As one of the most elegant Zurich Bahnhofstrasse hotels, Hotel St. Gotthard is ideally located in the centre of the city to see all of the main attractions. There are, after all, many things to see in Zurich and a great number of the main Zurich sights are located within a few minutes stroll from the hotel. If you are considering hotels near Zurich Hauptbahnhof train station, then there could be no finer choice than Hotel St. Gotthard. Read on to discover the many places to visit in Zurich, all of which are within easy reach from the hotel.
Within a stone's throw of the hotel, it is possible to access the city's historic main railway station, or Bahnhof. Visitors can enjoy a selection smart bars along Bahnhofstrasse and the area is regarded by many as one of the best for shopping. The Zurich shopping district has no distinct boundaries, but you will find many chic outlets, department stores and well-known retail brands in the immediate vicinity of the hotel.
Beyond the main shops, visitors can walk a short distance to the city's Old Town. Firstly, there's the Lindenhof, a former Roman fort site which offers exceptional views of the city centre from an elevated position. Then you can cross the Limmat River to get to the Town Hall district and the city's architecturally pleasing Opera House. The Old Town is also home to the Fraumünster and the Grossmünster, both of which are on most people's list of what to see in Zurich. They are both places of worship which have a had a long history with the people of the city and were often places where famous preachers gave their sermons. Why not round off your morning in the Old Town with a visit to the Zurich Paradeplatz which was formerly a livestock market and is now a smart square that is home to several famous Swiss banks?
One of the most popular things to do in Zurich is to visit the Schweizerisches Landesmuseum, otherwise known as the Swiss National Museum. It lies a few minutes from the hotel just beyond the Bahnhof. As well as its famous armoury tower, it contains all sorts of examples of Swiss handicrafts and traditional costumes, ideal for getting to know a bit about the country's past. Another cultural highlight in the city is the Zurich Kunsthaus, or Museum of Fine Arts. This art museum is located on the outskirts of the Old Town and is one of the top Zurich tourist attractions. It houses a major European collection of masterpieces which date from the 15th century to the present. In addition to its permanent collection, the gallery hosts temporary shows.
Heading south from there through the Mühlebach district of the city from the Kunsthaus, visitors will reach the charming Chinese Gardens. Located on the banks of Zürichsee, the city's large lake, these gardens are tranquil and offer a spot for quiet contemplation. The gardens are one of the prettiest places to visit in Zurich, featuring Oriental-style buildings, bridges and landscaping.
Zurich Zoo is walking distance from the hotel if you are prepared for an hour-long stroll. It is worth the effort because you feel very much like you have experienced a site beyond the bustle of central Zurich. Of course, you can easily get there by public transport or taxi cab if you prefer.
Another way to escape the inner city is to walk to Bürkliplatz which is situated to the south of the hotel. From here it is possible to catch a ferry ride over Lake Zurich and to enjoy the countryside. Lake Zurich Switzerland activities include waterskiing, stand-up paddling and wakeboarding, to name but three. You can hire boats from many locations and head to one of the lake's many beaches.
For those who prefer hiking, then a walk up to the peak of Uetliberg Mountain is possible. It takes about 90 minutes to reach from the hotel. A view from the top of its 853-metre peak affords outstanding vistas of the lake, the surrounding Alpine mountains and, of course, the remarkable city of Zurich itself.