Old Town (Altstadt), Zurich

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. Put Old Town (Altstadt) at the forefront of your travel plans using our Zurich journey maker .
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  • Zurich is not as large as New York, Tokyo or London, but the city has to offer much scary. The old town is located right next to the financial district. This is beautiful and very well maintained. You feel right at home.
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  • Very cute cobblestone roads, free bike hire in the square, shops, restaurants and bars in the old town. I personally think it's the best area to stay in Zürich! Definitely take the time to walk around...  more »
  • easy to navigate, great for people watching, shopping and just taking in the atmosphere of Zurich. Old Town area clean and easy to explore.  more »

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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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