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After arrival by train, Banhofstrasse will be probably the first street you'll be 'invited' in - it simply drags you there as masses of people (both local and especially foreign) take the steps into predictable direction; it is like the main artillery in the centre of Zurich, the large pedestrian shopping zone, but the trams are there too!
Shops, banks, cafes, boutiques, flowershops, hotels, offices... expect a Zurich price for it. From Main train station till Burkliplatz by the lake shore, the street is not entierly straight, has an atomsphere of those central European cities where old buildings in historic areas come of pleasant dimension, marked by the historic context during their creation, when they replaced the older habital units.

In summer you're shaded under treelines; winter brings holiday decorations up and its skyline is dotted with thousands artificial stars; by sides of some sections you'll be buying maroni, or christmas paraphenalia and souvenirs, you'll stop for 'cooked wine'. Autumn and spring come with gentle, warm, shades of a day light and changes manifest through tree crown on daily basis, through the angle of sun rays. If you crave for sweets, there are chocolate shops. Step a bit aside for the snack in the side street. Once in a while you'll perhaps take a turn into Rennweg and your eyes will catch images of the iconic Zurich churches; or you'll stop at Paradenplatz where you can hop a tram or marvel the architecture of Swiss banks and institutions - finally, by Burkliplatz you will feel like you finally need to rest your eyes and mind from information (especially visual) overload - and an escape by the Zurichsee, the lake, may come to your mind. Which is not bad idea!

Address: Bahnhofstrasse
Directions: in the city centre
Website: http://www.stadt-zuerich.ch/portal/en/index.html

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Feb 9, 2011
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