Once the widest street in Zurich, Rennweg is now a popular promenade in the heart of the Old Town.
Links Bahnhofstrasse with St. Peter’s Church
Leads up to Lindenhof
Pretty promenade in the Old Town
Rennweg rises gently up a moraine hill from Bahnhofstrasse and runs below Lindenhof. The name was probably derived from “Rain”, which means hillside. In the Middle Ages, Rennweg was the widest street in Zurich and particularly distinguished itself from other streets and alleyways in Zurich due to its straightness.
The Rennwegtor gate stood at its lower end as part of the city fortifications. The Fröschengraben trench lay along the city wall, but it was filled in during the 19th century and the Bahnhofstrasse was built on top of it.
Rennweg is the second most exclusive shopping area in Zurich after the Bahnhofstrasse, and its pedestrian zone invites you to stroll and linger.