Bahnhofstrasse, Zürich

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    The Pestalozzi Monument

    by Odiseya Written Dec 20, 2012

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    The Pestalozzi Monument

    The Pestalozzi Monument was erected in 1899 in Pestalozzi-Anlage (meaning: Pestalozzi Park) and it was made by design of sculptor Hugo Siewart. This monument represent with Johann Heinrich Pestalozzi leading a poor boy who is barefooted and wear ragged.

    Who was Johann Heinrich Pestalozzi?
    Johann Heinrich Pestalozzi (1746-1827) was a Swiss pedagogue (born in Zurich) and Romantic educational reformer, who felt that education must be radically personal, appealing to each learner's intuition. His motto was “Learning with the head, hand and heart”.

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    Explore the content of main street

    by Odiseya Updated Dec 20, 2012

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    Das Haus zur Tr��lle

    The building named " Das Haus zur Trülle" on Bahnhofstrasse 69 (and on beginning of Sihlstrasse) is one of many historical building today in famous shopping area in Zurich. I found very interesting the information about architecture. And I found this building very beautiful cross between historic and contemporary design.

    Some information that I found about this building:
    It was originally built in 1897 by design of architects Pfleghardt and Häfeli. The structure of the building back then (as found out) has elements of the then traditional stone facade with the construction in lower parts of building one of the first steel-glass structures in Zurich.
    Today design is work of Ramseier & Associates Ltd. who was cooperated with the cantonal historic preservation authorities. They restored the original fabric of building and its specific details. The renovation was also included and roof construction and constructed modern glass lift. Sadly, don't have a good photo of roof which is very beautiful and on this one is blocked by flag. And there is many shops so I would spend so more time on my next visit to explore the content of main street.

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    Rebekah Fountain

    by Odiseya Written Dec 16, 2012

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    Rebekah Fountain

    Rebekah Fountain (German: Der Rebekka-Brunnen) is beautiful antic-look-a-like monument on Bahnhofstrasse near lake shore. You can find you on very prominent place and this is at the lowest end of the Rebekkabrunnen Bahnhofstrasse.
    The sculpture is made ​​of beautiful white marble and is framed by two pillar from granit.
    The scene at the fountain represented us the story from Bible. Rebekah Fountain is memorial and a tomb in the public space.

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    Explore what main street can offer you

    by Odiseya Written Dec 15, 2012

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    Bahnhofstrasse

    Bahnhofstrasse is main street in down town and well know shopping area. Here you can find many of Switzerland's finest stores with many world known brands, but also to some of its largest bank.
    But where is that street precisely?
    The Bahnhofstrasse leads from the main railway station to the lake. This 1,4 km long street is mostly a pedestrian area almost without traffic except the trams. It runs parallel to the river Limmat. Department stores, boutiques and jewelry shops are one of main reason for visiting and exploring this areas. Your shopping time could easy combine with visits to churches and other important sites of Zurich that you can find in the narrow streets near the main street.
    About the Bahnhofstrasse:
    This street was build in 1864 but major development as boulevard from construction of the main railway station of Zürich between 1865 and 1871. Many buildings were constructed and shops and business founded:
    1838 Hotel "Baur en Ville" (now Hotel Savoy Baur en Ville) - before official founding of street.
    1858 the Sprüngli House, even earlier the store of Otto Ganz and
    1899 the Jelmoli Glas Palace.
    Till this day the Pestalozzi-Lawn has not been built-over, as in those days no business man was willing to buy the former hanging-ground. The last hanging (of two hold-up murderers) took place in 1857.
    There is also many statues so it everything for every taste. Enjoy!

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    Bahnhofstrasse

    by leffe3 Written Jul 27, 2011

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    A shopper's paradise, the 1.5 kilometre long Bahnhofstrasse is one of the world's most exclusive - think Champs Elysees, Fifth Avenue or London's Bond Street.

    Running from the central train station to Zurichersee, the tree-lined boulevard was established in the 19th century as the city rejuvenated its historic slums and decaying light industries into a ritzy street of grand homes and hotels.

    And whilst the exclusive stores - jewellers (just how many watches can be sold?), fashion houses, top end department stores, cafes (including the world famous Sprungli), restaurants as well as banks moved in, Bahnhofstrasse has retained its sense of grandeur.

    The top end nearest to the station is a shade more downmarket, but walk the walk and windowshop from one end to the other, take a break at the lake and then walk back the other side! Keep your hand firmly in control of your wallet but also occasionally veer off course and head into some of the side streets. And some of those window displays are the best in the world....

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    Bahnhofstrasse

    by MM212 Updated Jul 18, 2011

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    Bahnhofstrasse, June 2011
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    Zürich's main shopping street, Bahnhofstrasse runs from the railway station southwards to the lake, on the left bank of the River Limmat. The thoroughfare was created in the 19th century, as part of the urban development that took place in the city (and all of Europe), and was intended to provide a direct link between the station and the lake. The wide, tree-lined avenue, traces the path of a non-extant canal, and is bordered by 19th and early 20th architecture, containing some of the most luxurious boutiques in fashion and other products in the world. In fact, Bahnhofstrasse is considered one of the most expensive streets in the whole world! A walk here is a must, but hold on tight to your wallets!!

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    Banhoffstrasse

    by aukahkay Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Banhoffstrasse, Zurich
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    Bahnhofstrasse, Z?rich is one of the world's most expensive and exclusive shopping avenues. The Bahnhofstrasse (Railroad Station Street) starts at the Central Station (Z?rich HB) and ends 1.4 km away at Lake Zurich. The two biggest Swiss banks, the UBS and the Credit Suisse Group, have their headquarters there. There are also exclusive boutiques, watch shops, jewellers, restaurants and cafes along this very chic boulevard. The world famous chocolate shop and cafe, Sprungli is located on Banhoffstrasse.

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    place for real of just for window shopping

    by picek Written Feb 9, 2011

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    tram and lights, that's the combination to try
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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!

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    Zurich's Mainstreet Lightings

    by barbskie Updated Dec 24, 2010

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    A hundreds of lightbulbs along the mainstreet considered as "The Worls Largest Timepiece" will replace the former illumination this year. The lighting moods cast by the illuminations will alter constantly. At the begainning of the Advent season, a gentle, calm light, resembling clouds drifting by prevails. Finally, on New Year's Eve, the band of light l emit efferviscing sparks of light almost like a fireworks display. Each day ,a new aspects of the lights will captivate both the tourist and the locals. The responsible of this new concept are the two innovative, young architects from Zurich , both graduates of the Federal Institute of Technology.

    Was inaugurated 2 years ago (Nov 2005) and lit up every year before the first Advent until the 2nd of January. This "seems to be a christmas lightings", but did not bring much positive impression almost to every spectator especially the locals. This year, there will be a great surprise. It is said, there will be a new Mainstreet Christmas Lights. Let's wait!!

    26th of November 2010
    Finally, the new lightings is lit ......it's LUCY!!!

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    Walk the Bahnhofstrasse,neglect the shop-windows !

    by WStat Updated Mar 12, 2010

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    A typical Bahnhofstrasse-Scene: Rolex, Omega etc.
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    It must be like walking Sunset Boulevard, Champs Elysees or Oxford-Street in London: Here in Zuerich you'll find the world's most famous fashion-designers, from Hermes to Vuitton, from Armani to Zegna, as well as all the jewellry, any woman's heart can desire and watches, watches, watches - from some 100 Us to some 100 000s (as for example the Audemars Piguet calender )
    But also without being greedy and a millionaire, a walk along Bahnhofstrasse brings about diverse and mostly interesting impressions: the many food-stalls (not as many as in Singapore), selling "Bretzels" or simply Hot Dogs, are as interesting as the many department-stores, like Jelmoli, Migros, Globus and Coop. Here you can find also lower-priced products to your taste.

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    AN OBLIGATORY VISIT

    by MaheshSamtani Written Nov 9, 2009

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    standing in front of the bahnhofstrasse in zurich

    One of the most famous addresses in Zurich or even Switzerland is the Bahnhofstrasse or the Station street which you will find right in front of the central station of Zurich. I have been down this street on many occasions and at all times of the day, however on my last visit I was there in the evening after the stores had closed. Well pretty different and much less traffic and people at this time, obviously. However this street is house to many of the worlds most important brands Chanel, Armani, Bulgari, Apple, just to name a few. If you have some extra cash to spend, this could probably be a good place another alternative is to window shop and enjoy the buzz. The street is about 2 to 3 kilometers long and leads you to the lake area.

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    Bahnhofstrasse and Paradeplatz

    by german_eagle Written May 25, 2009

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    This street was built from 1864 on as a boulevard, designed in the style of those in Paris with attractive townhouses, meant for living, business, banks, shops etc. The street leads from Hauptbahnhof down to the lake and is mostly a pedestrian zone except for the trams (caution!).

    It starts with some department stores near the Hauptbahnhof and gets more and more fancy towards the lake - more watches and jewellery shops, banks and expensive hotels/restaurants. All that culminates at Paradeplatz with the headquarters of Credit Suisse, Hotel Savoy Baur en Ville and Café Sprüngli. Don't worry, just gazing at the facades is free :-) Honestly, it is fun to stroll down the boulevard and do some window shopping.

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    Pavillon Sculpture by Max Bill

    by Kathrin_E Written Mar 9, 2009

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    Pavillon Sculpture by Max Bill
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    Max Bill (1908-1994), the Swiss sculptor, painter and architect, created his works from elementary forms. Both his art and his theoretical writings had a great infuence on 20th century modernism.

    His Pavillon Sculpture consists of 63 identical granite blocks from the Black Forest. It was donated by the Swiss Bank Society and erected in October 1983.

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    Bahnhofstrasse

    by Kathrin_E Updated Mar 9, 2009

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    Bahnhofstraße is roughly divided in three parts which all have different characters.

    The northern third from the train station to about Rennweg tram stop is the shopping area for 'normal' people. Here and in the side streets you find the large department stores and other shops that cater for everyday needs. The price level cannot be called cheap but affordable for everyday needs.

    In the middle part down to Paradeplatz, shops become more and more luxurious. Here we have those usual international designer brands which can be found all over the globe. Window shopping is recommended if you are into big brands. My impression, however, is that most of the stuff is horribly ugly and I would not want it anyway, even if I had the money - or someone who pays (Do you know a woman's three favourite animals? The mink, the jaguar, and the stupid dog who pays for all that...).
    People-watching can be interesting, though...
    The bank palaces along the street are elegant but they do not show the splendour one would expect, thinking of the gold in their safes. Their motto is understatement.

    Paradeplatz is the heart of the financial world, and also a busy tram hub. The 'best address in town' has all the big bank companies, a famous art gallery, and Sprüngli cafe.

    From Paradeplatz down to the lake we have the luxury hotels. And more stores that cater for the clientele of these hotels.

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    stroll and enjoy the banhoffstrasse

    by vpas Written Jul 2, 2008

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    Shop,eat,window shop,drink and be merry! in the banhoffstrasse.you could spend hours just walking around and drinking in the culture of the city and the variety of the tourists that come to Zurich.There are so many side walk cafes and ice cream joints and lines of shops selling what not.

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