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Interesting historical facts about Zurich
Zurich is the largest city in Switzerland with a population of almost 400,000. Arising from a Roman military stronghold called Turicum, Zurich became a free city in 1262 and, over hundreds of years, transformed into a major economic hub.
One of the many sights worth seeing in Zurich is the Villa Wesendonck which is currently home to the Rietberg Museum. Built in the middle of the 19th century for industrial magnet Otto Wesendonck, the villa has a direct connection to composer Richard Wagner. Wesendonck's wife Mathilde was chosen by Wagner as his muse, though a relationship never developed between the two because of resistance from Otto Wesendonck and Wagner's wife Minna. Their unfulfilled desire is reflected in Wagner's opera Tristan and Isolde.
Gottfried Semper, architect of the Semperoper in Dresden, also left his mark on Zurich. He designed the main building at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich as well as the observatory there. He was also involved in the design of Zurich's main train station. Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen, the man who discovered the x-ray, studied at the ETH in 1865 and obtained his PhD there in 1869.
Zurich even has its own mountain. The Uetliberg rises 869.2 meters above sea level and is a popular local recreation area. In fact, cars are not allowed on the mountain. To get to the top, the Uetliberg rail was opened in 1875 and is Europe's steepest normal track adhesion railway. It runs from the main train station in Zurich to the Uetliberg station at the top.
Zurich also played a major role in shaping Europe's cultural landscape as one of the early centers of the avant-garde art movement Dadaism, with one of the first exhibitions opening up in 1916 in the city's Cabaret Voltaire nightclub. Max Frisch, James Joyce, Hermann Hesse, Thomas Mann and many others also made their marks in the city. More than 65 percent of the Swiss film industry is based in Zurich, which is also home to the Zurich Film Festival since 2005.
World history might have turned out entirely differently had not a certain Russian revolutionary sought refuge in Zurich during World War I. Vladimir Ilyitsch Lenin, the late founder of the Soviet Union, lived in Spiegelgasse 14.
A Swiss Lifestyle
Selected restaurants, bars and hotels in Zurich
Switzerland is not only the land of excellent clocks, but also has a very special culinary culture, unforgettably immortalized by René Goscinny and Albert Uderzo in "Asterix in Switzerland."
So if you want to experience some highlights, perhaps after a stop at our office, here's a small selection of places we can recommend:
One of the more recent insider tips: The food is good, reasonably priced and a popular gathering place for locals. The Cordon Bleu comes well recommended.
Köchlistraße 6, 8004 Zürich
Fribourger Fondue Stube
Fondue - simply THE national dish of Switzerland. The Fribourger Fondue Stube has the best fondue in the city. The intense aroma of cheese is one of the restaurant's trademarks. It is only open in the winter months and reservations should be made at least a week in advance. We particularly recommend the Kirsch, especially the "Seppe Toni".
For more refined tastes, there is the Kronenhalle. Authentic cuisine from Zurich - creating true culinary masterpieces, accompanied by masterpieces on the wall from Chagall to Mirò - it may cost more, but the experience is absolutely worth it. But you will never get in without a reservation!
Located in the old observatory in Zurich's city center, the Apero offers delicious cocktails and vintage wines, but the 360-degree panorama itself is worth the visit.
A centrally situated hotel is always a major advantage when visiting the big city. One such hotel is the two-star hotel, the St. Georges. Clean and reasonably priced at CH 130, you can conveniently see all the sights on foot.