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This Late Renaissance building was completed in 1698 and was the third town hall to stand here on the Limmatquai. Now it is the only building apart from the Helm House and the Water Church to stand directly beside the Limmat on this side of the river. A Rococo tower stove dating back to 1763 and the Baroque hall, which is decorated with an ornate stucco ceiling and oil paintings, are particularly interesting.
The influence of Roman culture on the city of Zurich can be viewed at Thermengasse. Roman thermal baths dating back to the 3rd century AD (they actually date way back to the 1st century, but were subsequently remodeled) were discovered here in 1983, and have since been excavated so the public can marvel at their uniquely artistic designs and structure. They can be viewed around the clock, but only through a protective iron grating.
Housed in a historic guild house of the same name built in the 1348 for nobility, the restaurant assumes much of the character afforded by this majestic piece of history. The dining room with its elegant wooden ceiling, stone walls and wooden windows create an exquisite ambiance for enjoying your meal. The menu concentrates on seasonal specialties crafted to perfection by the chef. In sharp contrast to the dining room is the Ruden bar with an extreme modern, but elegant interiors. Head out for a relaxing drink after your meal.
Find items from near and far at Rosenhof Market in Zurich's Old Town. Browse treasures from lands far away, or check out local Swiss handicrafts. Items found here run the gamut from clothing and jewelry to handmade pottery and antiques. Keep your shopping stamina up by stopping at one of the nearby food stalls. The market is small in size, but large in appeal – the throngs of shoppers lured here every Thursday and Saturday can attest to that.
Schipfe is a dreamy quarter of Zurich along the Limmat River. Known in the Middle Ages for ferrying merchandise, this was also a hub for the silk industry and boat building. A stroll through the neighborhood covers artisan shops, handicraft boutiques, and picturesque alleys. Schipfe is a great place for curios and customized show pieces too—take home some charming souvenirs with you.