Banks and notorious customers: Exciting stories about the Gnomes of Zurich

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10 reviews   (5.00)

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Pricing Info: Per Person

Duration: 1 hours

Departs: Zurich, Zurich

Ticket Type: Mobile or paper ticket accepted

Free cancellation

Up to 24 hours in advance.

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Switzerland is internationally known for beautiful landscapes, quality products such as exquisite watches and delicious chocolates as well as for its professional financial industry. Bankers are sometimes referred to as the gnomes of Zurich because they discretely manage the assets of their clients thanks to the legendary banking secrecy.

Listen to exciting stories about some of the most notorious clients (such as dictators, fraudsters and other criminals) of the gnomes of Zurich.

The 90-minute walking tour takes you through the heart of the Swiss financial center. You will be accompanied by a very experienced compliance expert, who presents this topic in a compact and entertaining way.

What's Included


Traveler Information

  • CHILD: Age: 7 - 12
  • YOUTH: Age: 13 - 24
  • ADULT: Age: 25 - 59
  • SENIOR: Age: 60 - 99

Additional Info

  • Face masks provided for travellers
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Public transportation options are available nearby
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • This tour is strictly following the recommendations from the Swiss Federal Office of Public Health (
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • All areas and surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Infants and small children can ride in a pram or stroller
  • Service animals allowed
  • Suitable for all physical fitness levels
  • Transportation options are wheelchair accessible

Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours before the scheduled departure time.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Experience may be cancelled due to Insufficient travelers
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

What To Expect

From the starting point we walk to Paradeplatz, along the Bahnhofstrasse and some of its side streets back to the starting point.

Your guide will tell you stories about the Gnomes of Zurich and some of their notorious customers.

1 hours • Admission Ticket Free


Fun, Finance and Fraud
brunomQ894KM, 01-01-2023
Enlightening stories of financial crime that everyone should know, told with humor and charisma. Thank you!
Deeply knowledgeable guide
BuschnicK, 09-11-2022
Mark has extensive first hand experience investigating financial crime. This really shows in his anecdotes (in perfect English!).
Crime, intrigue and 3000 pairs of shoes.
ramona2day, 06-11-2022
This was an interesting tour through Zurich‘s most expensive street, where Swiss banks keep their client‘s wealth, surrounded by opportunities to spend it.

The guide, Mark, has first hand experience in returning the loot to the right hands, as he was leading the governamental agency who is responsible for catching all these wrongdoings.

Mark is going to tell you all true stories about corrupt politicians, governments playing the long game to catch them, club nights with several 100k bar tabs, journalists bringing down corruption rings, bank robbers who flee by taking public transportation and women fleeing the country with the bare essential: 3000 pairs of shoes.

We have been living in Zürich for more than 10 years and gifted the tour for my husband. It was equally interesting for us as it was for friends visiting from other countries.
Fun with Banking who knew
Natalia_R, 03-09-2022
The guide was ver informed and every story was interesting and fun to listen to. The interest cases given from the perspective of a regulator real mad it fun like a story version of Law and Order.
Great tour
Swissmaree, 11-07-2022
A great tour with lots of interesting stories about different banks in the centre of Zürich and some of their historical dealings.

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