Even though Zurich is the most populous city in Switzerland, it is still relatively compact, and the most important Zurich attractions are to be found within easy distance of one another.
The city is bisected by the Limmat river, and a walking tour of Zurich includes the attractions on both sides.
A good starting point for the walk would be at the train station, or Hauptbahnhof, as this gives an easily recognisable landmark to orientate from.
The walk could be taken at any time during the day, but it is probably advisable to miss the commuters going to and from work, and take the walk between 09.00 and 16.30.
You may also be quite literally walking along (or at least above) a street of gold, as the bank vaults beneath the streets are said to be full of gold and silver!
View of the famous Bahnhofstrasse
Make sure you stop at the Sprüngli store to drink a coffee and buy some Luxemburgerli. Once you tried them, life will never be the same...
Sprüngli is also a good place to buy very high quality chocolates.
The Sprüngli store
The high quality chocolates
The famous Luxemburgerli
which come in many different flavours
The street ends at Burkliplatz which offers great views out over the lake as well as taking some stupid tourist pictures
The nice view of the lake
I am taking the stupid tourist picture...
After a little time spent there, it´s now time to double back along Bahnhofstrasse to see some more Zurich attractions.
A little over halfway back to the train station, the walking tour of Zurich takes a right hand turn along Augustinergasse, which is a beautiful narrow street.
Beginning of the Augustinergasse
Very nice walk
The next stop is St Peters Church, which is certainly hard to miss, having an enormous clock face which at 8.7 metres in diameter is the largest in Europe.
There is a circular bench around an old tree here, which is the perfect place to take some photographs, catch some breath and fully enjoy the moment.
It´s nice to relax on a bench beneath an old tree...
St. Peters Church, the largest clock face in Europe
Resuming the walk, a right hand turn along Schlusselgasse will lead towards another of Zurich's famous churches, Fraumunster. Part Romanesque and part Gothic, it features magnificent stained glass windows by Marc Chagall.
Leaving churches alone for a while, the next stop on the walk is at the Roman Baths. These can be quite hard to find, and is best located by heading back towards the station along Wuhre street, until reaching the Wein Platz/Rathaus bridge.
On the left is a small street called Thermengasse, and it is here that the Roman Baths are to be found. Cheats may decide to switch on their phones GPS!
walk on Wuhre Strasse along the Limmat River
The Ancient Roman Baths on Thermengasse
View of the little old street
Ok baby, let´s continue with the Zurich attractions on the next page, see you there.