Zurich, Switzerland part 2: Bahnhofstrasse, trams, museums, Zug

We are continuing our in-depth look at Zurich,
Switzerland. In this episode we are focusing on the modern
side of the city showing you the great boulevard, the Bahnhofstrasse and some of the other shopping
lanes. We will go out on a lake boat ride, take you
on an excursion to a nearby town, and generally show you around. Zurich is generally ranked among the world’s
top cities for quality-of-life and you’re about to see with your own eyes how true that
is, starting out in the heart of downtown. Bahnhofstrasse is the pride of modern Zurich,
and counts as the one and only Boulevard of the city. It is famous for being one of the most exclusive
and expensive shopping streets in the world. Here you can get anything from diamond rings
to chocolate to fur coats. Globus and Jelmoli are the two fiercely competitive
department stores, both of whom carry items from many high-end brands. About 140 stores are located along it. A study in 2011 named the Bahnhofstrasse the
most expensive commercial rent for retail property in Europe, and the third most expensive
worldwide, behind the top two — New York’s 5th Avenue and Hong Kong’s Causeway Bay. It came into existence when the city fortifications
were demolished in 1864 and the ditch in front of the walls was filled in. Until that time, the name of the location
had been “Ditch Of The Frogs” which then was changed Station Street, or Bahnhofstrasse,
due to the new train service which had recently begun here in 1847, as the first railway on
Swiss territory. The wide sidewalks have many benches where
you can sit and rest, in keeping with the pedestrian orientation of the street. Much more than a shopping strip or a tram
route this is a major public gathering place. Notice how the different activities mix together
here and everybody seems to be in a relaxed mood, there’s no rush going on. This is midday so it’s not rush hour and it’s
a busy place. It’s a lively spot with pedestrians, there’s
bicyclists on the tram mall, the trams are rolling along, there’s families out together
strolling and just taking it easy here. One of Europe’s finest boulevards, lined with
thriving, modern retail frontage from end to end. No cars or trucks disrupt this pleasant shopping
atmosphere — only pedestrians and quiet electric trams gliding by. This is how a city should function and could
serve as a model for any metropolis aspiring to show a human scale in the middle of its
urban center. There are many trees along Bahnhofstrasse
and there is also a few small green parks where the family can stretch out and relax
and set up a kiosk to promote your cause. Sprüngli is a Zurich institution that offers
a variety of sweet and savory goodies including a lot of pastries and chocolates, from hand-made
truffles to special chocolate bars. They’ve got locations throughout the city,
including here on Bahnhofstrasse, inside the train station and their flagship store on
the Paradeplatz. This is shopping central for ladies clothing
as well as a business center for many major banks and offices. Paradeplatz just off Bahnhofstrasse is the
banking center of the country. Billions of dollars in gold bullion are stashed
away in corporate basements beneath your feet. Zurich has always been the economic capital
of Switzerland based on the very strong banking and financial sectors. They used to be notorious for having secret
bank accounts where the billionaires could stash their money away from prying eyes and
taxation in their home countries, but that’s all changed now — that is not allowed. Many visitors would never get down to Paradeplatz
and yet it’s a fascinating spot with this widening and busy tram intersection and many
shops all around it right along Bahnhofstrasse. With seven different tram lines passing through
it, it’s the second-busiest intersection after the main train station. Fascinating how these trams can make such
tight turns, it’s almost a right-angle turn, and notice the casual interaction of the pedestrians
and the trams. Everybody’s moving along slowly and politely
here. Paradeplatz is quite central. It’s just on the Bahnhofstrasse and only a
kilometer from the main train station, 400 meters in the other direction to the lake. And now we come back to the bears. Well, you’re not going to see them anymore
because this particular part of the movie was filmed a few years ago when these bears
were on display and what a great show it was, each one different, all funny and all to raise
money for charity. Each bear was for sale for a good cause. You’re going to see many more of them in just
a moment as we ride up and down the Bahnhofstrasse on the tram. Street crime here is very rare so why is this
guy being locked up with handcuffs? Oh wait, yeah it’s another stag party. He’s getting hitched. We will have some more silly fun at the end
of the movie along with street mimes, musicians and a bar dance. We also have a boat ride coming up, a fleamarket,
some tips on hotels and restaurants, and a ride on the tram down Bahnhofstrasse. There are a lot of different tram routes within
the city of Zurich, including some novelty trams like this one, it’s semi open-air and
they serve drinks on board. This was a special event, they don’t come
by every 10 minutes with a tram like that, but on occasional festivals or when the timing
is right they’ll bring out the Caliente tram. Most of the time the tram ride is strictly
utilitarian for the locals to get them from point A to point B, but for the visitor it
can be fun just to ride back-and-forth up and down Bahnhofstrasse and that’s what we’re
going to do for you now. It’s a very smooth ride on these tracks, they
are fine-tuned by the Swiss engineers to keep it nice and level for you, so it’s really
easy to just look out the window and watch all of the shops and buildings and people
glide by. You’ll notice again lots of bear statues out
there on the sidewalk — makes the view even more entertaining. Those bears were up a few years ago, they’re
not there any longer was part of that fundraising campaign mentioned earlier. By the way the reason that we can present
such a long and comprehensive program about Zurich is that it was filmed during 10 visits
to Zurich in recent years, enabled us to show you the whole city. Public transport is extremely popular in Zurich,
and its residents use it in large numbers. About half of all journeys within the city
use public transit, popular for locals and visitors alike. Now this network of public transport and high
frequency of service claims to be the world’s densest per capita usage, which means they
ride bus and rail more than anybody. The urban center is small enough for a visitor
to see exclusively on foot but it can be very helpful to also hop around on transit to save
some time as most tourists will do. It’s easy to catch a ride, so we’re going
to explain here how it works with some travel tips while riding along on Bahnhofstrasse,
and all the fancy shops of the street gliding by. In this segment we are giving you an extended
tour by tram. Well ok here come some details about how the
transportation system functions. Three means of mass-transit exist here: the
S-Bahn, which are suburban trains, trams, and buses. Some of the buses are diesel, some electric,
and some have overhead trolleys connecting to the wires. The public transport network includes boats
on the lake and river, funicular railways and even a suspended cable car. They do not have a subway nor is there an
elevated train. Numerous trams lines and buses service the
city at street level. Typical of most public transport you purchase
a ticket from vending machines at the stop or from one of the ticket selling kiosk before
boarding and validate them, and you can board through any door and are not required to show
your ticket. Instead the tickets are randomly checked by
roving teams of fare inspectors and big fines are imposed on passengers found without one. The size and complexity of the network may
be daunting at first, but you will soon realize that there are various ways to get from one
place to another and following any of them will still be efficient. Zurich’s tram network now has 172 kilometres
of track, or 107 miles. The system has got 313 vehicles, and 70 new
trams, were recently purchased, each with 2 cars and passenger capacity of 280 people. The first trams started here way back in 1882,
pulled by horses and about 10 years later they were electrified. Trams became popular throughout Europe in
the 20th century, but then by mid-century had experienced major reductions and termination
of service. However within the city of Zurich there were
relatively few line closures, and in recent years the system has been expanding further
into the suburbs. Tram or light rail service is found today
in six other Swiss cities and 100 cities throughout Europe have. In America light rail street-level systems
operate in about 30 cities and are rapidly gaining in popularity. Trams within Zurich are largely street based,
with varying degrees of mixing and separation from other street traffic, from automobiles
and trucks and buses, and significant sections such as on Bahnhofstrasse where trams run
in unrestricted traffic lanes through largely pedestrianized malls. Challenges to the tram have come from its
perceived inflexibility and the growing traffic congestion in city streets. One proposed solution was the conversion of
the less busy lines to trolleybus routes, and two lines were converted but could not
provide service equal to tram, and so no further conversions to bus were made. Tram succeeds because of its superior level
of comfort, convenience and service. Over the past 70 years several plans were
made to put Zurich’s trams underground, as a metro, but voters have rejected this in
repeated referendums. Right in front of the Hauptbahnhof main train
station there are five different transit stops available, with a total of 9 different tram
lines. The main tram stop here is just on the east
side of the station, with 5 different trolley lines running through it. Notice that the trams are all easily accessible
at street level, with no platform provided, although most of them do have a few steps
inside. The newer trams have what’s called low floors,
so no step up is needed to board. And yes you can carry a suitcase at no extra
charge, showing how easy this system is to use for the visitor. We’ll present more of the tram ride and scenes
along the Bahnhofstrasse coming up later, but while were in front of the main train
station let’s go inside and have a quick look around and show you some of the facilities
and attractions of this amazing place. The magnificent sandstone neo-Renaissance
building features a triumphal arch in the facade. And in front of the arch stands a water fountain
and heroic statue monument to the railway pioneer Alfred Escher, a Swiss politician,
business leader and railway pioneer who had an unmatched influence on Switzerland’s political
and economic development in the 19th century. If entering the station from the Bahnhofstrasse
you can go down an escalator and avoid all of that street-level traffic, so that’s a
much easier way to get in. It brings you down to the lower mall and from
there, there’s escalators to bring you back up to the main level
It’s more than just a train station — it’s more like a small town in itself. There are many restaurants and bars and cafés
and the lower level has got a vast shopping mall, and it is really popular because these
stores are open at night and on Sundays when many of these stores in the city are closed. You’ll find a whole variety of shops available
here, not just travel items, luggage stores, but clothing stores and sundries, there is
the sandwich shops, there is the stationary places, all kinds of ways to spend your money. So if you need an after-hours pharmacy or
you’re just looking to pass some time while you’re waiting for your train, come on and
browse around in this interesting mall. It’s called “ShopVille” with over 200 stores
and other businesses. It benefits from a Swiss employment rule that
generally labor on Sundays is not allowed, but it is allowed in train stations, so it’s
usually very busy on Sundays, even while the streets of Zurich are largely empty at that
time. And the shops are open late every night so
it’s always busy. The main hall of the station is a huge, covered
area. It’s like an indoor piazza and some days it
looks totally empty, other days it’s quite busy depending on rush-hour or not, or weekday,
and sometimes it’s filled up with celebrations and special events. If you’re here towards the end of September
you might get lucky and run into the Oktoberfest celebration. These are Swiss, they also like their beer
and their lederhosen and their sausages, very similar to Munich in southern Germany in Bavaria. It’s Oktoberfest time with some great Swiss
beer, there’s some music in the air, and a lot of fun. Everybody is very friendly here and the whole
station turns into one big party scene. Of course there is a close connection between
the Swiss culture and German cultures. They speak pretty much the same language and
share a lot of traditions. They are bordering countries, and they love
their sausages, it makes a great fast food. Just stand up at these tall tables, have a
beer, have a sausage. It will take you very little time and very
little money Switzerland’s first railway service connected
Zurich with Baden in 1847, putting the Zurich Hauptbahnhof at the origin of the Swiss rail
network. The present station building dates from 1871
and of course it’s been expanded and modernized ever since
There’s a real convenient luggage storage area here. It’s all automated. You just put your money in the slot and take
the key, lock up your bags. You can use a small locker, medium-size or
a big locker, and this is a great way to stash your bags, let’s say, if you’re only visiting
Zurich on a day trip. That could happen, maybe you’re arriving in
the morning, passing through later in the day to some other city but you’d like to have
a look at Zurich. It’s really easy here, you don’t have to deal
with any attendants, you don’t wait on line, and it’s such a large space with so many lockers
you’re undoubtedly going to find a place to stash your bag — another fine example of
Swiss efficiency Not only do they have clean restrooms, you
pay a fee to use it, you can also take a shower in some of the restrooms, and it’s also very
clean, it’s private and safe, and you just pay a small fee. Zurich’s Hauptbahnhof is the busiest train
station in the world as measured by total number of daily trains. Nearly 3,000 trains pass through the main
station every day, with between 400,000 and 500,000 commuters — about equal to the city’s
total population. It’s one of the most important railway hubs
in Europe. As a tourist, visiting a small city like Zurich,
you might think you really don’t need a tram, but for example, if you want to go from the
train station down to the lake and then back again, that’s over 2 mile round-trip. And you certainly might want to head down
to the lake just to see the waterfront — it’s a beautiful promenade — and why not take
a boat ride? That’s what we’re going to do in a moment
but first, as we got to the end of the tram line by the lake we notice something going
on in the square. There is some sort of a fleamarket happening,
so let’s take a quick walk through the fleamarket and check it out before getting on the boat. We were lucky to be here on a Saturday because
it only happens on one day a week, every Saturday from the beginning of May until the end of
October. It takes place on Burkliplatz which is right
at the bottom of Bahnhofstrasse. It’s been held here for 45 years. There’s a competing fleamarket that claims
to be even bigger also on Saturdays but year-round. It’s the Kanslei and that’s in a different
part of town on Kansleistrasse. This location at Burkliplatz also has a fruit
and vegetable market twice a week on Tuesday and Friday mornings. Flea markets like this are a lot of fun for
many visitors. You get to look around at some junk, at some
quality antiques, some rarities, some clothing, you might even find some souvenir-type of
items to purchase, and have some conversations with the local vendors. They are all going to speak a little bit of
English and they’ll certainly be friendly trying to sell their goods. Now it’s time to cross the street and catch
our boat. At the south end of Bahnhofstrasse you will
run into the lake and there’s were you can buy a ticket on the dock for a boat ride on
the Zurichsee. Lake steamers leave from Burkliplatz at the
end of Bahnhofstrasse, but they leave on schedule so don’t be late or you’ll miss the boat. Oh well, they depart every hour in the season,
from the beginning of April till the end of October. The name of the boat company is Zurichsee-Schifffahrtsgesellschaft
and they operate passenger vessels on the Limmat and the Lake Zurich, connecting surrounding
towns along the lake. They offer a variety of tourist-oriented trips
including a jazz brunch, dinner and some trips on historic steamships. You can take a short round-trip for 90 minutes
which is what we’re showing you here, cruising along, stopping at a few villages then back
to Zurich without getting off. Or the longer round trip takes four hours
and it goes all the way to the south end of the lake at the town of Rapperswil will and
then returns back to the Bahnhofstrasse. Especially during nice weather, like summer
or springtime, the lake is a beautiful place to spend the evening or the weekend. Starting from Bellevue, the boardwalk goes
for about three kilometers along the lake towards Tiefenbrunnen. About halfway from Bellevue there is a meadow
where you will find thousands of people on a sunny day. The boat makes a few shortstops on this 90-minute
round-trip. The map shows this routing. There are several longer journeys that go
further down the lake and return to Zurich in varying lengths and timing, two, three
or four hours but you’ll probably find this 90-minute trip is just about ideal. It’s long enough for a real experience and
not too long. And you’re welcome to get off if you like
and catch the next boat coming through or you could walk back to town along the lake
front, or just enjoy the ambience of the playground and the atmosphere of the little villages
along the lakeside. The boat’s a nice size with a variety of kinds
of seating — you can be up on the deck or on the bow on the stern or downstairs indoors,
and there’s little snack bar there, you can get a beer, of course, while you’re cruising
along. Going for a swim in Zurich is a leisure activity
that dates back to the 15th century. And yet, previously it was just for men. Swimming in the lake or in the Limmat was
not allowed for women. Until the 19th century, special buildings
for swimming did not exist. Now there are public beaches and a string
of little parks with benches and green lawns and trees. There’s quite a few houses along the lake,
many of them have their own boathouse for a garage. And sailing, obviously, is very popular here. The waters are so clean that pollution is
no problem, so swimming is perfectly safe. The earliest permanent settlements here, about
6000 years ago, were along the shores of the lake. They were on stilt houses that were not actually
suspended over the water, they found, but they were kind of on the marshy coastline,
and just inland. And some of these remains have been discovered
and excavated by archaeologists, and provide a great insight into life back in the Neolithic
and the Bronze Age, and they have become a UNESCO World Heritage Site. A relatively large number of these prehistoric
pile dwellings have been discovered around Lake Zurich — about 10% of all known such
sites in the Alps — which suggests that this Zurich area, the lake and the shores have
always been an attractive place to live, just as they are today. Well, this boat ride is such a relaxing event
— there is really nothing to do except sit and look at the view and have a beer, which
gives a chance to meet some of the locals. There are quite a few Swiss who are the passengers
on these boats, and they are friendly, speak English, and talkative. Then before you know it, the boat ride’s over
and you’re back on shore. If you’re starting to get hungry there is
a particular excellent restaurant that you might consider — Hiltl. This favorite restaurant choice near the Bahnhofstrasse
is the world’s oldest vegetarian restaurant. It’s been at the same location since 1899
and still operated by the original family, four generations later. Dig in to their enormous buffet loaded with
dozens of delicious, healthy choices. Their varied offerings feature a global cuisine
with the flavors of India, Greece, Thailand, Lebanon, Italy, France and more, and they’re
open from 6 AM until midnight. Right in front of us here we’ve got some grapes,
we’ve got some fruit salad, some fresh melon, and on the right the first bowl is the typical
Swiss bircher muesli. We have a tofu maison here, Italian tofu salad
with tomatoes and dark olives. We’ve got some Spanish beans. We’re having our lovely outside boulevard
terrace where people can enjoy the nice evening, in summer, spring and autumn, and have their
great dinner. What’s going on here? Over here you see the scale, we have a large
buffet, and everything is just weighed here. You get a ticket, which pops out right here,
and that shows you the price and you pay at your table. Okay. It’s great food, it’s very colorful, very
fresh, and we are very happy to have you here. And it’s a very large operation now, we have
a lot of people coming here, we’re growing. We are very famous for our Indian food, and
it has always been vegetarian. Sit where you like — ground floor, upstairs
or at the sidewalk tables. Eat here first and you will surely come back
another day or night for more food from this great restaurant. Or perhaps you just want to come for an evening
drink and a snack. Hiltl is a very popular night spot for the
young locals — there is a wine bar, serving cocktails and beers and it’s buzzing every
night. Easy to find, it’s located just a block off
of the Bahnhofstrasse. There are nearly 300 hotels in Zurich so you
have a wide range of choice from the cheapest hostel up to a five-star deluxe hotel like
the Hotel Savoy Bauer en Ville. It’s right on Paradeplatz and Bahnhofstrasse
— a very refined and expensive place to stay, with prices generally above €500. Perhaps four-star luxury is more suitable
for you and definitely less expensive. We enjoyed the St. Gotthard Hotel. It’s right on the Bahnhofstrasse just one
block from the train station, making access about the best in town. You’ll probably either be arriving and/or
departing by train, so this is super-convenient and the airport is a direct 10-minute ride
by train. The hotel has got 138 rooms, which is a very
good size, not so huge that you get lost in a crowd, but with enough rooms to increase
your chances of getting a reservation, and the prices here are well under €300. It first opened in 1888, and it’s been owned
and operated by the same family now for four generations. Not a chain, it’s one-of-a-kind, and managed,
they say, with passion and professionalism. A full buffet breakfast is included with your
room rate. Among their three restaurants is the Lobster
and Oyster Bar which has been offering fine seafood for over 75 years. This hotel has deep roots in the community
and it’s a reliable place to stay. So convenient, right on Bahnhofstrasse a block
from the train station which is where we’re going now. If you’re staying in Zurich for a few days
you might want to consider a day-trip to a nearby town and one of the closest destinations
is the historic city of Zug. It has a small historic center with several
remarkable buildings. It’s just about 1/2 an hour away by train,
and the trains leave twice an hour from Zurich. So it’s really easy to get there. It’s a direct train. You don’t have to change and some nice scenery
along the way. And then when you arrive in Zug you’ll notice
that the train station is shockingly modern. If you think you’re coming to visit an old
historic town, which is really the plan, you’ll be surprised at how beautiful and up-to-date
the station is, and in fact the city itself is a modern city with a historic Old Town. That’s what were here to see. So you can get on the public bus — you don’t
want to walk from the train station to the Old Town, it is just too far, over a mile. So get on the bus, and it’s a short ride,
will take you through the modern part along the lake shore. There’s a beautiful Lake Zug. You’ll soon be arriving within a few blocks
of the Old Town. The map shows how small the Old Town is, really,
it’s just a few blocks down by the lake shore. And before walking into it you can walk around
a little bit in the modern streets of the city as well to get a quick little overview. For several blocks all around the outside
of that Old Town you have got the lovely, charming typical Swiss buildings with their
pastel colors and historic facades. Many of these are 500 years old. Of course, it’s also a very modern city and
you might be surprised that little Zug is an economic powerhouse. The population of the city is about 27,000
people and there are 27,000 companies registered in the city of Zug. That’s because it’s a tax haven. They extend special breaks to foreign corporations
with very low corporate tax rate of about 8 1/2% and so thus they are host to such luxury
brands as Cartier, headquarters of Piaget and Vasheron and others. They are big in the oil business too, with
about 3% of the world’s petroleum traded here and a Zug-registered corporation is building
a critical gas pipeline to link Russia with Europe via the Baltic. Of course, education is very strong in Switzerland,
especially in a city like this that is so economically powerful, and the locals seem
quite healthy, with a high standard of living typical of Switzerland. The prices are high, but so are the incomes. Until you get inside those several blocks
of the Old Town it’s normal traffic out here. You will spot some historic sites on your
way including the Municipal Theater which is over 100 years old. This tower, over 500 years old, was used to
store gunpowder. And then there’s the castle which is one of
the landmarks of the city. It’s now a historic museum inside there. For the kids it’s just a soccer field. Were just making half-day excursion from Zurich
so not taking time to go inside any museums, mostly just walking around in the old streets
of the Old Town. In yellow the preserved historic district
and blue shows how far it went back in the old days. We have arrived inside the Old Town. We’re on Unter Altstadt which is the main
street of the Old Town. It’s only a couple blocks long. As we walk along it for the next minute you’ll
get a thumbnail sketch of the history. Zug was founded in about the year 1200 by
Austrians, the Habsburgs, typical of much of Switzerland, and by 1352 it joined the
Swiss Confederation. It was the eighth Canton to join, and it had
to because it was surrounded by the other seven. Most of the buildings we see today are at
least 500 years old and beautifully preserved. Notice the split-level street here — a very
impressive adaptation when you are building your city on a sloping hill. It is like a terrace embankment. It’s quite a unique touch and helps stabilize
the buildings which is important here because in 1435 there was a catastrophe where the
lower road of Zug fell into the lake and 60 people died and 26 houses got destroyed. Of course there are some hotels here, small
hotels, if you wanted to spend a night or two and have a relaxing visit. And we will notice several attractive sidewalk
restaurants as we walk around, especially beyond this town water fountain. Get to the end of Unter Altstadt and you arrive
at the Fish Markt, a cross street that has got three wonderful-looking restaurants surrounded
by historic buildings. We’ll see more of that clock and arch tower
in a few minutes. This was filmed in the month of May so the
weather was really quite nice. It’s usually in the 70s or high 60s and made
perfect time to be here. Friendly family from Macedonia spoke some
English so we had a nice conversation. One of the benefits of traveling in any country. You’ll meet foreigners from all over. At the end of the lane you run into the lake. You can’t miss that site. It’s so tranquil to see the restaurant along
the shore and the boathouse and the old houses. The town is very proud of its views of sunset
over the lake, but we’re not sticking around that long to see it, so we will just enjoy
it during the daytime. There’s a path you can walk along here or
bicycle or just sit down at a park bench and relax. And there is a fishing museum down here if
you’d like to learn about the pike and trout that inhabit the lake. Otherwise that’s about it for seeing the interior
of the Old Town. Enjoying a few more glimpses of buildings
and details and flowerpots as we make our way out through the arch gateway to outside
the walls, and then turn around and look back at the view. That is perhaps the most spectacular view
of the entire visit. Saving the best for last. This fountain and heroic statue are at Kolin
Square which is the site of the City Hall, the Stadthaus. Most impressive historic site has got to be
the Zytturm, or clock tower, standing over the medieval gateway. A fitting climax to our little visit to Zug. And now it’s back to Zurich to wrap up our
visit with a few more things to see. We’ve been showing you the great sites of
Zurich. This is part two of our series on this wonderful
city, focusing on the modern side of downtown. In Part One we brought you into the old side
of downtown. Now were back on the Bahnhofstrasse, the main
street of the city and one of the great boulevards of the world. And now continuing our tram ride. Passing the Hauptbahnhof main train station
once again, a city in itself we showed you earlier. This place has restaurants and shopping mall
downstairs, and a neighborhood around it that’s rapidly developing into a beautiful new city. And now swinging around and moving on down
into the Bahnhofstrasse itself. We glide along on smooth tracks of street-level
train looking out the window at the interesting sites of the city going by. The street is so attractive you can visit
it several times and see something different each time you go. A 24-hour ticket called a day pass cost the
same as two single rides in the central zone so if you are doing more than one round-trip
that is worth buying. If you do not mind starting your travels after
9:00 am, the 9 o’clock-Pass is the best option. It is available as daily or monthly and it
will save you a lot of money, especially considering that 9:00 rule does not apply on weekends. It’s a clever way they can encourage tram
usage while not overloading the trams at rush hour. If you are staying for a while and taking
more than 10 rides it’s cheaper to buy a monthly pass. You can find a schedule at every stop which
is accurate to the minute, most of the time. However these schedules can be missed, because
of snow, wet leaves on the tracks during autumn, or exceptional traffic, it can mix up the
schedule. But it does not really matter, because the
frequency of service is so high, usually about every 7 to 10 minutes, you just wait for the
next one. Alternatively, you can borrow bicycles for
free from several places in Zurich including the central train station, and that includes
e-bikes and skateboards. This offer is called Zurich on Wheels. Beware though that bicycling within the city
is only for the experienced, as trams and buses frequent the roads and these tram tracks
are a serious hazard to inexperienced cyclists. In 1976 the first tram extension since 1954
took place, and unlike older lines, this extension was built mostly on reserve track with a separate
right-of-way which is been the precedent, followed by most of the subsequent suburban
extensions. If you already have the Swiss Pass for traveling
intercity in the country it’s valid on all public transportation in Zurich and if you
are a tourist visiting a lot of Switzerland, this is your best way to save money and time
and it helps you not to bother figuring out zones and routes and fair options. However if you have a Eurail pass it is valid
only on the S-bahn and the boats, not the tram or the bus. This extended tram ride we just experienced
has given a chance to really see the sites along Bahnhofstrasse up close and in detail
as we go past several times. You got to see people, buildings, shops and
the trams, which are a fascinating transportation solution for our modern age. For many cities, traffic congestion is a horrible
problem throughout the world, and finding money to build a subway can be very difficult,
especially in the medium-sized or smaller city. Modern buses can be very efficient and do
have great flexibility driving on existing roads and with potential for express service,
but the tram also plays a role in this mix of transportation technology, and we’ve seen
how nicely it works here in Zurich. For visitors who have any interest whatsoever
in art, it’s worth walking a few blocks to the south edge of the old town to visit Zurich’s
art museum, the Kunsthaus Zurich. Before even entering you’re treated to a pleasant
garden with sculpture by Rodin, including his famous Thinker and a Reclining Figure
by Henry Moore. The collection will surprise you with its
uniform high-quality and this well-designed building makes it easy to navigate, revealing
one masterpiece after another. This medium-sized museum will keep you spellbound
for a couple of hours, or stay longer, if you want to study the paintings and sculpture
in detail. With the right pace and energy you can see
the entire collection, with its main focus on European paintings including a wide range
of styles and periods from Old Masters right up through yesterday, and the museum also
showcases a variety of Swiss work. Just by themselves, these penetrating blue
eyes in van Gogh’s self-portrait, which was painted in his final year, could make your
visit worthwhile. And there are several other works by that
mad genius, including one of his last paintings. He also painted this portrait of a peasant,
a neighbor of his in Arles, with shocking, bright yellows contrasting with the blue. There are also dozens of other Impressionist
and Postimpressionist works, with Europe’s largest Monet collection outside of Paris,
for example, including two large canvases from his l’Orangerie series. Rodin is found again inside the museum with
two more of his most famous works, the Age of Bronze and a portrait of Balzac. Modern artists represented include Picasso
with a handful of his works from different periods and other works by Cubists. Kandinsky who invented abstract art is well
represented. Matisse, Klee, Munch, Leger, Miro, Giacometti,
Magritte, Mondrian, Rothko and Bacon, including Mark Chagall who is a hero to the art world
of Zurich with his stained glass windows in the Fraumunster, and there is much more. This really is one of the most significant
art museums of Europe. While most travelers are not familiar with
Swiss art, this museum offers a fine opportunity to appreciate some excellent pictures by native
painters. It can be quite surprising to discover relatively
little-known artists who rarely exhibited outside Switzerland, and there are also the
famous Swiss artists like Klee and Giacometti. And did you know that the dada movement of
early surrealism started right here in Zurich? The typical museum layout pattern groups the
pieces together by chronology, by time period, similarities of styles and mixing in the paintings
and sculpture together. Spread out over two floors with a lot of room
to give each piece its own space. There’s also a good sample of late Gothic,
Dutch, Flemish, Italian Baroque and Venetian paintings including works by Canaletto, Rembrandt,
Rubens, Domenichino, and VanDyke. A spectacular large canvas by Peter Bruegel
depicts Christ on his way to crucifixion and in typical Bruegel style, there are dozens
of people in the scene carrying on with their own activities, some grieving, others ignoring
the tragedy of Christ heading to Calgary. They have an excellent website with descriptions
of the main artists and illustration of their work, and the museum has published several
catalogs including one with illustrations of all 4000 paintings and sculpture in the
collection. And there’s a pleasant café. You can take a break midway through or when
you’re finished, sit down, have a meal, fully stimulated and energized to help you carry
on with your explorations of Zurich. There is one more highly recommended museum
on the other side of the Old Town. Behind the train station the country’s largest
museum occupies a huge neo-Gothic castle built a century ago and houses a grand display of
Swiss history illustrating the full length of human culture from the Stone Age up through
the 1940s. With 80 different galleries filled with remarkable
art and artifacts. They use their large courtyard to host many
community events like the concert we see here. Stag parties and hen parties. Walk around in Zurich for a few hours, especially
on the weekend and you’re going to see the guys and gals going through these celebrations. It’s a street party that usually drops in
and out of a few bars along the way. Getting ready for the wedding. It’s always easy to tell who the main person
is they usually have some kind of a goofy getup
and they’re the center of attraction. [laughter, indistinct conversation, cheering]
Generally it is some kind of interactive public spectacle were they want to get you involved. Singing dancing. Hello, hi hi hi. Now here is a most unusual site. It’s a bunch of mimes. These guys are just fooling around. They’re not out to make any money, they’re
not busking, they’re not asking for any change. They’re just out to have some fun. These are ordinary civilians, not professionals,
making people laugh. We are going to leave you with some exciting
energy of a typical day in a local pub. Actually, it’s a Sunday morning. Look for our complete series of travel videos
about Switzerland covering many highlights of this beautiful country. We’ve got snow-covered mountain scenes and
train rides across the lush, green landscape. We’ve got detailed city visits to Lucerne,
Interlaken, Zermatt, Lugano and Locarno, we take you on hikes on mountain trails, boat
rides and many travel tips showing how to get the most out of a visit to Switzerland. Look for these videos in our travel series.


  1. What a great job you do Dennis. I am probably never going to get to many of the places that you show – but your tour guides are brilliant. Even the places I have been to, to see the places and sights again is fantastic. Thanks from Oz

  2. Much overrated and very expensive city. There are much better places outside Zurich in Switzerland and Europe in general to see.

  3. Switzeland is amazing city i'm very happy because I visited there this year. I think this video is the best !

  4. please, what day of the week was this filmed? what month? what year?I t would be better to be more precise as the cities change a lot quite fast, thank you:)

  5. Tell it to municipal authorities in Santiago, Buenos Aires, Lima, Bogotá or México City in Latin America , as well as Sao Paulo and Rio

  6. В рашке сказочные мрази,слов нет,одни только мысли….В европе-просто рай!!!☉❤☉❤☉☉☉❤❤❤☉❤☉

  7. 9AMday pass is a whopping 26CHF
    ZVVV calls these "very cheap fares"
    I'm glad you are showing the art museum, it looks wonderful.
    The Swiss painter Ferdinand Hodler is someone whose work I want to explore in depth

  8. Specialized interest: https://www.zuerich.com/en/visit/philipp-heer
    they publicize some contemporary architecture in Zurich, 2 works by Calatrava, the extension to the Natonal Museum, and others

  9. As I look at this video, I get the feeling that Zurich would be a tad too busy for me. I think I'd much prefer the village atmosphere offered by Zermatt, where one goes about visiting on foot, with auto traffic limited, if not non existent to a point.

  10. I Love Zürich !!! 💖💖💖💖💖💖💖💖💖💖🇧🇷🇨🇭🇧🇷🇨🇭🇧🇷🇨🇭🇧🇷🇨🇭🇧🇷🤲🤲🤲🤲🤲🤲

  11. I was in Zurich last week, and found that the city is very peaceful, people are nice and polite. I spent half day in the park near the national museum. Nothing else but just quiet place and it can keep you linger there for the whole day 🙂

  12. Zürich is the dummbest City in The World and also the People. I‘m sorry its true its damn true. London had a lot more if you going Shopping.

  13. на 1:39-как будто где-то в центре Одессы(Украина).))

  14. Infrastrukturen es ist oky modern perfekt aber gibt viel Stress…Familie together 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣es gibt kein Beziehung zwischen Familie

  15. Hi. Really loved your video. Full of details. Planning to visit in 2 years time. Switzerland is heaven. Swiss people also have their own customs. Like we have here in India… My dream since 1994….. Going to be a reality soon….


  17. Do NOT watch this video! DANGER! DANGER! I gained 15 kg during the show of buffet tables! DANGER! DANGER! IT'S A TRAP!
    We'll pay for the Swiss vacation later…….ahhhhh……
    Youtubers are so lazy. 408,000 views and only 2400 of us clicked the like button? WHAT'S WRONG WITH THE REST OF YOU?!!

  18. Ich bin Zürcher,aber die schönste Stadt,ist Bern
    Zürich kommt nicht ahnähernd an Bern
    Stress pur in Zürich

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