An economic engine room overlaid with a veneer of luxury, Switzerland’s biggest city is as sleek, shiny and chic as its reputation suggests. In recent years, though, the charms of the medieval Old Town and upscale appeal of the financial quarter have been supplemented by a youthful and surprisingly edgy counter-culture. Zurich now hosts Europe’s largest annual street party, and the cultural energy of the place resonates throughout the year in a world-beating line-up of hipster cafés, progressive art venues and sprawling clubs.
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