Altstadt (District 1)
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Old Meets New
Zurich's Old Town has one foot firmly in the past and the other very much at the forefront of Swiss culture. Wandering through the pedestrian-only cobbled streets of the Altstadt (which you can do for hours), you'll find Switzerland's highest concentration of clubs, as well as theaters, comedy troupes, street performers, and young fashion designers selling their wares in small, elegant shops on medieval streets. Landmarks include the Grossmünster's double towers, built by Charlemagne, and the Peterskirche, which has the distinction of being the church with Europe's largest clock face. We love the Limmatquai, along the Limmat River, one of Zurich's most popular shopping sites where restaurants and shops are housed in Baroque houses from the 1700s, something like the canal-side houses of Amsterdam. It's a great place to actually walk into the past and have the vibrant present all around you! Plus the riverside cafés offer unforgettable al fresco dining. Check out the Switzerland, Savory and Sweet itinerary, created by Bob Preston of Swiss Panache, on AFAR Journeys.
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