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The Schanzengraben reclaims the perimeter of Zurich's original defensive bulwarks, turning the area into a lovely tree-shaded walkway that subverts the once-imposing fortifications of Altstadt. What was once a prohibitive moat is now a tranquil canal, boats and swimmers bobbing easily in the still water that reflects the brickwork of antique fortress walls. A haven from the bustle of urban Zurich, Schanzengraben is the perfect destination for a peaceful walk through green pathways and nearby office workers enjoying a leisurely lunch.
De Fraumünster is beroemd vanwege de ongeloofelijk kleurrijke glas-in-lood ramen, ontworpen door Marc Chagall. De kerk is gebouwd ver voordat het raam gecreëerd werd, en was een geschenk van Ludwig des Deutschen (letterlijk, "Ludwig van de Duitsers") voor zijn dochter. Zij regeerde niet alleen over een groot gebied, ze had ook een prive muntgebouw. Hoe dan ook, alleen het klooster en de kerk met het romantische altaar en het gotische schip werden gespaard tijdens de reformatie. De toren aan de linkerkant van het gebouw werd gebouwd in 1732 en presenteert een verfissende antithese voor de vlakbij gelegen 'twin towers' van de Grossmünster.
For tourists in Zurich, one of the must-see places is certainly the Stadthaus Ausstellungen. Various documentary exhibitions are hosted regularly inside the gorgeous neo-gothic town house that was established in 1900. Visitors can stroll around the various galleries of the Stadhaus and spend quality time acquainting themselves with local history. Exhibitions here focus on sociopolitical issues and history related to Zurich and the surrounding region. It is a fantastic place to view and admire the architecture and learn more about the city and its culture. For history buffs, a visit to this townhouse and its various exhibitions would be an extremely fruitful and enriching experience.
Declared as one the world's most expensive shopping streets, Zurich's Bahnhofstrasse easily holds its own compared with its peers in New York, Hong Kong, Paris and London. Blue-and-white trams whisk shoppers along this mile-long and mainly car-free stretch between the main train station and the lake. Bahnhofstrasse is where the affluent shop for designer clothing and gold watches. However, it also finds a fair share of the general populace, all in awe of the shopping extravaganza. Elegant department stores worth a visit include Jelmoli and Globus, which is separated from Bahnhofstrasse by a small park. Numerous restaurants and cafes feature outdoor seating, ideal for observing fellow shoppers.
The first floor of Zunfthaus zur Meisen houses the faience (glazed ceramic ware) and porcelain collection of the Swiss National Museum. The baroque interiors provide a good backdrop for an overview of the Swiss faience and porcelain workshops of the 18th century and the role Switzerland played in the tableware culture of that time. Products from the Zurich porcelain factory in Kilchberg-Schooren and some from Nyon VD are displayed in the center of the room. They are arranged chronologically (Zurich products from 1763 to 1790 and Nyon ones from 1781 to 1813) to give an insight into how they evolved as per the changing tastes of the time. Zurich's porcelain figures have a special place in the exhibition. They are grouped according to the theme they represent such as seasons, continents, wine, love, allegories, hunting, elements and exoticism. Private events can also be organized at the venue which can accommodate 200 people (standing only).