City Tour: Richard Wagner in Zurich

Tracing the footsteps of Richard Wagner, participants discover the Zurich that inspired the famous composer to write his outstanding works.

On the occasion of the current "Ring performances" at the Zurich Opera House, guided tours of the famous creator of the cycle will take place.

As a political refugee, the composer Richard Wagner traveled from Dresden to Zurich. Nine extremely productive years followed in the City on the Limmat, during which he wrote a large part of his epic work, “Der Ring des Nibelungen”.

This city tour tells which places Richard Wagner particularly loved, what he had to do with the husband of Johanna Spyri, the author of “Heidi”, what role the Baur au Lac hotel played, and why both good and bad fortune awaited him at what is today the Museum Rietberg.

Enriched by facts from Richard Wagner's life, as well as impressive stories about the Zurich of yesteryear, on this city tour participants take an inspiring journey back through time.


Public Tour
Private Tour
German, English


Price Adult CHF 25.00
Price for Private Tour CHF 390.00
Subcharge per Additional Hour (Private Tour) CHF 70.00

Time and Duration

Available on the Following Days

  • Mo
  • Tu
  • We
  • Th
  • Fr
  • Sa
  • Su
Start Time

Public Tour Saturday 4pm (german):

  • 04.05.2024, 11.05.2024, 18.05.2024, 25.05.2024
Public Tour Sunday 11am (english):
  • 05.05.2024, 12.05.2024, 19.05.2024, 26.05.2024
Private tour: Possible on request

2 h

Number of Participants max. 20 persons

Additional Information

This tour requires good physical mobility

Meeting point: Zurich, In front of main entrance Kunshaus Zurich, Moser-Bau, Heimplatz 1

Important: After 1 1/2h a valid ticket for zone 110 (short distance) is required and is not included in the price. The tour ends at the Museum Rietberg.

Contact & Starting Point

Tourist Information
Im Hauptbahnhof
8001  Zürich