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“back in time....” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Old Town (Altstadt)

Old Town (Altstadt)
Zurich, Switzerland
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The Great Tour of Zurich
Ranked #3 of 96 Attractions in Zurich
Type: Historic Walking Areas, Neighborhoods, Cultural
Activities: Shopping, Dining, City walk sightseeing
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Zürich's historic section features cobblestone streets, a variety of small stores and restaurants and many of the city's most significant religious landmarks.
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“back in time....”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014

The architecture, shopping, and quaint, old streets were wonderful. Walking in the evening, people watching, sipping a warm drink...all were memories I will always remember and cherish.

Visited December 2013
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“Lots of nooks and streets to explore”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014

I always enjoy walking the old cities of Europe. Since the Swiss were not involved in the world wars, a lot of interesting architecture remains. The cobblestone streets are full of interesting shops and restaurants. Wandering this area is a fun way to spend a sunny day. Do some window shopping, grab a bite to eat or a coffee, visit an old church, and on and on.

Visited April 2014
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“Nice way to spend time in Zurich - strolling in the Altstadt”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014

It can be tiring for some as it has its uphill climbs. However it is nice going around the old town and looking at at every nook and cranny for nice small bars, which we actually did one evening.

Visited April 2014
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“The place to see medieval architecture”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014

Due to it's relative safety in the 2. WW, Zurich never lost it's ancient center. Some of the houses on the Grossmünster side of the city were built from the 12th to the 16th century and of course up to today. Some of these houses are in extremely narrow lanes giving an authentic feeling of how it might have felt to walk here hundres of years ago. The Grossmünster side of the old town is older and more charming, whereas the side of the Bahnhofstrasse has hidden gems such as the Chagall windows in the Fraumünster or the Lindenhof, an elevated square overlooking the Limmatt river and giving an excellent panorama of the city.

Visited April 2014
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“Just go to get lost”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014

I would say don't really go into this area in search of something so specific because you won't enjoy the beauty of the maze built around the winding cobble stone streets. Among the walls you can find everything from Kebab joints, gummie bear stores, boutique clothing, old books and art galleries. Don't just keep your eyes on street level because you just might be missing some of the most decorative ceilings seen through the windows of the second floor.

Visited February 2014
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