Located in the heart of Zurich, Lindenhof is a charming and picturesque place on top of a hill with fantastic views of Zurich’s Old Town, Grossmünster Church, and the Limmat River. It is a popular tourist destination and meeting area accessed via narrow, mostly uphill streets. With its stunning views of the city and large trees, it is easy to understand why this is a good choice for anyone looking to escape the hustle and bustle of the city.
The open expanse of Lindenhof is encompassed by linden trees.
History of Lindenhof
A historic site located in the heart of Zurich, Lindenhof is on the hill with the same name. Although the history of Lindenhof dates back to the Roman era, you do not see nor feel it as much whenever you are there.
Nonetheless, Lindenhof used to be a fortified settlement. And if you want to really see the ancient historic walls, you can head to the Lindenhof Cellar (Lindenhof-Keller) at Lindenhof 4. The key to the Lindenhof cellar can be borrowed in the town hall against a valid ID (Stadhausquai 17, from Mondays to Fridays, 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM, Saturdays 9:00 AM to 12:30 PM)1.
Lindenhof is one of the oldest parts of Zurich, likely a previous Celtic settlement and a fort during the Roman times. During the Middle Ages, the hill was the site of a Carolingian and Ottonian palace2. Nowadays, the area is a public park and a popular destination for tourists and locals alike.
Panoramic View of the City
One of the main reasons why Lindenhof is such a popular destination is its stunning panoramic views of Zurich’s Old Town, the Grossmünster Church, and the Limmat River. Behind, you can see the surrounding mountains of Zurich. The hill’s elevated position 20 meters above the Limmat provides an unobstructed view of the city3.
The view is especially spectacular during both sunrise and sunset, especially when the sky is painted with a combination of blue, orange, and pink hues. Visiting it during sunrise will be a quiet affair. Expect to see more people during the afternoon sunset, especially groups of friends spending time together and tourists snapping photos of the city.
Visitors can take a leisurely stroll around the hill’s perimeter. There is a low wall where you can sit and enjoy the views. There are also several benches located around the hill, particularly near the Linden trees. Especially during the hot summer months, it’s an ideal location to unwind and appreciate the scenery.
Lindenhof is also the perfect spot in Zurich for a picnic. You can bring a blanket and a basket of your favorite snacks here. And in case you don’t want to pack your own lunch, there are plenty of cafés and restaurants nearby where you can grab a bite.
How to Get to Lindenhof
|Lindenhofstrasse, Fortunagasse, Pfalzgasse
|– Tram 6, 7, 11, 13 Rennweg
– Tram 4, 15 Rudolf-Brun-Brücke
|Zurich Hauptbahnhof (7-minute walk)
Final Thoughts: Lindenhof
Lindenhof is more than just a beautiful place to visit. It is also part of Zurich’s rich history. Nowadays, Lindenhof is a peaceful oasis in the heart of Zurich. Locals and visitors alike come here to explore the historic site and enjoy the stunning views of Switzerland’s liveliest city.
Visiting Lindenhof is undoubtedly one of the best things to do in Zurich. The cherry on top is that it won’t even cost you a single penny. The panoramic views of the city from atop the hill are breathtaking, and the site provides a perfect setting for capturing memories with friends and family.
With its fascinating history and awe-inspiring vistas, Lindenhof is an absolute must-visit for anyone touring Zurich. Be it a day trip or a week-long stay, be sure that you include Lindenhof in your travel itinerary.
For a panoramic view of the entire Zurich region, another excellent option is to visit the Uetliberg mountain.
1 Lindenhof-Keller. Stadt Zürich Hochbaudepartement. https://www.stadt-zuerich.ch/hbd/de/index/staedtebau/archaeo_denkmal/archaeo/geschichte/a_fenster/lindenhofkeller.html. Accessed on 18 April 2023.
2 Lindenhof (Stadt Zürich). Wikipedia. https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lindenhof_(Stadt_Z%C3%BCrich). Accessed on 18 April 2023.
3 Schröter, Oliver. Der Lindenhof: Ausblick vom Balkon der Geschichte. 111 Orte in Zürich, die man gesehen haben muss, Emons Verlag GmbH, 2016.
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