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Zurich Old Town (Altstadt) Tours

With its striking 19th-century buildings and winding cobblestone lanes stretching along both sides of River Limmat, Zurich’s Old Town (Altstadt) is the most atmospheric part of the city and home to many principal tourist attractions.
 
The Basics
Old Town makes an ideal starting point for a Zurich sightseeing tour. Walking and bike tours of Zurich typically take in the highlights, including Church of Our Lady (Fraumunster) and Grossmunster cathedrals, St. Peter Church (Peterskirche), the Swiss National Museum, and the Bahnhofstrasse shopping boulevard. Popular additions to an Old Town tour include a cable car ride to Felsenegg viewpoint, a Lake Zurich cruise, or a half-day trip to Rhine Falls, the largest waterfall in Europe.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • Zurich’s main visitor information center is located opposite Church of Our Lady in Old Town.
  • Large parts of Old Town are pedestrianized, and the best way to get around is on foot or by tram.
  • Old Town is also the center of Zurich’s nightlife, with dozens of bars, restaurants, and nightclubs around Niederdorfstrasse and Limmatquai.
 
How to Get There
Old Town is the navigational center of Zurich and home to most of the city’s attractions, hotels, and restaurants. The main Hauptbahnhof train station lies at the north end of Bahnhofstrasse, with connections to Zurich Airport and other cities around Switzerland. It’s easy to walk to all the central attractions, but a number of tram lines also run throughout Old Town, with stops at Paradeplatz, Neumarkt, and Central.
 
When to Get There
Visit early in the morning to escape the crowds, if you’re visiting during peak season (July–August), or head down to Limmatquai at sunset to soak up the atmosphere and experience Zurich’s legendary nightlife. The most exciting time to visit is during one of the many annual events and festivals: Time your visit for the Zurich Festival (June), Long Night of Museums (September), Sechseläuten Spring Festival (April), Zurich Street Festival (August), or the festive Christmas markets.
 
Zurich Old Town Walking Tour
Zurich's landmark cathedrals—Church of Our Lady (Fraumunster) and Grossmunster—on opposite sides of the Limmat River make navigating Old Town easy. From Hauptbahnhof on the west bank, stroll down Bahnhofstrasse, one of Europe’s most expensive shopping streets, to Paradeplatz. Detour to St. Peter’s Church and admire views from Lindenhof hill. Continue to Church of Our Lady, cross Munster footbridge to Grossmunster, from where it’s an easy stroll to the Niederdorf district and Limmatquai promenade.

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Small-Group Chocolate and Sweets Walking Tour of Zurich's Old Town, Zurich, null
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Small-Group Chocolate and Sweets Walking Tour of Zurich's Old Town

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Bring your sweet tooth and get ready for a tantalizing array of delicious treats on this decadent walking tour of Zurich. Your expert guide will help you ...  Read more

Location: Zurich, Switzerland
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

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Supersaver: Zurich Highlights Tour, Rhine Falls and Stein am Rhein from Zurich, Zurich, Food Tours
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Supersaver: Zurich Highlights Tour, Rhine Falls and Stein am Rhein from Zurich

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See Zurich’s highlights and visit the Rhine Falls and Stein am Rhein village on a Super Saver combining two popular Zurich tours in one day at a discounted ...  Read more

Location: Zurich, Switzerland
Duration: 8 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

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Zurich Old Town Walking Tour, Zurich, Super Savers
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Zurich Old Town Walking Tour

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Discover centuries of Swiss heritage on this 2-hour walking tour of historical Zurich. With your guide, stroll along the bustling Bahnhofstrasse, and take in ...  Read more

Location: Zurich, Switzerland
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

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Zurich City Highlights with Felsenegg Cable Car Ride, Zurich, Walking Tours
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Zurich City Highlights with Felsenegg Cable Car Ride

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See top Zurich attractions such as the Swiss National Museum, Old Town (Alstadt) and the Zurich Opera House and tour the surrounding areas by ferry and cable ...  Read more

Location: Zurich, Switzerland
Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $61.72
Switzerland Mountains, Cheese and Chocolates Tour from Zurich, Zurich, Half-day Tours
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Switzerland Mountains, Cheese and Chocolates Tour from Zurich

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Venture to the Heidi-like region of eastern Switzerland on this full day guided coach tour from Zurich. Sample local cheese and chocolate, walk the streets of ...  Read more

Location: Zurich, Switzerland
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $157.49
Zurich Super Saver 2: Rhine Falls including Best of Zurich City Tour, Zurich, Day Trips
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Zurich Super Saver 2: Rhine Falls including Best of Zurich City Tour

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Combine nature and city culture on the Zurich Super Saver 2 tour, and enjoy two best-selling tours at a discounted price. Start the morning with a coach trip ...  Read more

Location: Zurich, Switzerland
Duration: 1 day (approx.)

From USD $83.00
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Zurich Highlights Tour, Zurich, Day Trips
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Zurich Highlights Tour

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See the highlights of the business and cultural hub of Switzerland on this sightseeing coach tour of Zurich. Admire top attractions like the medieval Old Town ...  Read more

Location: Zurich, Switzerland
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

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The Great Tour of Zurich, Zurich, Bus & Minivan Tours
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The Great Tour of Zurich

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See all the main sights of Switzerland's cultural capital as your motor coach takes you for a drive around Zurich. Enjoy spectacular views of the Alps on your ...  Read more

Location: Zurich, Switzerland
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $61.72
Private Tour: Zurich City Highlights, Zurich, Bus & Minivan Tours
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Private Tour: Zurich City Highlights

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Get to know Zurich on a 2-hour or 4-hour private tour by minivan. This comprehensive sightseeing tour offers a flexible itinerary that’s tailored to your ...  Read more

Location: Zurich, Switzerland
Duration: Varies

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Zurich City Tour Experience, Zurich, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Zurich City Tour Experience

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If you want to experience all of the outstanding things Zurich has to offer in a single sightseeing outing, this is the tour package for you. Experience the ...  Read more

Location: Zurich, Switzerland
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

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