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Cheap hotels near Grossmünster in Zurich, Switzerland

Located in central Zurich, the Grossmünster (meaning “great church”) is a prominent Protestant church with Romanesque-style architecture. Its twin towers seem to gaze over Zurich’s passersby from their post on the Limmat River. The Grossmünster is perhaps one of the most recognized silhouettes on the city skyline.

Legend has it that the church was originally commissioned by Charlemagne. The present structure dates to the 1100s, when it was founded as a monastery, which would rival the Fraumunster, a nearby church that was founded by Charlemagne’s grandson, Louis the German.

The church served a major role during the Protestant Reformation. Some say that Huldrych Zwingli, the preacher who got the reformation movement going in Switzerland from his pulpit here at the Grossmünster, could have given Martin Luther a run for his money.

If you visit, be sure to check out the choir windows by Augusto Giacometti (c. 1933). And visit the statue of Charlemagne in the basement crypt. Also featured? Medieval remnants, modern stained glass art and some beautiful bronze front doors.

The building is open to the public daily. Visit the interior Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, visit the Grossmunster’s Web site. For a nice photo op, pay a few duckets and climb to the top of the church’s tower, then check out the view.

Remember, too, you can always attend a church service here for free. Check out the church's Web site for times of services.

Cheap hotels near Grossmünster: Since it’s so centrally located, the hotel offerings near Grossmünster can be a little pricey. We list a number of mid-priced hotels in Altstadt here and urge you to check out nearby Hottingen for even more budget hotel options. 

 
Hotel Otter, Zurich

Address Oberdorfstrasse 7 (Altstadt)

The two-star Hotel Otter offers 16 uniquely decorated rooms with shared baths, right in the heart of Old Town.

8.2 Guest Rating

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City Backpacker - Hostel Biber, Zurich

Address Niederdorfstrasse 5 (Altstadt)

It's quite basic, but the inexpensive City Backpacker Hostel Biber is located smack in the heart of Zurich.

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$120

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Alexander Guesthouse, Zurich

Address Zähringerstr 16 (Altstadt)

The two-star Alexander Guesthouse offers 20 simple rooms and a fabulous location in the heart of Old Town. 

7.9 Guest Rating

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Leonardo Boutique Hotel Rigihof Zurich, Zurich

Address Universitätsstrasse 101 (Hottingen)

The Leonardo Boutique Hotel Rigihof Zurich is a four-star property, located in Zurich’s university quarter, that sometimes offers decent deals on room rates.

7.1 Guest Rating

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$141

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Hotel Marta, Zurich

Address Zähringerstrasse 36 (Altstadt)

The two-star Hotel Marta offers 39 basic, recently refurbished rooms in the heart of Old Town. Its rates are on the higher end of the EuroCheapo spectrum, but still reasonable for Zurich—worth it for the prime location.

8.2 Guest Rating

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$156

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