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Finding Bargains in Zurich, Switzerland

Don't let the 'World's Eighth Most Expensive City' tag deter you: Zurich's restaurants and shops are affordable without a Swiss bank account—and some of its coolest cultural spots are free (if you know where to look). The ZurichCARD provides admission to more than 40 museums; unlimited use of trams, buses, and funiculars; and complimentary drinks at 20 restaurants.

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Destinations: Zürich

Inspired by: Affordable Zurich — by Hannah Wallace, Published Apr. 2006

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    Hotel Rössli

Restaurants (2)

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    Sento

    Try the delicious (and affordable) spinach-and-ricotta ravioli prepared by chef Fabio Brandimarte.

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    Vorderer Sternen Grill

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    T.A.O.

    Owner Ursula Weber sells beaded necklaces, gold-threaded scarves, embroidered pillows, and other treasures from northern Africa, the Middle East, a

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    Manor

    The department store carries a plethora of cool Swiss flag–branded tote bags, diaries, and other paraphernalia.

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    Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst

    The museum features a cutting-edge collection of photography, paintings, and design

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    Hauser & Wirth, Zurich

    This gallery, which has satellites in London and New York, represents everyone from sculptor Louise Bourgeois to Swiss video artist Pipilotti Rist.

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    Caratsch de Pury & Luxembourg

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    Löwenbräu Brewery

    The converted brewery is now a complex of art galleries and museums, all located in the edgy Dammweg neighborhood.

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    Heidi Weber Museum

    Le Corbusier's last building - a glass-and-steel structure that looks like a Mondrian painting in 3-D - has now been transformed into a museum. Com

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    Galerie Bruno Bischofberger

    Bischofberger was Jean-Michel Basquiat's European dealer, so it's no surprise to find an exhibition of the artist's collages and paintings.

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    Grossmünster Cathedral

    Within this 12th-century cathedral the soaring nave is magnificent, and the interior is spare -aside from the jewel-toned chancel windows, designed

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    Rolfs

    The convivial wine bar hosts frequent tastings and the occasional art show. Order a glass of Blauburgunder - what the Swiss call Pinot Noir - and s

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    Globus AG Bellevue

    Create a lunch to go at this specialty grocer with an excellent wine cellar, a vast gourmet deli, and artful displays of jams, honeys, and chocolat

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    Confiserie Sprüngli

    Sprüngli serves its iconic hamburger shaped Luxemburgerli. The shop also has one of the best deals in Zurich, 10 truffles for $7.

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