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Top 15 Facts about Zurich

People celebrating in the Zurich Spring Festival
Photo taken by 123rf.com.  People celebrating in the Zurich Spring Festival

Zurich – one of the most idyllic of Swiss cities – is also one of the biggest. It is surrounded by spectacular nature and the nearby Alps, enticing people with their natural beauty. But these aren’t the only reasons why it’s different from all the other Swiss cities.

  • The most widespread dialect in the city is Swiss German, although most of the locals are also fluent in Italian, French and English. For tourists, it’s simply ideal.
  • Zurich is recognised as the city with the highest living standard in the world, over and over again. More than once, its inhabitants were also titled the happiest people on the planet.
People celebrating in the Zurich Spring Festival
Photo taken by 123rf.com.  People celebrating in the Zurich Spring Festival
  • Another reason why the city is so popular with tourists is its abundance of entertainment. Zurich has the most night clubs per capita in Europe.
  • Here you can embark on a 13-km-long walk along the Planetary Way that begins on the Üetliberg Mountain. Having enjoyed the excellent city panorama from up top, tourists then head for the planets themselves. The distances between them correspond to the ones in the sky. This attraction is especially popular among astronomy enthusiasts.
Street parede in Zurich
Photo taken by 123rf.com.  Street parede in Zurich
  • Zurich is hailed as a cultural mecca. At the beginning of the 20th century, it gave birth to Dadaism.
  • The University of Zurich and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology are two of the city’s most famous schools. The former trained 20 Nobel Prize winners, the latter – as many as seven. Conrad Röntgen and Albert Einstein wrote their dissertations here. For two years, the city was also home to the Soviet exile and Nobel Prize laureate Alexander Solzhenitsyn.
  • Zurich has 1,030 fountains with potable water.
  • In one part of the city zoo, animals live freely and uncaged.
  • Zurich has a functioning Masonic Lodge.
Zurich at night
Photo taken by 123rf.com.  Zurich at night
  • The revolutionary and founder of the Soviet Union Vladimir Lenin used to live at 14 Spiegelgasse Street in Zurich. He would often go the nearby Odeon Café.
  • Bank vaults stretch underneath Zurich’s Bahnhofstrasse.
  • The city’s Fraumünster Church is still adorned with Marc Chagall’s stained glass windows, designed in 1970 when he 83 years old.
  • Zurich has the largest number of public baths. There are 40 of them in total, with 18 located outdoors.
Downtown of Zurich at sunny day
Photo taken by 123rf.com.  Downtown of Zurich at sunny day
  • The clock-face of the city’s St. Peter Church is the largest in Europe.
  • Most shops in Zurich are located on the Bahnhofstrasse. They’re the most expensive here, too.

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