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Baden old town

Baden is a town in the Zurich region of Switzerland. It has a lively shopping centre, and a beautiful old town with traditional Swiss buildings, and small castle, all on the banks of the river Limmat which flows from Lake Zurich. Half of the town is dominated by the industrial/office complexes of General Electric, ABB and Ansaldo and the local economy is dependent upon their power plant manufacturing, but historically people were attracted to Baden for its thermal baths.

A nice, small town to stay in while visiting the larger and busier cities in the region, such as Zurich.

Get in[edit]

By plane[edit]

Zurich Kloten airport is within easy reach by train. There are 5 connections between Baden and the airport per hour. One of them is a direct connection, with the others it is necessary to change trains at Zurich main station respective Zurich Oerlikon. The ride takes about 35 minutes.

By train[edit]

Baden is served by rail. 1 Baden train station is right in the heart of the town. Located just outside Zürich, it is served by the S6 (37 min) and S12 (30 min) lines of the Zürich S-Bahn commuter rail network. If you have an all-zone Zürich transport card and are coming from Zürich, you should buy a single ticket from Otelfingen (for S6) or Dietikon (for S12). Connections westwards are available by Aargau local trains S23 and S27 to Olten and Waldshut as well as interregional trains to Basel and Berne. For Zürich S-Bahn map, tickets and timetables see the Zürich local transport website [1]. For Aargau local rail map, tickets and timetables see [2] (German only). For interregional train connections see the SBB website [3].

By car[edit]

Baden is near the major A1/E30 motorway. Use either exit 55 Neuenhof or 54 Verzweigung Baden. Between those two exits, you drive through the Baregg, a famous tunnel . Famous, because it was a major source of traffic jam before the 3rd tunnel was built.

Get around[edit]

The town centre is small enough to walk around, with a pleasant pedestrianised shopping street, and riverside walkways.

To explore further afield you might like to take a bus from the main station. Pay with coins in the machine on board, or at certain bus stops. Alternatively, buy a 6 journey strip card from the train ticket office for the price of 5 journeys.

Note with all trains & busses the "halbtax" option ('1/2' button on the machines) is for local people who have spent 150CHF on an annual half fare pass.


Stein Castle
  • 1 Stein Castle (Ruine Stein). Walk up the hill in the middle of town to the old ruins of a Habsburg castle, the Stein, for an excellent view of Baden, Wettingen, and surrounding communities. On clear days the Glarner Alps can be seen. Stein Castle, Aargau on Wikipedia Q687130 on Wikidata
  • 3 Museum LangmattRömerstrasse 30 +41 56 200 86 70, e-mail: . Tu-Fr 14:00-17:00; Sa,Su 11:00-17:00; Dec 15-Mar 01 off. For those interested in Impressionist art. The museum is housed in the former villa of Sidney and Jenny Brown-Sulzer. Brown was the founder of BBC, which in 1991 - after the merger with Swedish Asea - was renamed to ABB. A beautiful self-service café belongs to the museum, which is perfect for a relaxing break after the museum visit. 12CHF. de:Museum Langmatt on Wikipedia Q1341595 on Wikidata
  • 5 Covered wooden bridge. This is the fifth iteration of the bridge. The first one was constructed in the 13th century. de:Holzbrücke (Baden) on Wikipedia Q1625435 on Wikidata


  • 1 Have a stroll around the Bäderquartier (Bathing quarter). It is located at the Limmat river 10 minutes by foot from the town centre. Enjoy a coffee in the georgeous ATRIUM Hotel Blume and marvel at the stunning atrium.
  • 2 Visit a thermal bath. Once you are there you may want to go to a thermal bath. The city is named Baden (to bath/bathe) because of the natural geothermal springs were originally ducted into baths by the Romans. The springs are claimed to be the most mineral rich in Europe. The main baths were in Thermalbaden and are closed since summer of 2011. It is supposed to reopen in 2018 after extensive renovation. As of September 2016 the works have not begun yet. Lots of luxury hotels are located around the thermal area by the river, many of which have private thermal baths.
  • 3 Local food marketWeitergasse. Sa 07:00-11:00. Most Saturday mornings there is a local food market (Farmers Market) in Weitergasse and sometimes special events (e.g.cultural or sports activities or special markets) go on in front of the Train Station (Bahnhofplatz- Badstrasse)
  • 4 Swim in the Limmat. During the summer, walk along the beautiful Limmat (river). It is recommended to go for a swim on sunny days when the current is not too strong, however, be wary of the nearby dams. There should be warning signs if it is too close to a dam, but to be sure, you'll know it's a safe area if there are many locals nearby swimming as well. A safe and popular place is marked on the map.
  • 5 Crest hike over the Lägeren. If you are an avid hiker you should go for this hike. It takes around 4 hours all the way to Regensberg, but it is also possible to descend earlier towards Wettingen. You will be rewarded with views to the alps and the black forest in Germany. Proper shoes are important. Take a train/bus back from Dielsdorf to Baden. A gpx track can be found in the link to the MySwitzerland website. The start is behind City Tak's Asian restaurant. Lägern on Wikipedia Q15258 on Wikidata
  • 6 Grand Casino BadenHaselstrasse 2 (In the middle of the Kurpark),  +41 56 204 07 07, e-mail: . Su-Th 15:00-04:00; Fr-Sa 15:00-05:00. The Grand Casino Baden is one of only six casinos in Switzerland with an unlimited gambling concession granted by the Swiss government.
  • 7 Go to the theater (At the fringe of the Kurpark close to Hotel Du Parc),  +41 56 210 98 70. The Kurtheater is a guest performance house. de:Kurtheater Baden on Wikipedia


  • 1 Badstrasse & Weite Gasse. The main pedestrian street is bustling with shoppers during the day. Lots of clothes shops, and various chain stores including 'Manor' (huge department store) and 'Merkur' (get your Swiss chocolate here). Look out for the Badener Stein, locally made chocolate sweets with a high alcohol content. They are delicious. There's a market on Saturday morning near the Stadtturm, the old town clock tower.



  • 1 ElanetHaselstrasse 21. Mo-Th 11:30-14:00,18:00-22:30; Fr,Sa 11:30-14:00,18:00-23:30; Su 12:30-14:00,18:00-22:00. Very tasty Indian meals. Dishes starting at CHF13 (Ask for "Vegie").
  • 2 Manora Restaurant. A self-service restaurant on the highest floor of Manor shopping mall. With outdoor terrace, which offers splendid views to the Stein ruin. Starting at CHF13.


  • Isenbahnli, 10 Bahnhofstrasse (opposite Manor store), +41 56 222 5758. 11AM-2:30PM and 4PM-12PM. Excellent (but expensive) Swiss style food. Often full (make a booking) 25 CHF - 45 CHF
  • Brasserie Zum Schwyzerhusli, 38 Badstrasse (station end of the main shopping street), +41 56 222 6263. M-F 09.30-23.00, Sat 09.00-19.00. Swiss specialities including fondue, at a reasonable price. Can be smokey inside. 15 CHF - 30 CHF
  • Restaurant Bar Hirschli, 9 Badstrasse (behind the "Credit Suisse" bank), +41 56 210 0955. M-Sa 11.00-24.00, Sun 17.00-24.00. Creative cooking, east meets west. Lunch menus at a reasonable price. 15 CHF - 25 CHF. Dinner menus are a little more expensive. 30 CHF - 60 CHF


  • 5 Rebstock BadenUntere Halde 21 +41 56 221 12 77. Mo 5PM-Midnight, Tu-Sa 11AM-2PM & 5PM - Midnight. Creative French Kitchen in Old Town Baden. Chef Didier Mortaigne, entertains both in humor and good food. Fluent in English, French, German, and Swiss German. The interior is warm and inviting. Winter menu is Wild Game, Lamb, Sqaush and Pumpkin Harvest Foods, and Lille style Mussels and Fries. Great for business entertaining, romantic interlude, or comfort French food with friends. 50 meters to parking. 10 minutes walk from the Baden Train Station. Views, possibly most authentic in Baden. Reservations recommended. 41 CHF Entree, 100 CHF full meal.


  • 1 Müllerbrau Biergarten. Big beergarden round the back of the brewery. Popular and crowded, but only open in the summer.
  • 2 Triebguet FrischluftbarKanalstrasse, e-mail: . Only summer 4pm-11pm, on weekends from noon onwards. An outdoor bar on a deck by the river under the tall Mellingerstrasse bridge.
  • 3 Mr PickwicksLöwenplatz 8 +41 56 222 63 40. English themed chain pub. Smokey. Popular with English speaking expats and Swiss people who want to practice their English. Has Sky Sports.
  • 4 MojoNordhaus 3. Brand new Japanese themed bar and sushi restaurant near the station. Spacious, stylish, and modern
  • Cerosa. Down spooky alleyway, but don't let that put you off. Its fun, unpretentious, and has cheap beer
  • [dead link]LWB. Big club under a concrete railway underpass. Very young (teenaged?) crowd.
  • Rossini's. Has a large selection of Cuban cigars. Every Thursday, drinks are half price from 18h to 20h.
  • [dead link]Ventil. During the day a cafe. At night a bar and a club with very diversified events.




  • 2 Pension Frau MeiseUntere Halde 15 +41 565355901. Check-in: 15.00, check-out: 12.00. A small and cute guesthouse with its own little café in the middle of the old town 100.
  • 3 Gasthaus zum Hirschen. Outside Baden, in Kirchdorf dorf; a charming little village further up the valley. There's a bus every 20mins into Baden, which takes 15mins. Good clean modern rooms in an old traditional Swiss building. Single room 95CHF.


  • 4 Du ParcRömerstrasse 24, 5400 Baden +41 56 2031515, e-mail: . Check-in: 14:00, check-out: 12:00. Central location. Piano lounge bar. Very close to ABB/GE/Ansaldo offices. Starting at CHF150.
  • 5 Blue City HotelHaselstrasse 17, 5400 Baden +41 56 200 18 18, e-mail: . Business hotel. The hotel offers single and double rooms, meeting rooms, a restaurant and a bar/lounge on top of the building. Very central (1 minute to the train station, 2 minutes to the ABB/GE/Ansaldo complexes), quite expensive. Starting at CHF170.
  • 6 ATRIUM Hotel BlumeKurplatz 4, 5400 Baden +41 56 200 02 00, e-mail: . The Hotel Blume is opposite the main baths. Famous for it's old world charm with the main ATRIUM having been built in 1840. A place to stop and see if only for a coffee. Starting at CHF180.

Go next[edit]

Hop on a train into Zurich, or in the other direction to Basel or to Bern (via Olten).

There is one direct and one change-over train to Waldshut in Germany every hour.

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