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About Bahnhofstrasse

Bahnhofstrasse, a tiny and yet so imposing street of Zurich is all centred with luxurious fashion brands, Swizz-chocolate shops, warm cafes, art galleries and much more. This extravagant high street of Zurich is well known as one of the most exclusive and expensive shopping arcades in Europe while being the third most expensive on the global list.

So, if you are a shopping buff and like to indulge in some of the world-class brands such as Apple, Chanel, Cartier, Gucci, Hekket, H&M, Burberry, Dior and Manor etc, then it's the right place for you to be!

The street is fairly 1.4 km long which can be covered in only 20 minutes on foot but the urge to go in and around all those irresistible stores will not just let you walk by! Besides, great fashion and everything in vogue, this sought-after street of Zurich is also admired for its aesthetic built.

Inspired from the 19th-century style and architecture, the street hardly composes any modern cast of buildings thus, keeping the true Victorian flavour alive to lure people from far and wide. Anything being said stands less for this pretty town street, but one thing that’s for sure; everything here is a visual treat.

Come here once or come here twice, the unforgettable taste and vibes will influence you for life. 

How to Reach Bahnhofstrasse



The distance from Zurich Airport to Bahnhofstrasse is 11.9 km, which can be accessed either via road or rail. The best and the fastest option to reach Bahnhofstrasse is via train, take a train from Zurich main station followed by crossing a street.

It is highly recommended not to drive here if you are unfamiliar with Zurich due to heavy traffic.

Therefore, public transport is the best way out. Besides, some parts of the Bahnhofstrasse can only be accessed on foot or by tram.

Best Time to Visit Bahnhofstrasse



Every season has something or the other to offer the travellers visiting Bahnhofstrasse, you will never get disappointed while on your trip to this customary street.

March to May is the spring season in Zurich, the weather stays cool as the temperature ranges from 12-13 degrees celsius.

The city barely attracts visitors during this time thus, giving a good chance to grab some great deals and discounts on stays and travel.

The summer season is the best time to visit Bahnhofstrasse, Zurich due to the pleasant weather, it starts in June and stays till August.

One can get involved in numerous outdoor activities during day time or quietly relax during the evening hours. 

September to November is the Autumn season in Zurich, the weather is pretty chilly during this time of the year as the temperature ranges from 4 to 10 degrees celsius. But, low hotel prices does justice to this chilling weather.

The winter in Zurich begins from December and stays until the end of February, the temperature goes as low as -6 degrees celsius, therefore, this season is counted as the off-season.

However, if you are fond of the ski, then it is the right time for you to be there.

Moreover, Christmas brings in all the joy and fun by illuminating every bit of the place with lights and festivities!

What Not to Miss at Bahnhofstrasse



Fall in love with Bahnhofstrasse or the Zurich 5th Avenue on your shopping spree, indeed a paradise for all sorts of shopaholics. The array of high-end shops, set like necklace pearls to tempt anyone.

You can find here everything that you need to satisfy your shopping buzz, starting from global high street brands to some local Swizz stores.

As this downtown street is counted in the list of one of the most expensive and lavish shopping streets in the world thus you can expect quite some bustle around!

It doesn't matter whether you prefer to shop or just browse through the stores, a visit to this fashion street must reserve a spot on your trip to Zurich city! Unleash yourself to the topmost clothing, shoes, bags, perfumes and accessories brands. 

1. Fashion: Name any fashion brand and you have it here at Bahnhofstrasse. A collection of clothing brands such as Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Hackett London, Gross Couture, UCB and Tommy Hilfiger etc. to meet the needs of any kind of shopper.

Supplied with the latest range of fashion, this shopping street will surely let you put your foot forward when it comes to flaunting your wardrobe.

2. Perfumes: If your inclination is towards perfumes and good fragrance lifts your spirits then Marionnaud and Osswald are a must stop for you to pick some pleasant and alluring scants.

Filled with a wide range of fragrances from all across the world, these stores will surely help you find the right kind of scant crafted for you.

3. Watches: Time is priceless and so is the aura of the person wearing it right! Find an extensive range of watch brands such as Omega, Cartier, Swarovski, Tissot and Graff etc. at this trendy street of Zurich.

Swiss Treats at Bahnhofstrasse

We all know Switzerland as a land of delectable chocolates. However, there are a variety of other Swiss treats that are not completely chocolates which can be relished to satisfy that sweet tooth! 

1. Biberli: Commonly known as sweet gingerbread in which two bread slices are held together using honey and almond filling to provide a boost of energy, on the go. Biberli can be purchased from any bakery store.

2. Berliner: Known as “jam rolls” to many are deeply fried balls made from yeast dough and filled with jam on the inside with icing sugar on the top. These can be easily bought from a bakery store being high in demand. 

3. Vermicelles: Vermicelles look like chocolate spaghetti, which is made out of chestnut served with whipped cream and meringue.

This chocolicious dessert can be enjoyed all year around but, during Autumn season when chestnut production is high, you can find Vermicelles in full swing at any bakery, cafe, supermart and pastry shop etc. 

4. Magenbrot: These oddly shaped pastries are also called “stomach bread” due to the addition of spices which are healthy for the stomach and cocoa. Magenbrot can be purchased from any supermart and street stalls. During festivals, the streets of every village and city are filled with these delicious treats.

5. Luxemburgerli: Luxemburgerli is meringue-based macarons that are pretty famous and come in all possible flavours such as chocolate, vanilla, raspberry, hazel and cinnamon, etc.

This blissful Swiss treat by Sprüngli is not something that you can get indulge in regularly, they are more of occasion-based due to their costliness. Therefore, making an excellent choice if you want to treat your taste buds on a special occasion. Luxemburgerli can be availed from any Sprüngli store in Bahnhofstrasse, Switzerland.

Other Essential Information About Bahnhofstrasse



Location:
Bahnhofstrasse is a 1.4 km long downtown alley of Zurich, Switzerland that begins from the station square or Bahnhofplatz, opposite to the Zürich Hauptbahnhof, advancing through Rennweg, Paradeplatz and Augustinergasse and ending at Bürkliplatz or Lake Zurich near National Bank and Hotel Baur au Lac. 

Timings: Usually the stores in and around Bahnhofstrasse city centre open by 0900 hours and closes by 2000 hours from Mondays to Fridays,

On Saturdays most stores get closed by 1800 hours, and on Sundays and public holidays the shops remain closed.

Additionally, the small stores outside the city centre get closed by 1830 or 1900 hours. 

Distance from Zürich Airport: The distance of Bahnhofstrasse from Zurich airport is approximately 12 km which can be covered in about 15 minutes either by road or rail. 

History of Bahnhofstrasse


The history of Bahnhofstrasse dates back to1838 when only Hotel Baur en Ville existed. The hotel was opened on the 24th December at Paradeplatz, which is known as Hotel Savoy Baur en Ville on today's date.

Unlike today's Bahnhofstrasse, the rails were earlier operated as Spanish railway Brötlibahn in 1847, post which in 1854 the cosmopolitan and tumultuous decision of keeping the main railway station or "Hauptbahnhof" in the same place was taken.

Thereafter, the planning began to establish a new link from the main station to Paradeplatz. The construction of Bahnhofstrasse promenade started in 1864 when the ditch was clogged near the water area and was addressed as Fröschengrabens or frog ditch.

The unpaved roads were turned to beautiful lawns and streets while the original pathways were reconstructed as roads and boulevards, and in 1865 finally, the main street was opened to the public starting from Paradeplatz to Central station.

The first store was then erected in 1868 by Johannes Ganz, a photographer followed by several other commercial buildings were built and the first departmental store was opened in 1899.

Bahnhofstrasse has also been home to plenty of banking corporations such as Credit Suisse which was laid from 1873 to 1976, Zürcher Kantonalbank built in 1870 and Volksbank that moved to Bahnhofstrasse in 1928. 

Restaurants in Bahnhofstrasse


Bahnhofstrasse is not just a high fashion street but also heartily famous when it comes to foods and beverages. This hi-fi street is home to scores of restaurants and cafes to suit any occasion. 

1. Heugümper: This family restaurant was opened in 1996 in one of the oldest sites in the city. This warm and cosy place is adorned with a blend of traditional and modern atmosphere, offering Mediterranean and Asian cuisine accompanied with finest quality wines. 

No matter what your reason for visiting Heugümper is, you will always be welcomed with the same warmth and greeting. 

2. Zeughauskeller: Zeughauskeller, an armoury restaurant holds an ardently long history dating back to 1487. The menu mainly comprises traditional meat dishes, sausages and other Swiss delights that have been cherished for centuries. 

This historic restaurant is handled by a team of 80 employees working their passion on day to day basis to serve their customers, along with Tony Hammer who manages the place with the same enthusiasm with which it was inaugurated a long time back.

3. Aurora: This Mediterranean restaurant is situated right in the heart of Bahnhofstrasse, offering a speculating and lively view of the street from the first level and terrace of the restaurant. Anything you order here, be well assured to be made up of high-quality ingredients and excellent taste. 

Additionally, the world-class chefs working in the visible clear kitchen adds a personal touch to every dish they prepare. 

4. Bärengasse: If you are a fan of beef then Bärengasse welcomes you to be pleased by Argentinian beef and wine directly sourced from an in-house farm in Argentina. This artistic restaurant is situated right in the centre of Paradeplatz. 

Besides, the modern atmosphere with classic arrangements makes it an ideal spot for both lunch and dinner. 

Tips for Visiting Bahnhofstrasse Zurich


It’s always a good idea to keep a couple of things in mind before planning your travel to any location that is unfamiliar. Some of the tips for visiting Bahnhofstrasse Zurich includes:

1. Weather in Bahnhofstrasse can go down to freezing during winters, so if you are planning to visit during this time of the year make sure to carry enough woollen clothing. 

2. Being one of the most expensive shopping destinations in the world, shopping in Bahnhofstrasse can be heavy on many people’s pocket, therefore it is suggested to take care of your tour budget if you are looking forward to indulging in unplanned shopping at Bahnhofstrasse. 

3. The most convenient option to reach Bahnhofstrasse from Zurich Airport is by train, avoid taking cab/taxi due to heavy traffic in and around the main centre. Also, Bahnhofstrasse can be best explored on foot at your own pace and time.
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People Also Ask About Bahnhofstrasse

  1. How do I get to Bahnhofstrasse?

    Bahnhofstrasse can be reached from Zurich Airport via rail or road, rail is the most convenient and fastest option. Take a train from the main Zurich station and cross the street to reach Bahnhofstrasse. It is suggested not to drive here due to bustling traffic and also some parts of the place can only be accessed by tram or by foot.
  2. How far is Bahnhofstrasse from Zurich airport?

    The distance of Bahnhofstrasse from Zurich airport is 9 km and the road distance is 11.9 km, which can be covered in 14-15 minutes with a car and around 20 minutes when travelling in train.
  3. What does Bahnhofstrasse mean?

    Bahnhofstrasse was founded after the annihilation of the city's defensive wall in 1864 when the ditch in front of it was filled up with water. The location was known as Fröschengraben or Ditch of the Frogs until then, post which it was changed to Bahnhofstrasse or the “Railway Station Street”.

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