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Zurich is the largest city in Switzerland and capital of the canton of Zurich.
It's also visually striking, with the River Limmat snaking through and the snow
covered Alps looming in the background. Cultural attractions are many.
Zürich boasts over two dozen museums, including the renowned Kunsthaus
and the intriguing Swiss National Museum. As for distinctive
architecture, check out the twin towers at Grossmünster Cathedral,
as well as the seventeenth century Rathus, which is Zurich's baroque
town hall.For the best dining and entertainment, take in Niederdorf, which
is the historic old town in city center.
The town lies at the lower northwestern end of Lake Zurich astride the river Limmat
which flows out of the lake at this point, between the Uetliberg on the west and
the Zürichberg on the east. It has both a University and the Federal College of
Three of the five major Swiss banks have their head offices in the famous
one of the finest shopping streets in Europe. Zurich is also a great financial and
capital (mainly textiles, engineering and electrical equipment). In addition it is
leading tourist attraction, with about a million visitors a year. A fifth of the
national income is earned in Zurich.
The Bahnhofstrasse in Zürich is one of the most attractive streets in Europe for
There are fashion houses, boutiques, department stores and specialist shops,
jewelry, watches and clocks, shoes, furs and fashion accessories. Small boutiques
dealers can be found mainly in the old town to the south of the Lindenhof (Rennweg,
Augustinergasse, St Petershof, Münsterhof) and north of the Grossmünster. The
Limmatquai is also
a favorite shopping street. Unusual articles and curiosities can be found in the
of the old town, in Oberdorf and Niederdorf, where there are many bars, cafes and
The Löwenstrasse district and the adjoining "Shopville" in the station subcourse is
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