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Zurich is the largest city in Switzerland. It is the financial centre of Switzerland and houses the stock exchange and the headquarters of a large number of national and international companies, as well as home of FIFA's headquarter. Because Zurich is the central node of the Swiss-wide train network and also runs the biggest and busiest international airport in the country (Zurich Airport), it generally is the first place where tourists arrive. Because of the city's close distance to tourist resorts in the Swiss Alps and its mountainous scenery, it is often referred to as the “portal to the Alps”.

Most of the interesting sights are in the old town around the river and lakefront. Landesmuseum, the biggest Swiss history museum is where travellers can learn about the various traditions of the cantons comprising Switzerland. Bahnhofstrasse. Zurich West, a modern quarter used to be an industrial area but modern urban developments made it into a centre of vibrant night life. The Beyer Watch museum is located downstairs from the very fancy Beyer Store on Bahnhofstrasse. It is small but fascinating. They have many watches dating back hundreds of years. Many are one-of-a-kind, beautiful examples of exquisite watchmaking.

Bahnhofstrasse which runs from the Zurich Train Main station Hauptbahnhof right down to the lake is one of the busiest and best known shopping streets in the world. It is famous for being one of the most exclusive and expensive shopping streets in the world. Here you can get anything from diamond rings to chocolates to fur coats. Globus and Jelmoli are two fiercely competitive department stores, both of whom carry items from many high-end brands.

Frey is the number one in the Swiss Chocolate market and is mainly sold in Migros supermarkets. It offers a premium quality chocolate for a customer friendly price. Zurich has proportionally more clubs than any other city in Europe. You will find anything from very “fancy” clubs to places you can just chill. A lot of clubs are located in the so called Zurich West (District 5).


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