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Swiss white wine: e.g. Fendant. Swiss red wine is not too special: Spanish red wine is generally good value here.
 
Swiss white wine: e.g. Fendant. Swiss red wine is not too special: Spanish red wine is generally good value here.
  
Zurich has a lot of places to go out. There are a lot of clubs, restaurants, cafés, bars but also many museums and theaters.  
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Zurich has a lot of places to go out. There are a lot of clubs, restaurants, cafs, bars but also many museums and theaters.  
  
Event calendar: [http://www.zueritipp.ch/ Züritipp (German language)]
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Event calendar: [http://www.zueritipp.ch/ Zritipp (German language)]
  
Zurich has the more clubs than any other city in Europe. You will find anything from very "fancy" Clubs to places you can just chill. If you want, you can go to a club every night. There is always a Club that has a party going. Main going-out district starts at Escher-Wyss-Platz/Pfingstweidstrasse. Three of the most renowned clubs are converted parts of the old Toni dairy factory at Förrlibuckstrasse: Toni Molkerei, Dachkantine ("roof cantine") and Rohstofflager ("raw material storage"). The last one also has concerts.
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Zurich has the more clubs than any other city in Europe. You will find anything from very "fancy" Clubs to places you can just chill. If you want, you can go to a club every night. There is always a Club that has a party going, and the Zurich young things make sure to splash all their income on going out.
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Main going-out district starts at Escher-Wyss-Platz/Pfingstweidstrasse.
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'''4. Akt''' mainly for 16-22 crowd
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'''Moods''' jazz club in the Schiffbau complex, concerts on Saturdays
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Three of the most renowned clubs are converted parts of the old Toni dairy factory at Frrlibuckstrasse:
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'''Toni Molkerei'''
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'''Dachkantine ("roof cantine")'''
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'''Rohstofflager ("raw material storage").''' This one also does concerts.
  
 
Daily Eventcalender: [http://www.usgang.ch/ Usgang.ch (german)] This internetsite features a Calender which lists all the parties that are on everyday. Very good to decide where to go before you actually leave for the evening.
 
Daily Eventcalender: [http://www.usgang.ch/ Usgang.ch (german)] This internetsite features a Calender which lists all the parties that are on everyday. Very good to decide where to go before you actually leave for the evening.

Revision as of 17:24, 19 February 2005

Central Zurich and the St. Peter Church

Zurich (German: Zürich, Zuerich) is the largest city in Switzerland, with a population of some 364,500 in the city proper and close to 1 million in the greater metropolitan area. Zurich is on Lake Zurich, where the lake meets the Limmat River, in the north of Switzerland.

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Understand

Contrary to popular belief Zurich is not the capital of Switzerland (that would be Bern), just the largest city. Zurich has long been known as a clean and efficient city, but additionally has been quite a fascinating city for the last ten years. This has a lot to do with the liberalization of the culture, party and gastronomy sector and a much more cosmopolitan and hybrid population.

The Swiss dialect of German is the city's main language. Many people will understand English, French, or Italian as well.

Orientation

Zurich is located at the northwestern end of Lake Zurich (Zürichsee), at the mouth of the Limmat River which divides the city in two. The modern heart of the city including the train station and most churches is on the west side of the river, while the hillier east is home to the little alleys of the Old Town and the hip drinking spots of Niederdorfstrasse.

Get in

By plane

Zurich International Airport is Switzerland's largest and busiest airport, run with Swiss efficiency. It is actually in the community of Kloten, 20 minutes by train to central Zurich, about every 15 minutes. Several bus lines connect at the airport and provide access to the hinterland.

By train

Regular trains to other major European cities from the Hauptbahnhof main train station, conveniently located downtown with easy access to mass transit.

The train station and the connecting underground mall has shops, restaurants, and a grocery store which locals use when they need to do late night shopping, as it is not subject to the closing hours laws otherwise in force in the city.

By car

Almost every highway leads straight into Zurich. This might be quite easy for tourists, but is also really painful if you have to cross Zurich on a daily basis.

By bus

The main bus station is just next to the main train station, where the river Sihl is flowing into the river Limmat. Many busses from and to other European cities, mainly southern destinations like former Yugoslavia or Spain.

By boat

As Zurich is located at the "end" of lake Zurich, it can be reached by boat from other coastal villages, e.g. Rapperswil at the upper end of the lake.

Get around

Zurich has an extensive and integrated system of public transport that includes trams, buses, S-bahn (local trains) and even boats for the lake and river.

Tickets must be purchased from a ticket machine before boarding or from one of the ticket selling kiosks.

The ticket machines are intimidating at first glance, but in general for most tourist your just need the green button for Tageskarte (day card - valid for 24 hours) for 7.20 Chf. This ticket is also valid for boats in Zone 10, so take a trip on the lake or river on the same ticket!

There are many other special offers on tickets for tourists so ask at the tourist information or your hotel.

Public transport information: ZVV (German & English) Online Maps (GIS): GIS Zürich (German language)

See

Most of the interesting sights are in the old town around the river and lakefront.

  • Grossmünster: old Romanesque church
  • Fraumünster: old Gothic church with window paintings by Chagal
  • Landesmuseum: history museum
  • Kunsthaus: art museum
  • Schanzengraben (a small canal that used to be part of the city fortifications between Limmat and Sihl): From the main station, go to Gessnerallee, find the stairways down to the tiny creek, and walk all the way to the lake.
  • Langstrasse: Red light district of Zürich, with more drug dealers and police than usual, but interesting because even this most notorious spot in Switzerland is so clean and safe.

Do

Take the Polybahn, a 19th century funicular, up the steep hill for a fine view.

Go skiing by train - buy all-in tickets (train, skipass) at the Hauptbahnhof during winter months, train out in morning, back in evening

Take a trip on the Zürichsee with one of the many old ships. There are a few different routes you can choose from, which will vary mainly in the distance.

Every year, in Summer, there is a big event taking place along the Lakeside. The "Streetparade" one of the biggest open air parties in Europe. Starting at 2 pm, Trucks which function as mobile soundsystems start driving along the lakeside. The music they play is mainly techno. Every year this event attracts nearly a million visitors. After the Streetparade the party doesn't stop, all around town clubs keep the party going.

Learn

ETH Zürich (Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule) is one of most renowned technical universities in Europe.

Work

Buy

For shopping in Zürich there are 2 major areas:

  • Bahnhofsstrasse, which runs from the Zürich Train Mainstation "Hauptbahnhof" right down to the lake.
  • Niederdorf, which is the Old Part of Zurich and expands from "Bellevue" by the Lake right to "Central" which is just over the River from the train station.

Bahnhofsstrasse has many expensive shops. Here you can get anything from diamond rings to chocolate and fur coats. On Bahnhofsstrasse there are also a few bigger stores like Globus which have a big variety of items.

The Niederdorf is more for young people. Aside from a lot of fast food places you will find a lot of trendy clothes stores here.

Eat

Distinctive foods: Rösti (baked chipped potatoes), Fondue (melted cheese in a central pot, dip bread into it), Raclette (cheese melted in small portions, served with potatoes and pickles).

What other people have noted: Swiss potato pancakes; sandwiches using fresh baked Bretzels as the bread.

Budget

  • Molino at the Limmatquai and near Stauffacher for Italian Food
  • New-Point chain for Turkish food and snacks, (1) at Langstrasse, (2) near the police station by the Sihl between main station and Stauffacher (Kaserne), (3) at Albisriederplatz (4) at Hardstrasse near Pfingstweidstrasse

Mid-range

  • Rosalys near Bellevue for typical Swiss food including Älplermacrone (pasta with apple purée); excellent cocktail bar, too
  • Commercio near Stadelhofen station (Mühlebachstrasse) for excellent pasta and a busy atmosphere
  • Commi-Halle near Central for Italian food.
  • Swiss Chuchi in the Niederdorf. Classic Swiss food for tourists, but good none the less.
  • Masala near Stauffacher with Indian food

Splurge

  • Widder Hotel
  • Dezaley hidden in a small street from Limmatquai near the Grossmünster, with traditional Swiss food from the French-speaking Kanton Waadt (Vaud)
  • Blaue Ente at the far end of tram 2 and 4 near Bahnhof Tiefenbrunnen.

Drink

Swiss white wine: e.g. Fendant. Swiss red wine is not too special: Spanish red wine is generally good value here.

Zurich has a lot of places to go out. There are a lot of clubs, restaurants, caf�s, bars but also many museums and theaters.

Event calendar: Z�ritipp (German language)

Zurich has the more clubs than any other city in Europe. You will find anything from very "fancy" Clubs to places you can just chill. If you want, you can go to a club every night. There is always a Club that has a party going, and the Zurich young things make sure to splash all their income on going out.

Main going-out district starts at Escher-Wyss-Platz/Pfingstweidstrasse. 4. Akt mainly for 16-22 crowd Hard One very expensive but stylish, roof lounge on top the Cinemax complex Moods jazz club in the Schiffbau complex, concerts on Saturdays

Three of the most renowned clubs are converted parts of the old Toni dairy factory at F�rrlibuckstrasse: Toni Molkerei Dachkantine ("roof cantine") Rohstofflager ("raw material storage"). This one also does concerts.

Daily Eventcalender: Usgang.ch (german) This internetsite features a Calender which lists all the parties that are on everyday. Very good to decide where to go before you actually leave for the evening.

Sleep

  • City Backpacker/Hotel Biber, Niederdorfstr 5, 01 251 90 15 (sleep@city-backpacker.ch). Probably the most convenient hostel for backpackers. In the centre of the city with dormitory beds for 31 Chf. There are shared bathroom and cooking areas. http://www.city-backpacker.ch/
  • Martahaus, Zaehringerstrasse 36, +41 1 251 45 50 (Fax +41 1 251 45 40, email: info@martahaus.ch). A clean and friendly place which doubles as a hostel and a one-star hotel, this is one of the few hotels in Zurich which goes out of its way to proclaim itself gay-friendly. They also have weekly and monthly rates for rooms as well as a couple of studio apartments. 38-150 Chf (dormitory bed to double room with a shower). http://www.martahaus.ch/
  • ZicZac Rock-Hotel, Marktgasse 17, 01 261 21 81 (email: rockhotel@ziczac.ch). One of the cheaper options right in the middle of things. It has rock'n'roll 'theme' rooms (generally just the name of the room and a photo on the wall). Good, relaxed atmosphere in an old and slightly worn-down building. 100-200CHF (double w/wout private bath). http://www.ziczac.ch/rockhotel/
  • Otter, Oberdorfstr, 7, +41 1 251 22 07 (Fax: +41 1 251 22 75). Now this is a good hotel for the price! The rooms have been decorated with the kind of care that one normally expects in a much more expensive hotel, each with its own theme. You can choose from the jungle room with its hammock, or the pink Carmen, or go for the top floor apartment. Each floor's three rooms share a bath, shower and toilet (WC), with the exception of the apartment which has its own shower. 90-100 Chf for a single room, 130-160 for a double, and 180 for the apartment (more with more people). http://www.wueste.ch/
  • Hotel Splendid, Rosengasse 5. This hotel is relatively cheap. The rooms are ok and clean, but not very luxurious. Private showers and bathrooms are not available, you share with your floor. What is really great is the location, right close to the Gemüsebrücke and the city center! 60Chf (double room). http://www.hotelsplendid.ch/

Contact

Stay safe

Zürich, like most cities in Switzerland, is relatively safe. Although be on guard for thieves and pickpockets. Carry your wallet or purse in a secure way, not in your hip pocket or a backpack outer pocket.

Public Transportation is very safe. You can use it without any special precautions.

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