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Zurich attractions

Zurich is the largest city in Switzerland. It does not have a capital status, but it is recognized as the financial and transport center of the country. The historic center of Zurich is very attractive for its comfortable and measured pace of life, as well as historical attractions.

There has been a Celtic settlement on the site of Zurich since ancient times, however, as the city of Zurich began to develop since the 1st century AD, under the ancient Romans, who established a customs post here. It was located on the Linderhof hill. Now it offers a very beautiful view of the city`s waterfront.

In the 9th century, king Ludwig II of Germany, the grandson of Charlemagne, built Fraumunster Abbey in 853, which for several centuries owned Zurich and the surrounding lands. During the reformation of Ulrich Zwingli, in the 16th century, the Abbey was destroyed, but the Fraumunster Church on the banks of the Limmat river survived.

The patron saints of Zurich are Regula and Felix. They were executed in 286, on the site where now is the Church of Wasserkirche. They were buried nearby, on the hill where the main Cathedral of Zurich Grossmunster is now located.

The old city of Zurich has been preserved to our day in a significantly updated form. There are no medieval houses or fortress walls. The main attractions of the city are compactly located along both banks of the Limmat river, between the Main Station and lake Zurich. This distance is only 1 kilometer, so 1 day is enough for walking around the city.

There are many museums in Zurich, so if you decide to see them as well, then one day of walking around the city is not enough. The National Museum is located near the Main Railway station. It is one of the largest museums in Switzerland dedicated to the country`s history and culture. There are also several museums dedicated to Art of different eras.

The broad Limmat river flows out of lake Zurich. One of the main attractions of the city is the Limmat river Embankment (Limatquai), which runs along the right Bank of the river. The Old Town (Altstadt) is also located on this side. Its houses are located along the Waterfront and the Niederdorfstrasse. Directly above the water at the end of the 17th century, a beautiful Baroque town Hall was built. Walking along The Limmat embankment, you can feel the atmosphere of a thriving city.

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The two towers of the Grossmunster Cathedral, built in the 18th century in neo-Gothic style, are a symbol of Zurich
Most of Zurich`s attractions are compactly located in the Old city near the Limmat river
19th century houses in the Old city of Zurich on the Limmatquai
The Fraumunster Church in Zurich was built by king Ludwig II of Germany in 853 on the banks of the Limmat river
The water Church in Zurich was built on the site of the execution of Regula and Felix in 286, and the Grossmunster was built on the site of their burial
St. Peter`s Church was founded in Zurich in 857, and the remaining building was built in 1000
View of lake Zurich from the tower of the Grossmunster Cathedral
Spires of the Fraumunster and St. Peter Churches on the Limmat river embankment in Zurich
View of the Limmatquai from the Linderhof hill in Zurich
The Limmatquai and the spire of the Predigerkirche Church in Zurich
The Northern part of the Limmatquai in Zurich
Excursion ships on the Limmat river in Zurich
The Town Hall of Zurich, in the Baroque style, was built in 1698 directly above the river Limmat
The 97 meter high spire of the Predigerkirche Church rises above the Old city of Zurich
One of the facades of the Town Hall of Zurich touches the embankment, but its foundation is piles driven into the bottom of the river Limmat
Left Bank of the Limmat river in Zurich
View of the Northern part of the Limmatquai in Zurich from the Linderhof hill
In the 15th century the top of the Linderhof hill in Zurich was planted with Linden trees
Lake Zurich embankment with Park area in the Bellevue area
St. Peter`s Church in Zurich is located on a hill. Its tower was used as a fire tower until 1911
King Ludwig II of Germany built the Fraumunster Church in Zurich for his daughter Hildelgarda
Massive walls of the Grossmunster Cathedral in Zurich, built in the Romanesque style
The Grossmunster Cathedral in Zurich was built in the Romanesque style in 1090
The cult stone of the Romans, where Christian martyrs were executed, is preserved in the Crypt of the Water Church in Zurich
The Predigerkirche Church in Zurich was built in 1231 in the Romanesque style, and the Gothic bell tower was built in the 19th century
The national Museum of Zurich is located in a building similar to a medieval castle
The skeleton of a mammoth in the Zoological University of Zurich