The Augustinergasse street is located close to Bahnhofstrasse and Rennweg, in the Lindenhof quarter. In the 17th century, wealthy patricians settled here and competed with each other for the most attractive housefronts. The result is that Augustinergasse has many colourful house, often decorated with carved wooden bay windows. Augustinergasse is one of the most popular tourist areas and filled with restaurants, cafes and souvenir shops.
Augustinergasse is probably 'the' Zurich 'must-see' for many (most?) visitors. Ir's prettily-painted oriel windows, its Swiss flags (when they are hung out), its shop frontages...yes, it's very photogenic.
It's also very, very well-restored of course. It's not immediately obvious that this is in fact a very ancient street, one of Zurich's medieval alleyways which...during the 1600s...became home to many wealthy citizens. It seems that they (as is so often the way) made sure they fully demonstrated their wealth and power by decorating the frontages of their houses with twiddles and twirls and...most especially....oriel windows (Zurich has a lot of them...see travelogue).
So, apart from the flags (which are really quite large) the main points of interest on Augustinergasse are those oriel windows, their woodwork beautifully maintained and carefully painted.
But what all that beautiful upkeep hides is the true age of some of those buildings. Not the whole building, of course, but certainly the first couple of floors. The 'Tuermhaus', for example, to be found at the Widdergasse end of the street originally dates from the 1300s and was originally a 'tower house' of the type which was very popular amongst wealthy citizens of, for example, Italian and southern German towns and cities. The height of your house very clearly indicated your wealth and status.
Of course you will want to wander Augustinerstrasse and enjoy its prettiness...and rightly so. It is a very pleasant spot. But remember that what you are seeing is much, much older than the pretty facade which now exists....and that the appearance of those houses was very, very different when they were originally built.
This small alley, paved with cobblestones, is one of the most picturesque ones in Zürich. It is lined with beautiful houses with oriel windows. Most houses were built in the medieval times but their facades have changed over the centuries. Nonetheless, there is still a lot of original substance preserved.
The neoclassicist house No. 15 is somehow a 'paradise bird' among the old houses in Augustinergasse.
The chemist Christoph Locher had it built in 1838. The house contained his pharmacy and laboratory on the ground floor and living quarters for his family on the upper floors.
In 1877 it was turned into a butchery. Its nowadays appearance derives from the changes in that year.
I love just walking along this street, do some shopping and have drinks in any of the boulevard cafes. A romantic area and is the home of numerous houses with impressive bay windows dating from the 14th to the 18th centuries.
Do not miss walking down this lovely street it is so beautiful.
Some of the buildings date back to the 14th century and they have to be admired. Their lovely bay windows in such decorative colour and ornate are really beautiful.
If you're walking south, away from the train station, you could turn left onto Augustinergasse. You will come across
the Münzplatz (mint square). Here you will see the Augustinerkirche; built in 1280, it is a former Augustine monastery. After 1596 the church was used as Zurich's mint.
Just round the corner from lively fancy Bahnhofstrasse you find this romantic lane. Each of the old houses has an oriel, which is unique in Zürich's old town.
This is a beautiful street, from what it appears, the oldest in Zurich. Many houses have intricately decorated balconies. It branches off of Banhoffstrasse in the old town.
I just had to put another photo ot these beautiful windows on this page they really appealed to me
Besides these lovely buildings/windows there is the Augustinerkirche (church) which date back to 1274.
It was used during the reformation in the 1500's as the town's mint!
This is one of Zurich's most beautiful quaint streets. It is lined by numerous 14-18th century houses with ornate bay windows.