Zurich, one of the world's most sought after global cities is the commercial and cultural hub of the picturesque Switwerland which attracts tourists in millions every year.
Switzerland's largest city, Zurich is often likened to Berlin and in view of the city having received a world wide acclaim as the city with the best quality
of life in the world accompanied by the recent explosions in other developmental spheres, there has been no turning back for the once romanised Turicum, a tax-collecting point at the border of Gallia Belgica.
Christmas time in Zurich is pleasant and to a great extent shopping condusive as the temparatures range from 5°C (41°F) and -5°C (23°F). Stores and shops galore in Zurich though a wide variety of malls are conspicuous by their absence. With Christmas round the corner, the myriad of shops that are Zurich's pride add a dash of charm to the whole ambiance by arranging for an extra special shopping experience. Join in the fun cause the Christmas stores in Zurich have loads to offer ranging from the Swiss chocolates, jazzy watches to the cuckoo clocks.
Zurich is absolutely a shoppers paradise but good things don't come at cheap prices. While strolling down the Bahnhofstrasse Street, the Christmas goodies displayed on the shelves are bound to sweep you off your feet but so are the price tags. Mall monopoly does not rule supreme in Zurich, instead upmarket stores and boutiques predominate. One is likely to stumble upon stores that are totally dedicated to specialized items like buttons and antiques.
The ideal place to look for Christmas souvenirs and mementoes are the department stores of Globus and Jelmoli. The street that leads to Bürkliplatz on the lake, houses upscale jewellery stores like Bucherer,Beyer and Gübelin, not to forget the fashion boutiques and shoe shops like H & M, Ermenegildo Zegna and Bally. Visit Shopville, a subway-shopping extravaganza at Zurich Hauptbahnhof.
If you are keen on buying exclusive stuffs and trims, shop for antiques and rare books along the guild house studded Augustinergasse or along the narrow streets between the Bahnhofstrasse and the Limmatquai. The Niederdorf district (a perfect amalgamation between hip boutiques and collectible centers) Marktgasse and Strehlgasse are also great places for grabbing similar items. But if the prices seem too exorbitant, try your luck at the Flea Market at Helvetiaplatz or Schipfe where you might get to strike some fabulous bargains.
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