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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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
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.
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. :)
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!!!
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!
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.
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....
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.
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.