8 Free Attractions and Free Tours in Zurich

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Suggestions for Free Tours in Zurich

Zurich is a modern city and one of the main financial centers of Europe, with interesting sights and attractions, churches, world-class museums, international banks, and luxury stores.

Check out the following options of free attractions and tours for you to enjoy your stay inexpensively.

Suggestions for Free Attractions and Tours in Zurich

1. Explore the Historic Center (Altstadt)

Explore the Historical Center (Altstadt)Photo by Henrique Ferreira

Zurich‘s historic center is pure charm, with its inviting narrow streets, medieval houses, and Renaissance buildings.

The area is home to excellent options of restaurants, cafes, little shops, and also some of the city’s main tourist attractions.

Exploring the historic center and getting lost in its streets is, without a doubt, an unmissable and free tour.

2. Walk along Bahnhofstrasse

Walking along BahnhofstrassePhoto by Tomek Baginski

The Bahnhofstrasse is one of the most elegant and expensive streets in Europe, starting at the train station and ending at Lake Zurich(Zürichsee).

The street houses brands such as Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Dior, the department store Grieder Zurich, and also the famous café Confiserie Sprüngli.

3. Enjoy the View of Zurich from Lindenhof Hill

Enjoy the View of ZurichPhoto by Louis Droege

Lindenhof Hill, a small hill in the historic center, is a must-stop to enjoy the view from the top of some of the city’s main sights and guarantee beautiful photos.

The area is wooded and has benches and a fountain.

4. Strolling Along the Limmatquai

Strolling Along the LimmatquaiTours and Sightseeing in Zurich – Photo by Ruth Georgiev

The Limmatquai is a street beside the Limmat River, known for housing old houses, restaurants, stores, and the city hall building(Zürich Rathaus).

Along the river, you will find some steps, where you can sit and relax.

5. Admire the View of the Lake and the Alps

Admire the View of the Lake and the AlpsZürichsee – Photo by Louis Droege

The scenery of the Zürichsee and the Alps is simply spectacular, and all this beauty can be admired from various points in the city.

6. Visit the exhibition “Simple Zurich” at the Landesmuseum

LandesmuseumLandesmuseum – Photo by Domenico Loia

The Landesmuseum is one of Zurich‘s main museums, and the permanent exhibition “Simple Zurich” is free of charge. The exhibition presents the long and troubled history of the city.

The exhibition ticket must be picked up at the museum’s “Welcome Desk“.

7. Participate in a Free Walking Tour

Join a Free Walking Tour of ZurichTours and Sightseeing in Zurich – Photo by Ruth Georgiev

Participating in a Free Walking Tour is a great way to find out about the history of the place, as well as meet new people.

On the Freewalk.ch website, you will find some free tour options such as “Downtown Zurich Tour“, “Street Art Tour“, “Bank Tour” and others.

8. Having a Picnic

PicnicIllustration – Photo by Evangeline Silina

Relaxing in a park and having a picnic is a great way to save on food.

Take the opportunity to stop at a supermarket and buy some Swiss goodies like chocolates and cheese.

List of Top Free Attractions and Tours in Zurich

  1. Historical Center
  2. Bahnhofstrasse
  3. Lindenhof Hill
  4. Limmatquai
  5. Simple Zurich” exhibition at the Landesmuseum
  6. Walking Tour

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