Minster of Our Lady (Fraumunster)

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Key Info

Stadthausquai 19

Price & Hours

Free
Hours vary by season

Details

Churches/Religious Sites, Free Type
Less than 1 hour Time to Spend
3.7scorecard
  • 5.0Value
  • 3.0Facilities
  • 3.5Atmosphere

Known to Zurchers as the Fraumunster, the Minster of Our Lady church is popular to visit thanks to its graceful spire (which tops Zurich's skyline) and its Marc Chagall stained-glass windows. The church was founded in the ninth century by Emperor Ludwig, Charlemagne's grandson, though the property's iconic spire wasn't added until 1732. And in 1970, Chagall's famous stained-glass windows were added.

Some previous visitors said the church's exterior isn't much to look at. However, most agree the interior's stained-glass windows are well worth a visit. In addition to the newer Chagall windows, some featuring designs by Augusto Giacometti, who is famously linked to the stained-glass windows at the Great Minster, are also located inside.

Travelers will find the Minster of Our Lady church in Kreis 1. Like other churches in Zurich, the Minster of Our Lady welcomes worshippers for free, but an entrance fee of 5 Swiss francs (roughly $5) applies for each person 17 and older not attending a service. Admissons include access to the church's crypt museum and an audio guide or a brochure. Backpacks, suitcases and other larger bags must be checked at the entrance. On-site parking is not provided, but visitors can get to the property by bus or tram. The Paradeplatz station, which is about two blocks west, is serviced by the Nos. N1, N6, N13 and N14 buses, as well as eight different tram lines. When a service is not scheduled, the church opens at 10 a.m. and closes at 4, 5 or 6 p.m., depending on the season. For more information about the Minster of Our Lady church, visit the cathedral's website.

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Backing lower Lake Zurich is a tangle of parks and gardens, collectively known as the lake promenade, that make for a picturesque place to spend an afternoon. And in warm weather, the lake is peppered with boats, while the banks are filled with picnickers and sunbathers. If you're a jogger, the area is also one of Zurchers' favorite places to pound the ground.

For some of the best views of Zurich and the nearby Alps, travelers suggest taking a boat ride on the lake. One-and-a-half-hour boat tours are available throughout the year and are free for Zurich Card holders.

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