Old Town is a walkable neighborhood that's popular for its restaurants, bars, and coffee shops. Part of the neighborhood's charm is its rich culture. The riverfront and lake showcase the area's natural beauty. Old Town's hotels make a great home base for venturing out into the greater Zurich area.
Sightseeing around Old Town
The monuments and historic sites offer insight into the area's history, while the museums add a sense of refinement. Stroll the halls at James Joyce Foundation, Museum Strauhof, or Beyer Clock and Watch Museum. You can buy tickets to live performances at Tonhalle Zurich, Schauspielhaus, and Opernhaus. Swing by Lindenhof, Liebfrauen Church, and Museum Rietberg to learn about local history. Augustinerkirche, St. Peter Church, and Fraumuenster are some of the notable landmarks. Urania Observatory, Polybahn Funicular, and Zurich Aviary are family favorites.
Many visitors like to do some shopping while in town, but there are a number of other activities. Local parks like Lakeside Promenade, Belvoir Park, and Mythenquai Beach are peaceful spots. Botanical Garden, Chinese Garden, and Zurichhorn Park are beautiful places to appreciate nature. With a shopping trip to Bahnhofstrasse, Freitag Flagship Store, or Shopping Center Glatt, you might find that perfect souvenir. If you have some more time, pay a visit to Charles Tower, Rigiblick Funicular, or Letzigrund Stadium.
Don't miss some of the area's most popular attractions, such as Kunsthaus Zurich, Swiss National Museum, and Zoo Zurich. Zurich Toy Museum, Zurich Town Hall, and Paradeplatz will also leave an impression.
Getting around Old Town
For a quick way to explore the city, catch a ride on metro transit at Paradeplatz Tram Stop, Rennweg Tram Stop, or Rathaus Tram Stop. To venture out of town, take a train from Zurich Central Station.
Zurich (ZRH) is the closest major airport, 5.7 miles (9.2 km) from Old Town.