Bahnhofstrasse#4 in Best Things To Do in Zurich
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One of Zurich's must-dos is a stroll along the sleek storefronts of Bahnhofstrasse. Stretching across Old Town from Hauptbahnhof station to Lake Zurich, Bahnhofstrasse features a variety of high-end shops, including Louis Vuitton, Burberry, Chanel and Giorgio Armani. Swiss shops like the dessert-focused Confiserie Sprungli and the jewelry-centric Gubelin AG can also be found here.
According to recent travelers, if it's budget shopping you're after, head to the Niederdorf and Langstrasse areas instead of Bahnhofstrasse. Though Bahnhofstrasse is free to visit, this shopping area is better suited for window shopping, unless you're prepared to drop some serious cash during your visit.
Getting to and from Bahnhofstrasse is easy thanks to the city's tram system, which stops at four stations – Bahnhofstrasse, Rennweg, Paradeplatz and Boersenstrasse – in the area. Though fees apply to use the tram, travelers with Zurich Cards can ride for free. The Hauptbahnhof bus and train hub also sits within steps of Bahnhofstrasse's northern end. Though boutiques dominate the area, several hotels, restaurants and bars are located along Bahnhofstrasse as well. Store hours vary, so be sure to visit Bahnhofstrasse's website for more information.
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#1 Lake Zurich (Zurichsee)
Backing lower Lake Zurich is a tangle of parks and gardens, collectively known as the lake promenade, that make for a picturesque place to spend an afternoon. And in warm weather, the lake is peppered with boats, while the banks are filled with picnickers and sunbathers. If you're a jogger, the area is also one of Zurchers' favorite places to pound the ground.
For some of the best views of Zurich and the nearby Alps, travelers suggest taking a boat ride on the lake. One-and-a-half-hour boat tours are available throughout the year and are free for Zurich Card holders.
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