Apr 10, 2018 - 6:56 AM
in reply to BarSal
<< The ‘train station street’ is always a busy street. Like airports they are usually geared to tourists. >> A Bahnhofstrasse or an Avenue de la gare in Romandie or a Viale Stazione in the Ticino will be certainly be busy because of people going to and from the trains. But they are certainly not "usually geared to tourists". I even question that airports are "geared to tourists" Rather, they are geared to travelers. There is a huge difference between travelers and tourists. Yes, an airport at a tourist destination (say on a Caribbean island) is likely, to use your word, to be "geared" to tourists, but most of the users in most of the airports, in fact the overwhelming majority of them, are not tourists, and they just want to get from A to B. They are moving for business (occupational) or family reasons.
As for the "train station streets" in Switzerland, with a few notable exceptions, they are not "geared" for tourists. They are usually there to facilitate movements to and from the train stations for commuters and students and also vehicles carrying goods for train transit. When you are driving a car and you see the name Bahnhofstrasse, you know you are on the right track to get to the train station. Zurich's Bahnhofstrasse would be one of the exceptions, as it is a pedestrian zone, and is literally lined with all manner of stores and banks all the way from the Bahnhof right down to the lake. The Bahnhofstrasse in Zermatt is another exception, and of course Zermatt is car-free.
Last modified on Apr 10, 2018 - 6:58 AM by Peterli