Zum blauen Himmel house
More and more citizens of Zurich are going hungry because of climate issues. Trade in bad loans is flourishing. Talk of religious conflict is on everyone's minds. Does this make you think of today?
We're actually talking about 1574.
You are in the Lochmann Family's “Zum blauen Himmel” house. Heinrich Lochmann, at the height of his power, switched from the Tanners Guild to the Constaffel Society. Get to know him, his family history and his era and get a glimpse of this exciting period for yourself.
The history of Zurich during the guild rule from 1336 to 1798 was shaped by many interesting personalities. In professional short films of 4 minutes each, we present ten people from Zurich of different origins - from town and country, men and women - with different earnings, professions and spheres of influence. Among them are well-known names such as Rudolf Brun or Hans Waldmann, but also little-known ones such as Jakob Ruf or Ursula Sutter. Visitors can choose the portraits that interest them.
The Hirsebreifahrt of 1576
On 20 June 1576, fifty inhabitants of Zurich rowed to Strasbourg with a pot full of hot millet porridge (known in German as “Hirsebrei”) for a marksmen's festival. This was thus reminiscent of the first recorded voyage on the Limmat, Aare and Rhine rivers from Zurich to Strasbourg, which took place in 1456. Take a seat in our boat and go on a voyage to our allies in Alsace under the command of the master of the Bread Guild and later mayor, Caspar Thomann.
There's more to this story than just the hot porridge.
Johann Heinrich Waser
The painter Anna Waser discovers her great-uncle's world. She takes us into an age when gifts were still commonplace in politics. Follow a guild member's rise on the path to becoming mayor. Accompany Johann Heinrich Waser (1600–1669) with his day-to-day problems in the bath or on a journey to visit the Sun King, Louis XIV. The story of an important guild member is told somewhat differently for once.