From the regal black storks nesting in the eaves to the leisurely flow of riverboats just beyond the terrace cafe, Storchen Zürich is the only Old Town Zürich hotel located directly upon the river Limmat. Renowned for warm hospitality for over 650 years, this historic treasure provides an ideal location for gracious accommodations and efficient service. Nestled in the heart of the city center, this boutique hotel is mere steps from cultural landmarks, including the famous Zürich Opera House, one of the world’s most celebrated neo-baroque opera venues.
Picturesque alleys and squares surround the hotel along with superb opportunities for exploring the fascinating history of Switzerland’s storied past. Zürich's origins date back to 15 B.C., when the Roman post of Turicum was founded as a customs station to oversee goods traveling to and from Italy. Despite the settlement being continuously inhabited, it wasn't until the 9th century that the first mention of the Teutonic town of Zürich appeared. By the 10th century, the town had acquired the status of a city, and went on to become the center of the Swiss Protestant Reformation in the 16th century. The motto “pray and work” was to have a profound effect on the shaping of the city, which, by the 19th century, had grown into the commercial and financial center of Switzerland.
Today, most of Zürich's historic and cultural sights lie within the compact area surrounding Storchen Zürich on either side of the River Limmat, between the Hauptbahnhof and Lake Zürich. The churches and burgher houses of the Old Town are clustered here, as are the elegant shops of Bahnhofstrasse. Also within strolling distance of the hotel are the city's most impressive churches, the Grossmünster and Fraumünster, as well as the city's oldest, St Peterskirche, which still boasts the largest clock face in Europe.
In addition to its prime historic location, Storchen Zürich’s traditional appointments and luxurious accommodations combined with their impeccable service and superb hospitality have distinguished this timeless hotel as a first-class establishment and a truly cherished address.
Storchen Zürich, a charter member of Historic Hotels Worldwide since 2011, dates back to 1357.
The Medieval Era, 800 ~ 1449
From the regal black storks nesting in the eaves to the leisurely flow of riverboats just beyond the terrace cafe, Storchen Zürich is the only Old Town Zürich hotel located directly upon the river Limmat.
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