Guided Walking Tour of Zurich's Historic Old Town
- Lively streets and squares: Explore the grand Bahnhofstrasse, the city's popular promenade, pleasant Weinplatz and Paradeplatz squares, and the vibrant Niederhorf quarter crammed with cafes, shops, and restaurants.
- Impressive cathedrals: See the 13th-century Frauminster (with windows by Giacometti and Chagall), twin-towered Grossmunster, and St. Peter's, which features Europe's largest clock face.
- Private and personalized tour: Hear fascinating stories from past and present, set your own pace, ask questions, and even add sights you want to see in the city's historic center.
About this Zurich Tour
This wealthy banking center boasts a sophisticated culture and a university that's graduated 25 Nobel-prize winners (including Albert Einstein). It's famous as one of the world's most livable cities, and one of the most walkable. So take to the streets and discover what's beyond the sleek banking towers and bustling pulse of commerce. This city's exuberant heart and soul will surprise you.
Chat with your guide as you explore delightful Bahnhofstrasse with its inviting cafes, shops, and galleries. It leads to leafy Lindenhof, once a fortified Roman settlement and today a frenzy-free oasis in this full-on city. Pause to see amazing views of the Limmat River and Old Town and catch the tempo of daily life on the welcoming terrace, a favorite spot for locals to meet friends, chill out, or play chess.
The city's religious buildings are remarkable.Admire Zurich's classic landmark, the Grossmunster (Great Minster), inaugurated in 1220 with its famous twin towers added in the late 1400s. Gaze up at St. Peter's humungous clock and try to guess the length of its minute hand. (Hint: it's likely more than twice as long as you are tall.) And see how 20th-century stained-glass windows embellish the graceful 13th-century Fraumunster.
Try to imagine these charming streetsas a hot-bed for artists and revolutionaries in the early 20th century. Lenin lived here as he prepared for the Russian revolution, European artists found a neutral refuge from World War I, and this is where the Dada movement got its spectacular start. Your guide can show you the very spot on Spiegelgasse where it happened. At every turn, this big business city is abuzz with small surprises.
At the corner of art and absurd
Cabaret Voltaire marks the place where Hans Arp, Hugo Ball, and other exiled artists launched the radical art movement known as Dada. Presenting often-raucous events that combined words, dance, and music, their cabaret sowed the seeds of postmodern art. After years of neglect, Cabaret Voltaire reopened in 2004 to present exhibits and events. Toast a century of avant-garde with a drink in the hip cafe/bar at quirky "Dadahaus."
Please meet in the lobby/reception area of your hotel. Be sure to indicate the name of your hotel at check-out so we know where to meet you. Your guide will be holding a sign with your name on it.
Bring small local coins for the bathroom. Don't miss out on tasting the famous Swiss chocolate.
Travelers must be able to walk approximately 1.6 miles (roughly 2 hours) over paved surfaces, steps and inclines with several photo stops along the route.
Cultural, Family Friendly, Private Tour, Walking Tour
English, Spanish, Portuguese, Russian, French
Tour Participation Requirements
This experience is rated mild. To participate fully, you may be required to walk over primarily even surfaces at a leisurely pace. You may encounter a limited number of steps, cobblestones, or uneven surfaces, and you may have to stand for extended periods of time.
Suitable for travelers 6 years of age and older.
Special Medical Restriction
We can accommodate you if your mobility is limited and you use a folding wheelchair with at least 7 days advanced notice, providing you are not travelling solo and have someone along to assist you. Not all venues may be accessible.
Participants must be in good health, disclose their physical fitness and advise any conditions that might impact their participation in the tour.
Full refunds issued for cancellations made 7 full days prior to the date and time of requested services. Cancellations made within the 7-day and 72-hour window will receive a 50% refund of purchase total. Purchases are non-refundable inside of 72 hours.
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