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Zurich was ranked the best trainstation of Europe 2023

Not only that, Zurich celebrates 150 years since opening this year

Zürich HB, Hauptbahnhof, Zug
Zurich main trainstation

The Consumer Choice Center has evaluated the 50 best train stations in Europe and two Swiss stations are among the top ten. Bern - together with Berlin Central - achieved third place and, as in 2022, Zurich is number one! What makes the train station so special? Zurich's main railway station, was officially opened on 1st of August 1871. Therefore, as of 2024, it is over 150 years old. The station has historical significance as it played a crucial role in connecting various rail lines, transforming Zurich into a major transportation hub.

The station is considered special for several reasons:

1. Architectural Significance Zurich Hauptbahnhof is renowned for its architectural design. The original building, designed by architect Jakob Friedrich Wanner, features a blend of architectural styles, including Neo-Renaissance and Neo-Baroque elements.

2. Central Location The station is situated in the heart of Zurich, making it a central transportation hub for the city and a crucial link for both domestic and international travel.

3. Efficient Connectivity Zurich Hauptbahnhof is a major railway junction, connecting various train lines that radiate across Switzerland and extend into neighboring countries. The efficient connectivity contributes to its importance in the European rail network.

4. Retail and Commercial Hub The station is not only a transportation hub but also a bustling retail and commercial center. It houses numerous shops, restaurants, and services, making it a vibrant destination beyond its role as a railway station.

5. Cultural Heritage Over the years, Zurich Hauptbahnhof has become a symbol of Zurich's growth and development. It has witnessed significant historical events and changes in the city.

6. Ongoing Renovations and Upgrades While preserving its historical charm, Zurich Hauptbahnhof has undergone various renovations and modernisations to meet contemporary standards and accommodate the evolving needs of travelers.

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