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The Bahnhofstrasse in Zurich

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Zurich Bahnhofstrasse IWC boutique

The IWC boutique in the Bahnhofstrasse in Zurich.
Photopress / Harold Cunningham

The Bahnhofstrasse

The Bahnhofstrasse connects the main rail station of Zurich to Lake Zurich, and is one of the most famous luxury shopping streets in Europe.


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  • Attraction type: City tour
  • Escort: independent (no guide)
  • Region: Zurich (Region Zurich)
  • Duration: 1 day or less

Shopping in the Bahnhofstrasse

A visit to Zurich should include a stroll along the Bahnhofstrasse. Regardless of whether you just go window shopping or purchase something, it's interesting to take a look at this shoppers' paradise.

If you don't enter any of the stores and keep walking, it would take just 20 minutes to get from one end of the street to the other. But if you like shopping, you will enjoy yourself in the Bahnhofstrasse much longer than that.

What kind of shops can you expect? About anything actually. There are restaurants, lots of fashion stores and souvenir shops. Of course you can also find the best Swiss delicacies here, such as chocolate (from Läderach for example).

Also, there are several department stores such as the well known Swiss store COOP, and the luxury department store Globus.

The list goes on with design shops, perfumeries and lots of jewelers and watch shops: Bucherer, Gübelin, Cartier, Omega, Swarovski and IWC Schaffhausen, just to name a few.

There's more to do than just shopping

Be sure not the focus on the Bahnhofstrasse only! Some of the side streets are worth it as well. An example is the pretty Augustinergasse, about half way of the Bahnhofstrasse. The street dates back to medieval times, and the houses have beautiful facades.

The Bahnhofstrasse ends on the Bürkliplatz, at the lake promenade. This is where cruises on Lake Zurich depart from. A perfect way to recover from a few hours of shopping!

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