Zürich is a city of very high standards, being the industrial, financial, and cultural centre of the country and one of the most cosmopolitan and dynamic Swiss cities. Zürich has for years ranked among the world’ s top cities in terms of quality of life. Located in the heart of Europe, Zürich serves as one of the largest financial centres in the world, as well as the centre of research, development, and business formation. The city offers advantages of modern city together with its natural side.
Zürich is the largest city in Switzerland, located in north-central Switzerland, at the northwestern tip of Lake Zürich. The city centre extends along both shores of the Limmat river, which runs from the Lake Zürich through the city centre and out to the west. The city was founded by the Romans and was already a prosperous centre of commerce in the Early Middle Ages when Zürich became a primary centre of the Protestant Reformation in Europe. Zürich’s population is over 400,000 inhabitants, more than one-third of the population is made up of immigrants, mainly from other European countries. As an upmarket banking city, Zürich is famous for luxurious lifestyles, high-end shopping and fancy chocolates which supports the fact that Zürich has one of the highest numbers of Michelin-starred restaurants per inhabitant in Europe. Zürich’s well-preserved Altstadt (Old Town) boasts an architectural legacy including the Grossmünster, St. Peter’s Church and other historical houses and residencies, some of which are used as restaurants.
Features of Zürich
- One third of Zürich’s population is made up of non-Swiss from a total of 172 different countries which make up Zürich’s multi-cultural character. Germans make up the largest group.
- One out of every eleven jobs in Switzerland is in the City of Zürich. The financial sector generates around a quarter of the city’s economic output.
- Zürich’s central station is one of Europe’s main railway intersections, used by almost 500,000 passengers per day.
- Zürich has nurtured a rich cultural life. The ‘nonsense’, anti-war and anti-establishment art movement of Dadaism was established in Zürich’s nightclub Cabaret Voltaire in 1916.
- Zürich’s home to over 1,200 drinking fountains. It is recommended to take a water bottle with you on your trips around the city so you can fill it with high quality drinking water.
- Many famous personalities have lived in Zürich. For example, Albert Einstein studied there at the university. The Irish writer James Joyce stayed in the city during World War One
Zürich has a very efficient transportation network. One ticket can be used on all forms of transportation including trams, buses, trains boats, funicular railways and cable cars. For more information click here or visit the official website on Zürich’s transportation system.