Get to know the inner city with its charming old town. Admire the beautiful squares such as Münsterhof and the Swiss financial centre Paradeplatz, see the most important sights like the main churches Fraumünster (visit of stained glass windows made by Marc Chagall excluded), Grossmünster and St. Peter. On Lindenhof you enjoy the splendid view to Zürichberg and with some luck to the snow-capped Swiss Alps. You walk along Bahnhofstrasse, the most expensive Shopping street of Europe, as well as Limmatquai and dive into the vivid area of Niederdorf. A tour with numerous highlights and matching stories.
Behind Zurich's main railway station, you experience the city as an exciting melting pot of more than 140 nationalities. Let yourself be captivated by the cosmopolitan atmosphere and immerse yourself in a Zurich of a completely different kind. It's the area where a touch of world city feeling prevails.
The former industrial quarter today attracts with hip clubs, bars and stores. Popular places are for example Frau Gerolds Garten, Schiffbau and The Viadukt. In the trendy Zürich-West district, you find state-of-the-art architecture next to the old, converted factory halls of once large industrial companies. Learn more about the rapid post industrial development of this unique district.
Enjoy while walking through beautiful, idyllic parks like the Rieterpark with its famous museum Rietberg and hear about the history of what was once the richest community outside of former Zurich. There, where silk barons as well as the most visionary Swiss businessman of the 19th century lived.
Almost everything in this part of Zürich is new. Only a few things still remind us of the proud past of the Oerlikon machine factory, which stood at the beginning of Oerlikon's eventful development. Instead of the large factory halls, today there are modern office and residential buildings with that certain "something".
Even in Roman times, Zurich was a small trading town on the Limmat. Later, protestant religious refugees with their valuable connections shaped Zurich's economy. Silk and cloth eventually brought wealth to the city. Today, Zurich is the leading global financial center of Switzerland and home to renowned universities.
With this tour, the history of Zurich becomes alive and touchable. Hidden historical testimonies from Roman as well as medieval times will make you aware of Zürich's thousands of years existence. Marvel at colorful paintings and learn on the spot how the city got rid of its cesspools.
The importance of the blue gold has changed throughout the ages, but it has always been indispensable; today more than ever. In the past, the Lake Zürich as well as the rivers Limmat and Sihl served as a transport/trade axis and were an important source of energy. Water played a major role in the hygiene movement that emerged in the 19th century and today serves as a healthy elixir of life.
Some alleys in the old town are still lit by gas lanterns. On this tour, you learn why it remained dark in Zurich for a long time, who brought the light to Zurich's streets and where the Bernese were faster than the citizens of Zurich. The introduction of light was a revolution and only made the todays nightlife possible.
On this tour, you meet strong women who struggled for acceptance in a man's world despite having a university degree. You hear about successful women who contributed to the city and women's causes, both in the Middle Ages and in the 20th century. Find out which lady ruled the city of Zurich for centuries and how long it took in Switzerland for women to gain the right to vote.
The timing seemed right when Huldrych Zwingli took office as a lieutenant priest in the Grossmünster in 1519 and began the Reformation of Zurich. Together with his companions, he managed to leave a lasting mark on Zurich until today. Learn how much Zurich changed with the Reformation and how you can still recognize its traces.
Guided tours to other themes and districts on request.
Of course, the tours of Zurich City Tours can all be easily complemented with a boat cruise on Lake Zurich (starting from Bürkliplatz), a visit of an exhibition of the Kunsthaus Zürich as well as of the other more than 40 museums. Or just sit in one of the cozy cafes like the Sprüngli located on Bahnhofstrasse or hop on a tram and discover the diversity of the city easily and conventiently. Further, there are many surrounding tours and trips to the closer area.
We have a wide selection of professional, experienced and passionate local travel guides who conduct the tours in different languages.
A visit of Zurich can be very well combined with a trip to the relatively nearby Swiss cities of Basel, Bern, Lucerne and Winterthur. We will also be happy to assist you with your travel plans and give you some helpful hints for your trip to Switzerland. Just ask us or your private guide.
In cooperation with Virtual City Tours we also offer digital tours, so you don't have to worry about distance rules. These are the offered Live Online Tours of Zurich - in real time moderated from the studio or directly from the city (via video conference) as well as pre-recorded video tours. Guaranteed Corona compliant.
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