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Cheap hotels near Zurich Opera House in Zurich, Switzerland

The lovely Zurich Opera House, home to the city’s opera and ballet, sits regally in south Altstadt, within a few blocks of Lake Zurich.

The first on-site theater was built in 1837 and it was here, in the initial venue, that composer Richard Wagner (1813-1883) found much artistic freedom and solace during his exile from Germany.

In 1890 the original structure burned to the ground, but in 1891, the new opera house opened as the official seat of the Swiss opera. The building got a major facelift in the 1980s (who didn’t?) and then re-opened again with the world premiere of Rudolph Kelterborn’s Chekhov opera, Der Kirschgarten.

Today’s newly restored opera house offers a neo-classical, limestone facade prominently featuring the busts of famous composers, including Mozart, Wagner and Weber. The opera house seats 1,200 spectators.

For information about upcoming shows (including information on last-minute tickets and student discounts), visit the Opera’s Web site.

Cheap hotels near the Opera House: If you only have ears for opera, you’ll want to check out the budget-friendly hotels listed below. Most are in the neighborhoods of Hottingen and Altstadt. In either area you'll be able to easily walk or take public transport to the city's main sights.

 
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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$149

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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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$170

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Hotel Hottingen, Zurich

Address Hottingerstrasse 31 (Hottingen)

Situated within walking distance of Zurich’s Old Town and just steps from the Kunsthaus Museum, the Hotel Foyer Hottingen is a central one-star pick.

7.6 Guest Rating

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$104

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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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$126

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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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$154

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