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Old Town (Altstadt), Zurich

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The city's historic heart, the atmospheric Old Town (Altstadt) serves as one of the area's major tourist attractions, famed for its well-preserved 19th-century architecture and cobblestoned lanes flanked by trendy shops, galleries, and restaurants. A convenient starting point for tours around the city, the district stretches along both banks of the Limmat River. Begin your walk through medieval Zurich at the Old Town's landmark bridge, which connects two monumental cathedrals situated on opposite sides of the river. From there you can easily reach the nearby shopping streets, packed with hip cafes and quirky boutiques. In the evening the neighborhood's bars and clubs become the center of Zurich's lively nightlife. Before you head to Zurich, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Zurich travel itinerary planner, to make sure you see all that Zurich has to offer, including Old Town (Altstadt).
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  • I thought old town was a beautiful place to spend a night. There are tons of restaurants bars and it's centrally located to a bunch of attractions. I really enjoyed my time there. My only complaint is...  more »
  • Beautiful city. Take a walk at the lake, visit the galleries around and go for a coffee in one of the great Cafè's around. Don't miss to buy Sprüngli chocolate if you are there. What do I not like abo...  more »
  • We spent a lot of time here wandering on the quaint small streets. Plenty of options for food- and shopping too! A word of caution here- the small restaurants in the middle were a little pricey and on...  more »

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Where to stay in Zurich

As the financial hub of the country, it shouldn't come as a surprise that staying in Zurich usually comes at a price. The city puts emphasis on its glamorous four- and five-star hotels and international chains that appeal to traveling professionals. There a handful of hostels and guesthouses for the budget-conscious traveler. When staying in Zurich, you'll find that the majority of the accommodation offerings are in close proximity to the city core, either on the left or right bank. The left bank is the glitzier of the two, with its grand restaurants, shops, and proximity to the banks and train station. The right side, as home to the Old Town, charms with its historical atmosphere. Here you'll find independently owned boutique hotels and some mid-range options. The city also sports several hotels geared toward wellness, with spas and saunas. These tend to be pricey too, but you're guaranteed a truly relaxing retreat.
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