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Zürich

This article is about the city in Switzerland. For other uses, see Zurich (disambiguation).

Zürich (see below) is the largest city in Switzerland and the capital of the canton of Zürich. It is located in north-central Switzerland, at the northwestern tip of Lake Zürich. As of January 2020, the municipality has 434,335 inhabitants, the urban area (agglomeration) 1.315 million (2009), and the Zürich metropolitan area 1.83 million (2011). Zürich is a hub for railways, roads, and air traffic. Both Zurich Airport and Zürich's main railway station are the largest and busiest in the country.

Zürich
From top to bottom: View over Zürich and the lake, the Opera House, Prime Tower at night, ETH main building and Fraumünster church in the old town.
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Coordinates:47°22′N8°33′E /47.367°N 8.550°E /47.367; 8.550Coordinates: 47°22′N8°33′E /47.367°N 8.550°E /47.367; 8.550
CountrySwitzerland
CantonZürich
DistrictZürich
Government
ExecutiveStadtrat
with 9 members
MayorStadtpräsidentin (list)
Corine Mauch SPS/PSS
(as of February 2014)
ParliamentGemeinderat
with 125 members
Area
• Total87.88 km2 (33.93 sq mi)
Elevation
(Zürich Hauptbahnhof)
408 m (1,339 ft)
Highest elevation871 m (2,858 ft)
Lowest elevation392 m (1,286 ft)
Population
(2018-12-31)
• Total415,215
• Density4,700/km2 (12,000/sq mi)
Demonym(s)German: Zürcher(in)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (Central European Time)
• Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (Central European Summer Time)
Postal code(s)
8000–8099
SFOS number0261
Surrounded byAdliswil, Dübendorf, Fällanden, Kilchberg, Maur, Oberengstringen, Opfikon, Regensdorf, Rümlang, Schlieren, Stallikon, Uitikon, Urdorf, Wallisellen, Zollikon
Twin townsKunming, San Francisco
Websitewww.stadt-zuerich.ch
SFSO statistics

Permanently settled for over 2,000 years, Zürich was founded by the Romans, who, in 15 BC, called it Turicum. However, early settlements have been found dating back more than 6,400 years (although this only indicates human presence in the area and not the presence of a town that early). During the Middle Ages, Zürich gained the independent and privileged status of imperial immediacy and, in 1519, became a primary centre of the Protestant Reformation in Europe under the leadership of Huldrych Zwingli.

The official language of Zürich is German, but the main spoken language is the local variant of the Alemannic Swiss German dialect, Zürich German.

Many museums and art galleries can be found in the city, including the Swiss National Museum and Kunsthaus. Schauspielhaus Zürich is considered to be one of the most important theatres in the German-speaking world.

Zürich is among the world's largest financial centres despite having a relatively small population. The city is home to many financial institutions and banking companies.

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In German, the city name is written Zürich, and pronounced in Swiss Standard German. In Zürich German, the local dialect of Swiss German, the name is pronounced without the final consonant, as Züri , although the adjective remains Zürcher(in) . The city is called Zurich in French, Zurigo in Italian, and Turitg () in Romansh.

The name is traditionally written in English as Zurich, without the umlaut. It is pronounced .

The earliest known form of the city's name is Turicum, attested on a tombstone of the late 2nd century AD in the form STA(tio) TURICEN(sis) ("Turicum tax post").The name is interpreted as a derivation from a given name, possibly the Gaulish personal name Tūros, for a reconstructed native form of the toponym of *Turīcon. The Latin stress on the long vowel of the Gaulish name, , was lost in German but is preserved in Italian and in Romansh . The first development towards its later Germanic form is attested as early as the 6th century with the form Ziurichi. From the 9th century onward, the name is established in an Old High German form Zuri(c)h (857 in villa Zurih, 924 in Zurich curtem, 1416 Zürich Stadt). In the early modern period, the name became associated with the name of the Tigurini, and the name Tigurum rather than the historical Turicum is sometimes encountered in Modern Latin contexts.

Early history

Johann Balthasar Bullinger's imagining of Zürich in Roman times (engraving 1773)
40 batzen Zurich, 1813

Settlements of the Neolithic and Bronze Age were found around Lake Zürich. Traces of pre-Roman Celtic, La Tène settlements were discovered near the Lindenhof, a morainic hill dominating the SE - NW waterway constituted by Lake Zurich and the river Limmat. In Roman times, during the conquest of the alpine region in 15 BC, the Romans built a castellum on the Lindenhof. Later here was erected Turicum (a toponym of clear Celtic origin), a tax-collecting point for goods trafficked on the Limmat, which constituted part of the border between Gallia Belgica (from AD 90 Germania Superior) and Raetia: this customs point developed later into a vicus. After Emperor Constantine's reforms in AD 318, the border between Gaul and Italy (two of the four praetorian prefectures of the Roman Empire) was located east of Turicum, crossing the river Linth between Lake Walen and Lake Zürich, where a castle and garrison looked over Turicum's safety. The earliest written record of the town dates from the 2nd century, with a tombstone referring to it as to the Statio Turicensis Quadragesima Galliarum ("Zürich post for collecting the 2.5% value tax of the Galliae"), discovered at the Lindenhof.

In the 5th century, the Germanic Alemanni tribe settled in the Swiss Plateau. The Roman castle remained standing until the 7th century. A Carolingian castle, built on the site of the Roman castle by the grandson of Charlemagne, Louis the German, is mentioned in 835 (in castro Turicino iuxta fluvium Lindemaci). Louis also founded the Fraumünster abbey in 853 for his daughter Hildegard. He endowed the Benedictine convent with the lands of Zürich, Uri, and the Albis forest, and granted the convent immunity, placing it under his direct authority. In 1045, King Henry III granted the convent the right to hold markets, collect tolls, and mint coins, and thus effectively made the abbess the ruler of the city.

Zürich gained Imperial immediacy (Reichsunmittelbar, becoming an Imperial free city) in 1218 with the extinction of the main line of the Zähringer family and attained a status comparable to statehood. During the 1230s, a city wall was built, enclosing 38 hectares, when the earliest stone houses on the Rennweg were built as well. The Carolingian castle was used as a quarry, as it had started to fall into ruin.

Emperor Frederick II promoted the abbess of the Fraumünster to the rank of a duchess in 1234. The abbess nominated the mayor, and she frequently delegated the minting of coins to citizens of the city. The political power of the convent slowly waned in the 14th century, beginning with the establishment of the Zunftordnung (guild laws) in 1336 by Rudolf Brun, who also became the first independent mayor, i.e. not nominated by the abbess.

An important event in the early 14th century was the completion of the Manesse Codex, a key source of medieval German poetry. The famous illuminated manuscript – described as "the most beautifully illumined German manuscript in centuries;" – was commissioned by the Manesse family of Zürich, copied and illustrated in the city at some time between 1304 and 1340. Producing such a work was a highly expensive prestige project, requiring several years work by highly skilled scribes and miniature painters, and it clearly testifies to the increasing wealth and pride of Zürich citizens in this period. The work contains 6 songs by Süsskind von Trimberg, who may have been a Jew, since the work itself contains reflections on medieval Jewish life, though little is known about him.

The first mention of Jews in Zürich was in 1273. Sources show that there was a synagogue in Zürich in the 13th century, implying the existence of a Jewish community. With the rise of the Black Death in 1349, Zürich, like most other Swiss cities, responded by persecuting and burning the local Jews, marking the end of the first Jewish community there. The second Jewish community of Zürich, formed towards the end of the 14th century, was short-lived, and Jews were expulsed and banned from the city from 1423 until the 19th century.

Archaeological findings

A woman who died in about 200 BC was found buried in a carved tree trunk during a construction project at the Kern school complex in March 2017 in Aussersihl. Archaeologists revealed that she was approximately 40 years old when she died and likely carried out little physical labor when she was alive. A sheepskin coat, a belt chain, a fancy wool dress, a scarf and a pendant made of glass and amber beads were also discovered with the woman.

Old Swiss Confederacy

A scene depicting the Old Zürich War in 1443 (1514, illustration in Federal Chronicle by Werner Schodoler)

On 1 May 1351, the citizens of Zürich had to swear allegiance before representatives of the cantons of Lucerne, Schwyz, Uri and Unterwalden, the other members of the Swiss Confederacy. Thus, Zürich became the fifth member of the Confederacy, which was at that time a loose confederation of de facto independent states. Zürich was the presiding canton of the Diet from 1468 to 1519. This authority was the executive council and lawmaking body of the confederacy, from the Middle Ages until the establishment of the Swiss federal state in 1848. Zürich was temporarily expelled from the confederacy in 1440 due to a war with the other member states over the territory of Toggenburg (the Old Zürich War). Neither side had attained significant victory when peace was agreed upon in 1446, and Zürich was readmitted to the confederation in 1450.

The Murerplan of 1576

Zwingli started the Swiss Reformation at the time when he was the main preacher in the 1520s, at the Grossmünster. He lived there from 1484 until his death in 1531. The Zürich Bible, based on that of Zwingli, was issued in 1531. The Reformation resulted in major changes in state matters and civil life in Zürich, spreading also to a number of other cantons. Several cantons remained Catholic and became the basis of serious conflicts that eventually led to the outbreak of the Wars of Kappel.

During the 16th and 17th centuries, the Council of Zürich adopted an isolationist attitude, resulting in a second ring of imposing fortifications built in 1624. The Thirty Years' War which raged across Europe motivated the city to build these walls. The fortifications required a lot of resources, which were taken from subject territories without reaching any agreement. The following revolts were crushed brutally. In 1648, Zürich proclaimed itself a republic, shedding its former status of a free imperial city. In this time the political system of Zürich was an oligarchy (Patriziat): the dominant families of the city were the following ones: Bonstetten, Brun, Bürkli, Escher vom Glas, Escher vom Luchs, Hirzel, Jori (or von Jori), Kilchsperger, Landenberg, Manesse, Meiss, Meyer von Knonau, Mülner, von Orelli.

Fighting on the Paradeplatz during the Züriputsch

The Helvetic Revolution of 1798 saw the fall of the Ancien Régime. Zürich lost control of the land and its economic privileges, and the city and the canton separated their possessions between 1803 and 1805. In 1839, the city had to yield to the demands of its urban subjects, following the Züriputsch of 6 September. Most of the ramparts built in the 17th century were torn down, without ever having been besieged, to allay rural concerns over the city's hegemony. The Treaty of Zürich between Austria, France, and Sardinia was signed in 1859.

Modern history

Bahnhofplatz in 1900

Zürich was the Federal capital for 1839–40, and consequently, the victory of the Conservative party there in 1839 caused a great stir throughout Switzerland. But when in 1845 the Radicals regained power at Zürich, which was again the Federal capital for 1845–46, Zürich took the lead in opposing the Sonderbund cantons. Following the Sonderbund war and the formation of the Swiss Federal State, Zürich voted in favour of the Federal constitutions of 1848 and of 1874. The enormous immigration from the country districts into the town from the 1830s onwards created an industrial class which, though "settled" in the town, did not possess the privileges of burghership, and consequently had no share in the municipal government. First of all in 1860 the town schools, hitherto open to "settlers" only on paying high fees, were made accessible to all, next in 1875 ten years' residence ipso facto conferred the right of burghership, and in 1893 the eleven outlying districts were incorporated within the town proper.

When Jews also began to settle in Zürich following their equality in 1862, the Israelitische Cultusgemeinde Zürich was founded.

Aerial view (1961)

Extensive developments took place during the 19th century. From 1847, the Spanisch-Brötli-Bahn, the first railway on Swiss territory, connected Zürich with Baden, putting the Zürich Hauptbahnhof at the origin of the Swiss rail network. The present building of the Hauptbahnhof (the main railway station) dates to 1871. Zürich's Bahnhofstrasse (Station Street) was laid out in 1867, and the Zürich Stock Exchange was founded in 1877. Industrialisation led to migration into the cities and to rapid population growth, particularly in the suburbs of Zürich.

The Quaianlagen are an important milestone in the development of the modern city of Zürich, as the construction of the new lake front transformed Zürich from a small medieval town on the rivers Limmat and Sihl to an attractive modern city on the Zürichsee shore, under the guidance of the city engineer Arnold Bürkli.[citation needed]

In 1893, the twelve outlying districts were incorporated into Zürich, including Aussersihl, the workman's quarter on the left bank of the Sihl, and additional land was reclaimed from Lake Zürich.

In 1934, eight additional districts in the north and west of Zürich were incorporated.

Zürich was accidentally bombed during World War II. As persecuted Jews sought refuge in Switzerland, the SIG (Israelite Community of Switzerland) raised financial resources. The central committee for refugee aid, created in 1933, was located in Zürich.

The canton of Zürich did not recognise the Jewish religious communities as legal entities (and therefore as equal to national churches) until 2005.

Coat of arms

The coat of arms on the Town Hall

The blue and white coat of arms of Zürich is attested from 1389 and was derived from banners with blue and white stripes in use since 1315. The first certain testimony of banners with the same design is from 1434. The coat of arms is flanked by two lions. The red Schwenkel on top of the banner had varying interpretations: For the people of Zürich, it was a mark of honour, granted by Rudolph I. Zürich's neighbours mocked it as a sign of shame, commemorating the loss of the banner at Winterthur in 1292. Today, the Canton of Zürich uses the same coat of arms as the city.[unreliable source]

City districts

Zürich's twelve municipal districts

The previous boundaries of the city of Zürich (before 1893) were more or less synonymous with the location of the old town. Two large expansions of the city limits occurred in 1893 and in 1934 when the city of Zürich merged with many surrounding municipalities, that had been growing increasingly together since the 19th century. Today, the city is divided into twelve districts (known as Kreis in German), numbered 1 to 12, each one of which contains between one and four neighborhoods:

  • Kreis 1, known as Altstadt, contains the old town, both to the east and west of the start of the Limmat. District 1 contains the neighbourhoods of Hochschulen, Rathaus, Lindenhof, and City.
  • Kreis 2 lies along the west side of Lake Zürich, and contains the neighbourhoods of Enge, Wollishofen and Leimbach.
  • Kreis 3, known as Wiedikon is between the Sihl and the Uetliberg, and contains the neighbourhoods of Alt-Wiedikon, Sihlfeld and Friesenberg.
  • Kreis 4, known as Aussersihl lies between the Sihl and the train tracks leaving Zürich Hauptbahnhof, and contains the neighbourhoods of Werd, Langstrasse, and Hard.
  • Kreis 5, known as Industriequartier, is between the Limmat and the train tracks leaving Zürich Hauptbahnhof, it contains the former industrial area of Zürich which has gone under a large-scale rezoning to create upscale modern housing, retail and commercial real estate. It contains the neighborhoods of Gewerbeschule, and Escher-Wyss.
  • Kreis 6 is on the edge of the Zürichberg, a hill overlooking the eastern part of the city. District 6 contains the neighbourhoods of Oberstrass and Unterstrass.
  • Kreis 7 is on the edge of the Adlisberg hill as well as the Zürichberg, on the eastern side of the city. District 7 contains the neighbourhoods of Fluntern, Hottingen, and Hirslanden. These neighbourhoods are home to Zürich's wealthiest and more prominent residents. The neighbourhood Witikon also belongs to district 7.
  • Kreis 8, officially called Riesbach, but colloquially known as Seefeld, lies on the eastern side of Lake Zürich. District 8 consists of the neighbourhoods of Seefeld, Mühlebach, and Weinegg.
  • Kreis 9 is between the Limmat to the north and the Uetliberg to the south. It contains the neighbourhoods Altstetten and Albisrieden.
  • Kreis 10 is to the east of the Limmat and to the south of the Hönggerberg and Käferberg hills. District 10 contains the neighbourhoods of Höngg and Wipkingen.
  • Kreis 11 is in the area north of the Hönggerberg and Käferberg and between the Glatt Valley and the Katzensee (Cats Lake). It contains the neighbourhoods of Affoltern, Oerlikon and Seebach.
  • Kreis 12, known as Schwamendingen, is located in the Glattal (Glatt valley) on the northern side of the Zürichberg. District 12 contains the neighbourhoods of Saatlen, Schwamendigen Mitte, and Hirzenbach.

Most of the district boundaries are fairly similar to the original boundaries of the previously existing municipalities before they were incorporated into the city of Zürich.

Government

The City Council (Stadtrat) constitutes the executive government of the City of Zürich and operates as a collegiate authority. It is composed of nine councilors, each presiding over a department. Departmental tasks, coordination measures and implementation of laws decreed by the Municipal Council are carried out by the City Council. The regular election of the City Council by any inhabitant valid to vote is held every four years. The mayor (German: Stadtpräsident(in)) is elected as such by a public election by a system of Majorz while the heads of the other departments are assigned by the collegiate. Any resident of Zurich allowed to vote can be elected as a member of the City Council. In the mandate period 2018–2022 (Legislatur) the City Council is presided by mayor Corine Mauch. The executive body holds its meetings in the City Hall (German: Stadthaus), on the left bank of the Limmat. The building was built in 1883 in Renaissance style.

As of May 2018[update], the Zürich City Council was made up of three representatives of the SP (Social Democratic Party, one of whom is the mayor), two members each of the Green Party and the FDP (Free Democratic Party), and one member each of GLP (Green Liberal Party) and AL (Alternative Left Party), giving the left parties a combined six out of nine seats. The last regular election was held on 4 March 2018.

The Stadtrat of Zurich
City Councilor (Stadtrat / Stadträtin) Party Head of Office (Departement, since) in office since
Corine Mauch SP Mayor's Office (Präsidialdepartement, 2009) 2009
Daniel Leupi GPS Finance (Finanzdepartement, 2013) 2010
Karin Rykart GPS Security (Sicherheitsdepartement, 2018) 2018
Richard Wolff AL Civil Engineering and Waste Management (Tiefbau- und Entsorgungsdepartement, 2018) 2013
André Odermatt SP Structural Engineering (Hochbaudepartement, 2010) 2010
Raphael Golta SP Social Services (Sozialdepartement, 2014) 2014
Michael Baumer FDP Industrial Facilities (Departement der Industriellen Betriebe, 2018) 2018
Filippo Leutenegger FDP Education and Sports (Schul- und Sportdepartement, 2018) 2014
Andreas Hauri GLP Health and Environment (Gesundheits- und Umweltdepartement, 2018) 2018
  1. Mayor (Stadtpräsidentin)

Claudia Cuche-Curti is Town Chronicler (Stadtschreiberin) since 2012, and Peter Saile is Legal Counsel (Rechtskonsulent) since 2000 for the City Council.

Parliament

The Gemeinderat of Zürich for the mandate period of 2018–2022

AL (8%)
SP (34.4%)
GPS (12.8%)
GLP (11.2%)
EVP (3.2%)
FDP (16.8%)
SVP (13.6%)

The Municipal Council (Gemeinderat) holds the legislative power. It is made up of 125 members (Gemeindrat / Gemeinderätin), with elections held every four years. The Municipal Council decrees regulations and by-laws that are executed by the City Council and the administration. The sessions of the Municipal Council are held in public. Unlike those of the City Council, the members of the Municipal Council are not politicians by profession but are paid a fee based on their attendance. Any resident of Zürich allowed to vote can be elected as a member of the Municipal Council. The legislative body holds its meetings in the town hall (Rathaus), on the right bank of the Limmat opposite to the City Hall (Stadthaus).

The last election of the Municipal Council was held on 4 March 2018 for the mandate period of 2018–2022. As of May 2018[update], the Municipal Council consist of 43 members of the Social Democratic Party (SP), 21 The Liberals (FDP), 17 members of the Swiss People's Party (SVP), 16 Green Party (GPS), 14 Green Liberal Party (GLP), 10 Alternative List (AL), and four members of the Evangelical People's Party (EVP), giving the left parties an absolute majority of 69.

Elections

National Council

In the 2019 federal election for the Swiss National Council the most popular party was the SPS which received 25.6% (-6) of the vote. The next four most popular parties were the GPS (20.9%, +9.7), GLP (15.7%, +6.4), SVP (13.7%, -4.3), the FDP (11.8%, -2.2), the AL (4%, new), and the CVP (3.5%, -0.2). In the federal election, a total of 110,760 voters were cast, and the voter turnout was 47.7%.

In the 2015 federal election for the Swiss National Council the most popular party was the SPS which received 31.6% of the vote. The next four most popular parties were the SVP (18%), the FDP (14%), the GPS (10.7%), the GLP (9.2%). In the federal election, a total of 114,377 voters were cast, and the voter turnout was 46.2%.

International relations

Twin towns and sister cities

Zürich is partnered with two sister cities: Kunming and San Francisco.

The Limmat in Zürich
The city stretches on both sides of the Limmat, which flows out of Lake Zürich. The Alps can be seen from the city center, background to the lake.

Zürich is situated at 408 m (1,339 ft) above sea level on the lower (northern) end of Lake Zürich (Zürichsee) about 30 kilometers (19 mi) north of the Alps, nestling between the wooded hills on the west and east side. The Old Town stretches on both sides of the Limmat, which flows from the lake, running northwards at first and then gradually turning into a curve to the west. The geographic (and historic) centre of the city is the Lindenhof, a small natural hill on the west bank of the Limmat, about 700 m (2,300 ft) north of where the river issues from Lake Zürich. Today the incorporated city stretches somewhat beyond the natural confines of the hills and includes some districts to the northeast in the Glatt Valley (Glattal) and to the north in the Limmat Valley (Limmattal). The boundaries of the older city are easy to recognize by the Schanzengraben canal. This artificial watercourse has been used for the construction of the third fortress in the 17th and 18th centuries.

Topography

The municipality of Zürich has an area of 91.88 km2 (35.48 sq mi), of which 4.1 km2 (1.6 sq mi) is made up of Lake Zürich. The area includes a section of the northern Swiss Plateau. The banks of the Limmat constitute the densest part of the city. The river is oriented in the southeast–northwest direction, with the flat valley floor having a width of two to two to three kilometres (1.2 to 1.9 miles). The partially channeled and straightened Limmat does not flow in the central part of the valley, but always along its right (northeastern) side. The Sihl meets with the Limmat at the end of Platzspitz, which borders the Swiss National Museum. The Limmat reaches the lowest point of the municipality in Oberengstringen at 392 m (1,286 ft) above sea level.[citation needed]

Topographic map of Zürich and surroundings
Felsenegg from Lake Zürich
Zürich from Waidberg

On its west side, the Limmat valley is flanked by the wooded heights of the Albis chain, which runs along the western border. The Uetliberg is, with 869 m (2,851 ft) above sea level, the highest elevation of the surrounding area. Its summit can be reached easily by the Uetlibergbahn. From the platform of the observation tower on the summit, an impressive panorama of the city, the lake, and the Alps can be seen.[citation needed]

The northeast side of the Limmat valley includes a range of hills, which marks the watershed between the Limmat and the Glatt. From the northwest to the southeast, the height of the mostly wooded knolls generally increases: the Gubrist (615 m or 2,018 ft), the Hönggerberg (541 m or 1,775 ft), the Käferberg (571 m or 1,873 ft), the Zürichberg (676 m or 2,218 ft), the Adlisberg (701 m or 2,300 ft) and the Öschbrig (696 m or 2,283 ft). Between the Käferberg and the Zürichberg is located the saddle of the Milchbuck (about 470 m or 1,540 ft), an important passage from the Limmat valley to the Glatt valley.[citation needed]

The northernmost part of the municipality extends to the plain of the Glatt valley and to the saddle which makes the connection between the Glattal and Furttal. Also, a part of the Katzensee (nature reserve) and the Büsisee, both of which are drained by the Katzenbach to Glatt, belong to the city.[citation needed]

Climate

Zürich has, depending on the definition used, an oceanic climate (Köppen: Cfb), but in the higher areas it is defined as a humid continental climate (Dfb, using 0 °C isoterm) with warm summers and four distinct seasons. Decisive for the climate of Zürich are both the winds from westerly directions, which often result in precipitation and, on the other hand, the Bise (east or north-east wind), which is usually associated with high-pressure situations, but cooler weather phases with temperatures lower than the average. The Foehn wind, which plays an important role in the northern alpine valleys also has some impact on Zürich.

The annual mean temperature at the measuring station of the Federal Office of Meteorology and Climatology in Zürich-Fluntern (556 m[1,824 ft] above sea level on the slope of the Zürichberg, 150 m[490 ft] above the level of the city centre) is 9.3 °C (48.7 °F). The lowest monthly mean of daily minimum temperature are measured in January with −2.0 °C (28.4 °F) and the highest monthly mean of daily maximum temperature are measured in July with 24.0 °C (75.2 °F). On average there are 74.9 days in which the minimum temperature is below 0 °C (32 °F) (so-called frost days), and 23.7 days in which the maximum temperature is below 0 °C (32 °F) (so-called ice days). There are on average 30 so-called summer days (maximum temperature equal to or above 25 °C [77 °F]) throughout the year, while so-called heat days (with maximum temperature equal to or above 30 °C [86 °F]) are 5.8 days.

The average high temperature in July is 24.0 °C (75.2 °F) and average low temperature is 14 °C (57.2 °F). The highest recorded temperature in Zürich was 37.7 °C (100 °F), recorded in July 1947, and typically the warmest day reaches an average of 32.2 °C (90.0 °F).

Spring and autumn are generally cool to mild, but sometimes with large differences between warm and cold days even during the same year. The highest temperature of the month March in 2014 was on the 20th at 20.6 °C (69.1 °F) during a sunny afternoon and the lowest temperature was on the 25th at −0.4 °C (31.3 °F) during the night/early morning. Record low of average daily temperatures in March since 1864 is −12 °C (10 °F) and record high of average daily temperatures in March is 16 °C (61 °F). Record low of average daily temperatures in October is −16 °C (3 °F) and record high of average daily temperatures in October is 20 °C (68 °F).

Zürich has an average of 1,544 hours of sunshine per year and shines on 38% of its potential time throughout the year. During the months April until September the sun shines between 150 and 215 hours per month. The 1,134 millimetres (44.6 in) rainfall spread on 133.9 days with precipitation throughout the year. Roughly about every third day you will encounter at least some precipitation, which is very much a Swiss average. During the warmer half of the year and especially during the three summer months, the strength of rainfall is higher than those measured in winter, but the days with precipitation stays about the same throughout the year (in average 9.9–12.7 days per month). October has the lowest number (9.9) of days with some precipitation. There is an average of 59.5 so-called bright days (number of days with sunshine duration greater than 80%) through the year, the most in July and August (7.4, 7.7 days), and the least in January and December (2.7, 1.8 days). The average number of days with sunshine duration less than 20%, so-called cloudy days, is 158.4 days, while the most cloudy days are in November (17.8 days), December (21.7 days), and January with 19 days.

Climate data for Zürich (Fluntern), elevation: 556 m (1,824 ft), 1981–2010 normals, extremes 1901–present
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 16.9
(62.4)
19.3
(66.7)
23.2
(73.8)
31.3
(88.3)
32.4
(90.3)
36.4
(97.5)
37.7
(99.9)
36.2
(97.2)
32.5
(90.5)
28.7
(83.7)
23.8
(74.8)
17.0
(62.6)
37.7
(99.9)
Average high °C (°F) 2.9
(37.2)
4.6
(40.3)
9.5
(49.1)
13.8
(56.8)
18.5
(65.3)
21.6
(70.9)
24.0
(75.2)
23.3
(73.9)
18.8
(65.8)
13.7
(56.7)
7.2
(45.0)
3.7
(38.7)
13.5
(56.3)
Daily mean °C (°F) 0.3
(32.5)
1.3
(34.3)
5.3
(41.5)
8.8
(47.8)
13.3
(55.9)
16.4
(61.5)
18.6
(65.5)
18.0
(64.4)
14.1
(57.4)
9.9
(49.8)
4.4
(39.9)
1.4
(34.5)
9.3
(48.7)
Average low °C (°F) −2.0
(28.4)
−1.6
(29.1)
1.7
(35.1)
4.5
(40.1)
8.8
(47.8)
11.9
(53.4)
14.0
(57.2)
13.8
(56.8)
10.5
(50.9)
7.0
(44.6)
2.0
(35.6)
−0.7
(30.7)
5.8
(42.4)
Record low °C (°F) −20.8
(−5.4)
−24.2
(−11.6)
−14.4
(6.1)
−6.5
(20.3)
−2.0
(28.4)
0.9
(33.6)
5.3
(41.5)
4.0
(39.2)
−0.3
(31.5)
−5.5
(22.1)
−11.0
(12.2)
−18.5
(−1.3)
−24.2
(−11.6)
Average precipitation mm (inches) 63
(2.5)
64
(2.5)
78
(3.1)
83
(3.3)
122
(4.8)
128
(5.0)
124
(4.9)
124
(4.9)
99
(3.9)
86
(3.4)
79
(3.1)
83
(3.3)
1,134
(44.6)
Average snowfall cm (inches) 18.4
(7.2)
22.0
(8.7)
13.7
(5.4)
3.0
(1.2)
0.0
(0.0)
0.0
(0.0)
0.0
(0.0)
0.0
(0.0)
0.0
(0.0)
0.8
(0.3)
8.0
(3.1)
19.1
(7.5)
85.0
(33.5)
Average precipitation days(≥ 1.0 mm) 10.5 9.3 11.9 11.4 12.4 12.7 12.3 11.6 10.2 9.9 10.3 11.4 133.9
Average snowy days(≥ 1.0 cm) 4.8 5.2 3.2 0.7 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.1 1.6 4.8 20.4
Average relative humidity (%) 83 78 72 69 71 71 71 74 79 83 84 84 77
Mean monthly sunshine hours 55 81 124 153 175 189 215 200 150 102 59 42 1,544
Percent possible sunshine 22 31 36 40 41 44 49 50 44 33 24 18 38
Average ultraviolet index 1 2 3 5 7 8 8 7 5 3 1 1 4
Source 1: MeteoSwiss
Source 2: KNMI
Climate data for Zürich (Fluntern), elevation: 556 m (1,824 ft), 1961-1990 normals and extremes
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 14.3
(57.7)
16.4
(61.5)
21.5
(70.7)
26.2
(79.2)
29.7
(85.5)
30.8
(87.4)
35.8
(96.4)
32.3
(90.1)
28.3
(82.9)
26.7
(80.1)
22.8
(73.0)
16.5
(61.7)
35.8
(96.4)
Mean maximum °C (°F) 9.8
(49.6)
11.0
(51.8)
16.2
(61.2)
21.5
(70.7)
25.1
(77.2)
27.9
(82.2)
29.8
(85.6)
28.9
(84.0)
24.7
(76.5)
20.4
(68.7)
15.9
(60.6)
10.7
(51.3)
29.8
(85.6)
Average high °C (°F) 2.0
(35.6)
3.7
(38.7)
7.9
(46.2)
12.4
(54.3)
16.8
(62.2)
20.0
(68.0)
22.4
(72.3)
21.3
(70.3)
18.0
(64.4)
12.6
(54.7)
6.8
(44.2)
3.1
(37.6)
12.3
(54.0)
Daily mean °C (°F) −0.6
(30.9)
0.7
(33.3)
4.1
(39.4)
8.0
(46.4)
12.2
(54.0)
15.5
(59.9)
17.6
(63.7)
16.7
(62.1)
13.9
(57.0)
9.1
(48.4)
4.0
(39.2)
0.6
(33.1)
8.5
(47.3)
Average low °C (°F) −2.8
(27.0)
−1.7
(28.9)
0.7
(33.3)
3.7
(38.7)
7.6
(45.7)
10.8
(51.4)
12.5
(54.5)
12.0
(53.6)
9.8
(49.6)
5.9
(42.6)
1.6
(34.9)
−1.4
(29.5)
4.9
(40.8)
Mean minimum °C (°F) −10.1
(13.8)
−8.1
(17.4)
−5.5
(22.1)
−1.5
(29.3)
2.1
(35.8)
5.7
(42.3)
7.8
(46.0)
7.5
(45.5)
4.8
(40.6)
0.4
(32.7)
−4.3
(24.3)
−8.4
(16.9)
−10.1
(13.8)
Record low °C (°F) −20.8
(−5.4)
−16.6
(2.1)
−14.6
(5.7)
−4.1
(24.6)
−1.8
(28.8)
1.0
(33.8)
5.1
(41.2)
4.6
(40.3)
1.3
(34.3)
−1.7
(28.9)
−10.3
(13.5)
−14.7
(5.5)
−20.8
(−5.4)
Average precipitation mm (inches) 69.0
(2.72)
70.0
(2.76)
70.0
(2.76)
89.0
(3.50)
105.0
(4.13)
125.0
(4.92)
118.0
(4.65)
135.0
(5.31)
94.0
(3.70)
69.0
(2.72)
82.0
(3.23)
75.0
(2.95)
1,101
(43.35)
Average precipitation days(≥ 1.0 mm) 11.0 10.0 12.0 12.0 13.0 13.0 12.0 12.0 9.0 8.0 11.0 11.0 134
Average relative humidity (%) 85.0 80.0 75.0 72.0 73.0 74.0 73.0 77.0 81.0 84.0 84.0 85.0 78.6
Mean monthly sunshine hours 42.4 76.2 118.0 139.5 166.1 178.3 210.7 191.9 158.1 104.6 58.2 38.0 1,482
Source: NOAA


Climate protection

In November 2008 the people of Zürich voted in a public referendum to write into law the quantifiable and fixed deadline of one tonne of CO2 per person per annum by 2050. This forces any decision of the executive to support this goal, even if the costs are higher in all dimensions. Some examples are the new disinfection section of the public city hospital in Triemli (Minergie-P quality – passive house),[clarification needed] the continued optimisation and creation of public transportation, enlargement of the bicycle-only network, research and projects for renewable energy and enclosure of speed-ways.[clarification needed]

Urban area

The areas surrounding the Limmat are almost completely developed with residential, industrial, and commercial zones. The sunny and desirable residential areas in the hills overlooking Zürich, Waidberg and Zürichberg, and the bottom part of the slope on the western side of the valley on the Uetliberg, are also densely built.

The "green lungs" of the city include the vast forest areas of Adlisberg, Zürichberg, Käferberg, Hönggerberg and Uetliberg. Major parks are also located along the lakeshore (Zürichhorn and Enge), while smaller parks dot the city. Larger contiguous agricultural lands are located near Affoltern and Seebach. Of the total area of the municipality of Zürich (in 1996, without the lake), 45.4% is residential, industrial and commercial, 15.5% is transportation infrastructure, 26.5% is forest, 11%: is agriculture and 1.2% is water.

View over Zürich and Lake Zürich from the Uetliberg
See also: Zürich model

Public transport

A paddle steamer on Lake Zürich

Public transport is extremely popular in Zürich, and its inhabitants use public transport in large numbers. About 70% of the visitors to the city use the tram or bus, and about half of the journeys within the municipality take place on public transport. The ZVV network of public transport contains at least four means of mass-transit: any train that stops within the network's borders, in particular the S-Bahn (local trains), Zürich trams, and buses (both diesel and electric, also called trolley buses) and boats on the lake and river. In addition, the public transport network includes funicular railways and even the Luftseilbahn Adliswil-Felsenegg (LAF), a cable car between Adliswil and Felsenegg. Tickets purchased for a trip are valid on all means of public transportation (train, tram, bus, boat). The Zürichsee-Schifffahrtsgesellschaft (commonly abbreviated to ZSG) operates passenger vessels on the Limmat and the Lake Zürich, connecting surrounding towns between Zürich and Rapperswil.

The busy Hauptbahnhof main hall

Zürich is a mixed hub for railways, roads, and air traffic. Zürich Hauptbahnhof (Zürich HB) is the largest and busiest station in Switzerland and is an important railway hub in Europe. As of early 2020, Zürich HB served around 470,000 passengers and nearly 3,000 trains every day. Among the 16 railway stations (and 10 additional train stops) within Zürich's city borders, there are five other major passenger railway stations. Three of them belong to the ten most frequented railway stations in Switzerland: Stadelhofen, Oerlikon, Altstetten, Hardbrücke, and Enge. The railway network is mainly operated by the Swiss Federal Railways (SBB CFF FFS), but Zürich is also served by major EuroCity trains from the neighbouring countries and is a destination for both French/Swiss (TGV Lyria) and German (ICE) high-speed trains, as well as by Austrian RailJet.

Zurich Airport

Zurich Airport is located less than 10 kilometers (6.2 mi) northeast of the city in Kloten. Zurich Airport has its own railway station, which is located underground. It is directly connected to Zürich and most of the major Swiss cities. Zurich Airport is served by more than 60 passenger airlines from around the world. It is also served by one cargo airline and is a hub for Swiss International Air Lines. There is also an airfield in Dübendorf.

Road traffic

The A1, A3 and A4 motorways pass close to Zürich. The A1 heads west towards Bern and Geneva and eastwards towards St. Gallen; the A4 leads northwards to Schaffhausen and southwards to Altdorf connecting with the A2 towards Chiasso; and the A3 heads northwest towards Basel and southeast along Lake Zürich and Lake Walen towards Sargans.

Bicycle transport

In 2012, the city council launched a program to improve the city's attractiveness for bicycle traffic. The so-called "Masterplan Velo" is part of the superordinate framework Stadtverkehr 2025 which shapes the future of the different means of transport. Research revealed that infrastructure and the social environment are essential factors in improving a city's appeal to bicycle traffic. Three main goals are specified: First, the modal share of bicycle traffic should be enhanced to twice the value of 2011 by 2015. Second, cyclists' safety should be improved to lower the overall accident risk. Third, cycling should be established as an everyday means of transport with a special focus on children and young people.

In terms of infrastructure, the city aims to build up a network of distinctive bicycle routes in order to achieve these objectives. At a final stage, the network will consist of main routes (Hauptrouten) for everyday use and comfort routes (Komfortrouten), with the latter focusing on leisure cycling. Additional measures such as special Velostationen providing bike-related services are expected to help to further improve the quality. One of the key projects of the system is a tunnel beneath the tracks of the main railway station planned to combine a main connection with staffed possibilities where commuters can leave their bikes throughout the day. Apart from infrastructural measures, further approaches are planned in the fields of communication, education and administration.

However, these efforts cause critique, mainly due to postponing. The institution of the bike tunnel at the main railway station, originally planned for 2016, is currently (2016) delayed to at least 2019. Pro Velo, a nationwide interest group, has publicly questioned whether the masterplan already failed. The critique aims at badly governed traffic management at construction sites, missing possibilities to park bikes in the city as well as rather diffident ambitions. In response, the responsible city department points to the big investments made every year and mentions ongoing discussions that would finally lead to even better results.

Population

Augustinergasse in the old town

There are 421,878 people living in Zürich (as of 31 December 2020), making it Switzerland's largest city. Of registered inhabitants (in 2016), 32% (133,473) do not hold Swiss citizenship. Of these, German citizens make up the largest group with 8% (33,548), followed by Italians 3.5% (14,543). As of 2011, the population of the city, including suburbs, totaled 1.17 million people. The entire metropolitan area (including the cities of Winterthur, Baden, Brugg, Schaffhausen, Frauenfeld, Uster / Wetzikon, Rapperswil-Jona, and Zug) had a population of around 1.82 million people.

Largest groups of foreign residents 2016
Nationality Number % total
(foreigners)
Germany 33,548 8.1% (25.1%)
Italy 14,543 3.5% (10.9%)
Portugal 8,274 2.0% (6.2%)
Spain 6,207 1.5% (4.7%)
Austria 4,809 1.2% (3.6%)
France 4,244 1.0% (3.2%)
Serbia 3,597 0.9% (2.7%)
United Kingdom 3,483 0.8% (2.6%)
Turkey 3,402 0.8% (2.5%)
Kosovo 2,437 0.6% (1.8%)

Languages

The official formal language used by governmental institutions, print, news, schools and universities, courts, theatres and in any kind of written form is the Swiss variety of Standard German, while the spoken language is Zürich German (Züritüütsch), one of the several more or less distinguishable, but mutually intelligible Swiss German dialects of Switzerland with roots in the medieval Alemannic German dialect groups. However, because of Zürich's national importance, and therefore its existing high fluctuation,[clarification needed] its inhabitants and commuters speak all kinds of Swiss German dialects. As of the December 2010 census, 69.3% of the population speaks diglossic Swiss German/Swiss Standard German as their mother-tongue at home. Some 22.7% of inhabitants speak Standard German in their family environment ("at home"). Dramatically increasing, according to the last census in 2000, 8.8% now speak English. Italian follows behind at 7.1% of the population, then French at 4.5%. Other languages spoken here include: Croatian and Serbian (4.1%), Spanish (3.9%), Portuguese (3.1%), and Albanian (2.3%). (Multiple choices were possible.) Thus, 20% of the population speak two or more languages at home.

Religion

Further information: Reformation in Zürich
Religion in Zürich - 2010
Religion Nationality Total-Pop.
Roman Catholic Swiss
28% 30%
Other
35%
Unaffiliated Swiss
25% 27%
Other
31%
Swiss Reformed Swiss
33% 26%
Other
9%
Other Christians Swiss
6% 7%
Other
9%
Islam Swiss
3% 5%
Other
9%
Other Religion Swiss
2% 2%
Other
4%
No answer Swiss
2% 2%
Other
2%
Jewish Swiss
1% 1%
Other
1%

Before the Protestant Reformation reached Zürich, it was de jure and de facto Roman Catholic.

The Protestant Reformation, led by Huldrych Zwingli, made Zürich both a theological centre and a stronghold of Protestantism in Switzerland. Another Swiss city with a comparable status was Geneva, the so-called Protestant Rome, where John Calvin and his Protestant Reformers operated, as well as Basel. Zürich attracted other influential Protestant Reformers like Heinrich Bullinger. Zwingli translated the Bible (Zürich Bible) into the local variety of German, and introduced the Reformation by winning support of the magistrates, the princess abbess Katharina von Zimmern, and the largely peasant population of the Canton of Zürich. The canton unanimously adopted the Reformed tradition, as represented by Zwingli. Religious wars between Catholics and Protestants tormented the Swiss Confederacy. Zwingli died for political and religious reasons by defending the Canton of Zürich in the Battle of Kappel. Bullinger took over his role as the city's spiritual leader.

In 1970, about 53% of the population were Swiss Reformed, while almost 40% were Roman Catholic. Since then, both large Swiss churches, the Roman Catholic Church and Swiss Reformed Church, have been constantly losing members, though for the Catholic Church, the decrease started 20 years later, in around 1990. Nevertheless, for the last twenty years, both confessions have been reduced by 10%, to the current figures (census 2010): 30% Roman Catholic, and 26% Swiss Reformed (organized in Evangelical Reformed Church of the Canton of Zürich). In 1970, only 2% of Zürich's inhabitants claimed to be not affiliated with any religious confession. In accordance with the loss by the large Swiss churches, the number of people declaring themselves as non-affiliated rose to 17% in the year 2000. In the last ten years, this figure rose to more than 25%. For the group of people, being between 24 and 44 years old, this is as high as one in every third person.

5% of Zürich's inhabitants are Muslims, a slight decrease of 1%, compared to the year 2000. The Mahmood Mosque Zürich, situated in Forchstrasse, is the first mosque built in Switzerland.

The population of Jewish ethnicity and religion has been more or less constant since 1970, at about 1%. The Synagoge Zürich Löwenstrasse is the oldest and largest synagogue of Zürich.

Social

The level of unemployment in Zürich was 3.2% in July 2012. In 2008, the average monthly income was about CHF 7000 before any deductions for social insurances and taxes. In 2010, there were 12,994 cases (on average per month) of direct or indirect welfare payments from the state.

Quality of living

Zürich often performs well in international rankings, some of which are mentioned below:

  • Monocle's 2012 "Quality of Life Survey" ranked Zürich first on a list of the top 25 cities in the world "to make a base within". In 2019 Zürich was ranked among the ten most liveable cities in the world by Mercer together with Geneva and Basel.
  • In fDi Magazine's "Global Cities of the Future 2021/22" report, Zürich placed 16th in the overall rankings (all categories). In the category "Mid-sized and small cities", Zürich was 2nd overall, behind Wroclaw, having also placed 2nd in the subcategory "Human capital and lifestyle" and 3rd under "Business friendliness". In the category "FDI strategy, overall" (relating to foreign direct investment), Zürich ranked 9th, behind such cities as New York, Montreal (1st and 2nd) and Dubai (at number 8).
Further information: Zürich old town
The Bahnhofstrasse seen from Paradeplatz

Most of Zürich's sites are located within the area on either side of the Limmat, between the Main railway station and Lake Zürich. The churches and houses of the old town are clustered here, as are the most expensive shops along the famous Bahnhofstrasse. The Lindenhof in the old town is the historical site of the Roman castle, and the later Carolingian Imperial Palace.

Churches

  • Grossmünster (Great Minster) According to legend, Charlemagne discovered the graves of the city's martyrs Felix and Regula and had built the first church as a monastery; start of current building around 1100; in the first half of the 16th century, the Great Minster was the starting point of the Swiss-German Reformation led by Huldrych Zwingli and Heinrich Bullinger; declared by Charlemagne imperial church; romanesque crypt, romanesque capitals in the church and cloister; choir windows by Augusto Giacometti (1932) and Sigmar Polke (2009), bronze doors by Otto Münch (1935 and 1950).
  • Fraumünster (Women's Minster) Church of a former abbey for aristocratical women from southern Germany which was founded in 853 by Louis the German for his daughter Hildegard; first church built before 874; the romanesque choir dates from 1250 to 1270; the church enjoyed the patronage of kings and had the right of coinage from Zürich to the 13th century; after the Reformation, church and convent passed into the possession of the city; the most important jewelry – in addition to the largest organ in the canton with its 5,793 pipes and 92 stops – are color windows: the window in the north transept of Augusto Giacometti (1945), the five-part cycle in the choir (1970) and the rosette in the southern transept (1978) are by Marc Chagall; also the church of Zürich's largest choir with 100 and more singers.
  • St. Peter romanesque-gothic-baroque church built on remains of former churches from before the 9th century; with the largest church clock face in Europe built 1538; baptismal font of 1598, baroque stucco; individual stalls from the 15th century from city repealed monasteries with rich carvings and armrests; Kanzellettner (increased barrier between the nave and choir with built-pulpit) of 1705 pulpit sounding board about 1790; rich Akanthus embellishment with Bible verse above the pulpit; 1971 new crystal chandelier modeled according 1710 design; organ in 1974 with 53 stops; Bells: five from 1880, the largest, A minor, without clapper weighs about 6,000 kg (13,228 lb); fire guard in the tower to the Middle Ages to 1911.
  • Predigerkirche is one of the four main churches of the old town, first built in 1231 AD as a Romanesque church of the then Dominican Predigerkloster nearby the Neumarkt. It was converted in the first half of the 14th century, and the choir rebuilt between 1308 and 1350. Due to its construction and for that time unusual high bell tower, it was regarded as the most high Gothic edifice in Zürich.[citation needed]

Museums

  • Zürich Museum of Art – The Museum of Art, also known as Kunsthaus Zürich, is one of the significant art museums of Europe. It holds one of the largest collections in Classic Modern art in the world (Munch, Picasso, Braque, Giacometti, etc.). The museum also features a large library collection of photographs.
  • Swiss National Museum – The National Museum (German: Landesmuseum) displays many objects that illustrate the cultural and historical background of Switzerland. It also contains many ancient artifacts, including stained glass, costumes, painted furniture and weapons. The museum is located in the Platzspitz park opposite to the Hauptbahnhof.
  • Centre Le Corbusier – Located on the shore of the Lake Zürich nearby Zürichhorn, the Centre Le Corbusier (also named: Heidi Weber Museum), is an art museum dedicated to the work of the Swiss architect Le Corbusier, inside the last house he designed.
  • Rietberg Museum – The Rietberg Museum, situated in Gablerstrasse, is one of the great repositories of art and culture in Zürich. The museum also displays exhibits gathered from various corners of the world: bronze artifacts from Tibet, ceramics and jade, Indian sculpture, Chinese grave decorations, masks by African tribes, etc.
  • Museum of Design – The Museum of Design is a museum for industrial design, visual communication, architecture and craft. It is part of the Department of Cultural Analysis of the Zürich University of the Arts.
  • Haus Konstruktiv – The Haus Konstruktiv is a museum with Swiss-wide and international recognition. The museum is about constructive, concrete and conceptual art and design. It testimonies to Zürich's industrial architecture in the immediate vicinity of the Main Station.
  • Uhrenmuseum Beyer – The Uhrenmuseum is located in the heart of the city. Documenting the history of timekeeping and timekeepers, the museum is home to a large collection of mechanical timepieces as well as a collection of primitive time keeping devices such as water clocks, sundials and hourglasses
  • No Show Museum – the No Show Museum is the first museum dedicated to nothing and its various manifestations throughout the history of art.
  • Guild houses – The Guild houses (German: Zunfthaus) are located along the Limmat (downstream from the Grossmünster): Meisen (also a porcelain and faience museum), Rüden, Haue, Saffran, Schneidern, Schmiden, Zimmerleuten, and some more.
  • Tram Museum – The Tram Museum is located at Burgwies in Zürich's eastern suburbs, and chronicles the history of Zürich's iconic tram system with exhibits varying in date from 1897 to the present day.
  • North America Native Museum – The North American Native Museum specializes in the conservation, documentation and presentation of ethnographic objects and art of Native American, First Nation and Inuit cultures.

Parks and nature

  • Zoological Garden – The zoological garden holds about 260 species of animals and houses about 2200 animals. One can come across separate enclosures of snow leopards, India lions, clouded leopards, Amur leopards, otters and pandas in the zoo.
  • Botanical Garden – The Botanical Garden houses about 15,000 species of plants and trees and contains as many as three million plants. In the garden, many rare plant species from south western part of Africa, as well as from New Caledonia can be found. The University of Zürich holds the ownership of the Botanical Garden.
  • Chinese Garden – The Chinese Garden is a gift by Zürich's Chinese partner town Kunming, as remiscence for Zürich's technical and scientific assistance in the development of the Kunming city drinking water supply and drainage. The garden is an expression of one of the main themes of Chinese culture, the «Three Friends of Winter» – three plants that together brave the cold season – pine, bamboo, and plum.
  • Uetliberg – Located to the west of the city at an altitude of 813 meters (2,667 ft) above sea level, the Uetliberg is the highest hill and offers views over the city. The summit is easily accessible by train from Zürich main station.

Architecture

The 88-metre Sunrise Tower (2005) was the first approved high-rise building in twenty years.

Compared to other cities, there are few tall buildings in Zürich. The municipal building regulations (Article 9) limit the construction of high-rise buildings to areas in the west and north of the city. In the industrial district, Altstetten and Oerlikon, buildings up to 80 meters (260 ft) in height are allowed (high-rise area I). In the adjacent high-rise areas II and III the height is limited to 40 meters (130 ft). Around the year 2000, regulations became more flexible and high-rise buildings were again planned and built. The people's initiative "40 metres (130 feet) is enough," which would have reduced both the maximum height and the high-rise buildings area, was clearly rejected on 29 November 2009. At this time in Zürich about a dozen high-rise buildings were under construction or in planning, including the Prime Tower as the tallest skyscraper in Switzerland at the time of its construction. There are numerous examples of brutalist buildings throughout the city, including the Swissmill Tower which, at 118m, is the world's tallest gain silo.

Panoramic view of Münsterhof square with some of the Guild houses

World heritage sites

The prehistoric settlements at Enge Alpenquai and Grosser Hafner and Kleiner Hafner are part of the Prehistoric Pile dwellings around the Alps a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

In a 2009 survey by CityMayors.com, Zürich was ranked 9th among the "World's 10 Most Powerful Cities". In the 2017 Global Financial Centres Index, Zürich was ranked as having the 11th most competitive financial center in the world, and second most competitive in Europe after London. The Greater Zürich Area is Switzerland's economic centre and home to many international companies. By far the most important sector in the economy of Zürich is the service industry, which employs nearly four-fifths of workers. Other important industries include light industry, machine and textile industries and tourism. Located in Zürich, the Swiss Stock Exchange was established in 1877 and is nowadays the fourth most prominent stock exchange in the world. In addition, Zürich is the world's largest gold trading centre.[citation needed]

Ten of the country's 50 largest companies have their head offices in Zürich, among them ABB, UBS, Credit Suisse, Swiss Re and Zürich Financial Services. Most Swiss banks have their headquarters in Zürich and there are numerous foreign banks in the Greater Zürich Area. "Gnomes of Zürich" is a colloquial term used for Swiss bankers on account of their alleged secrecy and speculative dealing.

Contributory factors to economic strength

The high quality of life has been cited as a reason for economic growth in Zürich. The consulting firm Mercer has[when?] for many years ranked Zürich as a city with the highest quality of life in the world. In particular, Zürich received high scores for work, housing, leisure, education and safety. Local planning authorities ensure clear separation between urban and recreational areas and there are many protected nature reserves. Zürich is also ranked[when?] the third most expensive city in the world, behind Hong Kong and Tokyo and ahead of Singapore.

Zürich benefits from the high level of investment in education which is typical of Switzerland in general and provides skilled labour at all levels. The city is home to two major universities, thus enabling access to graduates and high technology research. Professional training incorporates a mix of practical work experience and academic study while, in general, emphasis is placed on obtaining a good level of general education and language ability. As a result, the city is home to many multilingual people and employees generally demonstrate a high degree of motivation and a low level of absenteeism. The employment laws are less restrictive as nearby Germany or France. Technology new start, FinTech and others in MedTech secure good seed and starter funding.

The Swiss stock exchange

The Swiss stock exchange is called SIX Swiss Exchange, formerly known as SWX. The SIX Swiss Exchange is the head group of several different worldwide operative financial systems: Eurex, Eurex US, EXFEED, STOXX, and virt-x. The exchange turnover generated at the SWX was in 2007 of 1,780,499.5 million CHF; the number of transactions arrived in the same period at 35,339,296 and the Swiss Performance Index (SPI) arrived at a total market capitalization of 1,359,976.2 million CHF.

The SIX Swiss Exchange goes back more than 150 years. In 1996, an electronic trading platform replaced the open outcry trading system at the stock exchanges of Geneva (founded in 1850), Basel (1866), and Zürich (1873).

Since 2008, the SIX Swiss Exchange has been part of the SIX Group, as SWX Group, SIS Group and Telekurs Group merged.

Main building of the University of Zürich

About 70,000 people study at the 20 universities, colleges and institutions of higher education in Zürich in 2019. Two of Switzerland's most distinguished universities are located in the city: the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zürich), which is controlled by the federal government, and the University of Zürich, under direction of the canton of Zürich. Both universities were listed in the top 50 world universities rated in 2007, while the ETH has consistently remained in the top 10 universities worldwide since 2016.

ETH was founded in 1854 by the Swiss Confederation and opened its doors in 1855 as a polytechnic institute. ETH achieved its reputation particularly in the fields of chemistry, mathematics and physics and there are 21 Nobel Laureates who are associated with the institution. ETH is usually ranked the top university in continental Europe. The institution consists of two campuses, the main building in the heart of the city and the new campus on the outskirts of the city.

The University of Zürich was founded in 1833, although its beginnings date back to 1525 when the Swiss reformer Ulrich Zwingli founded a college of theology. Nowadays with its 24,000 students and 1,900 graduations each year, the University of Zürich is the largest in Switzerland and offers the widest range of subjects and courses at any Swiss higher education institution.

The Pedagogical College, the Zürich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW) and the Zürich University of the Arts (ZHdK) are another three top-class technical colleges which contribute to Zürich's reputation as a knowledge and research pole by providing applied research and development. Zürich is also one of the co-location centres of the Knowledge and Innovation Community (Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation) of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology.

State universities by size in Canton Zürich

Enrollment of (federal) state Universities and higher education institutions in Zürich
Institution Total students
University of Zürich – UZH 25,618
Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zürich – ETH 20,607
Zürich University of Applied Sciences – ZHAW 15,334

See also List of largest universities by enrollment in Switzerland

Many large Swiss media conglomerates are headquartered in Zürich, such as tamedia, Ringier and the NZZ-Verlag.

Television and radio

Swiss television's building

The headquarters of Switzerland's national licence fee-funded German language television network ("SF") are located in the Leutschenbach neighborhood, to the north of the Oerlikon railway station. Regional commercial television station "TeleZüri" (Zürich Television) has its headquarters near Escher-Wyss Platz. The production facilities for other commercial stations "Star TV", "u1" TV and "3+" are located in Schlieren.

One section of the Swiss German language licence fee-funded public radio station "Schweizer Radio DRS" is located in Zürich. There are commercial local radio stations broadcasting from Zürich, such as "Radio 24" on the Limmatstrasse, "Energy Zürich" in Seefeld on the Kreuzstrasse, Radio "LoRa" and "Radio 1". There are other radio stations that operate only during certain parts of the year, such as "CSD Radio" (May/June), "Radio Streetparade" (July/August) and "rundfunk.fm" (August/September).

Print media

There are three large daily newspapers published in Zürich that are known across Switzerland. The Neue Zürcher Zeitung (NZZ), the Tages-Anzeiger and Blick, the largest Swiss tabloid. All three of those newspapers publish Sunday editions. These are the NZZ am Sonntag, SonntagsZeitung and SonntagsBlick. Besides the three main daily newspapers, there is a free daily commuter newspaper which is widely distributed: 20 Minuten (20 minutes), published weekdays in the mornings.

A number of magazines from major publishers are based in Zürich. Some examples are Bilanz, Die Weltwoche, Annabelle, Schweizer Familie and Schweizer Illustrierte.

Opening of the Zurich Film Festival (2008)

In addition to high-quality museums and galleries, Zürich has high-calibre chamber and symphony orchestras and several important theatres.

The Zurich Film Festival is an international film festival, lasting 11 days and featuring popular international productions.

Zürich during the Street Parade (2008)

One of the largest and most popular annual events in Zürich is the Street Parade, which is also one of the largest techno and dance music festivals in the world. Proceeding along the side of Lake Zürich, it is normally held on the second Saturday in August. The first edition was held in 1992 with about 1,000 participants. By 2001 the event attracted one million participants. The Zürifäscht, on the other hand, is a triennial public festival. It features music, fireworks set to music, and other attractions throughout the old town. It is the largest public festival in Switzerland and attracts up to 2 million visitors.

The Kunst Zürich is an international contemporary art fair with an annual guest city; it combines most recent arts with the works of well-established artists. Another annual public art exhibit is the city campaign, sponsored by the City Vereinigung (the local equivalent of a chamber of commerce) with the cooperation of the city government. It consists of decorated sculptures distributed over the city centre, in public places. Past themes have included lions (1986), cows (1998), benches (2003), teddy bears (2005), and huge flower pots (2009). From this originated the concept of the CowParade that has been featured in other major world cities.

Zürich has been the home to several art movements. The Dada movement was founded in 1916 at the Cabaret Voltaire. Artists like Max Bill, Marcel Breuer, Camille Graeser or Richard Paul Lohse had their ateliers in Zürich, which became even more important after the takeover of power by the Nazi regime in Germany and World War II.

The best known traditional holiday in Zürich is the Sechseläuten (Sächsilüüte), including a parade of the guilds and the burning of "winter" in effigy at the Sechseläutenplatz. During this festival the popular march known as the Sechseläutenmarsch is played. It has no known composer but likely originated in Russia. Another is the Knabenschiessen target shooting competition for teenagers (originally boys, open to female participants since 1991).

Opera, ballet, and theaters

Opernhaus

The Zürich Opera House (German: Zürcher Opernhaus), built in 1834, was the first permanent theatre in the heart of Zürich and was at the time, the main seat of Richard Wagner's activities. Later in 1890, the theatre was re-built as an ornate building with a neo-classical architecture. The portico is made of white and grey stone ornamented with the busts of Wagner, Weber and Mozart. Later, busts of Schiller, Shakespeare and Goethe were also added. The auditorium is designed in the rococo style. Once a year, it hosts the Zürcher Opernball with the President of the Swiss Confederation and the economic and cultural élite of Switzerland. The Ballet Zürich performs at the opera house. The Zürich Opera Ball, a major social event, is held annually at the Opera House as a fundraiser for the opera and ballet companies.

The Schauspielhaus Zürich is the main theatre complex of the city. It has two dépendances: Pfauen in the Central City District and Schiffbauhalle, an old industrial hall, in Zürich West. The Schauspielhaus was home to emigrants such as Bertolt Brecht or Thomas Mann, and saw premieres of works of Max Frisch, Friedrich Dürrenmatt, Botho Strauss or Elfriede Jelinek. The Schauspielhaus is one of the most prominent and important theatres in Switzerland.

The Theater am Neumarkt is one of the oldest theatres of the city. Established by the old guilds in the Old City District, it is located in a baroque palace near Niederdorf Street. It has two stages staging mostly avantgarde works by European directors.

The Zürcher Theater Spektakel is an international theatre festival, featuring contemporary performing arts.

Food

The traditional cuisine of Zürich reflects the centuries of rule by patrician burghers as well as the lasting imprint of Huldrych Zwingli's puritanism. Traditional dishes include Zürcher Geschnetzeltes and Tirggel.

Nightlife and clubbing

Zürich at night

Zürich is host city of the Street Parade, which takes place in August every year (see above).

The most famous districts for Nightlife are the Niederdorf in the old town with bars, restaurants, lounges, hotels, clubs, etc. and a lot of fashion shops for a young and stylish public and the Langstrasse in the districts 4 and 5 of the city. There are authentic amusements: bars, punk clubs, hip hop stages, Caribbean restaurants, arthouse cinemas, Turkish kebabs and Italian espresso-bars, but also sex shops or the famous red-light district of Zürich.

In the past ten years[when?] new parts of the city have risen into the spotlight. Notably, the area known as Zürich West in district 5, near the Escher-Wyss square and the S-Bahn Station of Zürich Hardbrücke.[citation needed]

Zürich is home to several international sport federations. The Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) is headquartered in the city. In 2007 were inaugurated the new FIFA headquarters building, designed by architect Tilla Theus.

Association football is an essential aspect of sports in Zürich. The city is home to two major Swiss football teams; Grasshopper Club Zürich founded in 1886 and FC Zürich founded in 1896, both competing in Switzerland's highest league.

Among the most popular sports in Switzerland is ice hockey. In Zürich it is represented by the ZSC Lions. The International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) officiating as head organisation for ice hockey leagues worldwide is based in Zürich as well.

Cycling is a popular sport as well as a means of transport in Zürich. Cycling routes are generally marked with red and white signs and the yellow lanes are exclusively meant for cyclists. Also hiking trails are well marked with yellow signs, which give the hiker the probable time it will take them to reach their destination. There are specific maps available for hiking and walking trails throughout Switzerland. Some of the most accessible walks in the Zürich area are the Uetliberg and the Zürichberg. The Offene Rennbahn otherwise known as the Oerlikon Velodrome deserves a special visit on any Tuesday evening in the summer, for cyclists there are chances to see time trial champions or local Swiss national cyclists challenging other amateurs in a variety of races including Madison or Keirin events.

As many as 30 clubs and seven indoor curling facilities can be found in the greater Zürich area. The curling season starts in early September and continues until the end of April.

Events

2007 Zürich Weltklasse

Weltklasse Zürich, sometimes referred to as the one-day Olympics, is a one-day athletics meet held annually at the Letzigrund Stadium. Since it started on 12 August 1928, the sporting event has witnessed new world records and national records. To date as many as 24 world records were set in Weltklasse.

Zürich Marathon is a popular sport event, inviting numerous athletes from every corner of the globe. Zürich Marathon is a long-distance running event, covering 42.195 kilometers (26.219 mi) at one stretch. The running course starts in Zürich and passes through Bahnhofstrasse, Bellevueplatz, Mythenquai, Quaibrücke, Talstrasse and Utoquai, and along Lake Zürich to several other places. New Year's Eve run is another important running event. The race is held on 1 January each year and the start takes place at midnight exactly.

Zürich was one of six venues of the 1954 FIFA World Cup and one of eight venues of the UEFA Euro 2008. The Euro 2008 games were held in the Letzigrund Stadium. Work on the new Letzigrund was completed in exceptionally quick time and the stadium opened in August 2007 just one year after the demolition of the old arena.

Zürich hosted the UCI Track Cycling World Championships six times at the Oerlikon Velodrome. The first time was in 1929 and the last time in 1983.

Since 2013, the international Openair Literatur Festival Zürich takes place annually in Zurich, presented by Literaturhaus Zürich and Kaufleuten.

Zürich also hosted the 1998 World Ice Hockey Championships. The city previously co-hosted the 1953 and 1939 editions.

Zürich was also host to the 2012 Men's World Floorball Championships. This was the first time the event had been held in Zürich.

Inside the "Oepfelchammer", in which the so-called Balkenprobe takes place
  • The Schwamendingen X: level crossing of tram tracks, necessary because the tunnel uses island platforms for boarding (between trams, whose doors are on the right) while normally (outside the tunnel), passengers board to the outside (opposite the boarding area of oncoming trams). Trams normally travel on the right track, but in the tunnel they travel on the left.[better source needed]
  • The Sihlfeld cemetery has a vending machine for funeral cards and other mourning supplies.[better source needed]
  • The "Oepfelchammer" tavern in Zürich's Old Town offers an unusual athletic drinking game called Balkenprobe: the drinker has to pull themselves up on a ceiling beam, cross over to the next beam, then drink a glass of wine with their head hanging down.[better source needed]

Architecture

  • Hönig, Roderick: Zürich wird gebaut. Architekturführer Zürich 1990–2010. Hochparterre, Zürich 2010, ISBN 978-3-85881-127-1.
  • Oechslin, Werner: Hochschulstadt Zürich. Bauten der ETH 1855–2005. GTA, Zürich 2005, ISBN 3-85676-154-3.
  • Bonte, Alexander, Bürkle, J. Christoph: Max Dudler Die neue Dichte – Der neue Stadtteil Europaallee und die Pädagogische Hochschule Zürich, Jovis, Berlin 2012, ISBN 978-3-86859-198-9

Culture

  • Kröger, Ute: Zürich, du mein blaues Wunder. Literarische Streifzüge durch eine europäische Kulturstadt. Limmat, Zürich 2004, ISBN 3-85791-447-5.
  • Staub, Ueli: Jazzstadt Zürich. Von Louis Armstrong bis Zürich Jazz Orchestra. Neue Zürcher Zeitung, Zürich 2003, ISBN 3-03823-012-X.

Others

  • Foppa, Daniel: Berühmte und vergessene Tote auf Zürichs Friedhöfen. Limmat, Zürich 2003, ISBN 3-85791-446-7.
  • Hegi, Christof u. a.: Zürich. Mairs, Ostfildern 2006, ISBN 3-8297-0315-5 (= Marco Polo Reiseführer).
  • Heimgartner, Susanna: Zürich komplett. Regenbogen, Zürich 2005, ISBN 3-85862-458-6 (= Regenbogen Reiseführer).
  • Smith, Duncan J. D.: Nur in Zürich – Ein Reiseführer zu einzigartigen Orten, geheimen Plätzen und ungewöhnlichen Sehenswürdigkeiten (übersetzt von Walter Goidinger), Brandstätter, Wien 2012, ISBN 978-3-85033-546-1.

Notes

  1. The official language in any municipality in German-speaking Switzerland is always German. In this context, the term 'German' is used as an umbrella term for any variety of German. So, according to law, you are allowed to communicate with the authorities by using any kind of German, in written or oral form. However, the authorities will always use Swiss Standard German (aka the Swiss variety of Standard German) in documents, or any written form. And orally, it is either Hochdeutsch (i.e., Swiss Standard German or what the particular speaker considers as High German), or then it depends on the speaker's origin, which dialectal variant (s)he is using.

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Zurich Language Watch Edit This article is about the city in Switzerland For other uses see Zurich disambiguation Zurich see below is the largest city in Switzerland and the capital of the canton of Zurich It is located in north central Switzerland 5 at the northwestern tip of Lake Zurich As of January 2020 the municipality has 434 335 inhabitants the urban area agglomeration 1 315 million 2009 6 and the Zurich metropolitan area 1 83 million 2011 7 Zurich is a hub for railways roads and air traffic Both Zurich Airport and Zurich s main railway station are the largest and busiest in the country ZurichMunicipality in SwitzerlandFrom top to bottom View over Zurich and the lake the Opera House Prime Tower at night ETH main building and Fraumunster church in the old town FlagCoat of armsLocation of ZurichZurichShow map of SwitzerlandZurichShow map of Canton of ZurichCoordinates 47 22 N 8 33 E 47 367 N 8 550 E 47 367 8 550 Coordinates 47 22 N 8 33 E 47 367 N 8 550 E 47 367 8 550CountrySwitzerlandCantonZurichDistrictZurichGovernment ExecutiveStadtrat with 9 members MayorStadtprasidentin list Corine Mauch SPS PSS as of February 2014 ParliamentGemeinderat with 125 membersArea 1 2 Total87 88 km2 33 93 sq mi Elevation Zurich Hauptbahnhof 408 m 1 339 ft Highest elevation Uetliberg 871 m 2 858 ft Lowest elevation Limmat 392 m 1 286 ft Population 2018 12 31 3 4 Total415 215 Density4 700 km2 12 000 sq mi Demonym s German Zurcher in Time zoneUTC 01 00 Central European Time Summer DST UTC 02 00 Central European Summer Time Postal code s 8000 8099SFOS number0261Surrounded byAdliswil Dubendorf Fallanden Kilchberg Maur Oberengstringen Opfikon Regensdorf Rumlang Schlieren Stallikon Uitikon Urdorf Wallisellen ZollikonTwin townsKunming San FranciscoWebsitewww wbr stadt zuerich wbr ch SFSO statistics Permanently settled for over 2 000 years Zurich was founded by the Romans who in 15 BC called it Turicum However early settlements have been found dating back more than 6 400 years although this only indicates human presence in the area and not the presence of a town that early 8 During the Middle Ages Zurich gained the independent and privileged status of imperial immediacy and in 1519 became a primary centre of the Protestant Reformation in Europe under the leadership of Huldrych Zwingli 9 The official language of Zurich is German a but the main spoken language is the local variant of the Alemannic Swiss German dialect Zurich German Many museums and art galleries can be found in the city including the Swiss National Museum and Kunsthaus Schauspielhaus Zurich is considered to be one of the most important theatres in the German speaking world 10 Zurich is among the world s largest financial centres despite having a relatively small population 11 The city is home to many financial institutions and banking companies Contents 1 Name 2 History 2 1 Early history 2 1 1 Archaeological findings 2 2 Old Swiss Confederacy 2 3 Modern history 2 4 Coat of arms 3 Politics 3 1 City districts 3 2 Government 3 3 Parliament 3 4 Elections 3 4 1 National Council 3 5 International relations 3 5 1 Twin towns and sister cities 4 Geography 4 1 Topography 4 2 Climate 4 3 Climate protection 4 4 Urban area 5 Transport 5 1 Public transport 5 2 Zurich Airport 5 3 Road traffic 5 4 Bicycle transport 6 Demographics 6 1 Population 6 2 Languages 6 3 Religion 6 4 Social 6 5 Quality of living 7 Main sites 7 1 Churches 7 2 Museums 7 3 Parks and nature 7 4 Architecture 7 5 World heritage sites 8 Economy 8 1 Contributory factors to economic strength 8 2 The Swiss stock exchange 9 Education and research 9 1 State universities by size in Canton Zurich 10 Media 10 1 Television and radio 10 2 Print media 11 Culture 11 1 Opera ballet and theaters 11 2 Food 11 3 Nightlife and clubbing 12 Sports 12 1 Events 13 Notable people 14 Other points of interest 15 Further reading 15 1 Architecture 15 2 Culture 15 3 Others 16 See also 17 Notes and references 17 1 Notes 17 2 References 18 External linksName EditIn German the city name is written Zurich and pronounced ˈtsyːrɪc in Swiss Standard German In Zurich German the local dialect of Swiss German the name is pronounced without the final consonant as Zuri ˈtsyri although the adjective remains Zurcher in ˈtsyrxer ɪn The city is called Zurich zyʁik in French Zurigo dzuˈriːɡo in Italian and Turitg tuˈritɕ listen in Romansh The name is traditionally written in English as Zurich without the umlaut It is pronounced ˈ zj ʊer ɪ k ZEWR ik 12 The earliest known form of the city s name is Turicum attested on a tombstone of the late 2nd century AD in the form STA tio TURICEN sis Turicum tax post The name is interpreted as a derivation from a given name possibly the Gaulish personal name Turos for a reconstructed native form of the toponym of Turicon 13 The Latin stress on the long vowel of the Gaulish name tʊˈriːkoː was lost in German ˈtsyːrɪc but is preserved in Italian dzuˈriːɡo and in Romansh tuˈritɕ The first development towards its later Germanic form is attested as early as the 6th century with the form Ziurichi From the 9th century onward the name is established in an Old High German form Zuri c h 857 in villa Zurih 924 in Zurich curtem 1416 Zurich Stadt 14 In the early modern period the name became associated with the name of the Tigurini and the name Tigurum rather than the historical Turicum is sometimes encountered in Modern Latin contexts 15 History EditMain articles History of Zurich and Timeline of Zurich Early history Edit Johann Balthasar Bullinger s imagining of Zurich in Roman times engraving 1773 40 batzen Zurich 1813 Settlements of the Neolithic and Bronze Age were found around Lake Zurich Traces of pre Roman Celtic La Tene settlements were discovered near the Lindenhof a morainic hill dominating the SE NW waterway constituted by Lake Zurich and the river Limmat 16 In Roman times during the conquest of the alpine region in 15 BC the Romans built a castellum on the Lindenhof 16 Later here was erected Turicum a toponym of clear Celtic origin a tax collecting point for goods trafficked on the Limmat which constituted part of the border between Gallia Belgica from AD 90 Germania Superior and Raetia this customs point developed later into a vicus 16 After Emperor Constantine s reforms in AD 318 the border between Gaul and Italy two of the four praetorian prefectures of the Roman Empire was located east of Turicum crossing the river Linth between Lake Walen and Lake Zurich where a castle and garrison looked over Turicum s safety The earliest written record of the town dates from the 2nd century with a tombstone referring to it as to the Statio Turicensis Quadragesima Galliarum Zurich post for collecting the 2 5 value tax of the Galliae discovered at the Lindenhof 16 In the 5th century the Germanic Alemanni tribe settled in the Swiss Plateau The Roman castle remained standing until the 7th century A Carolingian castle built on the site of the Roman castle by the grandson of Charlemagne Louis the German is mentioned in 835 in castro Turicino iuxta fluvium Lindemaci Louis also founded the Fraumunster abbey in 853 for his daughter Hildegard He endowed the Benedictine convent with the lands of Zurich Uri and the Albis forest and granted the convent immunity placing it under his direct authority In 1045 King Henry III granted the convent the right to hold markets collect tolls and mint coins and thus effectively made the abbess the ruler of the city 17 Zurich gained Imperial immediacy Reichsunmittelbar becoming an Imperial free city in 1218 with the extinction of the main line of the Zahringer family and attained a status comparable to statehood During the 1230s a city wall was built enclosing 38 hectares when the earliest stone houses on the Rennweg were built as well The Carolingian castle was used as a quarry as it had started to fall into ruin 18 Emperor Frederick II promoted the abbess of the Fraumunster to the rank of a duchess in 1234 The abbess nominated the mayor and she frequently delegated the minting of coins to citizens of the city The political power of the convent slowly waned in the 14th century beginning with the establishment of the Zunftordnung guild laws in 1336 by Rudolf Brun who also became the first independent mayor i e not nominated by the abbess An important event in the early 14th century was the completion of the Manesse Codex a key source of medieval German poetry The famous illuminated manuscript described as the most beautifully illumined German manuscript in centuries 19 was commissioned by the Manesse family of Zurich copied and illustrated in the city at some time between 1304 and 1340 Producing such a work was a highly expensive prestige project requiring several years work by highly skilled scribes 20 and miniature painters and it clearly testifies to the increasing wealth and pride of Zurich citizens in this period The work contains 6 songs by Susskind von Trimberg who may have been a Jew since the work itself contains reflections on medieval Jewish life though little is known about him 21 The first mention of Jews in Zurich was in 1273 Sources show that there was a synagogue in Zurich in the 13th century implying the existence of a Jewish community 22 With the rise of the Black Death in 1349 Zurich like most other Swiss cities responded by persecuting and burning the local Jews marking the end of the first Jewish community there The second Jewish community of Zurich formed towards the end of the 14th century was short lived and Jews were expulsed and banned from the city from 1423 until the 19th century 23 Archaeological findings Edit A woman who died in about 200 BC was found buried in a carved tree trunk during a construction project at the Kern school complex in March 2017 in Aussersihl Archaeologists revealed that she was approximately 40 years old when she died and likely carried out little physical labor when she was alive A sheepskin coat a belt chain a fancy wool dress a scarf and a pendant made of glass and amber beads were also discovered with the woman 24 25 26 27 Old Swiss Confederacy Edit A scene depicting the Old Zurich War in 1443 1514 illustration in Federal Chronicle by Werner Schodoler On 1 May 1351 the citizens of Zurich had to swear allegiance before representatives of the cantons of Lucerne Schwyz Uri and Unterwalden the other members of the Swiss Confederacy Thus Zurich became the fifth member of the Confederacy which was at that time a loose confederation of de facto independent states Zurich was the presiding canton of the Diet from 1468 to 1519 This authority was the executive council and lawmaking body of the confederacy from the Middle Ages until the establishment of the Swiss federal state in 1848 Zurich was temporarily expelled from the confederacy in 1440 due to a war with the other member states over the territory of Toggenburg the Old Zurich War Neither side had attained significant victory when peace was agreed upon in 1446 and Zurich was readmitted to the confederation in 1450 28 The Murerplan of 1576 Zwingli started the Swiss Reformation at the time when he was the main preacher in the 1520s at the Grossmunster He lived there from 1484 until his death in 1531 The Zurich Bible based on that of Zwingli was issued in 1531 The Reformation resulted in major changes in state matters and civil life in Zurich spreading also to a number of other cantons Several cantons remained Catholic and became the basis of serious conflicts that eventually led to the outbreak of the Wars of Kappel During the 16th and 17th centuries the Council of Zurich adopted an isolationist attitude resulting in a second ring of imposing fortifications built in 1624 The Thirty Years War which raged across Europe motivated the city to build these walls The fortifications required a lot of resources which were taken from subject territories without reaching any agreement The following revolts were crushed brutally In 1648 Zurich proclaimed itself a republic shedding its former status of a free imperial city 28 In this time the political system of Zurich was an oligarchy Patriziat the dominant families of the city were the following ones Bonstetten Brun Burkli Escher vom Glas Escher vom Luchs Hirzel Jori or von Jori Kilchsperger Landenberg Manesse Meiss Meyer von Knonau Mulner von Orelli Fighting on the Paradeplatz during the Zuriputsch The Helvetic Revolution of 1798 saw the fall of the Ancien Regime Zurich lost control of the land and its economic privileges and the city and the canton separated their possessions between 1803 and 1805 In 1839 the city had to yield to the demands of its urban subjects following the Zuriputsch of 6 September Most of the ramparts built in the 17th century were torn down without ever having been besieged to allay rural concerns over the city s hegemony The Treaty of Zurich between Austria France and Sardinia was signed in 1859 29 Modern history Edit Bahnhofplatz in 1900 Zurich was the Federal capital for 1839 40 and consequently the victory of the Conservative party there in 1839 caused a great stir throughout Switzerland But when in 1845 the Radicals regained power at Zurich which was again the Federal capital for 1845 46 Zurich took the lead in opposing the Sonderbund cantons Following the Sonderbund war and the formation of the Swiss Federal State Zurich voted in favour of the Federal constitutions of 1848 and of 1874 The enormous immigration from the country districts into the town from the 1830s onwards created an industrial class which though settled in the town did not possess the privileges of burghership and consequently had no share in the municipal government First of all in 1860 the town schools hitherto open to settlers only on paying high fees were made accessible to all next in 1875 ten years residence ipso facto conferred the right of burghership and in 1893 the eleven outlying districts were incorporated within the town proper When Jews also began to settle in Zurich following their equality in 1862 the Israelitische Cultusgemeinde Zurich was founded 30 Aerial view 1961 Extensive developments took place during the 19th century From 1847 the Spanisch Brotli Bahn the first railway on Swiss territory connected Zurich with Baden putting the Zurich Hauptbahnhof at the origin of the Swiss rail network The present building of the Hauptbahnhof the main railway station dates to 1871 Zurich s Bahnhofstrasse Station Street was laid out in 1867 and the Zurich Stock Exchange was founded in 1877 Industrialisation led to migration into the cities and to rapid population growth particularly in the suburbs of Zurich The Quaianlagen are an important milestone in the development of the modern city of Zurich as the construction of the new lake front transformed Zurich from a small medieval town on the rivers Limmat and Sihl to an attractive modern city on the Zurichsee shore under the guidance of the city engineer Arnold Burkli citation needed In 1893 the twelve outlying districts were incorporated into Zurich including Aussersihl the workman s quarter on the left bank of the Sihl and additional land was reclaimed from Lake Zurich 31 In 1934 eight additional districts in the north and west of Zurich were incorporated Zurich was accidentally bombed during World War II As persecuted Jews sought refuge in Switzerland the SIG Israelite Community of Switzerland raised financial resources The central committee for refugee aid created in 1933 was located in Zurich The canton of Zurich did not recognise the Jewish religious communities as legal entities and therefore as equal to national churches until 2005 32 Coat of arms Edit The coat of arms on the Town Hall The blue and white coat of arms of Zurich is attested from 1389 and was derived from banners with blue and white stripes in use since 1315 The first certain testimony of banners with the same design is from 1434 The coat of arms is flanked by two lions The red Schwenkel on top of the banner had varying interpretations For the people of Zurich it was a mark of honour granted by Rudolph I Zurich s neighbours mocked it as a sign of shame commemorating the loss of the banner at Winterthur in 1292 Today the Canton of Zurich uses the same coat of arms as the city 33 unreliable source Politics EditCity districts Edit Main article Subdivisions of Zurich Zurich s twelve municipal districts The previous boundaries of the city of Zurich before 1893 were more or less synonymous with the location of the old town Two large expansions of the city limits occurred in 1893 and in 1934 when the city of Zurich merged with many surrounding municipalities that had been growing increasingly together since the 19th century Today the city is divided into twelve districts known as Kreis in German numbered 1 to 12 each one of which contains between one and four neighborhoods Kreis 1 known as Altstadt contains the old town both to the east and west of the start of the Limmat District 1 contains the neighbourhoods of Hochschulen Rathaus Lindenhof and City Kreis 2 lies along the west side of Lake Zurich and contains the neighbourhoods of Enge Wollishofen and Leimbach Kreis 3 known as Wiedikon is between the Sihl and the Uetliberg and contains the neighbourhoods of Alt Wiedikon Sihlfeld and Friesenberg Kreis 4 known as Aussersihl lies between the Sihl and the train tracks leaving Zurich Hauptbahnhof and contains the neighbourhoods of Werd Langstrasse and Hard Kreis 5 known as Industriequartier is between the Limmat and the train tracks leaving Zurich Hauptbahnhof it contains the former industrial area of Zurich which has gone under a large scale rezoning to create upscale modern housing retail and commercial real estate It contains the neighborhoods of Gewerbeschule and Escher Wyss Kreis 6 is on the edge of the Zurichberg a hill overlooking the eastern part of the city District 6 contains the neighbourhoods of Oberstrass and Unterstrass Kreis 7 is on the edge of the Adlisberg hill as well as the Zurichberg on the eastern side of the city District 7 contains the neighbourhoods of Fluntern Hottingen and Hirslanden These neighbourhoods are home to Zurich s wealthiest and more prominent residents The neighbourhood Witikon also belongs to district 7 Kreis 8 officially called Riesbach but colloquially known as Seefeld lies on the eastern side of Lake Zurich District 8 consists of the neighbourhoods of Seefeld Muhlebach and Weinegg Kreis 9 is between the Limmat to the north and the Uetliberg to the south It contains the neighbourhoods Altstetten and Albisrieden Kreis 10 is to the east of the Limmat and to the south of the Honggerberg and Kaferberg hills District 10 contains the neighbourhoods of Hongg and Wipkingen Kreis 11 is in the area north of the Honggerberg and Kaferberg and between the Glatt Valley and the Katzensee Cats Lake It contains the neighbourhoods of Affoltern Oerlikon and Seebach Kreis 12 known as Schwamendingen is located in the Glattal Glatt valley on the northern side of the Zurichberg District 12 contains the neighbourhoods of Saatlen Schwamendigen Mitte and Hirzenbach Most of the district boundaries are fairly similar to the original boundaries of the previously existing municipalities before they were incorporated into the city of Zurich Government Edit See also List of mayors of Zurich The City Council Stadtrat constitutes the executive government of the City of Zurich and operates as a collegiate authority It is composed of nine councilors each presiding over a department Departmental tasks coordination measures and implementation of laws decreed by the Municipal Council are carried out by the City Council The regular election of the City Council by any inhabitant valid to vote is held every four years The mayor German Stadtprasident in is elected as such by a public election by a system of Majorz while the heads of the other departments are assigned by the collegiate Any resident of Zurich allowed to vote can be elected as a member of the City Council In the mandate period 2018 2022 Legislatur the City Council is presided by mayor Corine Mauch The executive body holds its meetings in the City Hall German Stadthaus on the left bank of the Limmat The building was built in 1883 in Renaissance style As of May 2018 update the Zurich City Council was made up of three representatives of the SP Social Democratic Party one of whom is the mayor two members each of the Green Party and the FDP Free Democratic Party and one member each of GLP Green Liberal Party and AL Alternative Left Party giving the left parties a combined six out of nine seats 34 The last regular election was held on 4 March 2018 34 The Stadtrat of Zurich 34 City Councilor Stadtrat Stadtratin Party Head of Office Departement since in office sinceCorine Mauch SR 1 SP Mayor s Office Prasidialdepartement 2009 2009Daniel Leupi GPS Finance Finanzdepartement 2013 2010Karin Rykart GPS Security Sicherheitsdepartement 2018 2018Richard Wolff AL Civil Engineering and Waste Management Tiefbau und Entsorgungsdepartement 2018 2013Andre Odermatt SP Structural Engineering Hochbaudepartement 2010 2010Raphael Golta SP Social Services Sozialdepartement 2014 2014Michael Baumer FDP Industrial Facilities Departement der Industriellen Betriebe 2018 2018Filippo Leutenegger FDP Education and Sports Schul und Sportdepartement 2018 2014Andreas Hauri GLP Health and Environment Gesundheits und Umweltdepartement 2018 2018 Mayor Stadtprasidentin Claudia Cuche Curti is Town Chronicler Stadtschreiberin since 2012 and Peter Saile is Legal Counsel Rechtskonsulent since 2000 for the City Council Parliament Edit The Gemeinderat of Zurich for the mandate period of 2018 2022 AL 8 SP 34 4 GPS 12 8 GLP 11 2 EVP 3 2 FDP 16 8 SVP 13 6 The Municipal Council Gemeinderat holds the legislative power It is made up of 125 members Gemeindrat Gemeinderatin with elections held every four years The Municipal Council decrees regulations and by laws that are executed by the City Council and the administration The sessions of the Municipal Council are held in public Unlike those of the City Council the members of the Municipal Council are not politicians by profession but are paid a fee based on their attendance Any resident of Zurich allowed to vote can be elected as a member of the Municipal Council The legislative body holds its meetings in the town hall Rathaus on the right bank of the Limmat opposite to the City Hall Stadthaus 35 The last election of the Municipal Council was held on 4 March 2018 for the mandate period of 2018 2022 34 As of May 2018 update the Municipal Council consist of 43 members of the Social Democratic Party SP 21 The Liberals FDP 17 members of the Swiss People s Party SVP 16 Green Party GPS 14 Green Liberal Party GLP 10 Alternative List AL and four members of the Evangelical People s Party EVP giving the left parties an absolute majority of 69 36 Elections Edit National Council Edit In the 2019 federal election for the Swiss National Council the most popular party was the SPS which received 25 6 6 of the vote The next four most popular parties were the GPS 20 9 9 7 GLP 15 7 6 4 SVP 13 7 4 3 the FDP 11 8 2 2 the AL 4 new and the CVP 3 5 0 2 37 In the federal election a total of 110 760 voters were cast and the voter turnout was 47 7 38 In the 2015 federal election for the Swiss National Council the most popular party was the SPS which received 31 6 of the vote The next four most popular parties were the SVP 18 the FDP 14 the GPS 10 7 the GLP 9 2 In the federal election a total of 114 377 voters were cast and the voter turnout was 46 2 39 International relations Edit Twin towns and sister cities Edit Zurich is partnered with two sister cities Kunming and San Francisco 40 Geography Edit The Limmat in Zurich The city stretches on both sides of the Limmat which flows out of Lake Zurich The Alps can be seen from the city center background to the lake Zurich is situated at 408 m 1 339 ft above sea level on the lower northern end of Lake Zurich Zurichsee about 30 kilometers 19 mi north of the Alps nestling between the wooded hills on the west and east side The Old Town stretches on both sides of the Limmat which flows from the lake running northwards at first and then gradually turning into a curve to the west The geographic and historic centre of the city is the Lindenhof a small natural hill on the west bank of the Limmat about 700 m 2 300 ft north of where the river issues from Lake Zurich Today the incorporated city stretches somewhat beyond the natural confines of the hills and includes some districts to the northeast in the Glatt Valley Glattal and to the north in the Limmat Valley Limmattal The boundaries of the older city are easy to recognize by the Schanzengraben canal This artificial watercourse has been used for the construction of the third fortress in the 17th and 18th centuries Topography Edit The municipality of Zurich has an area of 91 88 km2 35 48 sq mi of which 4 1 km2 1 6 sq mi is made up of Lake Zurich The area includes a section of the northern Swiss Plateau The banks of the Limmat constitute the densest part of the city The river is oriented in the southeast northwest direction with the flat valley floor having a width of two to two to three kilometres 1 2 to 1 9 miles The partially channeled and straightened Limmat does not flow in the central part of the valley but always along its right northeastern side The Sihl meets with the Limmat at the end of Platzspitz which borders the Swiss National Museum The Limmat reaches the lowest point of the municipality in Oberengstringen at 392 m 1 286 ft above sea level citation needed Topographic map of Zurich and surroundings Felsenegg from Lake Zurich Zurich from Waidberg On its west side the Limmat valley is flanked by the wooded heights of the Albis chain which runs along the western border The Uetliberg is with 869 m 2 851 ft above sea level the highest elevation of the surrounding area Its summit can be reached easily by the Uetlibergbahn From the platform of the observation tower on the summit an impressive panorama of the city the lake and the Alps can be seen citation needed The northeast side of the Limmat valley includes a range of hills which marks the watershed between the Limmat and the Glatt From the northwest to the southeast the height of the mostly wooded knolls generally increases the Gubrist 615 m or 2 018 ft the Honggerberg 541 m or 1 775 ft the Kaferberg 571 m or 1 873 ft the Zurichberg 676 m or 2 218 ft the Adlisberg 701 m or 2 300 ft and the Oschbrig 696 m or 2 283 ft Between the Kaferberg and the Zurichberg is located the saddle of the Milchbuck about 470 m or 1 540 ft an important passage from the Limmat valley to the Glatt valley citation needed The northernmost part of the municipality extends to the plain of the Glatt valley and to the saddle which makes the connection between the Glattal and Furttal Also a part of the Katzensee nature reserve and the Busisee both of which are drained by the Katzenbach to Glatt belong to the city citation needed Climate Edit Zurich has depending on the definition used an oceanic climate Koppen Cfb but in the higher areas it is defined as a humid continental climate Dfb using 0 C isoterm with warm summers and four distinct seasons 41 Decisive for the climate of Zurich are both the winds from westerly directions which often result in precipitation and on the other hand the Bise east or north east wind which is usually associated with high pressure situations but cooler weather phases with temperatures lower than the average The Foehn wind which plays an important role in the northern alpine valleys also has some impact on Zurich 42 The annual mean temperature at the measuring station of the Federal Office of Meteorology and Climatology in Zurich Fluntern 556 m 1 824 ft above sea level on the slope of the Zurichberg 150 m 490 ft above the level of the city centre is 9 3 C 48 7 F The lowest monthly mean of daily minimum temperature are measured in January with 2 0 C 28 4 F and the highest monthly mean of daily maximum temperature are measured in July with 24 0 C 75 2 F On average there are 74 9 days in which the minimum temperature is below 0 C 32 F so called frost days and 23 7 days in which the maximum temperature is below 0 C 32 F so called ice days There are on average 30 so called summer days maximum temperature equal to or above 25 C 77 F throughout the year while so called heat days with maximum temperature equal to or above 30 C 86 F are 5 8 days 43 The average high temperature in July is 24 0 C 75 2 F and average low temperature is 14 C 57 2 F The highest recorded temperature in Zurich was 37 7 C 100 F recorded in July 1947 and typically the warmest day reaches an average of 32 2 C 90 0 F 44 45 Spring and autumn are generally cool to mild but sometimes with large differences between warm and cold days even during the same year The highest temperature of the month March in 2014 was on the 20th at 20 6 C 69 1 F during a sunny afternoon and the lowest temperature was on the 25th at 0 4 C 31 3 F during the night early morning 46 Record low of average daily temperatures in March since 1864 is 12 C 10 F and record high of average daily temperatures in March is 16 C 61 F Record low of average daily temperatures in October is 16 C 3 F and record high of average daily temperatures in October is 20 C 68 F 47 Zurich has an average of 1 544 hours of sunshine per year and shines on 38 of its potential time throughout the year During the months April until September the sun shines between 150 and 215 hours per month The 1 134 millimetres 44 6 in rainfall spread on 133 9 days with precipitation throughout the year Roughly about every third day you will encounter at least some precipitation which is very much a Swiss average During the warmer half of the year and especially during the three summer months the strength of rainfall is higher than those measured in winter but the days with precipitation stays about the same throughout the year in average 9 9 12 7 days per month October has the lowest number 9 9 of days with some precipitation There is an average of 59 5 so called bright days number of days with sunshine duration greater than 80 through the year the most in July and August 7 4 7 7 days and the least in January and December 2 7 1 8 days The average number of days with sunshine duration less than 20 so called cloudy days is 158 4 days while the most cloudy days are in November 17 8 days December 21 7 days and January with 19 days 43 Climate data for Zurich Fluntern elevation 556 m 1 824 ft 1981 2010 normals extremes 1901 presentMonth Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec YearRecord high C F 16 9 62 4 19 3 66 7 23 2 73 8 31 3 88 3 32 4 90 3 36 4 97 5 37 7 99 9 36 2 97 2 32 5 90 5 28 7 83 7 23 8 74 8 17 0 62 6 37 7 99 9 Average high C F 2 9 37 2 4 6 40 3 9 5 49 1 13 8 56 8 18 5 65 3 21 6 70 9 24 0 75 2 23 3 73 9 18 8 65 8 13 7 56 7 7 2 45 0 3 7 38 7 13 5 56 3 Daily mean C F 0 3 32 5 1 3 34 3 5 3 41 5 8 8 47 8 13 3 55 9 16 4 61 5 18 6 65 5 18 0 64 4 14 1 57 4 9 9 49 8 4 4 39 9 1 4 34 5 9 3 48 7 Average low C F 2 0 28 4 1 6 29 1 1 7 35 1 4 5 40 1 8 8 47 8 11 9 53 4 14 0 57 2 13 8 56 8 10 5 50 9 7 0 44 6 2 0 35 6 0 7 30 7 5 8 42 4 Record low C F 20 8 5 4 24 2 11 6 14 4 6 1 6 5 20 3 2 0 28 4 0 9 33 6 5 3 41 5 4 0 39 2 0 3 31 5 5 5 22 1 11 0 12 2 18 5 1 3 24 2 11 6 Average precipitation mm inches 63 2 5 64 2 5 78 3 1 83 3 3 122 4 8 128 5 0 124 4 9 124 4 9 99 3 9 86 3 4 79 3 1 83 3 3 1 134 44 6 Average snowfall cm inches 18 4 7 2 22 0 8 7 13 7 5 4 3 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 8 0 3 8 0 3 1 19 1 7 5 85 0 33 5 Average precipitation days 1 0 mm 10 5 9 3 11 9 11 4 12 4 12 7 12 3 11 6 10 2 9 9 10 3 11 4 133 9Average snowy days 1 0 cm 4 8 5 2 3 2 0 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 6 4 8 20 4Average relative humidity 83 78 72 69 71 71 71 74 79 83 84 84 77Mean monthly sunshine hours 55 81 124 153 175 189 215 200 150 102 59 42 1 544Percent possible sunshine 22 31 36 40 41 44 49 50 44 33 24 18 38Average ultraviolet index 1 2 3 5 7 8 8 7 5 3 1 1 4Source 1 MeteoSwiss 48 Source 2 KNMI 49 Climate data for Zurich Fluntern elevation 556 m 1 824 ft 1961 1990 normals and extremesMonth Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec YearRecord high C F 14 3 57 7 16 4 61 5 21 5 70 7 26 2 79 2 29 7 85 5 30 8 87 4 35 8 96 4 32 3 90 1 28 3 82 9 26 7 80 1 22 8 73 0 16 5 61 7 35 8 96 4 Mean maximum C F 9 8 49 6 11 0 51 8 16 2 61 2 21 5 70 7 25 1 77 2 27 9 82 2 29 8 85 6 28 9 84 0 24 7 76 5 20 4 68 7 15 9 60 6 10 7 51 3 29 8 85 6 Average high C F 2 0 35 6 3 7 38 7 7 9 46 2 12 4 54 3 16 8 62 2 20 0 68 0 22 4 72 3 21 3 70 3 18 0 64 4 12 6 54 7 6 8 44 2 3 1 37 6 12 3 54 0 Daily mean C F 0 6 30 9 0 7 33 3 4 1 39 4 8 0 46 4 12 2 54 0 15 5 59 9 17 6 63 7 16 7 62 1 13 9 57 0 9 1 48 4 4 0 39 2 0 6 33 1 8 5 47 3 Average low C F 2 8 27 0 1 7 28 9 0 7 33 3 3 7 38 7 7 6 45 7 10 8 51 4 12 5 54 5 12 0 53 6 9 8 49 6 5 9 42 6 1 6 34 9 1 4 29 5 4 9 40 8 Mean minimum C F 10 1 13 8 8 1 17 4 5 5 22 1 1 5 29 3 2 1 35 8 5 7 42 3 7 8 46 0 7 5 45 5 4 8 40 6 0 4 32 7 4 3 24 3 8 4 16 9 10 1 13 8 Record low C F 20 8 5 4 16 6 2 1 14 6 5 7 4 1 24 6 1 8 28 8 1 0 33 8 5 1 41 2 4 6 40 3 1 3 34 3 1 7 28 9 10 3 13 5 14 7 5 5 20 8 5 4 Average precipitation mm inches 69 0 2 72 70 0 2 76 70 0 2 76 89 0 3 50 105 0 4 13 125 0 4 92 118 0 4 65 135 0 5 31 94 0 3 70 69 0 2 72 82 0 3 23 75 0 2 95 1 101 43 35 Average precipitation days 1 0 mm 11 0 10 0 12 0 12 0 13 0 13 0 12 0 12 0 9 0 8 0 11 0 11 0 134Average relative humidity 85 0 80 0 75 0 72 0 73 0 74 0 73 0 77 0 81 0 84 0 84 0 85 0 78 6Mean monthly sunshine hours 42 4 76 2 118 0 139 5 166 1 178 3 210 7 191 9 158 1 104 6 58 2 38 0 1 482Source NOAA 50 Climate protection Edit In November 2008 51 the people of Zurich voted in a public referendum to write into law the quantifiable and fixed deadline of one tonne of CO2 per person per annum by 2050 This forces any decision of the executive to support this goal even if the costs are higher in all dimensions Some examples are the new disinfection section of the public city hospital in Triemli Minergie P quality passive house clarification needed the continued optimisation and creation of public transportation enlargement of the bicycle only network research and projects for renewable energy and enclosure of speed ways clarification needed Urban area Edit The areas surrounding the Limmat are almost completely developed with residential industrial and commercial zones The sunny and desirable residential areas in the hills overlooking Zurich Waidberg and Zurichberg and the bottom part of the slope on the western side of the valley on the Uetliberg are also densely built The green lungs of the city include the vast forest areas of Adlisberg Zurichberg Kaferberg Honggerberg and Uetliberg Major parks are also located along the lakeshore Zurichhorn and Enge while smaller parks dot the city Larger contiguous agricultural lands are located near Affoltern and Seebach Of the total area of the municipality of Zurich in 1996 without the lake 45 4 is residential industrial and commercial 15 5 is transportation infrastructure 26 5 is forest 11 is agriculture and 1 2 is water View over Zurich and Lake Zurich from the UetlibergTransport EditMain articles Verkehrsbetriebe Zurich Trams in Zurich Trolleybuses in Zurich and Zurich S Bahn See also Zurich model Public transport Edit A paddle steamer on Lake Zurich Public transport is extremely popular in Zurich and its inhabitants use public transport in large numbers About 70 of the visitors to the city use the tram or bus and about half of the journeys within the municipality take place on public transport 52 The ZVV network of public transport contains at least four means of mass transit any train that stops within the network s borders in particular the S Bahn local trains Zurich trams and buses both diesel and electric also called trolley buses and boats on the lake and river In addition the public transport network includes funicular railways and even the Luftseilbahn Adliswil Felsenegg LAF a cable car between Adliswil and Felsenegg Tickets purchased for a trip are valid on all means of public transportation train tram bus boat The Zurichsee Schifffahrtsgesellschaft commonly abbreviated to ZSG operates passenger vessels on the Limmat and the Lake Zurich connecting surrounding towns between Zurich and Rapperswil The busy Hauptbahnhof main hall Zurich is a mixed hub for railways roads and air traffic Zurich Hauptbahnhof Zurich HB is the largest and busiest station in Switzerland and is an important railway hub in Europe As of early 2020 Zurich HB served around 470 000 passengers and nearly 3 000 trains every day 53 Among the 16 railway stations and 10 additional train stops within Zurich s city borders there are five other major passenger railway stations Three of them belong to the ten most frequented railway stations in Switzerland Stadelhofen Oerlikon Altstetten Hardbrucke and Enge The railway network is mainly operated by the Swiss Federal Railways SBB CFF FFS but Zurich is also served by major EuroCity trains from the neighbouring countries and is a destination for both French Swiss TGV Lyria and German ICE high speed trains as well as by Austrian RailJet Zurich Airport Edit Zurich Airport is located less than 10 kilometers 6 2 mi northeast of the city in Kloten Zurich Airport has its own railway station which is located underground It is directly connected to Zurich and most of the major Swiss cities Zurich Airport is served by more than 60 passenger airlines from around the world It is also served by one cargo airline and is a hub for Swiss International Air Lines There is also an airfield in Dubendorf Road traffic Edit The A1 A3 and A4 motorways pass close to Zurich The A1 heads west towards Bern and Geneva and eastwards towards St Gallen the A4 leads northwards to Schaffhausen and southwards to Altdorf connecting with the A2 towards Chiasso and the A3 heads northwest towards Basel and southeast along Lake Zurich and Lake Walen towards Sargans Bicycle transport Edit In 2012 the city council launched a program to improve the city s attractiveness for bicycle traffic The so called Masterplan Velo 54 is part of the superordinate framework Stadtverkehr 2025 which shapes the future of the different means of transport Research revealed that infrastructure and the social environment are essential factors in improving a city s appeal to bicycle traffic 55 Three main goals are specified First the modal share of bicycle traffic should be enhanced to twice the value of 2011 by 2015 Second cyclists safety should be improved to lower the overall accident risk Third cycling should be established as an everyday means of transport with a special focus on children and young people In terms of infrastructure the city aims to build up a network of distinctive bicycle routes in order to achieve these objectives At a final stage the network will consist of main routes Hauptrouten for everyday use and comfort routes Komfortrouten with the latter focusing on leisure cycling Additional measures such as special Velostationen providing bike related services are expected to help to further improve the quality One of the key projects of the system is a tunnel beneath the tracks of the main railway station planned to combine a main connection with staffed possibilities where commuters can leave their bikes throughout the day 56 Apart from infrastructural measures further approaches are planned in the fields of communication education and administration However these efforts cause critique mainly due to postponing The institution of the bike tunnel at the main railway station originally planned for 2016 is currently 2016 delayed to at least 2019 57 Pro Velo a nationwide interest group has publicly questioned whether the masterplan already failed 58 The critique aims at badly governed traffic management at construction sites missing possibilities to park bikes in the city as well as rather diffident ambitions In response the responsible city department points to the big investments made every year and mentions ongoing discussions that would finally lead to even better results 59 Demographics EditPopulation Edit Augustinergasse in the old town There are 421 878 people living in Zurich as of 31 December 2020 60 making it Switzerland s largest city Of registered inhabitants in 2016 32 133 473 do not hold Swiss citizenship 61 Of these German citizens make up the largest group with 8 33 548 followed by Italians 3 5 14 543 61 As of 2011 the population of the city including suburbs totaled 1 17 million people 7 The entire metropolitan area including the cities of Winterthur Baden Brugg Schaffhausen Frauenfeld Uster Wetzikon Rapperswil Jona and Zug had a population of around 1 82 million people 7 Largest groups of foreign residents 2016 61 Nationality Number total foreigners Germany 33 548 8 1 25 1 Italy 14 543 3 5 10 9 Portugal 8 274 2 0 6 2 Spain 6 207 1 5 4 7 Austria 4 809 1 2 3 6 France 4 244 1 0 3 2 Serbia 3 597 0 9 2 7 United Kingdom 3 483 0 8 2 6 Turkey 3 402 0 8 2 5 Kosovo 2 437 0 6 1 8 Languages Edit The official formal language used by governmental institutions print news schools and universities courts theatres and in any kind of written form is the Swiss variety of Standard German while the spoken language is Zurich German Zurituutsch one of the several more or less distinguishable but mutually intelligible Swiss German dialects of Switzerland with roots in the medieval Alemannic German dialect groups However because of Zurich s national importance and therefore its existing high fluctuation clarification needed its inhabitants and commuters speak all kinds of Swiss German dialects As of the December 2010 census 69 3 of the population speaks diglossic Swiss German Swiss Standard German as their mother tongue at home Some 22 7 of inhabitants speak Standard German in their family environment at home Dramatically increasing according to the last census in 2000 8 8 now speak English Italian follows behind at 7 1 of the population then French at 4 5 Other languages spoken here include Croatian and Serbian 4 1 Spanish 3 9 Portuguese 3 1 and Albanian 2 3 Multiple choices were possible Thus 20 of the population speak two or more languages at home 62 Religion Edit Further information Reformation in Zurich Religion in Zurich 2010 63 Religion Nationality Total Pop Roman Catholic Swiss 28 30 Other 35 Unaffiliated Swiss 25 27 Other 31 Swiss Reformed Swiss 33 26 Other 9 Other Christians Swiss 6 7 Other 9 Islam Swiss 3 5 Other 9 Other Religion Swiss 2 2 Other 4 No answer Swiss 2 2 Other 2 Jewish Swiss 1 1 Other 1 Before the Protestant Reformation reached Zurich it was de jure and de facto Roman Catholic The Protestant Reformation led by Huldrych Zwingli made Zurich both a theological centre and a stronghold of Protestantism in Switzerland Another Swiss city with a comparable status was Geneva the so called Protestant Rome where John Calvin and his Protestant Reformers operated as well as Basel Zurich attracted other influential Protestant Reformers like Heinrich Bullinger Zwingli translated the Bible Zurich Bible into the local variety of German and introduced the Reformation by winning support of the magistrates the princess abbess Katharina von Zimmern and the largely peasant population of the Canton of Zurich The canton unanimously adopted the Reformed tradition as represented by Zwingli Religious wars between Catholics and Protestants tormented the Swiss Confederacy Zwingli died for political and religious reasons by defending the Canton of Zurich in the Battle of Kappel Bullinger took over his role as the city s spiritual leader In 1970 about 53 of the population were Swiss Reformed while almost 40 were Roman Catholic Since then both large Swiss churches the Roman Catholic Church and Swiss Reformed Church have been constantly losing members though for the Catholic Church the decrease started 20 years later in around 1990 Nevertheless for the last twenty years both confessions have been reduced by 10 to the current figures census 2010 30 Roman Catholic and 26 Swiss Reformed organized in Evangelical Reformed Church of the Canton of Zurich In 1970 only 2 of Zurich s inhabitants claimed to be not affiliated with any religious confession In accordance with the loss by the large Swiss churches the number of people declaring themselves as non affiliated rose to 17 in the year 2000 In the last ten years this figure rose to more than 25 For the group of people being between 24 and 44 years old this is as high as one in every third person 64 5 of Zurich s inhabitants are Muslims a slight decrease of 1 compared to the year 2000 The Mahmood Mosque Zurich situated in Forchstrasse is the first mosque built in Switzerland 64 65 The population of Jewish ethnicity and religion has been more or less constant since 1970 at about 1 The Synagoge Zurich Lowenstrasse is the oldest and largest synagogue of Zurich 64 66 Social Edit The level of unemployment in Zurich was 3 2 67 in July 2012 In 2008 the average monthly income was about CHF 7000 before any deductions for social insurances and taxes 68 In 2010 there were 12 994 cases on average per month of direct or indirect welfare payments from the state 69 Quality of living Edit Zurich often performs well in international rankings some of which are mentioned below Monocle s 2012 Quality of Life Survey ranked Zurich first on a list of the top 25 cities in the world to make a base within 70 In 2019 Zurich was ranked among the ten most liveable cities in the world by Mercer together with Geneva and Basel 71 In fDi Magazine s Global Cities of the Future 2021 22 report Zurich placed 16th in the overall rankings all categories 72 73 In the category Mid sized and small cities Zurich was 2nd overall behind Wroclaw having also placed 2nd in the subcategory Human capital and lifestyle and 3rd under Business friendliness In the category FDI strategy overall relating to foreign direct investment Zurich ranked 9th behind such cities as New York Montreal 1st and 2nd and Dubai at number 8 73 Main sites EditFurther information Zurich old town The Bahnhofstrasse seen from Paradeplatz Most of Zurich s sites are located within the area on either side of the Limmat between the Main railway station and Lake Zurich The churches and houses of the old town are clustered here as are the most expensive shops along the famous Bahnhofstrasse The Lindenhof in the old town is the historical site of the Roman castle and the later Carolingian Imperial Palace Churches Edit Grossmunster Great Minster According to legend Charlemagne discovered the graves of the city s martyrs Felix and Regula and had built the first church as a monastery start of current building around 1100 in the first half of the 16th century the Great Minster was the starting point of the Swiss German Reformation led by Huldrych Zwingli and Heinrich Bullinger declared by Charlemagne imperial church romanesque crypt romanesque capitals in the church and cloister choir windows by Augusto Giacometti 1932 and Sigmar Polke 2009 bronze doors by Otto Munch 1935 and 1950 74 Fraumunster Women s Minster Church of a former abbey for aristocratical women from southern Germany which was founded in 853 by Louis the German for his daughter Hildegard first church built before 874 the romanesque choir dates from 1250 to 1270 the church enjoyed the patronage of kings and had the right of coinage from Zurich to the 13th century after the Reformation church and convent passed into the possession of the city the most important jewelry in addition to the largest organ in the canton with its 5 793 pipes and 92 stops are color windows the window in the north transept of Augusto Giacometti 1945 the five part cycle in the choir 1970 and the rosette in the southern transept 1978 are by Marc Chagall also the church of Zurich s largest choir with 100 and more singers 75 St Peter romanesque gothic baroque church built on remains of former churches from before the 9th century with the largest church clock face in Europe built 1538 baptismal font of 1598 baroque stucco individual stalls from the 15th century from city repealed monasteries with rich carvings and armrests Kanzellettner increased barrier between the nave and choir with built pulpit of 1705 pulpit sounding board about 1790 rich Akanthus embellishment with Bible verse above the pulpit 1971 new crystal chandelier modeled according 1710 design organ in 1974 with 53 stops Bells five from 1880 the largest A minor without clapper weighs about 6 000 kg 13 228 lb fire guard in the tower to the Middle Ages to 1911 76 Predigerkirche is one of the four main churches of the old town first built in 1231 AD as a Romanesque church of the then Dominican Predigerkloster nearby the Neumarkt It was converted in the first half of the 14th century and the choir rebuilt between 1308 and 1350 Due to its construction and for that time unusual high bell tower it was regarded as the most high Gothic edifice in Zurich citation needed Museums Edit Zurich Museum of Art The Museum of Art also known as Kunsthaus Zurich is one of the significant art museums of Europe It holds one of the largest collections in Classic Modern art in the world Munch Picasso Braque Giacometti etc The museum also features a large library collection of photographs 77 Swiss National Museum The National Museum German Landesmuseum displays many objects that illustrate the cultural and historical background of Switzerland It also contains many ancient artifacts including stained glass costumes painted furniture and weapons The museum is located in the Platzspitz park opposite to the Hauptbahnhof 78 Centre Le Corbusier Located on the shore of the Lake Zurich nearby Zurichhorn the Centre Le Corbusier also named Heidi Weber Museum is an art museum dedicated to the work of the Swiss architect Le Corbusier inside the last house he designed Rietberg Museum The Rietberg Museum situated in Gablerstrasse is one of the great repositories of art and culture in Zurich The museum also displays exhibits gathered from various corners of the world bronze artifacts from Tibet ceramics and jade Indian sculpture Chinese grave decorations masks by African tribes etc Museum of Design The Museum of Design is a museum for industrial design visual communication architecture and craft It is part of the Department of Cultural Analysis of the Zurich University of the Arts 79 Haus Konstruktiv The Haus Konstruktiv is a museum with Swiss wide and international recognition The museum is about constructive concrete and conceptual art and design It testimonies to Zurich s industrial architecture in the immediate vicinity of the Main Station 80 Uhrenmuseum Beyer The Uhrenmuseum is located in the heart of the city Documenting the history of timekeeping and timekeepers the museum is home to a large collection of mechanical timepieces as well as a collection of primitive time keeping devices such as water clocks sundials and hourglasses No Show Museum the No Show Museum is the first museum dedicated to nothing and its various manifestations throughout the history of art Guild houses The Guild houses German Zunfthaus are located along the Limmat downstream from the Grossmunster Meisen also a porcelain and faience museum Ruden Haue Saffran Schneidern Schmiden Zimmerleuten and some more Tram Museum The Tram Museum is located at Burgwies in Zurich s eastern suburbs and chronicles the history of Zurich s iconic tram system with exhibits varying in date from 1897 to the present day North America Native Museum The North American Native Museum specializes in the conservation documentation and presentation of ethnographic objects and art of Native American First Nation and Inuit cultures Parks and nature Edit Zoological Garden The zoological garden holds about 260 species of animals and houses about 2200 animals One can come across separate enclosures of snow leopards India lions clouded leopards Amur leopards otters and pandas in the zoo 81 Botanical Garden The Botanical Garden houses about 15 000 species of plants and trees and contains as many as three million plants In the garden many rare plant species from south western part of Africa as well as from New Caledonia can be found The University of Zurich holds the ownership of the Botanical Garden Chinese Garden The Chinese Garden is a gift by Zurich s Chinese partner town Kunming as remiscence for Zurich s technical and scientific assistance in the development of the Kunming city drinking water supply and drainage The garden is an expression of one of the main themes of Chinese culture the Three Friends of Winter three plants that together brave the cold season pine bamboo and plum Uetliberg Located to the west of the city at an altitude of 813 meters 2 667 ft above sea level the Uetliberg is the highest hill and offers views over the city The summit is easily accessible by train from Zurich main station 82 Architecture Edit The 88 metre 83 Sunrise Tower 2005 was the first approved high rise building in twenty years Compared to other cities there are few tall buildings in Zurich The municipal building regulations Article 9 84 limit the construction of high rise buildings to areas in the west and north of the city In the industrial district Altstetten and Oerlikon buildings up to 80 meters 260 ft in height are allowed high rise area I In the adjacent high rise areas II and III the height is limited to 40 meters 130 ft Around the year 2000 regulations became more flexible and high rise buildings were again planned and built The people s initiative 40 metres 130 feet is enough which would have reduced both the maximum height and the high rise buildings area was clearly rejected on 29 November 2009 85 At this time in Zurich about a dozen high rise buildings were under construction or in planning including the Prime Tower as the tallest skyscraper in Switzerland at the time of its construction There are numerous examples of brutalist buildings throughout the city including the Swissmill Tower which at 118m is the world s tallest gain silo Panoramic view of Munsterhof square with some of the Guild houses World heritage sites Edit The prehistoric settlements at Enge Alpenquai and Grosser Hafner and Kleiner Hafner are part of the Prehistoric Pile dwellings around the Alps a UNESCO World Heritage Site 86 Economy EditIn a 2009 survey by CityMayors com Zurich was ranked 9th among the World s 10 Most Powerful Cities 11 In the 2017 Global Financial Centres Index Zurich was ranked as having the 11th most competitive financial center in the world and second most competitive in Europe after London 87 The Greater Zurich Area is Switzerland s economic centre and home to many international companies By far the most important sector in the economy of Zurich is the service industry which employs nearly four fifths of workers Other important industries include light industry machine and textile industries and tourism Located in Zurich the Swiss Stock Exchange was established in 1877 and is nowadays the fourth most prominent stock exchange in the world In addition Zurich is the world s largest gold trading centre citation needed Ten of the country s 50 largest companies have their head offices in Zurich among them ABB UBS 88 Credit Suisse Swiss Re and Zurich Financial Services 89 Most Swiss banks have their headquarters in Zurich and there are numerous foreign banks in the Greater Zurich Area Gnomes of Zurich is a colloquial term used for Swiss bankers 90 on account of their alleged secrecy and speculative dealing 91 Contributory factors to economic strength Edit The high quality of life has been cited as a reason for economic growth in Zurich The consulting firm Mercer has when for many years ranked Zurich as a city with the highest quality of life in the world 92 93 In particular Zurich received high scores for work housing leisure education and safety Local planning authorities ensure clear separation between urban and recreational areas and there are many protected nature reserves 94 Zurich is also ranked when the third most expensive city in the world behind Hong Kong and Tokyo and ahead of Singapore 95 Zurich benefits from the high level of investment in education which is typical of Switzerland in general and provides skilled labour at all levels The city is home to two major universities thus enabling access to graduates and high technology research Professional training incorporates a mix of practical work experience and academic study while in general emphasis is placed on obtaining a good level of general education and language ability As a result the city is home to many multilingual people and employees generally demonstrate a high degree of motivation and a low level of absenteeism The employment laws are less restrictive as nearby Germany or France Technology new start FinTech and others in MedTech secure good seed and starter funding 94 The Swiss stock exchange Edit The Swiss stock exchange is called SIX Swiss Exchange formerly known as SWX The SIX Swiss Exchange is the head group of several different worldwide operative financial systems Eurex Eurex US EXFEED STOXX and virt x The exchange turnover generated at the SWX was in 2007 of 1 780 499 5 million CHF the number of transactions arrived in the same period at 35 339 296 and the Swiss Performance Index SPI arrived at a total market capitalization of 1 359 976 2 million CHF 96 97 The SIX Swiss Exchange goes back more than 150 years In 1996 an electronic trading platform replaced the open outcry trading system at the stock exchanges of Geneva founded in 1850 Basel 1866 and Zurich 1873 Since 2008 the SIX Swiss Exchange has been part of the SIX Group as SWX Group SIS Group and Telekurs Group merged Education and research Edit Main building of the University of Zurich About 70 000 people study at the 20 universities colleges and institutions of higher education in Zurich in 2019 98 Two of Switzerland s most distinguished universities are located in the city the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology ETH Zurich which is controlled by the federal government and the University of Zurich under direction of the canton of Zurich Both universities were listed in the top 50 world universities rated in 2007 while the ETH has consistently remained in the top 10 universities worldwide since 2016 99 100 ETH was founded in 1854 by the Swiss Confederation and opened its doors in 1855 as a polytechnic institute ETH achieved its reputation particularly in the fields of chemistry mathematics and physics and there are 21 Nobel Laureates who are associated with the institution ETH is usually ranked the top university in continental Europe 101 The institution consists of two campuses the main building in the heart of the city and the new campus on the outskirts of the city The University of Zurich was founded in 1833 although its beginnings date back to 1525 when the Swiss reformer Ulrich Zwingli founded a college of theology Nowadays with its 24 000 students and 1 900 graduations each year the University of Zurich is the largest in Switzerland and offers the widest range of subjects and courses at any Swiss higher education institution The Pedagogical College the Zurich University of Applied Sciences ZHAW and the Zurich University of the Arts ZHdK are another three top class technical colleges which contribute to Zurich s reputation as a knowledge and research pole by providing applied research and development Zurich is also one of the co location centres of the Knowledge and Innovation Community Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology 102 State universities by size in Canton Zurich Edit Enrollment of federal state Universities and higher education institutions in Zurich Institution Total studentsUniversity of Zurich UZH 25 618Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich ETH 20 607 103 Zurich University of Applied Sciences ZHAW 15 334 See also List of largest universities by enrollment in SwitzerlandMedia EditMany large Swiss media conglomerates are headquartered in Zurich such as tamedia Ringier and the NZZ Verlag Television and radio Edit Swiss television s building The headquarters of Switzerland s national licence fee funded German language television network SF are located in the Leutschenbach neighborhood to the north of the Oerlikon railway station Regional commercial television station TeleZuri Zurich Television has its headquarters near Escher Wyss Platz The production facilities for other commercial stations Star TV u1 TV and 3 are located in Schlieren One section of the Swiss German language licence fee funded public radio station Schweizer Radio DRS is located in Zurich There are commercial local radio stations broadcasting from Zurich such as Radio 24 on the Limmatstrasse Energy Zurich in Seefeld on the Kreuzstrasse Radio LoRa and Radio 1 There are other radio stations that operate only during certain parts of the year such as CSD Radio May June Radio Streetparade July August and rundfunk fm August September Print media Edit There are three large daily newspapers published in Zurich that are known across Switzerland The Neue Zurcher Zeitung NZZ the Tages Anzeiger and Blick the largest Swiss tabloid All three of those newspapers publish Sunday editions These are the NZZ am Sonntag SonntagsZeitung and SonntagsBlick Besides the three main daily newspapers there is a free daily commuter newspaper which is widely distributed 20 Minuten 20 minutes published weekdays in the mornings A number of magazines from major publishers are based in Zurich Some examples are Bilanz Die Weltwoche Annabelle Schweizer Familie and Schweizer Illustrierte Culture EditSee also List of annual events in Zurich Opening of the Zurich Film Festival 2008 In addition to high quality museums and galleries Zurich has high calibre chamber and symphony orchestras and several important theatres 104 The Zurich Film Festival is an international film festival lasting 11 days and featuring popular international productions 105 Zurich during the Street Parade 2008 One of the largest and most popular annual events in Zurich is the Street Parade which is also one of the largest techno and dance music festivals in the world Proceeding along the side of Lake Zurich it is normally held on the second Saturday in August The first edition was held in 1992 with about 1 000 participants By 2001 the event attracted one million participants 106 107 The Zurifascht on the other hand is a triennial public festival It features music fireworks set to music 107 and other attractions throughout the old town It is the largest public festival in Switzerland and attracts up to 2 million visitors 108 The Kunst Zurich is an international contemporary art fair with an annual guest city it combines most recent arts with the works of well established artists 109 Another annual public art exhibit is the city campaign sponsored by the City Vereinigung the local equivalent of a chamber of commerce with the cooperation of the city government It consists of decorated sculptures distributed over the city centre in public places Past themes have included lions 1986 cows 1998 benches 2003 teddy bears 2005 and huge flower pots 2009 From this originated the concept of the CowParade that has been featured in other major world cities Zurich has been the home to several art movements The Dada movement was founded in 1916 at the Cabaret Voltaire Artists like Max Bill Marcel Breuer Camille Graeser or Richard Paul Lohse had their ateliers in Zurich which became even more important after the takeover of power by the Nazi regime in Germany and World War II The best known traditional holiday in Zurich is the Sechselauten Sachsiluute including a parade of the guilds and the burning of winter in effigy at the Sechselautenplatz During this festival the popular march known as the Sechselautenmarsch is played It has no known composer but likely originated in Russia 110 Another is the Knabenschiessen target shooting competition for teenagers originally boys open to female participants since 1991 Opera ballet and theaters Edit Opernhaus The Zurich Opera House German Zurcher Opernhaus built in 1834 was the first permanent theatre in the heart of Zurich and was at the time the main seat of Richard Wagner s activities Later in 1890 the theatre was re built as an ornate building with a neo classical architecture The portico is made of white and grey stone ornamented with the busts of Wagner Weber and Mozart Later busts of Schiller Shakespeare and Goethe were also added The auditorium is designed in the rococo style Once a year it hosts the Zurcher Opernball with the President of the Swiss Confederation and the economic and cultural elite of Switzerland 111 The Ballet Zurich performs at the opera house The Zurich Opera Ball a major social event is held annually at the Opera House as a fundraiser for the opera and ballet companies The Schauspielhaus Zurich is the main theatre complex of the city It has two dependances Pfauen in the Central City District and Schiffbauhalle an old industrial hall in Zurich West The Schauspielhaus was home to emigrants such as Bertolt Brecht or Thomas Mann and saw premieres of works of Max Frisch Friedrich Durrenmatt Botho Strauss or Elfriede Jelinek The Schauspielhaus is one of the most prominent and important theatres in Switzerland 112 The Theater am Neumarkt is one of the oldest theatres of the city Established by the old guilds in the Old City District it is located in a baroque palace near Niederdorf Street It has two stages staging mostly avantgarde works by European directors The Zurcher Theater Spektakel is an international theatre festival featuring contemporary performing arts 113 Food Edit The traditional cuisine of Zurich reflects the centuries of rule by patrician burghers as well as the lasting imprint of Huldrych Zwingli s puritanism Traditional dishes include Zurcher Geschnetzeltes and Tirggel Nightlife and clubbing Edit Zurich at night Zurich is host city of the Street Parade which takes place in August every year see above The most famous districts for Nightlife are the Niederdorf in the old town with bars restaurants lounges hotels clubs etc and a lot of fashion shops for a young and stylish public and the Langstrasse in the districts 4 and 5 of the city There are authentic amusements bars punk clubs hip hop stages Caribbean restaurants arthouse cinemas Turkish kebabs and Italian espresso bars but also sex shops or the famous red light district of Zurich In the past ten years when new parts of the city have risen into the spotlight Notably the area known as Zurich West in district 5 near the Escher Wyss square and the S Bahn Station of Zurich Hardbrucke citation needed Sports Edit FIFA Headquarters Zurich is home to several international sport federations The Federation Internationale de Football Association FIFA is headquartered in the city In 2007 were inaugurated the new FIFA headquarters building designed by architect Tilla Theus Association football is an essential aspect of sports in Zurich The city is home to two major Swiss football teams Grasshopper Club Zurich founded in 1886 and FC Zurich founded in 1896 both competing in Switzerland s highest league Among the most popular sports in Switzerland is ice hockey In Zurich it is represented by the ZSC Lions The International Ice Hockey Federation IIHF officiating as head organisation for ice hockey leagues worldwide is based in Zurich as well Cycling is a popular sport as well as a means of transport in Zurich Cycling routes are generally marked with red and white signs and the yellow lanes are exclusively meant for cyclists Also hiking trails are well marked with yellow signs which give the hiker the probable time it will take them to reach their destination There are specific maps available for hiking and walking trails throughout Switzerland Some of the most accessible walks in the Zurich area are the Uetliberg and the Zurichberg The Offene Rennbahn otherwise known as the Oerlikon Velodrome deserves a special visit on any Tuesday evening in the summer for cyclists there are chances to see time trial champions or local Swiss national cyclists challenging other amateurs in a variety of races including Madison or Keirin events As many as 30 clubs and seven indoor curling facilities can be found in the greater Zurich area The curling season starts in early September and continues until the end of April 114 Events Edit 2007 Zurich Weltklasse Weltklasse Zurich sometimes referred to as the one day Olympics 115 is a one day athletics meet held annually at the Letzigrund Stadium Since it started on 12 August 1928 the sporting event has witnessed new world records and national records To date as many as 24 world records were set in Weltklasse 116 117 118 Zurich Marathon is a popular sport event inviting numerous athletes from every corner of the globe Zurich Marathon is a long distance running event covering 42 195 kilometers 26 219 mi at one stretch The running course starts in Zurich and passes through Bahnhofstrasse Bellevueplatz Mythenquai Quaibrucke Talstrasse and Utoquai and along Lake Zurich to several other places New Year s Eve run is another important running event The race is held on 1 January each year and the start takes place at midnight exactly Zurich was one of six venues of the 1954 FIFA World Cup and one of eight venues of the UEFA Euro 2008 The Euro 2008 games were held in the Letzigrund Stadium Work on the new Letzigrund was completed in exceptionally quick time and the stadium opened in August 2007 just one year after the demolition of the old arena 119 Zurich hosted the UCI Track Cycling World Championships six times at the Oerlikon Velodrome The first time was in 1929 and the last time in 1983 Since 2013 the international Openair Literatur Festival Zurich takes place annually in Zurich presented by Literaturhaus Zurich and Kaufleuten Zurich also hosted the 1998 World Ice Hockey Championships The city previously co hosted the 1953 and 1939 editions Zurich was also host to the 2012 Men s World Floorball Championships This was the first time the event had been held in Zurich Notable people EditMain article List of people from ZurichOther points of interest Edit Inside the Oepfelchammer in which the so called Balkenprobe takes place The Schwamendingen X level crossing of tram tracks necessary because the tunnel uses island platforms for boarding between trams whose doors are on the right while normally outside the tunnel passengers board to the outside opposite the boarding area of oncoming trams Trams normally travel on the right track but in the tunnel they travel on the left 120 better source needed The Sihlfeld cemetery has a vending machine for funeral cards and other mourning supplies 121 better source needed The Oepfelchammer tavern in Zurich s Old Town offers an unusual athletic drinking game called Balkenprobe the drinker has to pull themselves up on a ceiling beam cross over to the next beam then drink a glass of wine with their head hanging down 122 better source needed Further reading EditArchitecture Edit Honig Roderick Zurich wird gebaut Architekturfuhrer Zurich 1990 2010 Hochparterre Zurich 2010 ISBN 978 3 85881 127 1 Oechslin Werner Hochschulstadt Zurich Bauten der ETH 1855 2005 GTA Zurich 2005 ISBN 3 85676 154 3 Bonte Alexander Burkle J Christoph Max Dudler Die neue Dichte Der neue Stadtteil Europaallee und die Padagogische Hochschule Zurich Jovis Berlin 2012 ISBN 978 3 86859 198 9Culture Edit Kroger Ute Zurich du mein blaues Wunder Literarische Streifzuge durch eine europaische Kulturstadt Limmat Zurich 2004 ISBN 3 85791 447 5 Staub Ueli Jazzstadt Zurich Von Louis Armstrong bis Zurich Jazz Orchestra Neue Zurcher Zeitung Zurich 2003 ISBN 3 03823 012 X Others Edit Foppa Daniel Beruhmte und vergessene Tote auf Zurichs Friedhofen Limmat Zurich 2003 ISBN 3 85791 446 7 Hegi Christof u a Zurich Mairs Ostfildern 2006 ISBN 3 8297 0315 5 Marco Polo Reisefuhrer Heimgartner Susanna Zurich komplett Regenbogen Zurich 2005 ISBN 3 85862 458 6 Regenbogen Reisefuhrer Smith Duncan J D Nur in Zurich Ein Reisefuhrer zu einzigartigen Orten geheimen Platzen und ungewohnlichen Sehenswurdigkeiten ubersetzt von Walter Goidinger Brandstatter Wien 2012 ISBN 978 3 85033 546 1 See also Edit Switzerland portal List of mayors of Zurich PS Stadt ZurichNotes and references EditNotes Edit The official language in any municipality in German speaking Switzerland is always German In this context the term German is used as an umbrella term for any variety of German So according to law you are allowed to communicate with 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