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Old Town (Altstadt)

Zürich has a large Old Town which is largely on the right (north) side of the Limmat. If you happen to be staying near the station, it is a nice walk through the Old Town to get to the Opera House.

The street on the first photo is Neumarkt (meaning "New Market"), with the Neumarkt Theater in one of the buildings on the right.

The second photo shows the front of the Neumarkt Theater, and the third photo shows another nearby theater, the Stok, a small and evidently somewhat idiosyncratic theater which was founded in 1970 by a man named Zbigniew Stok.

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Oct 03, 2015

Altstadt - east

Compact, beautifully preserved, the Altstadt on the eastern banks of the Limmat is a great place to simply wander, ducking down alleyways, admiring the stunning window displays, grabbing a coffee to people watch, visit a church, gallery or antique shop and have lunch or dinner in one of the many atmospheric cafes or restaurants.

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Jul 29, 2011

Around Old Town

Strolling around Old Town is a true pleasure: most of streets are closed to traffic; there are lots of narrow streets that open up to beautiful small squares. And there are lots of cafes and restaurants.

At night, and since we were there on a weekend, the streets are throbbing with excitement until late in the night.

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Mar 17, 2010

Altstadt: Old Town West of Limmat River

The quarter between Bahnhofstraße and Limmat river looks small on the map. Nevertheless take your time to explore the narrow lanes round St Peter's church and Lindenhof, and have your camera ready. The Altstadt (old town) is a very picturesque quarter. Many houses date, as inscriptions tell, originally from the middle ages.

More pictures on my travelogue page.

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Feb 12, 2009
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Old Town

The old town is located between Banhoffstrasse and river Limmat. It is full of beautiful medieval alleys, and at the same time is spotless clean and safe. There are many restaurants and shops everywhere.

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Dec 07, 2006

The Old Town

The Old Town consists of specialty shops, restaurants and bars. We were there at a slow season and many of the shops were closed. We were able to do some book shopping. Our hotel, the Limmatblick was at the entrance to this area and made for easy access to the shopping and train station.

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Jul 16, 2004


The weather wasn't always perfect during my trip to Zurich but I found that the old town streets - Niederdorferstrasse, Oberdorferstrasse and the Limmatquai were great for window shopping! There was a great jewellrey shop down one street with all different sorts of bags and rings. There were some nice clothes shops on the Limmatquai. The shops close earlier than I expected on Saturdays (around 4pm).

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Swiss National Museum

Photos: 1. Entrance to the museum 2. The archeological department on the ground floor 3. The museum as seen from across the river This is a large museum with numerous departments, all dealing in...
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Exploring this area is a must. Niederdorf is a lively place in the old town that stretches from Central Square to the Great Church Square. A wonderful place for shopping during the day, and a popular...
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Kunsthaus - Art Gallery

The Kunsthaus Zürich has a major collection of international and Swiss art, among them many Switzerland artists from the 18th-19th century such as Füssli, Hodler and Böcklin. Apart from the regular...
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Hauptbahnhof - Main Station

Zürich Central Station is the largest railway station in Switzerland and a major traffic hub for international and local trains and city travel (tram). The first central station building was built in...
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Zunfthaus zur Meisen

Zunfthaus zur Meisen (meaning: the guild house of the Zunft zur Meisen) is interesting building with great historical value for city. It was build in 1757 in today Lindenhof quarter of Old town...
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Wallace Fountains is nice decoration of famous street. I already read about this statue in another places but even if people dont know about it there is nice description on statue itself. It is...
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