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Bahnhofstrasse is the main shopping street in Zurich and while I didn't even contemplate shopping in Zurich with the eye popping prices and laughable exchange rate, it was a nice walk from the main train station (Hauptbahnhof) where Bahnhofstrasse starts to Paradeplatz where we had lunch.
You'll find many of the most expensive stores in the world along this street, Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Giorgio Armani, Cartier, Tiffany and Dior just to name a few, as well as major banks.
It's a car free street but you still need to keep an eye open for the trams that run down the middle of the street. Because so many people were already at the Street Parade, there weren't a lot of people shopping but lots of people headed towards the festivities.
I took a few pictures of some of the architecture along the way, poked my nose into a VERY expensive chocolate shop, so expensive I didn't even buy a single piece of chocolate, and then we stopped for lunch
The Paradeplatz is the famous money-spinning square of Zurich. Banks like Credit Suisse and UBS have their headquarters here. Other famous buildings include the Cafe Spruengli and the Hotel Savoy.
A nice Atrium can be found in the Credit Suisse building which is located at the northern side of the Paradeplatz. The Atrium is open to the public and decorated with christmas trees around christmas time.
The Paradeplatz is situated in the southern part of the Bahnhofstrasse. The tram lines 2, 6, 7, 8, 9, 11 and 13 stop at the Paradeplatz.
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The Lichthof is a indoor courtyard which you can enter at the Credit Suisse bank or round the corner from Bahnhofstrasse. It's rather posh but I like the symetrical pattern. Sometimes there are exhibitions there. It's basically a small shopping arcade with a restaurant/cafe.
Fortunately, when i was in Zurich, it happened to be the Milk day ( Tag der milch), means that chocolates and milkshakes were offered for free.
This was an additional pleasure following the great shopping on Bahnhofstrasse during the season of sales.
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Along Bahnhofstrasse, you can see Jelmont(City's biggest shooping mall), Kidstowns(My Fav) and many unique little shops. There is even a bookshop that sells mainly English Books and a shop that sells oriental-style furniture. If you visit the places in my tips, you will definitely find your Lindtt. :)
This square is located in the middle of the Bahnhofstrasse a short walk from the main station. It is the financial center of Zurich surrounded by banks. If you like chocolate you should go to Sprungli, the famous confectionery, and try the 'Truffes du jour' or the 'Luxemburgerli'.
The Bahnhofstrasse is the main shopping street of Zurich, connecting the main station with the lake. On both sides and in side streets like the Rennweg you will find a lot of shops and boutiques. There are also many banks located there especially at Paradeplatz. Most sights of Zurich are within walking distance, for example the Lindenhof and the churches Grossmuenster, Fraumuenster and St. Peter.
Shopping on Bahnhofstrasse
This is Zurich's main shopping street. It starts from the Hauptbahnhof and runs all the way down to Lake Zurich. Whether you have any intentions of splurging on a Swiss watch, or feed your fashionista hunger, it's interesting to go window shopping and people watching here.
Shopping in Zurich
Bahnhofstrasse is undoubtedly one of Europe's most beautiful shopping streets featuring magnificent façades - an elegant blend of modern and historic architecture. Bahnhofstrasse stretches from the Hauptbahnhof past Paradeplatz to the lake. High-quality Swiss goods and international labels can be found here. More boutiques tucked away to the east – the main streets (Rennweg and Limmatquai) are a good starting point. More alternative (and cheaper) shops are on Langstrasse, to the west of the Hauptbahnhof.
High quality merchandise such as jewels, furs, the complete range of Swiss-made watches, fashion, shoes, accessories, porcelain or confectioneries are presented in the tempting window displays. Over recent years, many exclusive international fashion boutiques have been established along the narrow streets between Bahnofstrasse, Münsterhof and Weinplatz.
The left bank of the River Limmat is a haven for antiques at reasonable prices while the right bank is brimming with boutiques, galleries, bookshops and superb interior design shops. Löwenstrasse and the adjoining Bahnhofspassage called “Shopville”, have developed into busy shopping areas. For moderately priced shopping, Langstrasse is the best venue. For a special Swiss souvenir, the Swiss Craft House is ideal and for alternate shopping try the fleamarket in Bürkliplatzanlage, every Saturday from May until October. Another Curiosity Market is at Rosenhof and is held every Thursday and Saturday from April until Christmas.
Shopping Zurich makes shopping a pleasure – elegant boutiques, department stores and specialty shops are clustered in the Old Town, interspersed with cafés and bars for those necessary breaks. Most shops are open Monday-Friday 0900-1830 and Saturday 0800-1600. Many, except for the large stores, close for lunch. Late shopping on Thursday is until 2100. By law, shops cannot stay open longer than 2000 on weekdays and 1600 on Saturday. VAT is charged at a rate of 7.6% can be reclaimed for single items purchased for SFr400 or more.
Christmas Light at Bahnhofstrasse
Time to enjoy the "old" Christmas Light Decoration from End of November until End of Christmas. From 1971 until 2004 those Lights gave a very special athmosphere into Zurich.
In 2005 there will be a new Christmas Light Decoration at the Bahnhofstrasse which will look more modern and therefore totally different.
The Bahnhofstrasse is the main drag leading away from the train station. It is full of pricey shops. It is nice to walk down, but make sure you do not waste too much time here. You need to go off into the charming little streets nearby.
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This photo is taken not far away from the Zurich main station.. Those trees are seen along the road till you reach the Zurichsee till the end of the road. And, the blue-color tram at the right can bring you around the Zurich city.
A picture worth more than a thousand words huh? :p
If you want to go shopping I would try the Bahnhofstrasse and its surroundings! You will find everything here, but you have to pay in CHF what makes it a bit expensive :(
Well, maybe you can take daddys credit card!
Zurich is regarded as the...
Zurich is regarded as the financial capital of Switzerland, and the main financial/shopping street here without a doubt is the Bahnhofstrasse, just outside Zurich main-station. This tree-lined tram and pedestrian only main-street is a must for those with a eye on fashion and deep pockets!
Lots of different shops (most are too expensive!)
Exploring the mainstreet
Very popular area and a main shopping zone . There are numerous of elegant and brand shops, department stores and boutiques lined through, stretching down to Paradeplatz.
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