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Paradeplatz, Zurich

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The Paradeplatz is a square at the Bahnhofstrasse in downtown Zürich. It is one of the most expensive pieces of real estate in Switzerland and has become synonymous with wealth and the Swiss banks, being the location of the headquarters of both UBS and Credit Suisse.The site of the square lay without the medieval city walls, and was incorporated into the town with the construction of the new ramparts in 1642. During the 17th century, it served as a livestock market, known as Säumärt ("pig market"), renamed to Neumarkt "new market" in 1819 and finally to its current name following the construction of Bahnhofstrasse (1865). The hotel Baur en Ville on the eastern end of the square opened in 1838. The Paradeplatz was the scene of clashes between insurgents and cantonal troops during the 1839 Züriputsch.The Confiserie Sprüngli at the southern end opened in 1859. The Credit Suisse (formerly Kreditanstalt) building at the northern end dates to 1873, the UBS (formerly Bankverein) building at the western end to 1897–99. The first horse-drawn trams circulated in 1882 and were electrified in 1896.Paradeplatz is one of the main nodal points of the Zürich tram network, and the stop is served by lines 2, 6, 7, 8, 9, 11, 13 and 17.
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  • Everybody talks about the Swiss banking industry and the Swiss chocolate. Then go and visit the Paradeplatz. That's the place where you get both at the same time. The large banks as well as Lindt & Sp...  more »
  • Paradeplatz is the heart of finance in Zurich, there are the headquarters of major banks, surrounded by luxury. Also just a few minutes walk to the train station, which is good.
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  • That this is the plaza-parada of tranbias more face I know, the m2 by all banks and shops.
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  • Paradeplatz is the geographic heart of Swiss Banking. A very scenic square a stroll away from the Zurich Lake and a place where you will find side by side the world's most renown wealth management firms and two of Zürich's most upscale hotels. Great spot for photos. Its underground is said to hold the world's largest gold reserve next to Fort Knox.
  • This is the symbolic center of the finance square in Zurich. It has for me 3 main highlights: the Sprüngli, the Lichthof of the Credit Suisse and the building of Grieder.
  • Visited this square because it was the start of a free walking tour that we did. Really cool place, and loved learning the history of the banks and the importance of this square in Zurich and Switzerland in general.
  • Lots of shops. But very expensive one. Expect branded one. Near financial district though and lake view. Very nice apot to stroll.
  • good for changimg trams, nothing of interest otherwise