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Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH)
The Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich, or - to give the university
its German acronym - the ETH, was founded by the Swiss government
in 1854 as a polytechnic and opened its doors in Zurich in 1855. Until
1969 it was the only national university in Switzerland. In its core areas
of engineering, natural sciences, architecture, and mathematics it is one
of the leading academic research institutions world wide.
The ETH itself comprises 17 departments, 330 professors and about 840
lecturers who fulfill teaching obligations and conduct research. A staff
of more than 7'500 - with a 25% proportion of women - work in teaching,
research and administration. Current statistics of the ETH show 11'700
registered students. Each year about 1'250 receive an ETH diploma and a
further 530 complete a doctoral thesis. Current annual expenditure has
reached 1 billion Swiss francs.
Visit the ETH Homepage for more information.
is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe, and it is well worth your
time to spend a day or two taking in its pleasures.
The city of Zurich was established as a Roman customs post (called
"Turicum") in 15 B.C. It is situated some 400 meters (1,340 ft) above sea
level at the
northern end of the 27 km (17 miles) long Lake of Zurich.
Its well-preserved Old Town is to be found on both banks of the River Limmat,
which flows out of the lake in a northerly direction. With a population
of some 336,000 inhabitants, Zurich is the largest city in Switzerland.
It is surprisingly compact, though, with a wealth of old churches, fountains,
and cobbled streets with buildings, some of them more than 700 years old,
housing charming galleries and small shops.
reputation as a shopping paradise and an art center which is home to highly
renowned auction houses has done much to make the city known throughout
the world. The main shopping area is concentrated within one square kilometer
in the heart of the city, which means it is easily covered on foot. Strolling
down the famous Bahnhofstrasse - one of the most beautiful shopping
streets in Europe - you will find elegant boutiques, department stores,
specialist shops, banks, and cafés which tempt you to linger and
relax for a while.
The pedestrian streets of the Old Town contain most of the major
sights, including winding alleyways, 16th and 17th-century houses, guildhalls
and churches. The 13th-century tower of St Peter's Church has the
largest clock face in Europe, while the Fraumünster Church
nearby is noted for the distinctive stained-glass windows in the choir,
which were created by Marc Chagall in 1970. The cities most famous landmark
Grossmünster with its unique dual towers. Believed to
be of Carolingian origin, its oldest parts date back to the late 11th century.
"Kunsthaus" (the Zurich Art Gallery) is Zurich's top address for
art. It has paintings, sculptures and graphic art, mostly from the 19th
& 20th centuries. The Museum of Fine Arts has a large permanent
collection ranging from 15th-century religious art to the `modern' art
of Monet, Manet and Man Ray. The
Swiss National Museum offers a
permanent collect on Swiss national history and is housed north of the
city center just next to the Main Railway Station (which dates back to
1871). The Arboretum and Quayside Park offer amply laid-out waterfront
paths along the the shores of Lake Zurich which pass picnic, sunbathing
and swimming spots.
Some of Zurich's sights can also be visited in a virtual tour which
is provided here.
Zurich is also an ideal departure point for excursions all over
Switzerland. You can easily travel to the Rhine Waterfalls, to Lucerne,
or to the Säntis or Rigi mountains and back to Zurich in just half
a day. Whole-day trips by train or coach will take you to the Ticino, Graubünden,
up the Titlis mountain or to the never-melting snow and ice on the Jungfraujoch,
or even across the border to Austria, Italy or Germany.[text
courtesy of Lonely
Planet and Zurich Tourism,
pictures courtesy of Zuerich.ch]
Getting Around in Zurich: Even though Zurich is the largest city in Switzerland it is rather small compared to international standards. This
means you do not need to rent a car. In addition, there is an excellent public transportation system and you can get anywhere in Zurich within 10-20
minutes by tram and bus. A ticket for the city ist valid for 24 hours and is 7.20 SFr.
- For a map where you can find a specific address click here.
- For a route planner of the Zurich public transportation click here (german only).
Enter your starting tram/bus stop in the field Von and your destination in the field Nach. Enter the time of your trip in the
field Zeit and click on Anfrage starten to start the query.
- Here you can select a specific address and find out which is the
nearest tram/bus stop.
- The time-table of the Swiss federal railways is available here.
Climate of Zurich: Zurich has a temperate climate, but frequently finds itself in the path of warm, moisture-laden winds blowing from the Atlantic ocean. This results
in a milder climate than its northern latitude of 47° might otherwise suggest. Average daytime temperature is 14 degrees Celsius (57 degrees
Check out the Zurich weather forecast for the next few
What do you think of when you think of Switzerland? Is it the dramatic
landscapes and quaint country settings? Or is it the unique French, German
and Italian cultural influences? Maybe it's the historic castles and heritage?
Whatever it is, Switzerland has something special for you whether your
idea of the perfect vacation is hiking in a world of breathtaking vistas
or pampering yourself in the lap of luxury. That's because you can experience
gourmet dining just as easily as you can explore scenic mountain trails
with a picnic in your backpack. Switzerland has it all and real close together
so you spend more time hiking, bicycling, golfing, playing tennis, swimming,
shopping, exploring wonderful museums, discovering fabulous architecture
and beautiful scenery than traveling from place to place. You see, Switzerland,
while one country, is a collection of wonderful lands waiting for you to
discover and enjoy. [text and picture courtesy of Switzerland
Currency: 1 Swiss Franc (CHF) is about
0.59 US Dollars, or 0.64 Euro (as of August 2000). For current exchange
rates, see the Universal Currency Converter
or Oanda.com, which offer detailed conversion
tables, for example for
Yen. Coins in circulation
are 5, 10, 20 and 50 Cents (1 Franc = 100 Cents), as well as 1, 2 and 5
bank notes come as 10, 20, 50, 100, 200 and 1000 Francs bills.
Credit Cards: The most popular credit cards are Visa, MasterCard
and American Express. Many banks in Switzerland have equipped their ATM
machines with the CIRRUS® or MAESTRO® system, which allows you
to use your American or Canadian bank card. Many Swiss banks also offer
ATM machines for cash advances with your credit card. It is recommended
to have a small amount of cash on hand upon arrival in Switzerland for
immediate expenses, i.e. taxies, public transportation etc. (At the airport
and the main railway station you find of course ATM machines and exchange
Passport/Visa: If your stay is shorter than three months you
only need to bring your valid passport with you, a visa is not required.
This applies to citizens of the following countries: countries of the American
Continent, Europe, Japan, Australia and New Zealand. Exceptions may apply.
For more detailed information on visas, please contact the Swiss Consulate
General located nearest you (for the US, see the
of Switzerland in the United States; in Japan, see the Visa
page at Switzerland Tourism, Japan. Online information is also available
from the Swiss Embassy in France,
Britain and Korea.)
Tipping: Tips are automatically included in all hotel and restaurant
bills and in most taxi fares. For special services like luggage handling,
it is customary to tip CHF 2 per bag.
A Short German/English Dictionary
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|Abfahrt ||Departure |
|Ankunft ||Arrival |
|Billett Automat ||ticket vending machine |
|Datum ||Date |
|Fahrplan ||Time-table |
|Flughafen ||Airport |
|Haltestelle ||Tram or bus stop |
|Hauptbahnhof ||Main station |
|Nach ||To |
|Platz ||Place, Square |
|Richtung ||Direction |
|S-Bahn ||Name of trains in metropolitan area |
|Stadtplan ||City map |
|Strasse ||Street |
|Ticket Automat ||ticket vending machine |
|Von ||From |