The multifarious Zurich

By: Tatyana Kogut.

Zurich is the biggest and one of the most beautiful Swiss cities, stretched along the banks of the Limmat river that flows into the picturesque Lake Zürich. It is also the financial centre with a great amount of commercial and industrial offices, and the cultural heart of the country.

The citys financial centre, Bahnhofstrasse, and the streets adjoining it are ideal for shopping. All kinds of goods, from common to rare and exotic ones are sold here. The historic center of Zurich  Niederdorf  is at the same time the centre for fun and entertainment. In the evening Niederdorf is filled with street musicians, dancers, singers and the audience drinking beer and wine. Also dont forget that Zurich is the business centre and, at the same time, a large travel destination. This is from where many travel routes around the country start. One trip worth mentioning is the train route Zurich  Lucerne  Interlaken  Montreux  Geneva.

Zurich was founded more than 2 thousand years ago  already in the early Middle Ages it was renowned as an important commercial centre.

Local merchants were known in India, in the East and even in Slavonic lands.

We have already mentioned Bahnhofstrasse  the shopping street which is sometimes called local Wall Street. This is one of the most beautiful streets in Europe. Having arrived here one will find a great amount of important banks  massive marble buildings with whirling doors made of glass, and neatly-dresses porters. Plus to this, the street accommodates offices of important companies and insurance agencies  their subsidiaries are found on all the five continents. At the same street one will find luxurious restaurants, boutiques, posh jewellery shops, antiques and editorial offices (Zurich is one of the largest European centers for publishing and printing trades).

As for its architecture, because most of its buildings were built in the 19th  20th century and are eclectic style, Bahnhofstrasse might seem not that interesting for tourists. But cross Limmat river and get to its opposite bank, and you will find yourself in the other world, filled with the atmosphere of the old times: ruins of the Roman circus and therms, Grossmünster church with two bell towers. There are also guild houses and City Hall found not far from Grossmünster  these buildings are more than a hundred years old. Tourists really like the labyrinth of narrow medieval streets, tiny squares with fountains where people used to come to fill their vessels with water. This district is full of antique shops and bookseller's, small cafes with old intricate signboards, low oak and stone arches.

And of course Zurich is an important cultural centre. The list of local attractions includes opera and theatre, national museum, Kunsthaus Zürich gallery, Museum Rietberg dedicated to arts of Asia, Africa, America and Oceania. The University of Zurich and ETH Zürich  the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, are very popular with local people.

Among the places one is advised to visit there are also: old districts of Zurich and Winterthur (located not far from Zurich), Zoo and Chinese GardenArticle Search, Waterhouse Building and the Lindenhof medieval castle.

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