Publish Time：2017-02-17 19:47:26Source：Sina Travel
【Introduction】：I was leaving for the largest city in Switzerland, Zurich. My plan was to depart from Matterhorn and take the train SBB of Switzerland at Zermatt and transfer in Visp.
I was leaving for the largest city in Switzerland, Zurich. My plan is to depart from Matterhorn and take the train SBB of Switzerland at Zermatt and transfer in Visp.
Zurich, located north of Alps and northwest of Lake Zurich, enjoys the titles of the “One of the Most Expensive Cities in Europe, City of Millionaires in Europe, Financial Center in Western Europe”, and so on. It is the largest city in Switzerland and is always wrongly regarded as the capital of Switzerland (The capital of Switzerland is Bern). This proves the great influence of Zurich in Switzerland. Therefore, on the journey returning from Zermatt to Germany, I decided to stay in the city for a while to experience the beauty of it.
After three hours on the train, I finally arrived at Zurich Hauptbahnhof Train Station. The festive Christmas feeling was wafting through the waiting room of the train station, where a Christmas market was welcoming customers and there were all varieties of Christmas items in it. Passengers coming and leaving slowed down to enjoy themselves in the atmosphere of the festival.
We deposited our luggage in a hurry and couldn’t wait to walk out to enjoy the beauty of the city we had been longing for. We walked out of the train station and saw two dogs, which were tied to a pillar, looking after one another. Their expressions of alertness were almost the same. That was amusing.
Zurich has claimed the top spot in “World's Most Livable Cities” assessment in recent years. This can fully explain that the urban environment, economic level, affluence, and quality of life have reached the highest level in the world. I have fully understood this characteristic after staying in Zurich after a few days. From the cool clothing, noble temperament to the expensive prices of restaurants and supermarkets and to the high-end facilities of the city, Zurich is even better than cities like Paris, London and cities in Northern Europe.
As I exited the train station and walked down Bahnhofstrasse St, which is the main street that extends from Zurich Hauptbahnhof to Lake Zurich. Linden trees are lined on either side of it, and look elegantly beautiful even in winter. We can imagine that their blossoms must give off a graceful fragrance as the breeze move through the trees in summer. It might even be possible to get drunk off the fragrance.
Bahnhofstrasse St is reputed as the “Wall Street of Switzerland” and is also the largest “Gold City”. In Switzerland, gold trading and imports and exports are unrestricted. The gold trading on the street is ranked first in the world, and foreign exchange and securities trading are also ranked the first place in Europe. More than 200 banks have their offices located there, with the world’s top 10 banks among these banks. Bahnhofstrasse St is the most famous tourism and shopping street, which shares the same reputation as Champs Elysees and New York’s Fifth Avenue. Globus and Jelmoli, the two shopping stores, are located on the street, and so, this street has won the title of “European Showcase” and “The Most Attractive Shopping Street in the World”.
The banks in Zurich almost entirely occupy Bahnhofstrasse St, with many of them opening 24 hours a day. Both sides of the 1.4 km long street are lined with lots of expensive shops, where high-end luxury goods are displayed, including antiques and rare fur, Swiss watches, jewelries and all kinds of perfumes.
Some of the crazy shoppers even fly across half the earth to come to the street to insanely shop.
The Limmat divides the city of Zurich into two parts: east and west, and into the old and new cities, which are connected by a great many maze-like narrow winding trails. The old city stands on the north bank of the river and includes upper village and down village, where there is an assortment of big and small boutique shops, bars, cafes, antique shops and others are scattered around.
Although I didn’t want to stay long, I was attracted by the temperament of the city. The urban environment, architecture and culture and living vitality all give off a unique charm, which draws your attention the moment you feel it.
The coming and going vehicles on the street are in neat order, with the wooden sightseeing buses among them being especially eye-catching.
It was numbing cold outside due to the freezing cold wind, and my hands and feet had already become cold after I hanged around for a while. Passengers inside the tram under the warm light looked conspicuously warm.
Walking through Bahnhofstrasse St, we came to Augustine Lane, which is near Bahnhofstrasse St. Inside the lane there are lots of beautiful houses, which are not tall but look exquisite, with all kinds of shops interspersed among them. Lots of old buildings and small winding trails can be found inside the lane, which appears dynamic and vibrant and is worth visiting.
Zurich is one of the earliest cities that became “developed” in Switzerland. Today, the appearance of it consists of the buildings of the 19th century, but its history can date back to 3000 B.C. The city today is a combining result of medieval and modern buildings, with medieval churches’ steeples, old castles and fountains located in it. Twin towered cathedrals, convents, the municipal government building, and many modern residences, restaurants and hotels stand on either side of the Limmat. In addition, there are also more than 50 different kinds of museums and art galleries in the city.
Take a walk inside the alleys of Zurich, and you can feel the romance coming out of the archaic rhyme. Tradition and modernity congest and shine and the up-and-down slopes have made this atmosphere even stronger. Flagstone walks, ancient trees, flower beds, stores, doves, bells and other romantic elements are just mixed in perfect dose.
In the old city, you will often encounter the local famous bay windows, which resemble balconies, and each house’s bay window decoration and layout are extremely exquisite and vary from one another. Each of these decorations and layouts represents the life interest and aesthetic taste of the house owner.
Augustine Lane is a street full of history and the romantic and nostalgic style. In the Medieval period, Augustine Lane once served as the gathering place of Zurich handicraftsmen, and now these colorful little houses have also been converted into extremely creative crafts shops, cafes, book shops and so on. You might as well visit this street if you get a chance.
While walking around the city, you can always see all kinds of Swiss people in fine clothes. It doesn’t matter who you see, you can feel the attitude of Swiss people from the quality and choice of clothing. Many kinds of little known and well-designed brands can also be found on the street.
It was not a sunny day when I arrived in Zurich but a typical European cold and foggy day, typical of winter. Under such unfriendly weather conditions, we took a stroll along the bank of the serene Lake Zurich to experience the cold but luxurious beauty. A gray blue lake, several swans, some seagulls, a pleasure boat and several pedestrians form a minimalist artwork that defines the saying of “Less is more”.
In Zurich, you cannot only see buildings with local characteristics and also buildings of other nationalities, which are mixed with the local buildings, looking harmonious. Therefore, anyone who comes to Zurich must have one feeling: no matter which angle you take to admire the city, you will feel its serenity, harmony and quietness.
If it is within your budget, you can fly either to London to feed pigeons like Tony Leung or to Zurich to see seagulls.
Sometimes a flock of seagulls performed “synchronized diving”.
And sometimes perched on a handrail.
In a global city quality of life survey, Zurich was selected as the best quality of life city in the world. This city quality of life survey, which contained 39 indexes including politics, society, economy, and so on, granted the title of the world’s most livable city to Zurich, Switzerland.
In this bustling city, all varieties of leisure activities are extremely glamorous and unforgettable. The almost unlimited leisure activities enchant both locals and tourists. Participating in sports activities or renting free bikes to go around, you will always have great fun and pleasure.
Now let’s take a look at the churches in Zurich. Grossmunster Church was constructed during the Carolingian Dynasty and has become the symbol of Zurich because of its unique double towers. The old part of the church is the catacomb, built between the end of 12th century and beginning of the 13th century, and other parts were built during the Crusades. Statues in the church can be traced back to the 12th century. Now the church is part of the theologische Fakultat of the University of Zurich.
The shorter one is St Peterskirche Church, which is the oldest church in Zurich and was constructed in 1534. The dial plate on the clock tower is the largest one among church dial plates in Europe, which measures 8.7 meters in diameter. The hour hand of the clock is three meters long and the minute hand is four meters long. The church tower functions to monitor large fire. It is said that if a large fire occurs, someone will extend a flag to the direction of the fire, in order to indicate the location of the fire.
The taller one is Fraumünster Church, which is a 13th century tower building and served as a former abbey for aristocratic women. It was founded in 853 by Louis the German. The most famous part is the glass windows above the altar, which were artworks designed by Marc Chagall.