Welcome to the Zurich WikiPage Online Appearance. We are out to give you all the information you need to plan and look forward (even more than you already do) to your stay! Now of course, we know pictures would do great job enhancing this page, however unfortunately, none of our current members are tech-geek enough to have figured out how to do that, and we are already really beat from figuring out how to insert line breaks...
So fear not: our beautiful city is a lot more colorful than this black-white text... visit us and you'll see for yourself!
So you'd like to know what our city is like? And what makes it special? -- Let's see:
Zurich is the biggest Swiss city, leading financial center (yes, still... even after the crisis), harboring headquarters of ie. Credit Suisse, UBS, Swiss RE and Zurich Financial Services.
Zurich has been voted the city with the best quality of life in several surveys from 2006 to 2009, though sadly also as 8th most expensive in the World and 3rd most expensive in Europe. But there's so much this little big city has to offer, that it totally makes up for ripping you off now and then.
All these `awards` are not least of all because Zurich provides you with innumerable possibilities for eating out, clubbing, swimming, hiking, Museums, and so on, allowing you to satisfy all your cultural and social cravings. But more of that, later on.
The Zurich citizens are blessed with a vast array of possibilities to pass their time with culturlar activities! And so will you, when you come here!
Whether you like to stroll alongside our beautiful Lake Zurich and Limmat and do some Sight Seeing, go on a shopping spree across the Bahnhofstrasse, go hiking on our Üetliberg to enjoy the marvellous view, or have a relaxing evening at the cinema or theater, everything is possible. No matter what your expectations are, you won't be dissapointed!
So... you're tired an beat after a long working day? But you still don't want to go home? -- No Problem: Going out is no problem in Zurich. There are loads of great restaurant, bars and clubs all over the city.
The only thing you have to look out for is that unfortunately, many of the places are pretty expensive, as they cater to the upper-class, more loaded residents of Zurich.
But don't be worried: there are enough cool places for students to go to, which have moderate prices and great atmosphere! We'll be sure to show you round!
Public Transport is really easy in Zurich. Although it is pretty expensive, it's the easiest and fastest way to travel, and it pays off as it pretty much covers every spot you have to get to.
There are Trams, Buses, Local S-Bahn-Trains and even boats at your service, which can all be boarded using the same ticket (provided you bought the right ticket... but don't worry: we'll help you with that).
If you like it cheaper, you are of course invited to walk (you won't be walking for hours... Zurich is small and cute), but still want to get everywhere, you better travel by bicycle!
The Airport is connected via Train, Tram and Bus, and just 15-20 minutes away from the city, depending on which mode of transport you want to use.
Should you live a bit outside of the City Center, don't worry, the S-Bahn train and connecting trams or buses, will get you everywhere you desire in a matter of minutes (just to get rid of liability issues: it can take longer ^_^ ).
Visiting other Swiss cities is just as convenient, because as you already may have noticed, Switzerland isn't that large a country, and you can travel to other major cities, like Bern, Basel or St.Gallen, in just over one hour, or stroll the Ticino riviera in about 3 hours.
The prices for public transport on city area range from 2.80.- for a short trip to 8.- for a day ticket, though multi-tickets and monthly subscriptions are available at better rates.
According to the Köppen climate classification, Zurich has a humid continental climate with four distinct seasons. And although we believe it's an interesting fact to know, we also do believe, very few will actually know what that means (including us).
So here's the more useful information:
Summers are warm with average high temperatures of 24 - 25 °C and lows of 12 - 14 °C. While at first sight, that might seem like pretty harsh weather, it sounds worse than it is. Just look, that you have a jacket or sweatshirt just in case the sun decides to remain hidden for once. Also, don't forget your swimming trunks, as there's nothing more refreshing than to take a dip after a long working day, or just for fun on your day off.
While winters are cold with average temperatures range from -4 to 9 °C, allowing Snowfall now and then, so be sure to pack some warm clothes.
Spring and autumn are generally cool to mild, in which especially Spring can turn rainy pretty fast.
We are a truly committed team, bound on world conquest... *joke*
No, what we really are committed to is making your stay as enjoyable as possible (being almighty rulers could make some things easier though... let's keep it in the back of our mind).
So, if you have questions, comments and concers, OR just want so tell us how great we are, know that we are there for you.