Historic. Innovative. First-class.
According to legend, Emperor Charles the Great first founded Grossmünster, when he discovered the graves of the Zurich city saints Felix and Regula there. In 1519 Huldrych Zwingli came to Grossmünster and made Zurich the starting point for the Reformation in German-speaking Switzerland. 187 steps lead up to the Karlsturm, which offers spectacular views over the roof terraces of Zurich and Lake Zurich itself, across to the snow-covered Alps on the horizon.
The Hotel Adler was first mentioned in 1357 as a hereditary tenure of the Fraumünster Abbey. The Fraumünster abbess was actually not only the ruler of the town, but also had the rights of customs, marketing and coinage. Discover the impressive choir windows by Marc Chagall: He felt this church to be a holy place and created a colourful work of art. His choir windows show the path from people to God, the rosette represents the story of the Creation.
From the stinking cesspool of the city fortification ditches to the best-known Bahnhofstrasse in the world: The Zurich Bahnhofstrasse connects the main rail station with Lake Zurich. Here you can find everything that the modern shopper's heart desires. International labels, watches, jewellery. With the memorial to Alfred Escher, for whom Rudolf Koller painted the Gotthard Post, the end of the Bahnhofstrasse commemorates another famous citizen of Zurich: Escher instigated the building of the Gotthard Pass and laid the foundations in Zurich for rail travel, research and commerce.
• Zurich West
If you are looking for urban Zurich design, you are right on the money in Zurich West. Where the machines of textile and gear-wheel factories once clattered during the Industrial Revolution and where beer has been brewed for over 100 years, new life is now appearing behind the old factory walls. Creative accessories, urbane clothing, innovative gastro concepts and a wide variety of concerts and parties fascinate in this upwardly-mobile quarter of the city, where Zurich's new skyline is currently being created.
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