- Name: Grossmünster
- Location: Zürich, Switzerland
- Built From 1100 to 1220
- Type of attraction: Architectural/Church
- Ticket price: Free
The Grossmünster, in Zürich, Switzerland, is a Protestant church built in Romanesque style. It is one of the town’s four main churches.
According to legend, Charlemagne discovered the tombs of the patron saints Felix and Regula in the city, and on the spot had a church built as a monastery. The legend conveniently support the narrative of a seniority claim over the Fraumünster church, which was founded by Charlemagne’s grandson, Louis the German. Nonetheless, recent archaeological evidence confirms the presence of a Roman burial ground at the site.
The Grossmünster Church was the starting point of the Swiss-German Reformation led by Huldrych Zwingli and Heinrich Bullinger in the first half of the 16th Century. The theological college which was then added to the monastery is now Zürich University.
Sigmar Polke’s stained glass windows, the Romanesque crypt, Augusto Giacometti’s choral windows, Otto Münch’s bronze doors and the Reformation Museum cloister are just a few of many highlights of this church, which is the top attraction in Zurich.
Top hotels near Grossmünster
With a stay at Widder Hotel, you’ll be centrally located in Zurich, just a 4-minute walk from Fraumuenster and 5 minutes by foot from Bahnhofstrasse. This 5-star hotel is 0.5 mi (0.9 km) from Swiss National Museum and 0.5 mi (0.9 km) from Kunsthaus Zurich.
Baur au Lac
Since it was built in 1844, the Baur au Lac has been modernized at regular intervals to stay ahead of the demands of the international clientele. The Restaurant Pavillon (1 Michelin-star) is taking full advantage of the Baur au Lac s city center yet pastoral…
With a stay at Hotel Storchen Zurich, you’ll be centrally located in Zurich, steps from Fraumuenster and 4 minutes by foot from Bahnhofstrasse. This 5-star hotel is 0.5 mi (0.7 km) from Kunsthaus Zurich and 0.6 mi (1 km) from Swiss National Museum. Rooms Make…
Travel info about Zürich and Switzerland
Zurich: the little big city
Zurich has only 400,000 inhabitants, but it is the largest city in Switzerland. The size doesn’t matter in this case as Zurich is a global financial center and banking hub. Many mistake it for capital of Switzerland (the capital is…
Visit Switzerland: 14 things you need to know
There are so many things that make Switzerland popular with tourists, and we can list five of them from top of our heads: mountains, lakes, chocolate, cheese and watches. Switzerland is famous for its breathtaking mountain landscapes and scenic lakes…
Tours and trips including Grossmünster
See the best of Zurich with ease on this private 1.5-hour electric Tuk Tuk tour. Board your eco-friendly vehicle with a driver-guide, and ride through the city center and surrounding districts to view famous sights…
Private Tour: Central Zurich and Surroundings Tour by Electric Tuk Tuk
Travel on a Barcelona to Zurich tour on this Europe travel package through Spain, France, and Switzerland. Breakfast at the hotel. Airport pick-up in Barcelona. 6-Day Southern and Central Europe Tour: Barcelona to Zurich Highlights…
6-Day Barcelona to Zurich Tour: Spain | France | Switzerland
Enjoy one of the best Zurich tours that combines the rich history of the city with a scenic Lake Zurich cruise and a visit to Lindt Chocolate shop.
Zurich City Tour with Lake Cruise and Chocolate Shop
Join us for a 7-day coach tour of Central Europe from Frankfurt. Breakfast daily. Sightseeing in Zurich, Lucerne, Salzburg, Vienna, Prague and more.
7-Day Central Europe Tour from Frankfurt: Switzerland, Austria, Hungary, Czech Republic, Germany
Interesting facts about Grossmünster
- Thanks to Grossmünster and rival Fraumünster Church, Zurich became place of pilgrimage during medieval times.
- Grossmünster was built on Carolingian building of existing Carolingian building from 9th century.
- Current simplicity in the interiors of the church is a result of Zwingli’s Reformation activities and removal of many artifact in 16th century.