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