City Hopper: Zurich, Switzerland
Today we are visiting the city of Zurich, a town that I called home for some time as well. Zurich is the largest city in Switzerland and it is also the capital of the canton of Zurich. It’s located on the northwestern tip of the appropriately named Lake Zurich and is in the German speaking part of Switzerland. It is a leading global city and among the world’s largest financial centers. It houses a large number of financial institutions and banking giants. The Swiss Stock Exchange (SIX Swiss Exchange) is also located here in Zurich.
In Monocle’s 2012 ‘Quality of Life’ survey Zurich was ranked number 1 on a list of top 25 cities in the world ‘to make a base within’ and according to several surveys from 2006 to 2008 Zurich was the city with the best quality of life in the world as well as the wealthiest city in Europe. (source: Wikipedia)
For those environmentalists out there, the city of Zurich is among the biggest world-leaders in protecting the climate by actually writing into law a fixed date and quantifiable goal (one tonne of CO2 per person) to reduce carbon emissions by 2050. In alignment with this goal they continue to create more and better public transportation, enhance bike-only projects, and continue to research and develop more projects regarding renewable energy. 70% of Zurich inhabitants use public transportation just to give you an idea how serious they are about the environment here.
The forest areas of Adlisberg, Zürichberg, Käferberg, Hönggerberg and Üetliberg are considered the ‘Green Lungs’ of the Zurich area as well as the many parks you will find here. If you want to wonder around in nature and enjoy the fresh air there are several great places to visit like the Zoological Garden, the Botanical Garden at the University of Zurich, or Chinese Garden just to name a few.
There are many great things to see and do here as well. If you want to see beautiful old churches there’s the Grossmünster (which was first built in 820); the Fraumünster (built before 874); and St. Peter that has the largest church clock face in the world. If you’re into museums there will be no shortage of those either from the Tram Museum to the Zurich Museum of Art to the Swiss National Museum you’re bound to find something to pique your interest.
There are also many places to attend cultural events as well. There’s the opera house, the ballet, and many theaters as well as lots of nightlife and clubs to check out.