1. Switzerland
  2. Canton Zurich
  3. Zurich
  4. Grossmünster

Zurich in a Nutshell: Guided Sightseeing Walk

Product ID: 170130
This 2-hour stroll takes you on a journey through time from the ancient tomb of a child to the glittering jewels of Bahnhofstrasse. Get inspired by stories of headless saints and wild men, and find out what this city is about.
About this activity
Duration: 2 hours
Starting times 10:00 AM, 1:30 PM
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
English, German
Wheelchair accessible
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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Experience

Highlights
  • See the most important sights and hidden corners in the heart of Zurich
  • Marvel at Lindenhof, two of the three main churches, the medieval old town, the Rathaus, Paradeplatz and Bahnhofstrasse
  • Follow the transformation of the city centre from Roman times to the building boom of the Belle Epoque
Full description
On this tour, visit the Lindenhof, where the Romans and the German kings had their castles. Explore the Protestant St. Peter's church and the enchanted cloister of the Fraumünster Church with its murals of Zurich’s mystical legends. See the Grossmünster with its beautiful church windows and its ancient crypt, with the statue of Carl the Great from the 15th century.

The tour takes you right into the center of the old medieval town to see some of its guild houses and residential buildings, and hear stories about their infamous historical inhabitants.

Pass by the monument of the 16th-century reformer Huldrych Zwingli. Take a close look at the 17th-century Rathaus and decipher its stone carvings. Eventually, traverse the Belle Epoque district, where you will hear the story of a tragic 19th-century hero and the rise of Zurich to the economic metropolis that it still is today. The tour ends at Bellevue Square.
Includes
  • 2-hour guided walking tour with Swiss historian
What’s Not Included
  • Visit to the Fraumünster church
  • Visit to the tower of Grossmünster
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

Under the pillars of Café Rathaus, right next to/opposite to the tram station Rathaus.

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Important information
What to bring
  • Comfortable shoes
Know before you go
• Please wear comfortable shoes
• On rainy days please bring an umbrella or other protection
• Please come on time as a courtesy to your fellow guests
• All-inclusive pricing - no tips required

From £244.40 Per group up to 15

Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 16 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    4.8 / 5
  • Organization
    5 / 5
  • Value for money
    4.6 / 5
  • Safety
    5 / 5
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A great way to get a historical overview of Zürich!

We were a group of 11, and Monica did a great job of giving us an overview of the foundations of the city and how it developed. Hearing about important revolutions, learning about the different guilds, and seeing the model of old Zürich gave us an interesting perspective on the old ways of life compared to the commercial, financial city of today. Monica was great at answering our questions, and you could feel her passion about the city, its history, and its architecture.

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March 29, 2019

Wonderful tour! Highly recommended.

I definitely recommend this for over anything else available! We only had a day to see Zurich and booked this tour to try to get a good overview. Monica took us through almost all of old city. The 2-hour tour showed us what we probably would have taken a full day to figure out on our own. She was amazingly informed and was able to tell us stories of the various buildings and knew the history and interesting facts. She was able to answer all of our questions and explained everything clearly. We went inside certain churches and buildings with her that were incredible and she gave us a short tour through these as well. Monica was also extremely helpful suggesting what to do next and also gave us options and helped us choose a restaurant to eat at at the end of the tour. We considered more expensive boat or bus tours but decided to try this, and are extremely thankful we did. With the walking tour, is we got up close to all of the buildings, art, and history. The best tour of Zurich!

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January 4, 2019

Informative and Enchanting Tour with a Historian

Within the span of an hour and a half, Monica was able to weave an enchanting tale about the history of Zurich. As we climbed a hill to view the city center from above and crossed bridges above a glittering, azure lake, I learned so much not only about the city's history, but also its people. Because I also mentioned that I wanted to take pictures, Monica made sure to point out some really picturesque spots and even helped take photos of me. At the end of the tour, she advised me on which Swiss chocolates were best to take home as gifts and also helped me find the right tram number to take back to my hotel. This was truly one of the best walking tours I've joined with a considerate and knowledgeable guide. P.S. Thank you for the Swiss tea! It was lovely. <3

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September 25, 2018

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Product ID: 170130