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The Zurich Tram Museum and Its Iconic Trams

Last Updated on September 20, 2023 by Darla Uhl

Visit the Zurich Tram Museum to learn more about trams in Zurich and how they’ve evolved over time. The Zurich Tram Museum is located in Burgwies, District 8 of Zurich City, southeast of downtown. In the hall is a display of trams from different eras that once plied Zurich’s streets.

Overview: Zurich Tram Museum

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Located within Depot Burgwies, the Zurich Tram Museum is devoted to trams. The tram depot Burgwies was built in 1893. It was used by Verkehrsbetriebe Zürich (VBZ) until 1997. The public transport operator VBZ is owned and operated by the Swiss city of Zürich. It is the oldest tram depot in the city.

Since 2007, the Zurich Tram Museum has been open in Depot Burgwies. The exhibition space is dedicated to Zurich trams and its history.

Once you enter the hall, you will see a variety of historic vintage trams, each with its own look and layout. You will be able to see how trams evolved through the years.

And even though these trams are displayed inside the hall, they can generally still be operated. In fact, some of these are sometimes in use on the streets.


What to Expect: Zurich Tram Museum

Trams on Display

The Zurich Tram Museum displays a variety of trams. The trams here are mostly vintage. Whenever the doors of the tram are open, you are welcome to enter it and take a look around. It’s okay to hop in and out of the trams inside the museum and take pictures.

Also on display are tram ticket machines, information boards, photographs, a children’s tram, and train toys. You can also discover some historical memorabilia, books, and vintage tram signs.

There are information boards at the museum about tram lines and their history. In addition, there are some signs that describe the different mechanical components of the tram.

During my visit, all information was in German. If you can’t understand German, you might find it helpful to have a translation app on your phone.


Museum Lines 21 and 51

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You can also embark on a vintage tram ride to experience how public transportation used to be. There is a tram line 21 that runs between Bahnhofstrasse and Limmatquai on the last weekend of each month, in the afternoons, except for December. There is also an old-timer bus line 51, which runs on selected days.

Verein Tram-Museum operates the museum line. Conductors and others who do this work for free are in uniform.

Museum line 21 passes through the following stops:

  • Hauptbahnhof
  • Central
  • Bellevue
  • Bhf. Stadelhofen
  • Kreuzplatz
  • Hegiplatz
  • Burgwies
  • Bürkiplatz
  • Paradeplatz
  • Usteristrasse

Ticket holders for ZVV Zone 110 will be able to ride the Museum Line 21 tram without paying any additional fees. Visit the website to see the timetable: https://www.tram-museum.ch/.

Guided Tours

Also available are guided tours of the depot led by experts who can provide in-depth information. Guided tours for groups of up to 20 persons cost CHF 150 and last approximately one hour.

The museum can also be contacted if you want to arrange a birthday party or a wedding at the Zurich Tram Museum. It is also possible to organize an aperitif, symposium, or dinner for up to 200 guests.


How to Get to Zurich Tram Museum

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Getting to the Tram Museum is as easy as taking tram 11 up to Burgwies. The museum can be reached directly across the street from the tram stop.

AddressForchstrasse 260
8008 Zürich
By TramZürich, Burgwies

The museum is open Mondays, Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays from 1:00 PM to 6:00 PM.


Final Thoughts: Zurich Tram Museum

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The Zurich Tram Museum provides a good insight into the history and development of Zurich’s street cars since industrialization. There are many different heritage tramcars that you can explore at the Zurich Tram Museum as well as interactive displays and artifacts from the past to give you an insight into Zurich’s history through its collection of trams.

Anyone interested in learning more about Zurich’s trams should visit this museum, which is packed with historical vehicles and interesting information. From early street cars to modern trams, visitors can get a glimpse of how transportation has changed in Switzerland, particularly in Zurich, over time.

Don’t hesitate to explore the exhibits and interactive displays at the Zurich Tram Museum for a family-friendly day out. Although the museum may look small, it is nevertheless quite interesting.

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Darla Uhl is the owner of TouringSwitzerland.com. Her home is in the German-speaking part of Switzerland. Having lived almost 20 years in Switzerland, she's traveled extensively all over the country.

Darla's favorite regions to visit in Switzerland include Engadin, Lake Geneva, Bernese Oberland, Ticino, and Valais. She loves spending time with her family, hiking, visiting museums, and reading books.

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