Beginning of main content
Trip Type
Flight 1
Flight 2
Flight 3
Flight 4
Flight 5

Search over 1,000,000 properties worldwide and 550 airlines worldwide

Search over a million flights, hotels, packages, and more

No Expedia cancellation fee to change or cancel almost any hotel reservation.

Grossmünster

The two towers of one of Zurich’s foremost churches have become an iconic image of the city.

Of all the historical landmarks Zurich has to offer, the Grossmünster, or Great Church, is the most recognizable. The Protestant church is Romanesque in appearance. Its two identical towers stand like twin rockets, while a blood-red spire juts up from the rear of the roof. Inside the Grossmünster are exceptional decorative windows and a Romanesque crypt.

Construction of the Grossmünster began around 1100 and was completed 110 years later. It’s said the church is built on the site where Charlemagne (Charles the Great) discovered the graves of Zurich’s martyrs: Felix, Regula and Exuperantius. The towers were once topped with wooden steeples, but these were destroyed by fire in 1781. They were replaced with the neo-Gothic tips, which have now become symbolic of the Zurich skyline.

The Grossmünster played a vital role in the history of the country. In the first half of the 16th century, pastor Huldrych Zwingli successfully fought to have the church separated from the papacy. Ultimately, this prompted the Swiss-German Reformation. To learn more about this period in history, visit the church’s Reformation museum, which is open Monday to Friday.

Much of the Grossmünster’s interior has an austere style, reflecting the Reformation movement away from ornamentation. However, there are some standout flourishes to look for. Otto Münch’s ornate bronze doors in the north and south portals depict biblical and Reformation scenes.  Sigmar Polke’s incandescent agate windows light up the nave with incredible colors. The crypt is the oldest part of the Grossmünster and houses a gold-crowned statue of Charlemagne.

One of the Grossmünster’s towers, the Karlsturm, is open to the public. From here you’ll get exceptional views of the city and Lake Zurich.

The Grossmünster is located on Grossmünsterplatz and is open daily. Visitors are welcome to join services. There are also occasional music performances. If you’re impressed by the Grossmünster, be sure to visit the city’s other two major churches, Fraumünster and St. Peterskirche.


Guide to Exploring Grossmuenster


Map

Top Hotel Deals

See all 337 properties near Grossmuenster
Boutique Hotel Wellenberg £226
Boutique Hotel Wellenberg

Boutique Hotel Wellenberg

Niederdorf Strasse 10, Zürich, ZH
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Old Town, this hotel is steps away from Predigerkirche and Zurich Town Hall. Kunsthaus Zurich and Fraumuenster are also within 10 minutes. Rudolf-Brun-Brucke Station is only a 2-minute walk and Rathaus Tram Stop is 2 minutes.

    Motel One Zürich £117
    Motel One Zürich

    Motel One Zürich

    Brandschenkestrasse 25, Zürich
       
      0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Old Town, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Ethnographic Museum at the University of Zurich, Bahnhofstrasse and Fraumuenster. Swiss National Museum and Kunsthaus Zurich are also within 1 mile (2 km). Selnau Station and Stockerstrasse Tram Stop are within a 5-minute walk.

      Hotel Schweizerhof Zürich £292
      Hotel Schweizerhof Zürich

      Hotel Schweizerhof Zürich

      Bahnhofplatz 7, Zürich, ZH
         
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        This family-friendly Zürich hotel is located near the airport, within a 10-minute walk of Swiss National Museum and Zurich Town Hall. Bahnhofstrasse and Fraumuenster are also within 15 minutes. Zurich Center S-Bahn and Bahnhofplatz-HB Station are within a 2-minute walk.

        Leoneck Swiss Hotel £125
        Leoneck Swiss Hotel

        Leoneck Swiss Hotel

        Leonhardstrasse 1, Zürich, ZH
           
          3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Oberstrass, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Liebfrauen Church and Swiss National Museum. Kunsthaus Zurich and ETH Zurich are also within 15 minutes. Haldenegg Tram Stop is only a 2-minute walk and Stampfenbachplatz Tram Stop is 3 minutes.

          citizenM Zürich £121
          citizenM Zürich

          citizenM Zürich

          Talacker 42, Zürich
             
            0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Old Town, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Ethnographic Museum at the University of Zurich, Bahnhofstrasse and Fraumuenster. Swiss National Museum and Zurich Town Hall are also within 15 minutes. Sihlstrasse Tram Stop is only a 2-minute walk and Rennweg Tram Stop is 4 minutes.

            Hotel Scheuble £143
            Hotel Scheuble

            Hotel Scheuble

            Muehlegasse 17, Zürich, ZH
               
              3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Old Town, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Central Library Zurich, Kunsthaus Zurich and Swiss National Museum. Zurich Town Hall and ETH Zurich are also within 10 minutes. Rudolf-Brun-Brucke Station and Neumarkt Tram Stop are within a 5-minute walk.

              Hotel Adler £168
              Hotel Adler

              Hotel Adler

              Rosengasse 10, Zürich
                 
                3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Old Town, this hotel is steps away from Predigerkirche and Zurich Town Hall. Kunsthaus Zurich and Fraumuenster are also within 10 minutes. Rudolf-Brun-Brucke Station is only a 2-minute walk and Rathaus Tram Stop is 2 minutes.

                Savoy Hotel Baur en Ville £364
                Savoy Hotel Baur en Ville

                Savoy Hotel Baur en Ville

                Poststrasse 12, Zürich
                   
                  5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Old Town, this luxury hotel is steps away from Paradeplatz, Bahnhofstrasse and Fraumuenster. Kunsthaus Zurich and Swiss National Museum are also within 15 minutes. Paradeplatz Tram Stop is only a 2-minute walk and Borsenstrasse Tram Stop is 2 minutes.