Only in Zurich by Duncan J.D. Smith

District 1 A parrot is perched over the doorway at Trittligasse 2 no. 10). In 1350 The Schüpfers were killed together with twenty six others during the Zürcher Blutnacht . Later still the Zurich mayor HansWaldmann (1435–1489) occupied the house. He ruled Zurich harshly, enforcing auster- ity on the people whilst living his own life extravagantly (he owned Dübel- stein Castle, the ruins of which lie on the northeastern slope of the Adlisberg, just outside Zurich’s city boundary). Waldmann ordered that people living in the countryside surrounding Zurich kill the townspeople’s dogs, lest they disturb Waldmann’s hunting pleasure. Eventually the people rose up against him, and Waldmann was beheaded on 6th April 1489. Despite this a nearby street is named after him, and an im- posing equestrian statue of the man rears up in front of the Fraumünster. When Waldmann’s house was cleared out it was found to contain 30000 Gulden, 32000 litres of wine, 500 sacks of cereal, seventy pieces of silver cutlery, and plenty of fine clothes. Elsewhere on Trittligasse are numerous other colourful house names: Rosenkranz, Sonnenzirkel, Sonnenberg, Drei Rosen, Rote Rose, Schwarze Linde, and Goldenes Lämmlein. One of them warrants spe- cial attention. During the 1560s the house Rehböckli at number 26 was home to Johannes Stumpf (1500–1577/78), author of the first history of Switzerland. Known as the Stumpf-Chronik it contains around four thousand wood engravings, and was printed by Christoph Froschauer (c. 1490–1564). Stumpf was a friend and admirer of the Swiss Protes- tant reformer Huldrych Zwingli (1484–1531), whose German transla- tion of the Bible was also printed by Froschauer (see no. 2). After leaving Trittligasse be sure to walk along charming Neustadtgasse, where at number 5 can be seen an old door adorned with three bell pulls, one for each of the building’s three occupants! Other places of interest nearby: 26, 27, 28, 30, 31 87