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Regional Adventures: Zurich (Canton), Switzerland

November 24, 2012

Schloss Rapperswil, Canton of Zurich

The next place I would like to tell you all about is Zurich, the Canton. I know that recently I talked about Zurich, the City and you might be confused. You see, Zurich, the City, is within the larger Canton of Zurich which contains other cities as well. The Canton is divided into 12 districts (Zurich, Affoltern, Andelfingen, Bülach, Dielsdorf, Dietikon, Hinwil, Horgen, Meilen, Pfäffikon, Uster, and Winterthur). Each of these districts have a capital of the same name within them thus the city of Zurich is within the district of Zurich. The population of the Canton of Zurich is approximately 1.4 million people.

The 12 Districts of the Canton of Zurich!

Although most of the land in the Canton of Zurich is cultivated it is not considered to be an agricultural area. The Canton of Zurich is noted for machinery as well as its paper, banking and insurance industries.

The Canton of Zurich is also a popular place for young people from all over the world to study. They have many choices such as the University of Zurich, the Federal Institute of Technology (ETH), as well as an extensive network of universities of applied science.

Zurich College of Applied Sciences, one of the many choices to study at!

There is so much to do in the Canton of Zurich as well. The landscape is beautiful and has several rivers and the Uetliberg, Zurich’s local mountain, that supply ample opportunities to get outside and see nature. Take a hike on the Lake Zurich Trail or take a boat cruise on Lake Zurich itself to see fantastic natural beauty.

A boat cruise on Lake Zurich is a great way to enjoy nature!

If you are into wine you might want to check out the wine-growing region of Dietingen in the Canton of Zurich. Most people outside of Switzerland have not had Swiss wine because most of the wine produced here stays here but I would say that it’s a definite must try when you come to visit. The wines here are known to be well-structured and balanced. Another must is the tradition of drinking mulled wine or gluhwein (a warmed wine with spices) that dates back to Medieval Times. There is also a Viticulture Museum on Lake Zürich that real wine lovers might want to check out too.

One of the many vineyards in the Canton of Zurich.

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