Archaeological Windows

Archaeological windows provide a glimpse into Zurich’s past.

  • Historical finds
    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).

All locations at a glance:

Archäologische Fenster (archaeological windows)

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Opening Hours

Keys can be collected from:

Stadthaus, Stadthausquai 17, 8001 Zurich
Monday – Friday, 8am – 6pm
Saturday, 9am – 12.30pm