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Author: Tamika Doubell (page 1 of 2)

Fun Facts About Zurich❤

Our NGSE team will be spending 3 nights of their last week in Zurich!

Today, the city is home to 400,000 residents and is the largest city in Switzerland as well as the capital of the canton of Zürich

Blick ueber die Limmat Richtung Altstadt im abendlichen Licht in Zuerich, aufgnenommen am 10. Juli 2013. (Zuerich Tourismus/Keystone/Gaetan Bally)

+ The city has 110 hotel companies with 11.500 beds at their disposal which provide 2.5 million overnight stays every year!

+ Europe’s largest clock face is located in Zurich. The clock of St. Peter’s Church in Zürich is the largest church clock face in Europe. Would you believe that it is even bigger than Big Ben’s?


+ Are you a photography buff? Well, you will have 1200 different fountains in the city of Zurich to take your photograph. It seems that the city authorities in Zurich ensure that every street corner has a fountain!

+ You are well advised to learn a little Latin. The Swiss, as aristocratic as ever, use the language widely. It is the third most spoken language in the country

+ Lac Leman has more than 40 shipwrecks. If you love a little adventure during your vacation, you could get your snorkeling gear and head to the lake


+ For your information, these brands are all Swiss: Adecco (human resources), Credit Suisse (banking), Lindt & Sprüngli (chocolate), Logitech (electronics), Mövenpick (hotels), Nestlé (food), Novartis (pharmaceuticals), Richemont (luxury goods), Schindler (lifts/elevators), Securitas (security), Swatch (watches), UBS (banking), or Winterthur (insurance)

+ Sweden’s Ingvar Kamprad, founder of furniture chain “Ikea”, remains Switzerland richest resident for the tenth year, according to an annual ranking by business magazine Bilanz. His assets, including the chain of Ikea stores, are valued at 35’000’000’000 Francs


Ingvar Kamprad


+ Freddie Mercury and Queen really loved Switzerland and ended up buying a recording studio outside Montreux on Lake Geneva. There is a statue to Freddie on the shore, featured on the cover of their album “Made in Heaven”.

+ The thumb is used to indicate “1” when counting with fingers. The Facebook “Like” button has a whole other meaning in Switzerland, where it also signifies the number “1”


+ In order to use a shopping cart at the grocery store, you have to deposit a 1 or 2 Franc coin in a slot on top of the cart. This will release the chain by which the cart is attached to the next one. When you return the cart to its place, you will get your deposit back!

Must-See Sights

1. Polybahn funicular

The Polybahn, also known as the UBS Polybahn, is a funicular railway in the city of Zürich, Switzerland.

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2. St. Peter

St. Peter is one of the four main churches of the old town of Zürich, Switzerland, besides Grossmünster, Fraumünster and Predigerkirche.


3. Fluntern Cemetery

Also known as Friedhof Fluntern, Fluntern Cemetery is located in the Zürichberg district of Zürich.


4. Zürich Opera House

Zürich Opera House is an opera house in the Swiss city of Zürich. Located at the Sechseläutenplatz, it has been the home of the Zürich Opera since 1891.

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5. Old Botanical Garden, Zürich

The Old Botanical Garden (German: Alter Botanischer Garten) is a botanical garden and arboretum in the Swiss city of Zürich. The garden is, among the neighboredSchanzengraben moat and the Bauschänzl bastion, one of the last remains of the Baroque fortifications of Zürich, that was begun in 1642.








The Engadin or Engadine is a long valley in the Swiss Alps located in the canton of Graubünden in southeast Switzerland.

Our NGSE team will be spending their 3rd week in the mountains of Engadin! Here’s more on the region:

+ The Upper Engadin begins at the Maloja mountain pass with a chain of lakes running north-east–south-west: Lej da Segl (Lake Sils), famous for windsurfing, Lej da Silvaplauna (Lake Silvaplana), and Lej da San Murezzan (Lake St. Moritz).

+ Though no one knows how far back it dates, the traditional winter horse-drawn sleigh ride takes place every winter. Many of the sleighs used come from local families who have been living in the area over many generations

+ Typical black and red Engadine dress is used by the townspeople and the horses are decorated with plumage and trimmings in addition to the bells.

St Moritz

Switzerland’s original winter wonderland and the cradle of Alpine tourism, St Moritz has been luring royals, celebrities and moneyed wannabes since 1864. With its shimmering aquamarine lake, emerald forests and aloof mountains, the town looks a million dollars.  St. Moritz is a resort town in the Engadine valley in Switzerland. It is a municipality in the district of Maloja in the Swiss canton of Graubünden. The highest summit in the Eastern Alps, the Piz Bernina, lies a few kilometres south of the town.

The resort “Engadin St. Moritz” is situated on the southern side of the Swiss Alps, at 1,800 meters above sea level, on the “Roof of Europe”. The incomparable harmony of its lake scenery has made the Engadin known throughout the world as the “festival hall of the Alps”. More on the town here.


St Moritz at Christmas

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Restaurants nearby

The Fabulous St Moritz in Winter

The Fabulous St Moritz in Summer 



Photos of our NGSE Team in Bloem!



A Bit About Chur, Switzerland

One of Switzerland’s oldest cities is Chur. In fact, archaeologists have dated back a settlement from the “Pfyn” culture to this city! That’s 3,900 BC! Need I say more? Our NGSE team is headed there first week of July, after their stay in Wil. *More on the Pfyn history here

Known For?

+ Fine mountain setting

+ Twisting alleys and historic buildings

+ Numerous boutiques, restaurants, bars, museums and galleries

+ Traffic-free Old Town

+ Mediterranean-style atmosphere.

Famous Places?

+ Schmuckcafé – a goldsmith’s studio come coffee bar. Get your favourite piece of jewellery made while sipping on a cappuccino or drinking your favourite glass of wine!

Address: Chur’s Old Town

Cappuccino at the goldsmith’s. An unusual shopping experience in the heart of Chur.

Wine or cappuccino at the goldsmith’s. An unusual shopping experience in the heart of Chur.

+ Kulturbar Werkstatt (Folk Club Chur) – a cooperative events location in Chur’s Old Town. In addition to a lively cultural programme of concerts, readings, exhibitions, and discussion and film evenings, this venue also affords fine dining options in a unique atmosphere.

Address: Chur’s Old Town

Kulturbar Werkstatt

Kulturbar Werkstatt


Members Of Our NGSE Team!

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More About The City of Wil, Switzerland

Our team will be spending their first week in the city of Wil! Here’s a little bit more about it.


Eastern Switzerland / Liechtenstein. Founded in 1200 by the Count of Toggenburg.

Friedrich VII, count of Toggenburg (ca. 1370 – 30 April 1436), was the last of the Counts of Toggenburg who ruled in what would become Switzerland. His death without heirs or a will led to the Old Zürich War.

Population of how many?

Around 20,000. Most of them  speak German (85.1%), with Albanian being second most common ( 4.5%) + Italian being third ( 3.0%).

What’s it’s trademark?

+ Picturesque timbered houses

+ Romantic arcades

+ Medieval alleys

+ Part of the Inventory of Swiss Heritage Sites

Top Restaurants

+ Zur alten Herberge Restaurant

Address: Staatsstrasse 35 | Niederbüren, Wil 9246, Switzerland


Zur alten Herberge

+ Hof zu Restaurant

Address: Marktgasse 88, Wil 9500 , Switzerland


Hof zu Restaurant

+ Restaurant Schuetzenhaus

Address: Wilerstrasse | Oberuzwil, Wil 9242, Switzerland


Restaurant Schuetzenhaus



The Bones of St Pancratius are found at the Church of St Niklaus in Wil, Switzerland. He was originally robed in clothes by nuns in the late 1600s but in 1777 – the centenary of his bones arriving in Wil – he was dressed in this magnificent commissioned suit of armour. Pancratius is the most identifiable skeleton taken from the Roman Catacombs.

What kind of services did Pancratius provide? He was credited with several miraculous healings, most famously involving urinary incontinence. He is normally invoked against cramps, bladder issues + headache. His relic is now used as a sort of conduit for prayer. A woman undergoing a severe problem controlling her bladder–so bad, apparently, that her marriage was in jeopardy–said prayers to the skeleton upon its arrival. When she was cured, others suffering similarly also began praying to Pancratius, whose reputation as a patron saint of healing lives on.

Saint Pancras (Latin: Sanctus Pancratius; Greek: Ἅγιος Παγκράτιος) was a Roman citizen who converted to Christianity, and was beheaded for his faith at the age of just 14 around the year 304. His name is Greek and literally means “the one that holds everything”.



St Pancras of Rome

Get To Know The NGSE Team Leaving For Switzerland!

The New Generation Service Exchange (NGSE) to Switzerland is taking place this coming June/July!

A team consisting of 5 young people plus 1 Rotarian has been selected + is ready to travel abroad in less than 2 months.

The main target of the exchange?

+ To give young people from outside of Switzerland an opportunity to experience the vocational, cultural, political and social life of the country

+ To exchange information about their business lives in the fields of education, health + welfare

+ To visit different areas of Switzerland and enjoy an interesting program

Host District

Switzerland, Rotary District 2000 Schweiz/Liechtenstein

Sending District

South Africa, Rotary District 9370

Date Travelling

Last week of June for 3 weeks



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Joyclyn Govender (Social Worker at Tongaat Child + Family Welfare Society)

Robyn Clark (Pre-school Teacher at Lilyfontein School)

Janco Jordaan (Director of Student Life at Northwest University Potchefstroom)

Melanie Mboya (Student at Rhodes University / Bachelor of Social Science undergraduate)

Lisa Guscott (Wealth Planner at Investec)


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