The Zurich Old Town
Feb 10 , 2012
Europe has no dearth of “old towns.” But Zurich, founded 7,000 years ago by the Romans, is even old by European standards. Located in the heart of Zurich on the river Limmat, the medieval Zurich old town provides an amazing trip back in time. Spend the day strolling through crooked cobblestone streets in this charming area.
Spreading out from Central Square to Church Square, Old Town is a virtual labyrinth of pedestrian streets lined with old buildings, some dating from the middle ages. Old Town is divided into four main areas: Lindenhof, Rathaus, Hochschulen, and City.
Lindenhot is the oldest part of the area with settlements tracing back to pre-Roman times. Here you'll find the Schipfe quarter on the Limmat River which once served as the city's port. Today you'll find local artisans selling their wares, as well as fine restaurants. Rathaus is named for the town hall built in the 1690s. This area includes the Limmatquai, the embankment lining the river built in the 19th century—a picturesque area to take in the sights today. In Hochschulen, you'll find the central square, the University of Zurich (the largest University in Switzerland), and the Zurich Opera House. Finally, the City district is home to Bahnhofstrasse, the best-known shopping street in Zurich.
The Zurich Old Town contains the most vibrant nightlife in the city; the most popular bars and clubs are located in the Niederdorf in the Rathaus area. Parking is difficult to find in this area, so hop on a city tram or other transport.
Also be sure to check out other fun things to do in Zurich located throughout the city.