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While we usually use this space to write about current events or to recommend specific activities in and around Zurich, this time we’d like to draw your attention to one of the city’s hottest nightlife neighbourhoods – Langstrasse.

Only two decades ago the area had the dubious distinction of being the nation’s most infamous red light district, but today many of its shabby bars and cabarets have morphed into lively watering holes and popular dance clubs. Naturally, success has created a few new problems, namely litter, noise and the dreaded ‘g’ word also known as gentrification. Buildings are being renovated and the first of the progressive clubs that made the district what it is today seem no longer able to afford the high rents that have accompanied this revitalisation.

For now though, Langstrasse is still a fascinating multicultural microcosm where all manner of people connect over a chat, a drink or a dance. Many of the district’s bars and restaurants are listed in Zurich In Your Pocket along with hundreds of other reviews that will let you know how to make the most of your trip to Zurich.

No matter if you’re travelling with a spouse, your children or on business, Zurich In Your Pocket has something for everyone.

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