Wasserkirche
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9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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semagora
Canton of Aargau, Switzerland354 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
The crypt is where the saints Regula and Felix would have been beheaded. The water church has an older part and is strange because of the mix of two very different architectural styles. Interesting Giacometti artworks in a very modern church. You might make a short visit, as it is close to the other two important churches in Zurich (Fraumünster and Grossmünster).
Written 16 November 2021
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FormerCaliBoy
Zurich, Switzerland19,119 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2013 • Solo
The church is located on the Limmat in a shared complex with the Helmhaus. The day I visited there were musicians practicing on stage and it was nice to listen to the live performance. The church has very high vaulted ceiling and the intricate stained glass windows were decorated by Augusto Giacometti. (FYI: Giacometti works also displayed in the main police complex located off the Limmat). There is also the large pipe organs at the rear of the church balcony.

The young lady that was working inside at the information desk was very helpful and provided a lot of brochures about the church and she also directed me to the crypt area that is down the stairs at the rear of the church. The crypt area is interesting as there are informational displays and audio recording (in german) for visitors to listen with a few limited seats.

This is a very good tour and it can easily be combined with other ‘to do’ options in the area. The entire visit can be viewed in less than one hour and the self-guided tour is free. Visitation hours are Tues 9-12, Wed-Fri 14-17, Sat/Sun 12-17, closed Monday. Visit recommended.
Written 22 September 2013
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Daringlunchmeat
Mountain View, CA171 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2013 • Solo
I stopped in on a nice fall day recently to check out this church and was surprised by its history and story. The man there, Urs, was very friendly and told me all about the windows and the crypt of the church. We also talked about Europe and the US in general. The windows up front were not clearly seen due to the late afternoon that I was there, but still beautiful. The crypt is worth a trip to see. It is very interesting and unique. It is a little cramped as it is, after all, an underground crypt, so you may need to duck during some points and I am not sure a wheelchair would fit throughout the whole area.
Written 8 November 2013
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Noah E
Amsterdam, The Netherlands4 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2013 • Couples
The church is a very intriguing and an interesting place. I wasn’t expecting to learn much but the visit was a memorable one. It is very peaceful inside as it is not very crowded. The church is a historical masterpiece, be it the architecture or the various crypts in its belly. It is a place for history connoisseurs for sure.
Written 24 October 2013
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Sachin K
New York City, NY6,507 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019 • Family
This twin tower church is located close to Grossmunster on the Limmat River. The architecture around the church is interesting and unique. Certainly worth visiting.
Written 29 October 2019
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David L
Tel Aviv, Israel13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2014 • Solo
it is worth going inside and also to the crypta. this church is not crowded but has a long story to tell. this was the place where felix and regula were killed. now they are the saints of the city. highly recommended.
Written 19 June 2014
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887happytraveler
New York City, NY32 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2018 • Friends
If you want to tour Zurich's historic churches, start in the middle with the Wasserkirche or "Water Church," which was originally on an island in the Limmat River that has now been connected to the eastern bank. The Wasserkirche is smaller and plainer than the nearby Grossmunster, Fraumunster, and St. Peter's, so it can illustrate some basic principles of Romanesque and Gothic design for you before you go see the other churches, which have varied these principles in different ways. The church offers a helpful brochure explaining the stages of its construction in the different styles. The Giacometti windows are a highlight, as is the crypt below. And in general, it's a hushed and intimate space for meditation or just rest in the middle of an active day.
Written 30 May 2018
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Linus
Breda, The Netherlands396 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2016 • Couples
There are a lot of Churches in Zurich, they are all well worth the visit. We went with a tour group and was told interesting facts about the Church and design of it.
Written 31 March 2017
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Bob K
Fairfax, VA2,213 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2016 • Couples
The Wasserkirche is a church built on a small island in the Limmat, situated between the two main churches of medieval Zürich, the Grossmünster and the Fraumünster, at the Limmatquai and the Münsterbrücke. It seems likely that the original building was used for cult meetings. The meetings were centered on a stone now located in the crypt of the church. According to medieval tradition, the site was used for the execution of Saints Felix and Regula. The church was built in the 10th century and modified at various points, culminating in a complete reconstruction that was completed in 1486. Eventually it was secularised, becoming the first public library of Zürich in 1634, when it became a seat of learning that greatly contributed to the foundation of University of Zürich in the 19th century. The length of the visit is about 45 minutes.
Written 21 June 2016
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WalterKuhn
Lauchringen, Germany137 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2015
Worth to visit if you want to experience the Zwingli / Lutherian spirit. Church is very focused on telling the word - with ist little interior there are only few other to focus on. Also nice, if you can hear a concert.
Written 14 January 2016
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