Zürich is an enigma. It's a savvy financial centre that also has a gritty, post-industrial edge that echoes parts of Berlin. And it's undeniably hip. The locals might be hard-working early risers but, come clock-off time, they throw themselves wholeheartedly into a festive vortex.
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Located in the heart of the city, this hotel is just steps away from the Opera House, beautiful Lake Zurich, and the Bahnhofstrasse shopping district.
Elegant Bahnhofstrasse is simply perfect for window-shopping and affluent Züricher-watching. The bank vaults beneath the street are said to be crammed with gold and silver. Above ground, you'll find luxury shops selling the best Switzerland can offer - from watches and clocks to chocolates, furs, porcelain and fashion labels galore.
James Joyce Foundation
James Joyce spent much of World War I in Zürich and wrote Ulysses here. The foundation hosts regular public readings in English from Ulysses and Finnegan's Wake.
Symbolic of the renaissance of once-industrial western Zürich is the Schiffbau. Once a mighty factory churning out lake steamers and, until 1992, turbine-engine parts, this enormous shell has been turned (at considerable cost) into the seat of the Schauspielhaus, a huge theatre, with three stages. It is worth just having a look inside. It is also home to a stylish restaurant (LaSalle), upstairs bar (Nietturm) and jazz den (Moods).
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