Contributor & Featured Photographer: Mirche Kostadinov
Zürich, the famous financial center of the old Continent. A city that for the last couple of centuries, creates and sustains the lifestyle of European elites as much as that of world elites. A city of art, prestige, economic power and inborn elegance.
Within the first hours spent in Zürich, you may already get the feeling as if you were traveling back in history. That you jump from one century to another, be that thanks to architecture, a new cultural aspect you absorb, or the triumph of central Europe itself.
Tourists seem to be laid-back and local people bring a notion as if you have been part of this city for your entire life. They greet you no matter whether you carry with yourself a loud Mediterranean mentality, Scandinavian aloofness, or French fineness.
Public transport is famed for its flexibility, easily accessible and practical for all no matter if you are in a rush to get to work or you have dressed nicely for an afternoon coffee in the busiest parts downtown Zürich.
A recommendation for everyone visiting Zürich is to start from the famed railway station that looks magnificent no matter in which part of the day you go there. You can then continue sightseeing while walking down the wide and lengthy riverbank of river Limmat which spans in between the Central Railway Station and the Zurich Lake.
Buildings erected by the river bank seem to be in perfect harmony, with the windows arranged on their facades forming perfect symmetries. Famous fashion brands spotted around evoke a feeling of nobleness, regardless of the fact that you can have only 20 francs in your pocket.
A visit to Zürich would not be complete without a visit to the Grossmünster, the big cathedral that adorns the old city. It is well in the proximity of the Zürich Lake on the east side of Limmat’s riverbank. Make sure to also pay a visit to the Fraumünster (women monastery), the first church built around the year 874. Close to Fraumünster is also St. Peter which has one of the biggest clock-faces in the world.
The Zürich museums are a universe of their own, such as the museum of arts Kunsthaus Zürich, the Swiss National Museum, or the Museum of Design, the third of which is for industrial designs, visual communications, architecture, and handicrafts. The Uhrenmuseum Beyer is one more to add to your list, a museum for clocks, one of the signature products of Switzerland to the world.
Whether you are to stay longer in Zürich, make sure that you also spend at least a day in any of the beautiful green areas that add to the cityscapes, or perhaps the city’s dynamic zoo.
You have come all the way to Zürich, and you didn’t get to drink even a single cup of coffee in the Altstadt district, ask yourself, why did you come to this city in the first place?
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