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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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  • There is not much here other than a few shops, banks and a tram stop with a snack shop in this square.  more »
  • Paradeplatz is a central place where the main train station is located. It is a very busy place. The walking tour begins from here along the Bahnhofstasse.  more »
  • So many excellent shops, restaurants, cafes (Sprungly) and bars and all with easy transport facilities to all over the city  more »
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  • Important tram / transport hub. The stops are always clean. Meeting spot for sightseeing, shopping and meeting.
  • it's the famous spot where people who look like bankers can run around in suits and act important. there are some nice cafes and plenty of shops around here too.
  • Busy intersection connecting many tram lines. Enjoy a walk through Bahnof strasse..
  • Historic buildings in surrounding this square. Especially interesting during Christmas season.
  • An important place in Zurich... A main hub of trams.

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As the financial hub of the country, it shouldn't come as a surprise that staying in Zurich usually comes at a price. The city puts emphasis on its glamorous four- and five-star hotels and international chains that appeal to traveling professionals. There a handful of hostels and guesthouses for the budget-conscious traveler. When staying in Zurich, you'll find that the majority of the accommodation offerings are in close proximity to the city core, either on the left or right bank. The left bank is the glitzier of the two, with its grand restaurants, shops, and proximity to the banks and train station. The right side, as home to the Old Town, charms with its historical atmosphere. Here you'll find independently owned boutique hotels and some mid-range options. The city also sports several hotels geared toward wellness, with spas and saunas. These tend to be pricey too, but you're guaranteed a truly relaxing retreat.
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