Cloister (Grossmünster)

An oasis of peace in the heart of the Old Town – the cloister of the Grossmünster is (still) an insider tip.

Everyone who visits Zurich is familiar with the Grossmünster. But few people know that the church also has its own cloister. This gem is a true oasis of peace and reflection – but also of discovery.

Just a stone’s throw from the main entrance of the Grossmünster there is a separate entrance to this oasis on the left. It is open to the general public on weekdays. And a visit is not only worthwhile to relax and contemplate, but also to discover – for in the middle of the cloister is a garden with historical ornamental plants. The compilation of the plants was inspired by the naturalist and universal scholar, Konrad Gessner, who is laid to rest in the cloister. The columns and arches feature various bizarre figures, animal scenes, and gargoyles, although it is not completely clear what they are supposed to represent.

The original cloister dates from the late 12th century. What visitors see today, however, only partially corresponds to the original construction, which was dismantled in the middle of the 19th century and integrated into a new building.

Opening Hours

Monday – Friday, 10am – 6pm
Saturday & Sunday on request

Monday – Friday, 10am – 5pm
Saturday & Sunday on request


Distance Travel time
Zürich Main Station 906 m 10 min
Zürich Airport 9.2 km 24 min
Kreuzgang (Grossmünster)
8001  Zürich