After over two years of reconstruction the Hirschen Hotel is accommodating guests again. It is situated on the square that bears the same name in the middle of the old town of Zurich. A new wine cave in the basements has opened and its entry is found on the Hirschengasse 6.
The house "Zum Hirschen" had to close down in 1997 because of fire technical reasons, at this time; Hans Neufeld bought the location at the Niederdorfstrasse 13. As the owner of the building company "Neubag", Mr. Neufeld started a complete renovation of the complex together with his own team plus foreman Kurt Stäubli and architect Jürg Kral. The renovation period that lasted two years was accompanied both by the department of preservation of historic buildings and monuments and the department of archaeology. The responsible archaeologists Jürg Hanser and Hermann Obrist appreciate the careful and patient procedure done by the people involved. During the renovation period they had the possibility to investigatethe old ruins and traces of settlers with the C14 method. The traces date backto the 11. and 12. century. Originally there were three houses that grew together; parts of them date back to the 13. century. As time went by, numerous renovations took place until the 20. century, when the Hirschen got its current architecture.