Zurich, Switzerland: Old Town walking tour
ZÃ¼rich is situated at 408 m above sea level on the lower (northern) end of Lake ZÃ¼rich (ZÃ¼richsee) about 30 kilometers north of the Alps, nestling between the wooded hills on the west and east side. The Old Town stretches on both sides of the Limmat, which flows from the lake, running northwards at first and then gradually turning into a curve to the west. The previous boundaries of the city of ZÃ¼rich (before 1893) were more or less synonymous with the location of the old town. Two large expansions of the city limits occurred in 1893 and in 1934 when the city of ZÃ¼rich merged with many surrounding municipalities, that had been growing increasingly together since the 19th century. Today, the city is divided into twelve districts (known as Kreis in German), numbered 1 to 12, each one of which contains between one and four neighborhoods.