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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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  • Great because of Art Gallery Gmurszynska, which surprises, concentrated wealth by the assembled banks , The classical building Hotel Savoy Baur en Ville, the Café Sprüngli reviewed separately. This at...  more »
  • We take line 7 of trams from Wollishofen station to the Paradeplatz. This square dry has the parador in the Center, very modern, clean and with refuge (just rained when we arrived) as was Sunday had little people. Is surrounded of buildings important as the Savoy Hotel, the Gallery of the Crédit Suisse, etc. Is very central but without any attractive especially
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  • It's a typical European square. They had nice decorations up but I wouldn't go out of my way to visit it. 
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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