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Zurich Old Town (Altstadt) Tours

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Zurich Old Town (Altstadt)
With its striking 19th-century buildings and winding cobblestone lanes stretching along both sides of River Limmat, Zurich’s Old Town (Altstadt) is the most atmospheric part of the city and home to many principal tourist attractions.
 
The Basics
Old Town makes an ideal starting point for a Zurich sightseeing tour. Walking and bike tours of Zurich typically take in the highlights, including Church of Our Lady (Fraumunster) and Grossmunster cathedrals, St. Peter Church (Peterskirche), the Swiss National Museum, and the Bahnhofstrasse shopping boulevard. Popular additions to an Old Town tour include a cable car ride to Felsenegg viewpoint, a Lake Zurich cruise, or a half-day trip to Rhine Falls, the largest waterfall in Europe.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • Zurich’s main visitor information center is located opposite Church of Our Lady in Old Town.
  • Large parts of Old Town are pedestrianized, and the best way to get around is on foot or by tram.
  • Old Town is also the center of Zurich’s nightlife, with dozens of bars, restaurants, and nightclubs around Niederdorfstrasse and Limmatquai.
 
How to Get There
Old Town is the navigational center of Zurich and home to most of the city’s attractions, hotels, and restaurants. The main Hauptbahnhof train station lies at the north end of Bahnhofstrasse, with connections to Zurich Airport and other cities around Switzerland. It’s easy to walk to all the central attractions, but a number of tram lines also run throughout Old Town, with stops at Paradeplatz, Neumarkt, and Central.
 
When to Get There
Visit early in the morning to escape the crowds, if you’re visiting during peak season (July–August), or head down to Limmatquai at sunset to soak up the atmosphere and experience Zurich’s legendary nightlife. The most exciting time to visit is during one of the many annual events and festivals: Time your visit for the Zurich Festival (June), Long Night of Museums (September), Sechseläuten Spring Festival (April), Zurich Street Festival (August), or the festive Christmas markets.
 
Zurich Old Town Walking Tour
Zurich's landmark cathedrals—Church of Our Lady (Fraumunster) and Grossmunster—on opposite sides of the Limmat River make navigating Old Town easy. From Hauptbahnhof on the west bank, stroll down Bahnhofstrasse, one of Europe’s most expensive shopping streets, to Paradeplatz. Detour to St. Peter’s Church and admire views from Lindenhof hill. Continue to Church of Our Lady, cross Munster footbridge to Grossmunster, from where it’s an easy stroll to the Niederdorf district and Limmatquai promenade.

Address: Altstadt, Zurich, Switzerland
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22 Tours and Activities to Experience Zurich Old Town (Altstadt)

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Zurich City Highlights Tour with Felsenegg Cable Car and Ferry Ride

Zurich City Highlights Tour with Felsenegg Cable Car and Ferry Ride

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Explore Zurich on a half-day sightseeing tour of the city. Climb aboard a luxury coach for a panoramic tour of top sights like the Swiss National Museum, the Zurich Opera House and the Old Town, and then take to the water for a scenic ferry crossing of Lake Zurich. Marvel at the grand architecture of Fraumünster Church and the Bahnhofstrasse and then gaze at sweeping Alpine vistas as you ride a cable car to the vertiginous Felsenegg vantage point.
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  • 4 hours 15 minutes
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$68.60
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Small-Group Chocolate and Sweets Walking Tour of Zurich's Old Town

Small-Group Chocolate and Sweets Walking Tour of Zurich's Old Town

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Homemade ice cream, hot chocolate, truffles, and Swiss chocolate bars tempt your sweet tooth on this small-group walking tour in Zurich. Stroll the atmospheric streets and cobblestone lanes of Altstadt, or Old Town, with a local guide—an expert in Zurich’s artisanal shops and the Swiss confections the country is famous for. Indulge in an array of tasty treats for a delightful afternoon. Numbers are limited to eight people for a more intimate experience.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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$102.04
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Zurich City Tour Experience

Zurich City Tour Experience

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If you want to experience all of the outstanding things Zurich has to offer in a single sightseeing outing, this is the tour package for you. Experience the town on this unique city tour with detailed commentaries in one of eleven languages: English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Japanese, Russian, Chinese, Arabic, and Hindi.  The air-conditioned Panorama bus takes you on a 100-minute round trip to the sights of Switzerland’s largest city. The route leads across the famous Bahnhofstrasse and the banking center of the lake with a view of the snow-capped mountains, part of the old town with its magnificent guild houses and the churches St. Peter, Grossmünster and Fraumünster. You’ll see the university quarter and the residential area Zürichberg, the National Museum and the Kunsthaus. At the two most scenic viewpoints we will make a short photo stop.
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  • 2 hours
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$38.88
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Zurich Highlights Tour

Zurich Highlights Tour

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Discover the spectacular sights of Zurich on a comprehensive 2-hour coach tour of the vibrant Swiss city. Cruise past legendary landmarks like the sophisticated Bahnhofstrasse and admire the shimmering surface of Lake Zurich as you listen to illuminating commentary from a knowledgeable guide. See, too, the sacred St Peter’s Church and the charming Old Town, and then ride the Dolderbahn railway to the undulating hills of the Zurichberg district. Select either a morning or afternoon departure to suit your schedule If you want more, upgrade your tour at the 1pm option and add an 1-hour cruise and a visit to the Chocolate Lindt Shop!
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  • 2 hours 15 minutes
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WOW Zurich Tour: 6 hours on shore, on water, in the air!

WOW Zurich Tour: 6 hours on shore, on water, in the air!

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Gain a new perspective on Zürich on a small-group excursion that includes a ferry ride across Lake Zürich, a cable car journey during the summer, and a tour of the Old Town. Visit landmarks including Lindenhof and Grossmünster, gaining insight into the city’s history and culture from your local guide.
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  • 5 to 6 hours
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The Great Tour of Zurich

The Great Tour of Zurich

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Enhance your sightseeing experience of Switzerland’s cultural capital on a half-day tour of Zurich and the quaint neighboring village of Rapperswil. With a knowledgeable guide, discover blooming rose gardens; see sweeping vistas of the snow-capped Alps; and stroll amid the verdant splendor of a deer park to see the majestic creatures in their natural habitat. Marvel at the ancient castle that reigns over the village of Rapperswil and then conclude your tour with a tranquil boat ride on Lake Zurich.
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  • 4 hours
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3 in 1: Zurich Walking Tour - Cruise on the Lake - Cable Car Ride to Felsenegg

3 in 1: Zurich Walking Tour - Cruise on the Lake - Cable Car Ride to Felsenegg

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Tick off three top experiences at a reduced price with a 3-in-1 Zurich package. Discover the city’s major landmarks on a walking tour, then relax your feet on a lake cruise, before riding a cable car to Felsenegg’s summit for views that reach as far as the Alps. Along the way, benefit from your small-group guide’s personalized insights.
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  • 6 hours
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$93.76
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Swiss Chocolate Walking Tour of Zurich

Swiss Chocolate Walking Tour of Zurich

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Take a chocolate walking tour of Zurich, and let your sweet tooth lead the way around the city’s artisan confectioners and chocolate producers. With a guide at your side, you’ll sample the signature Zurich sweet of Luxemburgerli, along with pralines and Champagne truffles. Learn about Swiss chocolate in the city, and check out some of the city’s landmarks such as the Grossmünster Church and Lindenhof.
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  • 2 hours
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The Best of Zurich Including Panoramic Views in a Small Group Walking Tour

The Best of Zurich Including Panoramic Views in a Small Group Walking Tour

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Discover the best that Zurich has to offer during this 3-hour small-group walking tour. Visit the city’s key landmarks such as Paradeplatz, Lindenhof, St. Peter’s Church, the Roman baths, and much more. Learn about the rich history of Zurich and Switzerland from your tour guide and enjoy the panoramic views of the Old Town from the Grossmunster Church.
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  • 3 hours
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The Chocolate side of Zurich Tuk Tuk Tour

The Chocolate side of Zurich Tuk Tuk Tour

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Switzerland is known for its chocolate, but finding the best spots to sample sweet treats in Zurich can be tricky. Zip between the city’s top chocolatiers with ease on a private tuk-tuk tour and benefit from your chauffeur-guide’s insights as you cruise past historical and chocolate-related landmarks. Enjoy access to three different workshops as well as tasters included in the price.
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  • 1 hour 40 minutes
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Private Tour: Zurich Walking Tour

Private Tour: Zurich Walking Tour

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Receive the undivided attention of a private guide as you discover the spectacular city of Zurich on a 2-hour private walking tour. Admire popular attractions like Frauminster Church, with its prismatic stained glass windows, and gaze at the shimmering surface of Lake Zurich. See, too, the elegant Bahnhofstrasse and explore the charming Old Town while listening to captivating commentary from your insightful guide. Relish the freedom and flexibility of this private tour and customize the itinerary to suit your interests.
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  • 2 hours
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Private Tour: Zurich City Highlights

Private Tour: Zurich City Highlights

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Discover the spectacular sights of Zurich on a private tour of the cultural Swiss city. Admire legendary landmarks and historical monuments like the Bahnhofstrasse and the charming Old Town while enriching your knowledge of the region’s rich history. See the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, the place Albert Einstein imparted his wisdom; browse the exhibits within the Swiss National Museum; and take a tranquil cruise on the shimmering surface of Lake Zurich. Customize the itinerary of this private tour according to your interests and receive the undivided attention of your personal guide.
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  • 4 hours
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Zurich Highlights In A 2+ Hour Walking Tour Including Panoramic Views

Zurich Highlights In A 2+ Hour Walking Tour Including Panoramic Views

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Zurich boasts a unique and far-reaching history, but appreciating the city’s landmarks can be difficult on a self-led tour. Be immersed in the history and culture of Switzerland’s biggest city on a walking tour of highlights including Lindenhof, St Peter’s Church, and Fraumünster, while benefiting from the more personalized experience of a small-group tour.
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  • 2 to 3 hours
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$54.89
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Zurich and Surroundings PRIVATE TOUR Including Panoramic Views

Zurich and Surroundings PRIVATE TOUR Including Panoramic Views

Discover Zurich’s highlights in a day on this action-packed private walking tour that takes the stress out of navigating with hotel pickup included. Don’t waste a moment visiting sights that don’t interest you, and enjoy the perk of being able to customize the tour based on your interests. Potential sights include Fraumunster Church, Lake Zurich, and many Old Town landmarks.
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  • 4 to 5 hours
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$320.12
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Zurich Christmas Holiday Tour on Bahnhofstrasse and Christmas Markets

Zurich Christmas Holiday Tour on Bahnhofstrasse and Christmas Markets

Experience Zurich at the most magical time of year on a guided tour of the festive lights and Christmas decorations of the holiday season. Look at the amazing shop window displays when strolling through the Bahnhofstrasse. Try a hot punch or a mulled wine. Maybe you eat also a raclette or a fondue during your visit to one of the Christmas Markets. Your guide will take you around and tell you also some history of Zurich.
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  • 2 hours
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$343.00
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Welcome to Zurich: Swiss National Museum Entrance and Sightseeing Tour

Welcome to Zurich: Swiss National Museum Entrance and Sightseeing Tour

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Tour Zurich by a brand new, very comfortable and ecological deluxe coach enjoy entry to the Swiss National Museum to learn about the country’s history, from ancient eras to the present day. Aboard a stylish mode of transport, you’ll check out Zurich must-sees such as the bustling Bahnhofstrasse and Fraumünster Church with its Chagall-designed windows. Ride through Zurich Old Town and listen to an audio guide as you go. It’s a treat for history lovers and sightseers alike.
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  • 8 hours
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$65.83
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Zurich Walking Tour: Albert Einstein's Exploration Game in the OLD TOWN

Zurich Walking Tour: Albert Einstein's Exploration Game in the OLD TOWN

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Embark on a quest around Zurich by solving clues help Einstein develop the famous Theory of Relativity, all with the help of your smartphone. Unlock new stories as you discover on your own Paradenplatz, St. Peter's Church, the Old Town, and more. + Find the real story behind Albert Einstein's General Theory of Relativity + Solve clues around town and discover other hidden gems + Explore Zurich in a unique and memorable way Each clue will lead you from one place to another, giving you exact directions so you won't need a map, a GPS or a guide. When you solve the clues and guess the answer, the secret story of that place is unlocked. Start and stop whenever you want. The tour will take you from 1.5 to 2 hours to complete, but there’s no time limit so you can finish it at your own pace. After you buy the quest, an access code will be delivered to you by mail. Go to the starting point and be ready to begin the adventure.
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  • 1 hour 40 minutes
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$8.90
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Full Discovery of Zurich City

Full Discovery of Zurich City

Zurich is the biggest Swiss city offers you numerous attractions in each corner of it. The discovery starts when the local professional guide greets you at the lobby of the hotel in order to depart and enjoy a historical 2 hours walking tour through Zurich’s highlights. Later on, it will be the time to farewell the guide and to be greeted by the driver-guide who will take you to Bürkliplatz for a relaxing journey on Lake Zurich during a Ferry boat trip. A short journey on the lake approximately 54 minutes, however full of heavenly sceneries of Zurich with the Swiss Alps in the background. The driver-guide will meet you once again at Horgen in order to head to Adliswil. Here is the only aerial cable car in Zurich Canton - Adliswil-Felsenegg which takes you to the upper station of Felsenegg hill overviews the whole city. After an hour you will descend, and your exploring day will end by a private drop off at the initial meeting point in Zurich City.
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  • 4 hours
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$969.80
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The Secret Doors of Zurich

The Secret Doors of Zurich

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This experience is provided by a private local. You will get to see the hidden gems of Zurich, over the course of this 2-hour long walk. The first destination is a secret tunnel from the Middle Ages, which lies behind an almost invisible and locked door. It’s so inconspicuous that most people who have been living in Zurich for years don't even notice or know about it. You will be visiting the only remnants of the city wall from the 13th Century with the city’s first water pipes, which are hidden and locked in the basement of a modern building. Your adventure will continue through a hidden door on the ground of a famous park area, where thousands of people pass by every day without knowing about this door. You will climb down to find the historical walls of a Roman Fort and of the Royal Palace from the Middle Ages!
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  • 2 hours
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$110.36
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Private Zurich City Walking Tour

Private Zurich City Walking Tour

Travel to Zurich - the largest city in Switzerland, lying on the shores of Limmat River. A major financial, commercial and industrial center. Zurich surely is among the must-see places in Switzerland.
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  • 2 hours
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$390.15
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$390.15
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Discover Zurich from the air with a local pilot

Discover Zurich from the air with a local pilot

Go on an unforgettable adventure and discover the beauty of Zurich in the most unique way... from a private plane! You’ll see stunning views of Zürichsee,Grossmünster... and many more for you to find out with your very own pilot! Your pilot is key to this adventure. They are sharing the flights' direct cost, not making a profit. They just love to fly and want you to understand their passion for aviation. So be sure to meet your pilot directly at the airfield provided, as there are several private airfields around. ++Confirm weather conditions with your pilot before++ --> Access a local airfield --> Discuss the flight route together with your pilot --> Pre-flight check --> Up you go, enjoy the view from a whole new perspective! The flight can depart between 9-17h, depending on the availability of the pilot, aircraft, and weather. Please let us know your flexible hours/days upon booking, and make sure that you've been in touch with us beforehand!
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  • 1 hour
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$212.74
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Land and Water Tour in Zurich

Land and Water Tour in Zurich

Discover the best that Zurich has to offer on this 2-hour private tour. Take a guided tour through the charming streets and see key landmarks like the Lindenhof district, Old Town Zurich, Paradeplatz, and much more. Learn about the city’s rich history from your guide and then hop on a private boat tour along the Limmat River to enjoy the city sights from another perspective.
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  • 2 hours
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$743.15
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