Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

That's How the Swiss Roll; Destination: Zurich

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

That's How the Swiss Roll; Destination: Zurich

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ZURICH isn't just the largest city in Switzerland, it's also the best place to live and work if you believe several recent global surveys.

Located in north-central Switzerland at the north-western tip of Lake Zurich, it's Switzerland's hub for railways, roads, and air traffic. Both Zurich Airport and the city's railway station are the largest and busiest in the country.

What's more, it's rich in culture. With more than 50 museums and 100 galleries, Zurich is one of the world's major art trade centres. Add cultural institutions such as the Opera House, the Tonhalle Orchestra, and the Schauspielhaus theatre, and it's a city to be reckoned with.

Look for luxury and international brands on Bahnhofstrasse, trend and tradition in the picturesque Old Town, and did you know that you can shop at no fewer than 135 stores at Zurich's Main Railway Station alone, and for 365 days a year? THINGS TO SEE 1. THE OLD TOWN Aldstadt, Zurich THE best way to get to know any city is simply wander the streets, and take in the sights, sounds and smells.

Zurich's old town is a maze of cobblestone streets, splendid churches, small stores and restaurants far removed from the contemporary cityscape elsewhere.

There are guided walking tours but far better to simply go where a whim takes you because architectural gems lurk in wait around every corner.

2. KUNSTHAUS ZURICH Heimplatz 1, Zurich 8001 THE impressive art museum displays Western works since the 1600s and has an especially impressive selection of modern art. A quarter of a million people wander through the galleries each year to find old masters rubbing shoulders with startling modern sculpture.

There's a major exhibition of 200 hand-coloured lithographs by Edward Munch - including a variation of The Scream - from October 4 to January 12, 2014.

3. BAHNHOFSTRASSE North-south west of Limmat River IF the old town is the place to go for quaint shops and souvenirs, then the Bahnhofstrasse is world-class, home to all the designer labels, the big names and some of the world's most important banks - you may even spot the famous financial gnomes. …

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