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The bikes are available for hire during the winter half-year at the Europaplatz bike station at Zurich main station free of charge during the day and for CHF 10 overnight. Show your ID, deposit CHF 20 and off you go! The seasonal locations will be back in operation in May.
The tours are offered free of charge and each guide is pleased about a tip. Experience exciting, original and entertaining city tours, accompanied by residents of the city of Zurich as tour guides. In this way you will also get to know many insider tips.
They stare at the king, the queen and the tower, frowning on their foreheads - groups of players like to gather at the public chess courts when the weather is fine. Lindenhof, Grossmünster-Terrasse, Hohe Promenade, Marktplatz Oerlion, Fritschiwiese, Kirchgemeindehaus Enge, Schwamendingerplatz.
The most beautiful and nearest place where street chess can be played is on the picturesque Lindenhof only 5 minutes walk from the centrally located Hotel Alexander.
The Zoological Museum of the University of Zurich awakens awareness and enthusiasm for the beauty, diversity and value of nature. Experience the exciting animal world with the whole family.
The Uetliberg is Zurich's local mountain. From here you have a view of the city, the lake and the Alps. The Uetliberg can also be climbed on foot at any age.
The city and canton of Zurich have a long and eventful history. This is now being shown in a permanent exhibition at the Landesmuseum. From the model of a lake dweller's hut to the Bircher grater and the flag of a youth movement, the show illuminates Zurich's diverse past. Admission to the exhibition is free of charge. Tickets are available from the National Museum.
Wolves, brown bears, moose, wild boars and numerous other wild animals live in the Langenberg Game Park outside the gates of the city of Zurich. You can observe the animals in their natural habitat on various circular paths through the forest. Admission to the animal facilities in Langenberg, the Sihlwald and to the visitor centre in Sihlwald is free.
Since 1931, Zurich has housed the world's most important collection of water-storing plants, the Succulent Collection Zurich, as a special cultural asset. In Quartier Enge, in the immediate vicinity of the Belvoir and Rieter parks and the Arboretum on Lake Zurich, around 20,800 water-storing plants from around 4,400 species are cultivated in seven greenhouses, in cold frames and in a rock garden. The fascinating plants attracted 58,000 visitors in 2018.
For more than 60 years, the Zurich Community Centres (GZ) have helped shape life in the city of Zurich. They offer space for almost everything - and for Switzerland a uniquely diverse range of socio-cultural activities. The GZs are present in the neighbourhood - they have outdoor playgrounds, coffees and mostly a small farm with animals.
The museum is free on Wednesdays! The Kunsthaus Zürich houses one of the most important art collections in Switzerland: Picasso, Monet, van Gogh and Munch are only the most famous artists whose works are exhibited there.
Fresh and first-class drinking water is always available in Zurich - thanks to more than 1,200 wells that can be found every few metres in the city. This makes Zurich one of the cities with the most wells in the world. There are exciting stories to tell about every fountain.
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As an inexpensive alternative to the ***Hotel Alexander we recommend the **Alexander Guesthouse. This is only a few steps away from the hotel and is located in a quiet side street. The rooms in the Alexander Guesthouse are a bit simpler in comparison to the hotel. In addition, only the rooms in the Hotel Alexander are air-conditioned. The reception and the check-in for the guesthouse are located in the Hotel Alexander.