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It will be very helpful if someone spots the city centre of Zurich in Google Maps.

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A little more context and why you want that would help in answering this –  andra Nov 20 '13 at 13:15
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why that? The question is crystsal clear. Length is not an indicator of quality –  PERSONA NON GRATA Nov 21 '13 at 14:41
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@user3470 I've got to disagree. It is not a question, and it is not crystal clear. –  Byron Schmuland Nov 23 '13 at 19:26
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Feel free to disagree, but it's clear. The guy wants to know how to find the city. The thing is not formulated as a question but that is just a formality –  PERSONA NON GRATA Nov 23 '13 at 23:26
    
@sibani, if there is still some info missing, please comment below. Otherwise, if you think the answers are sufficient, please "accept" on of them –  uncovery Mar 25 at 11:23
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The center of Zurich is not very big, and most places in Zurich are actually whole streets and areas that are interesting. Generally you can consider the whole area between the Bahnhofstrasse, Bahhofbrücke, Seilergraben, Rämistrasse, and the Quaibrücke as the inner center of the city (more or less the district Kreis 1. There are some more places of course. Here some places to walk along:

  1. The old city called Niederdorf, from Central to the Grossmünster and Bellevue, connected through the Niederdorfstrasse and then the Neustadtgasse. Alternatively (or on the way back) along the river on the LimmatQuai.

  2. The Bahnhofstrasse, starting at the main station Hauptbahnhof going until the Paradeplatz and then further to the Bürkliplatz, turning towards Bellevue via the bridge Quaibrücke.

  3. Alternatively the path from the Hauptbahnhof, along the Bahnhofsstrasse, but then turning left on the Rennweg going straight up the mountain until the Fraumünster, also back along the Stadhausquai

  4. As a park area, the Utoquai, starting at Bellevue again and going along the lake until the Blatterwiese.

  5. As a relatively new area with a lot of night entertainment, modern design shops and a generally relaxed area, inside the Kreis 5 area with the Geroldstrasse, Viaduktstrasse and the Josefswiese park.

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The central point of Zurich I'd consider to be the main station.

Other points that could be considered being the city centre:

  • the old town with historic buildings
  • the Bahnhofstrasse which is a famous shopping street
  • and maybe Bellevue at the lakeside which is where a lot of events take place

All those places are pretty central.

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+1 I would say that the center stretches from the main station to the lake along Bahnhofstrasse and the river. –  Relaxed Nov 20 '13 at 14:16
    
Agreed, but I would definitely include the old town, which is on the other side of the Limmat. –  drat Nov 20 '13 at 19:24
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For such geographical investigations, I'm mostly using wikimapia.org (could be described as a community of people drawing polygons on a satellite maps to describe what's depicted).

So, you can see here the polygon Zentrum Historisch von Zurich (permalink).

Disclaimer: I've never been to Zurich, so I can't tell how accurate is this perception of Zurich's city center.

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That's really cool! It corresponds to the area described by the other answers. –  PERSONA NON GRATA Nov 24 '13 at 19:03
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Yes, can confirm. It's one of the nicest areas in Zurich to explore, lots of small hidden shops in narrow streets, really fun. –  uncovery Nov 25 '13 at 3:00
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