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One of the premier educational institutions in the world, ETH Zurich, short for Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich, also known as the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich, was founded in 1855.In 2011, the university ranked seventh among the top universities in the disciplines of Engineering, Science and Technology. The excellence of the university’s academics is evident in the fact that several of the Nobel Laureates have been educated here, including Albert Einstein, Charles-Edouard Guillaume and Heinrich Rohrer. See the website to know more.
ETH Bibliothek is the main library of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology. With a collection of around 6.7 million different items, ranging from maps, old documents, audiovisual material, journals and databases, ETH is undoubtedly the largest library in Switzerland. The Bibliothek's unique preserves include a comprehensive picture collection, modern topographical maps and rare manuscripts. You can also access the library's contents online and check out the special services on offer. Call for tour details.
Once the center of an internationally famous drug scene, this pleasant little park has been safe for several years now. The castle-like Landesmuseum dominates the park, which lies behind the main station. The garden is between two urban rivers, the Limmat and Sihl, and in summer is an oasis of green. At one of the entrance gates you will find a little snack bar and in the open inner court of the museum there's usually a catering service. The park also sometimes holds summer theatre performances or concerts at night. You can cross the it on your way to the far outer districts, or saunter along the rivers right behind the triangle shaped park.
This part of Zurich is lively and teeming with activity, come day or night! Spanning from Bellevue to the Central area, Niederdorf is a major tourist attraction for its shopping and food stalls. The alleys spill over with boutiques, accesory-stores, and street performers. The nightclub-pub-restaurant scene is alive and kicking too, so grab a bite and then head out to party it up!
Running parallel to Limmatquai, Niederdorfstrasse is a cobblestoned and mainly pedestrian street. It's a place where funky clothing stores share ancient walls with traditional Swiss restaurants, and where visitors will encounter both students and office workers. It is also home to a few strip clubs which seem quite out of place by daylight. A funicular at one end of the street brings passengers up to the University of Zurich and the Federal Institute of Technology campuses. Meanwhile, several narrow and steep alleyways lead down to the river from here.
Founded in 1914, the Zentralbibliothek Zurich is an important and integral part of the city and University of Zurich. This library is housed with a wide range of books, manuscripts, maps and microfiches. It is also equipped with rare books and archives from the history. There are also events and exhibitions conducted for educational and instructional purposes. Occasionally, the reading room is available on Sundays.
The Predigerkirche in Zurich is a beautiful protestant church with spectacular architecture. It is was built somewhere in the 13th Century and was run by Dominican monks but was turned into a protestant church after the Zwingli Reformation. Besides the wooden church pews, the side aisle has a library and a seating area with chairs for lunch that is served every Sunday. Almost every evening the church is a venue for Christian concerts.
This university is the largest in the country. Its history dates back to the 1830s. Notable alumni of the university include Albert Einstein.
Schipfe is a dreamy quarter of Zurich along the Limmat River. Known in the Middle Ages for ferrying merchandise, this was also a hub for the silk industry and boat building. A stroll through the neighborhood covers artisan shops, handicraft boutiques, and picturesque alleys. Schipfe is a great place for curios and customized show pieces too—take home some charming souvenirs with you.
Built in 1907, the Urania Observatory is the oldest public observatory in Switzerland, and is maintained and operated today by the public university. Scientists at the observatory use a 30-centimeter (12-inch) refractor telescope to study the moon and planets, and also occasionally observe Binary stars, star clusters and galactic nebulae. Located halfway between Bahnhofstrasse and the Limmat River, the observatory offers views of the town, Lake Zurich, and the Alps. Public shows are given in German, but English- or French-speaking groups may request a tour in their own language.
Neumarkt Oerlikon is a scenic square that teems with activity and attracts hoards of tourists to come shop at its portals. Dazzling one and all with a delightful array of shops and eateries, it is one of the most-visited plazas of the city. It is,also, home to the Saturday Oerlikon Market. When you enter the marketplace, the smells of fresh flowers, fine cheeses and fresh vegetables comes to your nostrils. Behold a splendour of colours; here is where the farmers from around Zurich sell their wares. A must-visit on your next trip to the city.
A blissful view of Zurich awaits one and all as this historic cable car makes its way to the top of the mountain from Seilbahn Rigiblick. This five-minute ride, which covers a height of close to 100 meters, claims it's fame from the fact that it is the first automated cable car route in Switzerland with stops. Built in 1901, the route is now a part of the city's historic heritage and is used by hundreds of locals as well as tourists every day. At the end of the ride, find a green spot close to the station and open up your picnic box, or enjoy your evening cup of coffee from a nearby cafe. On festivals and special days, one might get a chance to watch the splendid fireworks that take place at the Zurich city center.