Zurich, Switzerland : A Truly Spectacular City
Zurich is the largest city in Switzerland and the capital of the canton of Zurich. It is located in central Switzerland at the northwestern tip of Lake Zurich. Zurich is a leading global city and among the world's largest financial centres. The city is home to a large number of financial institutions and banking giants. Also, most of the research and development centres are concentrated in Zurich and the low rate of tax attracts overseas companies to set up their headquarters there.
When To Visit
The best time to visit Zürich is between the months June and August when average temperatures make swimming in the lake possible. However, summer's hospitable climate also makes it the most expensive season to visit. But even in the winter off-season, hotel rates still remain high because of the nearby skiing on the Swiss Alps. If you visit in the spring or fall shoulder seasons, you might be able to find some reasonable room rates, but they'll be accompanied by chilly weather.
Zurich Tourism and Attractions
The city of Zürich lies in the heart of Europe and at the center of Switzerland, on the northern shores of Lake Zürich. Its multicultural flair and the variety of leisure activities on offer attract guests from all over the world to this “region of short routes”. What makes the city so charming is its harmonious blend of upscale urbanity with a preserved history and culture.
What To See
Augustinergasse : Augustinergasse is one of Zürich’s most beautiful old, narrow streets with its many colorfully painted oriel windows. Among other things, the oriels were a way to keep an eye on who came to the door and so they were never situated directly over the front door, but rather built just to the side.
Fraumunster : Founded in 853 by King Louis the German, this church with its convent was inhabited by the female members of the aristocracy of Europe. The convent enjoyed the patronage of kings and the right to mint coins in Zürich until well into the 13th century.Important architectural features include the Romanesque choir and the high vaulted transept. The nave was last renovated in 1911, following on from work to heighten the north tower and remove the south tower in the 18th century.
Bahnhofstrasse Zurich : The world-famous shopping precinct was created following the construction of Zürich Main Station on the very site where 150 years ago the city’s fortified moat was located. 1.4 kilometers in length, it connects Zürich Main Station to Lake Zürich. Department stores, boutiques and jewelry shops are strung together like pearls on a chain.
Niederdorf : During the day this is a pedestrian zone and a shopper's paradise with lots of boutiques hidden away in a patchwork of alleys. At night the many bars, restaurants and street artists turn the Niederdorf into an exciting center of entertainment for a colorful public.
Lakeside Promenade : The grassy park areas along the lakeshore are a hive of activity during the summer months. It is a popular meeting place for inline skaters, sunbathers, jewelry vendors and street artists.
Apart from the above mentioned places, there are numerous other interesting sites to visit in Zurich.
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