On the Limmat River’s east bank, the winding cobbled streets of Niederdorf are crammed with restaurants, bars, galleries, bookshops and craft shops. Affectionately dubbed 'Dörfli' by locals, the quarter has a laid-back vibe. Climb up from the river to Lindenhof for postcard views of the Old Town.

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Nearby Zürich attractions

1. Lindenhof

0.18 MILES

Spectacular views across the Limmat to the Grossmünster can be enjoyed from a tree-shaded hilltop park, smack in the heart of the Old Town. Bring a picnic…

2. Zoological Museum

0.21 MILES

Dinosaur skeletons, giant mammoths, sloths – the hands-on Zoological Museum of the University of Zürich is home to 1500 stuffed animals, with interactive…

3. Cabaret Voltaire

0.23 MILES

Birthplace of the zany Dada art movement, this art space has come back to life as a hotbed of contentious art exhibitions and socially critical artistic…

4. Archaeological Collection

0.25 MILES

Discover ancient history at the University of Zürich's archaeological collection. The extensive collection of both original pieces and plaster casts is…

5. James Joyce Foundation

0.28 MILES

James Joyce spent much of WWI in Zürich and wrote Ulysses here. This foundation, which boasts Europe's largest Joyce collection, hosts regular English…

6. Focus Terra


This hands-on university museum reveals the treasures of the earth, explaining what makes volcanoes erupt, where gems come from and what fossils tell us…

7. St Peterskirche


From any position in the city, it’s hard to overlook the 13th-century tower of this church. Its prominent clock face, 8.7m in diameter, is the largest in…

8. Zwingli's House

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The house where firebrand preacher Huldrych Zwingli (1484–1531) lived and worked. Zwingli began speaking out against the Catholic Church here in the 16th…