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Paradeplatz, Zurich

Categories: Landmarks, Tourist Spots
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3.6/5 based on 240+ reviews on the web
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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  • Here, we find, if you made a meeting place and not so well acquainted with the city. Linger a little at the coffee house and the atmosphere of this place feel and maybe after a little shopping
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  • It is a central spot for trams in Zurich as well as a traffic hub. Easy walking distance to many parts of Zurich from the main train stations further south on the east side of the lake. 
  • Due to misunderstanding over my hotel accommodation location, I ended up at Paradeplatz where Baur en Ville is located. I was supposed to stay at Baur au Lac which is further down Bahnhofstrasse. Para...  read more »
  • There's not a lot to say about Paradeplatz. It's effectively a handy set of tram stops with easy access to the old town, Bahnhofstrasse and the lake. There are a couple of cafes nearby (Sprüngli & Milch Bar), and in winter there is an enormous Christmas tree erected outside Credit Suisse.
  • Meeting friends for lunch this place has what you are looking for. Healthy, nicely presented plates and it's licenced so enjoy a cocktail with your food. 5 stars only once the noisy construction is completed. Our servers get the 5 stars though. A real team approach. Thank you!
  • Go to Sprungli, amazing cafe
  • For tourists a nice place to pass by to see the banking heart of Zurich. Also a convenient tram hub.
  • The heart of Zurich. Nice to admire with the Christmas lights during December. If you like chocolate pay a visit to Sprungli, an absolute must in Zurich.
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