Augustinergasse – One of Zurich's Most Beautiful Historical Narrow Streets

Augustinergasse is conspicuous for the many bay windows along it. These served not only to provide light, but also had other practical benefits.

Augustinergasse is one of the most beautiful historical, narrow streets in Zurich. With many well-preserved, colorfully painted bay windows, it provides an insight into the history of the city. In addition to better light, the bay windows provided above all the possibility to see who was at the door. They were never built directly above the entrance door, but instead always slightly offset. As a result, residents could already spot unwanted guests from afar and avoid them in an elegant manner when necessary.

Augustinergasse connects busy Bahnhofstrasse with the former Gothic Augustiner Church from the 13th century and continues to the "oasis" St. Peterhofstatt – the square in front of the St. Peter Church – in the picturesque old part of the city. 

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