by reputation

Extending from the main train station in Zürich
to the lake,
there’s the world-famous Bahnhofstrasse—
with its exclusive shops, the brand-names
and the banks—oh, the banks and the money.

Then there’s the Niederdorf, the lower village,
the oldest part of town,
parallel to the Bahnhofstrasse
on the eastern bank of the river Limmat—
the Niederdorf
teeming with restaurants and shops
lining its narrow streets—
one street, the Weite Gasse, the “wide street”
that could only be named that here!
And people from all walks of life
out walking.

The Bahnhofstrasse has the reputation.
We would pick the Niederdorf any day.

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