster Protestant Church near the Limmat River, with a 12th-century statue of King Charlemagne, believed to be the church’s founder. Climb the stairs in one of the towers to be rewarded with an unsurpassed view of the city.

Peterskirche is worth visiting to see the largest clock face in Europe; after all, Switzerland is famous for its timepieces. View examples of Augusto Giacometti’s works. Marc Chagall made stained-glass windows for the Fraumünster church, a former convent founded in A.D. 853.

In addition to Switzerland’s mastery of watches and fondue, its craftsmanship of chocolate is globally established. Become a temporary chocolatier at the Lindt & Sprüngli Chocolate Factory on the left bank of Old Town.

In 1895 music composer Johannes Brahms inaugurated Tonhalle, a concert hall with superb acoustics. The Zurich Symphony Orchestra has its base here on the left bank, with frequent performances throughout the year.

Hop on a river cruise from a landing point, such as at Old Town’s Bürkliterrasse, to view the interesting architecture and points of interest from the water. The trip takes about an hour as you view the city in any kind of weather from these glass-roofed motor vessels that take you to Lake Zurich.

Shopping is a fun pastime in Old Town, where centuries-old stores are neighbors to chic boutiques. Wander along the mile-long mall on Bahnhofstrasse, one of Europe’s most popular commercial districts.

Enjoy vegetarian delights at Hiltl, the world’s oldest restaurants of its type. To accompany the tasty food, you’re always close to one of about 1,200 water fountains in the city. Forego bottled water as the fountains have fresh-tasting, crystal clear water that flows straight from the nearby mountains.


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Hotel Schweizerhof Zürich
Hotel Schweizerhof Zürich
4 out of 5
Bahnhofplatz 7, Zürich, ZH
The price is $332 per night from Apr 24 to Apr 25

This family-friendly Zürich hotel is located on the boardwalk, within a 5-minute walk of Swiss National Museum and Bahnhofstrasse. ETH Zurich and Kunsthaus Zurich ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (714 reviews)
First class hotel

"Excellent overall"…"

Reviewed on Nov 15, 2020

Hotel Schweizerhof Zürich
Sorell Hotel St. Peter
Sorell Hotel St. Peter
4 out of 5
In Gassen 10, Zürich
The price is $291 per night from Apr 25 to Apr 26

Located in Old Town Zürich, this hotel is steps from St. Peter Church and Bahnhofstrasse. ETH Zurich and Kunsthaus Zurich are also within 15 minutes. Paradeplatz ...

4.9/5Exceptional! (20 reviews)

"We had a lovely stay, welcoming warm staff, the decor is really really beautiful. Very spacious rooms, extremely clean. Please note it is next to Saint Peters Church where the bell goes off every hour, but it adds to the hotel charm. Close to everything, we easily walked through old town."…"

Reviewed on Apr 9, 2021

Sorell Hotel St. Peter
Widder Hotel
Widder Hotel
5 out of 5
Rennweg 7, Zürich, ZH
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $499 per night from Apr 18 to Apr 19

Located in Old Town Zürich, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Zurich Toy Museum and Bahnhofstrasse. ETH Zurich and Kunsthaus Zurich are also within ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (129 reviews)

"Accidentally booked two reservations and the hotel refused to cancel one so we ended up paying twice. There is a warren of hallways and stairs and elevators to get to the room - we got lost twice. No alcohol in mini bar. Furnishings in room were oddly placed, didn't match decor, and badly needed ..."…"

Reviewed on Jan 21, 2020

Widder Hotel
Hotel Scheuble
Hotel Scheuble
3 out of 5
Muehlegasse 17, Zürich, ZH
The price is $162 per night from May 2 to May 3

Located in Old Town Zürich, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Central Library Zurich, Bahnhofstrasse, and ETH Zurich. Kunsthaus Zurich and Swiss National ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (431 reviews)
What a difference a room can make

"This was the second time I stayed at Hotel Scheuble. The first time I stayed there I wrote a detailed - and mainly positive - review about it. There are a lot of posititives relating to Hotel Scheuble, and the only negative on the first stay was the noise from the bar opposite the hotel. All the ..."…"

Reviewed on Oct 29, 2020

Hotel Scheuble
Hotel Adler Zürich
Hotel Adler Zürich
3 out of 5
Rosengasse 10, Zürich
The price is $147 per night from Apr 20 to Apr 21

Located in Old Town Zürich, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Predigerkirche, Bahnhofstrasse, and ETH Zurich. Kunsthaus Zurich and Swiss National Museum ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (820 reviews)

"Great location. Friendly staff. Good breakfast selection."…"

Reviewed on Mar 12, 2020

Hotel Adler Zürich
Baur au Lac
Baur au Lac
5 out of 5
Talstrasse 1, Zürich
The price is $751 per night from Apr 26 to Apr 27

Located in Old Town Zürich, this luxury hotel is steps from Buerkliplatz and Bahnhofstrasse. Zürich Opera House and Kunsthaus Zurich are also within 15 minutes. ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (106 reviews)
Nice little stay

"Amazing stay with all the necessary precautions due to covid. The valet at the parking was amazing as all the staff"…"

Reviewed on Nov 19, 2020

Baur au Lac
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