Switzerland has long been famous as a center of international finance and this has helped to create an air of affluence and aspiration in its largest city, Zurich. Nowhere is this more apparent than on Bahnhofstrasse, one of the most exclusive shopping streets in the world. The shops on the Bahnhofstrasse celebrate some of the finest craftsmanship in the world. Visitors to Zurich looking for an unforgettable shopping experience or a unique keepsake to commemorate their trip will surely find what they desire along the famed shopping boulevard.
Chic boutiques and glittering shops
Along the 1.4-kilometer (0.87-mile) length of the street, shoppers will find some of the most beautiful retail outlets offering the finest products available. From stylish fashion to the finest in Swiss watches, the breadth of high quality products available on the Bahnhofstrasse ranges from Cartier to Tommy Hilfiger. Shoppers can find just about anything on this famous street, with stores offering household goods, toys, clothing, books, hygiene products, or even wine and spirits. While the prices are notoriously high here, you'll still find variety with all the options available. Many travelers prefer just to wander and appreciate the walk along this historic street through the heart of Zurich.
In addition to shops, chic cafes and eateries are sprinkled along the boulevard, and you don't have to go far to find the best Swiss delicacies such as chocolates and mulled wine. While trams go through the street, it is otherwise a nearly traffic-free pedestrian haven.
A luxurious address
Bahnhofstrasse is one of the world's most exceptional retail locations and the exclusivity of the location is reflected in the high price of property on the street. The area is famous for having the highest property prices in Europe and after seeing the beautiful architecture and stunning shops visitors will understand why. This centrally located shopping street is also perfect for those who tire from running in and out of stores. It only takes about 20 minutes to walk from the start at Zurich's main train station to the end at Lake Zurich. Relax by the lake, or head to nearby Old Town to discover more of Zurich. There you can stroll along the beautiful Augustinergasse, a medieval lane with pretty facades, before making your way down to the Fraumünster Church with its stunning stained-glass windows. Regardless of where you branch out to explore, you can easily get back to Bahnhofstrasse.