The Limmat is the river that flows from Lake Zurich through the city center. It is called Linth upstream of Lake Zurich, and is called Limmat from Zurich downstream. After approx. 40 km it flows into the river Aare at Brugg. The Romans founded Turicum on today's Lindenhof, on the west bank of the Limmat. The medieval center of Zurich was built on both sides of the river. There are numerous restaurants and terraces on both banks. In the Limmat there is the "Frauenbad" a river pool for women only. The beer garden "Bauschänzli" is located on a small island in the river. Flat boats that pass under the low bridges also run on the Limmat.


Limmat Quai



The Grossmünster is known for the reformer Zwingli, who preached here from 1519-1531 and had all religious jewelry removed. The origins of the Romanesque church go back to the 12th century. The neo-Gothic spiers were not built until 1787. In the choir there are scenes from the Christmas story by Augusto Giacometti. The cathedral Grossmünster is the landmark of the city of Zurich.




Zurich central station

Zurich's terminus station is the largest in Switzerland. In 1847 the central station was built by the architect Jakob Friedrich Wanner. The connection between the shopping center and the underground S-Bahn tracks was opened in 1990. Four underground tracks were built in 2014 for long-distance through traffic, which resulted in significantly shorter travel times within Switzerland. There is a direct connection from Zurich to Frankfurt that takes 4 hours. To Stuttgart you can get in around 3.5 hours. The travel time from Zurich to Basel is one hour. The train to Milan takes around 3.5 hours.





The Bahnhofstrasse is the most famous shopping street in Switzerland. It is considered to be one of the most expensive streets in the world. All luxury brands of Switzerland have a shop on the Bahnhofstrasse ore they are available here. 

Opernhaus Zürich

The opera house was opened in 1891, after the previous building burned down in 1889. The Viennese architects Fellner and Helmer had already drawn up a final design for the opera in Krakow (Austria now Poland) and were able to carry out there building in a very short time. 


To reflect the growing importance of Zürich, the city built a new town hall in 1698. Prominently situated on the Limmat River, the Renaissance architecture remains quite modest.


The name of the beautiful square "Münzplatz" Mint Square was given by the Augustinian church built in 1270, which was used as a mint after the Reformation. The Mint was used as church again by the roman Catholics in 1841.




Centre Le Corbusier

The art collector Heide Weber commissioned Le Corbusier to plan a public exhibition hall. The colorful steel building was completed in 1967. It was the last work of the famous architects, he died 1965. 

Freitag Flagship Store

The talented bag designers of "Freitag" also came up with something special for their flagship store in Zurich. The shop was built completely from old sea containers. 


The "Turbinenplatz" is the largest square in Zurich and the center of "Zürich-West", the hip quarter in the middle of old industrial buildings with new use. 


The ZSG boats from Zürich to Rapperswil cruise on Lake Zurich. There are various tours, also rides on the Limmat River are part of the program.




Map sights in Zürich


Travel Guide Zurich

Welcome to Zurich

With around 400,000 inhabitants, Zurich is the largest city in Switzerland and the economic and financial center of the country. The city is at an altitude of 408 m above sea level, on the river Limmat. The Limmat is the outflow of Lake Zurich. For years, Zurich has been at the forefront of quality of life. This is due on the one hand to the safety and on the other hand to the good air quality. In addition, Zurich is rather small compared to other cities. In terms of urbanity, Zurich cannot keep up with cities like New York, London or Tokyo. But the city has a lot of nature in the immediate vicinity. There are many lakes and the snow-capped peaks of the Alps are only 50 km away.