The street Bahnhofstrasse , stretching for almost 1.5 km in the center of Zurich , is the main commercial center of this Swiss city. This name, found in different languages in dozens of European cities, translates as “station street”, which only to a small extent reflects its essence. Out of a hundred analogues, only this one got world fame. For a long time, the best Swiss banks, famous for their reliability, are located here, the signboards of stylish boutiques and fashion designers salon shine in the twilight, and the chic hotels hospitably meet new guests. The street is considered pedestrian, because of all the urban transport, only trams can travel through it.
Many years ago, on the territory of the present Bahnhofstrasse, fortified defensive structures towered along which a broad moat with water, called by the local inhabitants of the Froggy, ran. According to legend, the frogs inhabiting the water, as if at a command, stopped croaking when enemy troops approached the city walls. Thus, they warned the defenders about the beginning of another attack. The laying of the street began here in 1864 and soon became one of the central in Zurich. Now it connects the city railway station and the Lake of Zurich, running along the embankment of the Limmat river and dividing the city into a modern and historical part.
Initially not too wide, Bahnhofstrasse has several sites broken into squares, as a result of which, the space increases noticeably. Architecture here is the most diverse and sometimes classical buildings intertwine with very unusual constructions, impressive their originality. Despite the apparent simplicity, this street is considered one of the richest in Europe. There is a huge abundance of prestigious clothing stores, jewelry shops, pawnshops and beauty salons with world brands. Hundreds of wealthy people from all over the world come here to spend their impressive financial resources or vice versa, to put in one of the local banks, for the benefit of problems with their absence on the Bahnhofstrasse is not observed.
Even renting a small room in a building located on this truly “golden” street is worth a lot of money, and those people who live here in separate apartments belong exclusively to the highest social level. However, walk on the Bahnhofstrasse, taking pictures against the backdrop of authoritative banks, expensive cars and prestigious shops, anyone can do, especially since there is no problem with security for tourists in Zurich . The people here are many only on weekends, so you can enjoy walking at any time of the day.