Archaeological windows provide a glimpse into Zurich’s past.
Free of charge
In several locations in the Old Town
In an inconspicuous alley, in an underground garage, or on the foundation walls below the Lindenhof: history and archaeology enthusiasts can discover finds from bygone days in several locations in the Old Town. In so-called Archäologische Fenster (archaeological windows), the Department of City Planning shows treasures from Zurich’s past, such as the ruins of a Roman fort, the remains of prehistoric pile dwellings, and the Ehgraben sewer, which reveals how a medieval town dealt with its waste and sewage problems.
Most of these “windows” are open to the public free of charge – such as the one in the Parkhaus Opéra underground garage at Sechseläutenplatz and the small exhibition in the Thermengasse.
However, a key is needed to visit the Ehgraben, Lindenhof-Keller, Stadtmauerkeller, and Brunngasse. It can be collected from Monday to Saturday from the Stadthaus (City Hall) at Stadthausquai 17, Counter 04 on the ground floor (please note opening hours).