A walk best done by night (since we hadn't have much of a nice weather in winter during our stay) when illuminated buildings - bridges, houses, other buildings - become 'dressed' in warm shades and its glamour is reflected in lazy Limmat water which then... as it is dark, feels deeper and faster.
Since Limmat flows through the heart of city, you'll no doubt come to its shores to see the life along it. Come for the views of the architecture by night, come for the quietness of the street ... with a slow step, eyes pleased, camera ready.
Zurich's historic Town Hall (Rathaus) was built under the supervision of J.H. Holzhalb between 1694 and 1698.
The baroque building is richly ornamented and it is still the seat of the city and cantonal parliaments.
The Town Hall is located at the Limmatquai on the right bank of the River Limmat; just in the heart of the Old Town. The nearest tram stop is "Rathaus" (line 4, 15).
The Limmat River gets its water from Lake Zürich. From the lake it flows west through the city center, past the main railroad station and then past the National Museum to where it joins up with another river called the Sihl.
Eventually the Limmat flows into the Aare River, which in turn flows into the Rhine near Waldshut.
Options for night photography along the Limmat banks are great. Many buildings and also the bridges are illuminated.
In case you have no tripod with you, no problem - there are low walls and railings everywhere along the river banks and the bridges which can be used as tripod substitutes. (Check for bird p** before leaning onto them, though. The seagulls are busy.)
I recommend, however, leaving for a night photo safari earlier than we did. Start right after dusk when the sky is still dark blue. In my photos it is already completely dark and the pics didn't turn out that well because of that.
My night photo travelogue
One of the reasons I fell in love with Zurich at first sight was walking along the river bank on a cold and crisp morning, eating a hot puff pastry filled with some kind of lovely sausage, not minding the red nose and numb ears. It's a fantastic place first thing in the morning. Quite, crisp, even the swans huddle together. It is just too beautiful and peaceful for such a commercialized city. And at the end of it, you reach the lake and it lives up to every expectation that you've ever had of Switzerland.
The Helmhaus belongs to the city of Zurich and it is an exhibition center for modern art by Swiss artits or artists living in Switzerland. It's adjascent to the Wasserkirche. The Helmhaus was first mentioned in 1253 but was consequently rebuilt a couple of times. The present structure is from 1791-94 by Hans Conrad Bluntschli the older. The Helmhaus with the Wasserkirche used to sit on an island but when the Limmatquai was filled up it disappeared. The street used to run under the arch facing the water and not in front of the Helmhaus. In old times the court was held there.
It was a cold winter day in February 2001 when I visited Zurich on a day trip from Basel. The lakeside promenade, Limmatquai, was perfect for a leisurely stroll along the banks of Lake Zurich. After an hour at Limmatquai, I walked along the banks of the Limmat River in light snow towards the old city of Zurich towards fashionable Banhofstrasse. Being a Sunday, all the shops were closed.
The city is located in the mouth of the river Limmat. The banks are lined with the rennaisance-era guild houses.
A Saturday market along the Limmat river on one of the bridge (I think it's Rathausbrucke). This is on the opposite bank of the Limmatquai.
More scenary along the river. The river and streets are so quite on early Saturday morning, perfect for a peaceful stroll.
One of the recommended walks is to stroll along the river and admire the sights of Zurich. Cross the various bridges along the way to get a different view of both sides of the river.
Don't forget to walk along Limmat River = Limmatquai. Pay attention to beautiful architecture of old buildings along the river banks. Don't you like them?
Walk along the banks of the river Limmat! In summertime there are boattrips around as well...
This walk will lead you to most of the sights in Zurich.....they are all near the river....