Snobbish restaurants and underground clubs:tense businessmen and carefree artists; an African jungle in the heart of the Alps.Switzerland’s biggest city is full of contrasts
by Svoboda Tzekova /Photography Antonia Bossakova
The truth that “you get what you pay for” suit Zurich well. For seven consecutive years it has been crowned the world champion by Mercer’s survey of the cities with the highest living standard.It lost its title to Vienna over the past three years. Zurich also shares the eighth place with Hong Kong as the world’s most expensive city.For world leaders from the financial sector ,trade arts,and the International Federation of Association Football (FIFA), it is a matter of prestige to be in the heart of Switzerland. The same applies to elite tourists, as well.
Romance beyond the bridge. It only take about 10 minutes to make the connection from the airport to the Central Station by train. The Bahnhofstrasse starsts from the station. It is a 1500-meter stretch of luxery stores,boutiques and hotels. Zurich for the prestige and pleasure of spending substantial sums on this avenue. It ends on the bank of Zurich Lake, giving way to a spectacular panorama of the Alps. A left on Quai Brucke over the Limmat River will take you to a totally different world; from the dynamics of a world-famous shopping heaven into the idyll of 2000-year-old-city. The Niederdorf distict offer a peculiar romance. The narrow streets are full of designer stores selling clothing, fabrics,carpets,porcelain, crystal, jewelry, Japanese tea sets, handmade colored marzipan and chocolate candy, and antiques. There are also lovely bookstores, tango locales, underground bars, cozy little restaurants and cinemas offering special selection of films by European, Asian, alternative, and experimental moviemakers.
From Pisaco to Rubber Purses. The Zurich opera is one of the most renowened in the world. It is famouse for its brillant soloists, contemporary direction and magnificent orchestra. No wonder the best seats cost 380 francs(360 euros). The city’s more than 100 galleries include representatives from the world’s best artists, and 50 museums. The Museums of Art (Kunsthause Zuerich) offers a slightly overwhelming variety of collectioons: master artists from the 15th century ;the expressionists Edvard Munch and Oscar Kokoshka ; the modern classics Matisse, Picasso and Mondrian; and Dadists such as Hans Arp, along with Andy Warhol and of many of the most important contemporary artists.I personally recommend the Sai Tuombli and Alberto Giacometti exhibits.The lovely Riethberg Museum is proud to present original works from Asia, Oceania, Africa and America. The Heidy Weber Le Corbusier Museum is dedicated to the great architect of the same name.
The first Freitag bag, displayed at the Museum fur Gestaltung, is considered emblematic of Zurich’s fashion. In 1993, the Freitag brothers and graphic designers areated a revolution with this product sewn together from truck tarpaulins, tire inner tubes and seat belts. Afterward, big fashon houses also introduced recycled materials in thisr collections. The Freitag tower near the autobahn , made of old shipping containers, became an architectural symbol of Zurich.
Not only the city management, but also many private patrons given huge amounts of funding to ptomote arts, and as a consequence, Zurich is one of the leading cultural tourist destinations in the world.
You should definetely visit the Technorama Science Center in Winterthur, about 20 minutes by train from Zurich, too. The place offers real amusement for inquisitive children and adults. It demonstrateds incredible technological discoveries from the fields of physics, shemistry, and mechanics using powerful audio-visual installations.
Panoramic temptation. Zurich can be observed both from dowm low and from up high. A boat tour down the Limmat show-cases the center and ends at the lake wher you will see the St.Paterskirche Cathedral(famous for having the biggest clock face) and the Fraumunster. The Fraumunster, also known as Church of Our Lady, has the last reminisces of the abbey of the same name,which was establish in 853. But at the same time, it is a very modern place becouse of the famous stained glass by Marc Chagall.Farther up on the hill just opposite the old city lies the Lindenhof district. While countless banks and companies frantically work in the city, here ,around the fountain, lovers of the game of Petanque spend hours, which offers a 360-degree view of the landscape, is near the city.