πŸ‡¨πŸ‡­ Zurich Switzerland 4K – Interesting facts about Zurich | Best Cities

πŸ‡¨πŸ‡­ Zurich Switzerland 4K – Interesting facts about Zurich | Best Cities

August 31, 2019 0 By Stanley Isaacs


Hey guys, in this video we are going to talk
about Zurich, Switzerland’s largest City and economic center. It has a population of about 430’000, but
there are at least 1.3 Million people living in the outskirts of the city. Zurich is well known for its financial industry,
its university and for having a high quality of life. Although it is by far the most populated city
in Switzerland, Zurich is not Switzerland’s capital city – but instead it’s the city
of Bern which can be reached in less than one hour by train. And in case you didn’t already know: Switzerland
is located at the very center of Europe, and please don’t confuse Switzerland with Sweden
or even Swaziland on the African continent. The climate in Zurich is quite balanced, the
winters are not too cold and in summer, there are only a few weeks of intense heat. So that’s why a lot of Swiss people like
to visit Italy, France or Spain during summer, since all these countries are in very close
driving distance from Switzerland. If you like to ski or snowboard, you can easily
spend your winters vacation in the Swiss alps, which are not even located a two hours drive
from Zurich. In addition, it’s
impressive that you can even see the Swiss alps right from the city center. Isn’t that beautiful? In Zurich, people speak Swiss German. Nevertheless, newspapers and tv series are
all in German, because based on the fact that every Swiss canton has its own version of
Swiss German, there are no grammar rules for that language. In Swiss German, the City of Zurich is actually
called “Züri”. The people of Zurich are told to be restrained. In the mornings, you barely see people smiling
– instead they are all focused on work and on earning money. There is a huge international community in
Zurich. English and French are understood by most
of the citizens of Zurich. People from countless other countries are
immigrating to Zurich, in order to get a better paid job or just to enjoy the high quality
of life. People who work in Zurich, earn the highest
salaries worldwide. On average, a worker in Zurich earns almost
5900 dollars per month, which is really impressive. Not even New York or London can keep up with
those numbers. The main reason for that is that there are
tons of international companies located in Zurich. Especially the financial sector is strong,
with global players like UBS or Credit Suisse headquartered in Zurich. But even huge American and Asian IT companies
settled down in Zurich, like Apple, IBM, Cisco, Samsung, Huawei, Dell, HP, Microsoft and Google. Google actually built its largest site outside
of the United States in Zurich, having almost 5000 employees there. But besides all this, housing prices have
skyrocketed over the last 50 years. During the 1960ies, Zurich’s population was
shrinking and nobody wanted to live in the City. Now, people can’t even find affordable apartments
to rent. A two bedroom apartment located in the center
of Zurich can cost up to 1.5 million Swiss Francs, which is equivalent to 1.51 million
dollars. And what about other costs? Unfortunately, not only apartments are expensive,
but also daily goods like food, household goods and services. Switzerland ranks first on the Big Mac Index,
meaning that you have to spend more than six and a half dollars to get a Big Mac. For the amount of money you spend to live
in Zurich for a month, you could stay in Prague or Lisbon for more than 2.5 months or in Istanbul
for almost 4 months. There is a small observation tower situated
on a hill in the outskirts of Zurich, which – in the past – could be climbed for free. But now, people have to spend two Swiss Francs
just in order to get to the top of the tower. So in Switzerland, money makes the world go
round. Zurich is a city located at a river and a
lake simultaneously. At the Lake Zurich, people like to swim, ride
their boats or just to have a great time in the park. Water from Lake Zurich runs into a river called
Limmat. It flows through the whole city and people
enjoy riding down the river using their rubber boats. Zurich was ranked first worldwide in terms
of quality of life for seven years until 2008. Since then, it is ranked at second place right
behind Vienna, the capital city of Austria. But there are three more Swiss cities ranked
in the top 15 cities with the highest quality of life, which can all be reached within 2
hours of traveling. Bern, Basel and Geneva. People in Zurich argue whether it’s better
to live on the right or on the left side of the Lake Zurich. While on the left hand side of the lake, there
are more companies and better access to highways and public transport, on the right hand side
there are more wealthy people living in prestigious city districts. Furthermore, there is more sunshine on the
right hand side of the Lake – so maybe that’s why it’s called “The Golden Coast”? In Zurich, there are more than 1200 drinking
fountains, which makes this City the City with the most drinking fountains in the world. Tap Water is absolutely drinkable in whole
Switzerland. Another interesting fact about the center
of Zurich is the “6-o’clock” square. It used to be a quite dirty place with a lot
of parking places. And during the second world war, there even
was a rapeseed field right in the center of the square. Then, in 2003 the people of Zurich voted to
restructure the area in order to make it more pleasant for people living and visiting Zurich. After that, they built a massive underground
car park and constructed a square, where people now like to hang out, meet friends and spend
their quality time. While building this pedestrian zone, construction
workers found remainings of a neolithic community living here in the years of 11’000 BC. Since we already are talking about Zurich’s
history, there is yet another interesting fact about Zurich. During 1916 to 1917, Lenin, the leader of
the Russian revolution, was living in Zurich. His wife wrote down that they enjoyed the
fact that in Zurich there were many revolutionary-minded young people from different countries. Moreover, they liked the Lake Zurich and the
fact that there were better libraries than in Bern, were they were living previously. Also, there is a rumor that he still has a
bank account at the cantonal bank of Zurich, holding a little more than five Swiss Francs,
which back than was quite a lot of money. Another considerable advantage of Zurich are
Zurich’s educational institutes. The technical university of Zurich also known
as ETH, is an university with one of the world’s best reputation. In 2019, it was ranked third of the world’s
top universities specialized in the engineering and technology sector – surpassing universities
like Oxford, Berkeley University of California or even Cambridge. Many international students are studying at
this university. In fact, more than 50% of the students are
not Swiss citizens. Even physicist Albert Einstein was studying
and teaching at this university. Zurich is relatively clean and has low criminal
rates. There are not too many green areas, but based
on the fact that Zurich is surrounded by some hills, there are a lot of opportunities to
spent some time in the woods in order to get in touch with nature and to relax. Public transport is truly at the cutting edge. Not only in Zurich but in whole Switzerland,
trains, trams and busses follow a strict time table and you can absolutely rely on those
plans. All public transport facilities are quite
clean and there are epic two-story trains bringing people to their destinations all
around Switzerland. However, public transportation in Switzerland
is expensive. Even Swiss people have the impression that
public transportation in Switzerland should be cheaper. Another interesting place to visit is Zurich’s
main shopping street called “Bahnhofstrasse”, which is located at the very center of Zurich. It has dozens of stores where you can buy
chocolate, watches and other high luxury goods. This street ranks 9th worldwide in terms of
rental prices. The amount of sales per square meter is absolutely
jaw dropping and can hold up with other famous shopping streets like the upper 5th avenue
in New York City or Causeway Bay in Hong Kong. That’s even more impressive if you consider
how tiny Zurich is compared to those cities. In winter, the city administration installs
glamorous decoration lights, which are recommendable to see. In the upper part of Zurich, there is a city
area called 5th circle, where you can find some taller residential and office buildings. They don’t even surpass the 200 meter mark,
but for Swiss standards that’s already quite high. Additionally, there are a lot of bars, restaurants
and nightclubs, where young people like to pull allnighters. In fact, Zurich is the city with the most
night clubs per capita in Europe – but because there are not many people living in Zurich,
the variety of night clubs is still relatively small. The world’s biggest techno parade called
“Street Parade” is annually taking place in Zurich. More than one million people all around the
world participate in this event. There are some local people of Zurich, who
go on a holiday trip during those days, just to flee from the festival’s craziness. But if you prefer to party and to listen to
techno music, you definitely have to consider to join this festival for at least once in
your lifetime. To sum up, you definitely have to see Zurich
if you are traveling to Switzerland. For sure it is not the cultural center of
Switzerland, but it is definitely the economical and financial center. There are a lot of cool places to visit and
I’m sure that you will enjoy your stay. Have you ever visited Zurich? What were your impressions? Please let me know in the comments. And if you have some more ideas about which
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