City Breaks

Published on February 23, 2011 | by Andrea Guerriero


Weekend in Zurich: shopping and nightlife!

Zurich is a very interesting city in many respects. It is a historic city with monuments and historic houses; it is a city where there is culture, encounters and events of international level…

It is a city with more than 50 museums; it is a living city, both economically and in respect to the entertainment; it is a clean city, typical of the Swiss tradition; it is a city that knows how to welcome tourists, with hotels and guesthouses for every budget; it is the city of luxury but also a place of alternative cultures.

Visiting Zurich is therefore a pleasure, both for young people and adults or families with children. Indeed, Zurich is a very green city, with gardens and parks, the lake, the Limmat River and above all the mountains that overlook it: first of all the Uetliberg from which slopes, reachable by short walks, you can enjoy the city in all its beauty.

Navigation on the lake and the Limmat river

An alternative way to see Zurich and its surroundings is with the ferries that ply the waters of the lake and the river. At cheap prices you can make nice trips, especially in summer, which also lead out of the city: crossing the lake, with an hour of navigation, for example you can get to Rapperswil, the historic village with a famous castle and the longest wooden bridge of Switzerland. But if you do not want to leave the city, a boat tour on the Limmat river allows a bit different view of the most important areas. The tours usually start from the square of the National Museum.

Shopping in Zurich

For who loves to walk through the historic centre and watch shop-windows or have shopping, Zurich is the ideal city. The shopping street per excellence is the Bahnhofstrasse, with its unique lighting. Here, there are the jewelers, the Swatch stores, the clothing boutique of the best brands. Even the Seefeld District is another place well suited for new trends, such as Schipfe, one of the oldest neighborhoods of the city, with its shops and craft shops.

At the Teddy’s Souvenir Shop (in Limmatquai, 34), on the bank of the lake, there are all the more traditional items of the Swiss craftsman (also a little kitsch), such as alpine bells, scarves with the Edelweiss molds and soft San Bernard. Instead, Bon Génie Grieder (at Bahnhofstrasse 30) is a fashionable clothing shop, with ready-made clothes of Gucci and Armani.

In Bürkliplatz there is a famous city market, where you can find traditional food products, such as Swiss cheeses, made in stone ovens. Finally, at the Schweizer Heimatwerk (in Uraniastrasse, 1) you can find Swiss craft from mid to high level, wooden toys and musical boxes, but also pottery and jewelry products.

Nightlife in Zurich

In Zurich, the evening and the night are very… “lively”. In the city there are numerous restaurants, clubs, bars and discos where to satisfy every need, from disco to classical music concert; from stripping to the traditional dinner; from hard rock concert to the opera and alternative arts. Zurich has it all. Some examples.

The Bierhalle Wolf (Limmatquai 132) is the most famous brewery of Zurich, and here the Teutonic tradition is respected in every detail, from the furniture and the costumes of the waitresses to the brass band that often cheers the evenings of tourists sitting at the tables.

For those who love to dance and move from salsa and Latin music rooms to those of rock until to techno, surely you can not fail to go to X-tra, in west Zurich (Limmatstrasse, 18), the largest nightclub of the city. From 20 years up, here all are welcome and can find what they want in terms of musical rhythms.

On the lakeside, in the district of Riesbach, there is instead the National Opera of Zurich (Falkenstrasse, 1), a neoclassical building with luxury interior, offering year-round opera, concerts, ballets, musicals, etc.. It was the first opera theatre in Europe to have electric light. The Zurich Tonhalle (in Claridenstrasse, 7) is instead the large concert hall of the city, which permanent houses the Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra. Not even to mention the excellent acoustics of the room that houses a world-renowned program.

Photo of Zurich by scris
Photo of Bahnhofstrasse by bfishadow

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Hi, I'm Andrea, a travel blogger, web programmer, seo apprentice and amateur photographer based in Milan. I love reading, I love music. I love to travel but only if I leave on a mission! I've been traveling through most of Europe and I love writing about it. I love photography, especially as a way to document experiences, places, events. My Nikon D300 camera is always with me, and it helps me in sharing my life with the rest of the world. Getting in touch with new people, different life styles and foreign traditions, and write about it, is all I can ask for.

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