Altstadt Overnight Stay

Best accommodation in the old historical town of Zurich Switzerland. Cheaper rates for hotel rooms, affordable hostels and cosy bed and breakfasts.

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Lindenhof and Rathaus area

Nearest train station : the principal railroad hub for the old town district is Zurich Main Train Station, located at the end of famous Bahnhofstrasse shopping street.

The Zurich Hauptbahnhof (HB) is served by the local S-Bahn commuter trains, InterCity (IC and ICN) connections throughout Switzerland, Italy's Cisalpino, Germany's ICE, France's TGV, and other international night trains to and from Amsterdam Holland, Berlin Hbf, Rome Italy, Barcelona Spain, and Budapest Hungary.

Nearest airport : the old town of Zurich can be reached by airplane from Flughafen Zurich-Kloten, which is the busiest airport in Switzerland.

By car : the city of Zurich Switzerland lies nearby the A1, A3 and A4 motorways.

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Zurich Accommodation in Old Town

Old Town

Zurich Old Town consists out of the Lindenhof and Rathaus quarters. These are the oldest parts of the medieval city, left (west) and right (east) of the Limmat river. The old district feature cobblestone streets, a variety of cosy stores and restaurants and many of the city's main religious landmarks.

There is a large choice of hotels within the borders of the Altstadt quarters Lindenhof and Rathaus. You can find many restaurants, bars and shops in the vicinity of these hotels. The many cultural attractions, the famous Bahnhofstrasse and the financial district are located within easy walking distance.

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Altstadt - Lindenhof and Rathaus Quarter

Zurich Old Town in Switzerland

Zurich´s Old Town is a lively and charming area with an unique atmosphere. The Old Town or Altstadt is known as the Rathaus and Lindenhof quarters. The heart of Old Town in Zürich city centre is a perfect place to explore on foot, it's the perfect way to see all the best historic spots and get an introduction to the city.

Lindenhof Quarter

Lies left of the river Limmat. Lindenhof is the oldest part of the city, with old settlement traces dating back to pre-Roman times, and fortified as a Roman oppidum with a surrounding vicus in the final decades of the 1st century BC. The site of the Roman castle is the Lindenhof Hill. The site of the Roman vicus is the Schipfe quarter at the Limmat river below the Lindenhof Hill.

Main sights in the quarter include the Fraumünster abbey, Zunfthaus zur Meisen guild house, the former Augustinian abbey and formerly the Oetenbach abbey.

Rathaus Quarter

The Rathaus quarter is named for the Town Hall and lies on the right side of the river Limmat. It's separated by the Hirschengraben from the Hochschulen quarter to the east, and delimited by the Bellevue and Central squares to the south and north.

The Rathaus quarter includes the Limmatquai, Niederdorf and Oberdorf parts of the city.

Sights in Zurich Old Town District

Grossmünster Church – The Grossmünster or Great Minster church with its two matching towers is a real beauty and one of the most famous landmarks of Zurich. The Zürich Tourism Board website says this about Grossmünster: "According to legend, Charlemagne discovered the graves of the city's martyrs Felix and Regula and had a church build as a choristers' cloister on the spot." It's one of the four major churches in the city, the others being the Fraumünster, Predigerkirche and St. Peterskirche.

Fraumünster Church – this church and former convent is most famously know for its stained glass windows designed by artist Marc Chagall. Chagall was 80 years old when he did the windows. Other than the windows, this church is relatively plain, a result of the Reformation period.

St. Peterskirche and St. Peter’s Clock Tower -- Church located next to the Lindenhof Hill in the Lindenhof quarter. It's built in the 9th century, which makes it the oldest church in Zürich Switzerland. It also boasts the largest clock face in Europe and contains some old wall paintings.

Lindenhof Hill – was the perfect spot for defending the city in the medieval times. Set high above the river, the current-day park holds the remnants of a Roman fortess and customs post. There are many trees and benches, and the hill offers a great view of the city. The hillside is as a Swiss heritage site of national significance.

Niederdorf is the entertainment district of Zurich old town. The streets and alleys of Niederhof are pedestrian zones and a shopper's paradise with lots of cosy boutiques. At night the many bars, restaurants and street artists turn the Niederdorf into an exciting center of entertainment, which makes it the main entertainment district on the east bank of the Limmat river, below the University. The medieval streets of the Niederdorf district also house a number of gay bars/clubs.

Walk around and explore the charming narrow alleys such as Spiegelgasse and Froschaugasse, picturesque streets such as Rindermarkt and Neumarkt, and discover galleries, antiques shops, boutiques, bookstores and restaurants.

Limmatquai -- built in the 19th century along the right side of the Limmat, running from Central to Bellevue. Zunfthaus zur Zimmerleuten, Zunfthaus zur Haue, Zunfthaus zum Rüden and Zunfthaus zur Saffran guild houses are located at the Limmatquai.

Inexpensive low cost lodging

The financial centre, the famous Bahnhofstrasse shopping area, the ETH Zurich (university) and the car-free lake and river promenade can be reached on foot within a few minutes from these hotels.

Wellenberg Swiss Quality Hotel - ( Hotel located in Old Town in Zurich )

Hotel Wellenberg was opened in 1990 and is a homely and uniquely designed modern first class hotel with personal touch in the heart of Zurich's historical part of town.

Sorell Hotel Rutli - ( Hotel in Zurich Switzerland Old Town area district )

The three-star Sorell Hotel Rütli is located at the heart of Zurich's old town, a short distance from the world-famous Bahnhofstrasse.

Hotel Adler - ( Hotel located in Old Town of Zurich in Switzerland )

The Adler Hotel is a charming, just new renovated 3 star hotel located right in the heart of the "Niederdorf" area, Zurich´s lively and charming Old Town with its unique atmosphere.