The slender blue spire of the Fraumünster Church is one of the most elegant sights in Zurich. With a history stretching back more than a thousand years, this sacred building offers an incredible insight into the past of Switzerland's largest city. The church is one of the city’s premier tourist attractions and one of the many exceptional sites which give the city its distinctive atmosphere.
A royal lineageFounded by King Louis the German in 853, the Fraumünster Church was originally an abbey attached to a convent which many female members of the European aristocracy frequented over the years. You can see the remains of this ancient building in the crypt beneath the main structure, which dates back to round 1250.
Beautiful sights in an ancient churchDuring the 20th century the Fraumünster has been extensively renovated, leaving the mark of modernity on the ancient building. Inside you will be stunned by graceful frescoes and two excellent sets of stain-glassed windows, one designed by Giacometti in the 1940s and the other, a masterpiece by Marc Chagall, designed in 1970.
The best way to experience the beautiful church is with an audio-guide which provides you with everything you need to know. Learn about the church’s meaning and history, the Reformation in Zurich, the stained-glass windows and much more. This also guides you through the exhibition in the crypt.
Sitting on the banks of the Limmat River, the Fraumünster Church is one of the most enchanting sites of the Old Town, and history lovers will find themselves spoiled during the trip. It is one of the city's premier locations and well worth a visit.
After a day of strolling around the charming streets of Zurich and exclusive shopping in Bahnhofstrasse, relax in a comfortable room at Radisson Blu Hotel, Zurich Airport. The hotel is conveniently located only a short train ride away from the city center, and within walking distance of the airport.