Augustinergasse

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Augustinergasse towards Münzplatz (April 2009)

Augustinergasse is a street in the Lindenhof quarter of the Swiss city of Zürich. It is near Bahnhofstrasse and Rennweg.

In the Middle Ages, it was a small street within the town of Zürich, leading from St. Peterhofstatt at the St. Peter church, passing the former Augustine monastery below the Lindenhof hill, towards the Kecinstürlin gate at the southern Fröschengraben moat. At the current junction of Augustinergasse and Bahnhofstrasse; Bahnhofstrasse itself following the course of the 13th century Fröschengraben moat.

Augustinergasse was the home of medieval artisans. Beginning in the 17th century, rich factory owners settled there, resulting in an open 'competition' for the best facade. Tourist highlights are the numerous carved wooden bay windows of these colourful houses, along with some mostly tourist-oriented shops, coffeehouse's and restaurants.

The Rennweg / Augustinergasse stop on lines 6, 7, 11 and 13 of the Zürich tram system is situated at the southern end towards Bahnhofstrasse. In the north it goes to the Münzplatz St. Peterhofstatt, at the site of the former monastery, now the Augustinerkirche church.

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