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Business Traveler (USA) - - CONTENTS - By Gra­ham Smith


The dis­trict of Zurich West has un­der­gone a re­nais­sance in the past decade or so. No bet­ter place to start tak­ing it all in than at Löwen­bräu Areal on Lim­mat­strasse. This re­fur­bished brew­ery houses the Kun­sthalle art com­plex (kun­sthallezurich.ch), the Mi­gros Mu­seum of Con­tem­po­rary Art (mi­gros­mu­seum. ch/en), nu­mer­ous other gal­leries, and res­i­den­tial and of­fice space.

Head in­side and stroll the build­ing’s wide, white cor­ri­dors, pop­ping into ex­hi­bi­tions as they take your fancy. Some rooms are very large, al­low­ing for size­able ex­hibits. Down­stairs is a book­shop, and out­side are two court­yards where you can take a closer look at some of the modernist ar­chi­tec­ture that has been added to the orig­i­nal façade. Most no­table is the tall, black res­i­den­tial block that over­hangs the brew­ery build­ing.

En­try to the gal­leries is free with the Zurich­card (zuerich.com), which can be bought for SFr 24 ($26) for 24 hours and pro­vides a dis­count at a num­ber of city at­trac­tions.


Walk a few min­utes along Lim­mat­strasse to Im Viadukt (imviadukt.ch), a re­tail col­lec­tive nes­tled be­tween the space where two viaducts in­ter­sect. Long dis­used as wa­ter­ways, one is a raised walk­way of­fer­ing great views




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