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Running parallel to Limmatquai, Niederdorfstrasse is a cobblestoned and mainly pedestrian street. It's a place where funky clothing stores share ancient walls with traditional Swiss restaurants, and where visitors will encounter both students and office workers. It is also home to a few strip clubs which seem quite out of place by daylight. A funicular at one end of the street brings passengers up to the University of Zurich and the Federal Institute of Technology campuses. Meanwhile, several narrow and steep alleyways lead down to the river from here.
Schipfe is a dreamy quarter of Zurich along the Limmat River. Known in the Middle Ages for ferrying merchandise, this was also a hub for the silk industry and boat building. A stroll through the neighborhood covers artisan shops, handicraft boutiques, and picturesque alleys. Schipfe is a great place for curios and customized show pieces too—take home some charming souvenirs with you.
Running parallel to the Limmat River, Limmatquai is a sunny street within walking distance of Zurich's main train station. It offers a mix of high-end and budget clothing and shoe stores, some of which are sheltered by shady arcades. In addition to numerous shops and Cafés, Limmatquai is also home to several beautiful guild houses as well as the city hall. From here there is a good view of Grossmünster and Fraumünster, two of Zurich's most famous churches. When the weather is fine, street musicians entertain the happy listeners who gather on the benches along the river.
Neumarkt Oerlikon is a scenic square that teems with activity and attracts hoards of tourists to come shop at its portals. Dazzling one and all with a delightful array of shops and eateries, it is one of the most-visited plazas of the city. It is,also, home to the Saturday Oerlikon Market. When you enter the marketplace, the smells of fresh flowers, fine cheeses and fresh vegetables comes to your nostrils. Behold a splendour of colours; here is where the farmers from around Zurich sell their wares. A must-visit on your next trip to the city.
Zurich's most impressive Rococo palace (1759) now serves representative purposes; garden.
This Late Renaissance building was completed in 1698 and was the third town hall to stand here on the Limmatquai. Now it is the only building apart from the Helm House and the Water Church to stand directly beside the Limmat on this side of the river. A Rococo tower stove dating back to 1763 and the Baroque hall, which is decorated with an ornate stucco ceiling and oil paintings, are particularly interesting.