Tuesday, 1 November 2016

TRAVEL TUESDAY #51 - ZÜRICH, SWITZERLAND

“In Italy for thirty years under the Borgias they had warfare, terror, murder and bloodshed but they produced Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci and the Renaissance. In Switzerland, they had brotherly love; they had five hundred years of democracy and peace and what did that produce? The cuckoo clock.” - Orson Welles

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Zürich is the largest city in Switzerland and the capital of the canton of Zürich It is located in north-central Switzerland at the northwestern tip of Lake Zürich The municipality has approximately 390,000 inhabitants, and the Zürich metropolitan area 1.83 million. Zürich is a hub for railways, roads, and air traffic. Both Zürich Airport and railway station are the largest and busiest in the country.

Permanently settled for around 2000 years, the history of Zürich goes back to its founding by the Romans, who, in 15 BC, called it Turicum. However, early settlements have been found dating back more than 6400 years ago. During the Middle Ages Zürich gained the independent and privileged status of imperial immediacy and, in 1519, was the place of origin and centre of the Protestant Reformation in German-speaking Switzerland, led by Ulrich Zwingli.

Zürich is a leading global city and among the world’s largest financial centres. The city is home to a large number of financial institutions and banking giants. Most of Switzerland’s research and development centres are concentrated in Zürich and the low tax rates attract overseas companies to set up their headquarters there. According to several surveys from 2006 to 2008, Zurich was named the city with the best quality of life in the world as well as the wealthiest city in Europe. Many museums and art galleries can be found in the city, including the Swiss National Museum and the Kunsthaus. Zurich also hosts one of the most important theatres in the German-speaking world.

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8 comments:

  1. Oh I loved Switzerland ~ great photo ~

    Wishing you a wonderful week ~ ^_^

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  2. Switserland - so beautiful! Colorado is a state reminding me of Switserland.The Reformation and the banking -you covered it:)

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  3. I went to the Zürich Opera House to see the architecture.. which was very impressive. But instead of seeing opera, I ended up seeing Ballet Zürich in the same building. The architecture of Schauspielhaus Zürich is also very impressive.

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  4. Beautiful! It is a city I will like to visit. I have read a lot of good things about it lately. #OurWorldTuesday

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  5. Thanks for the interesting information I stayed last June in Zurich on a stopover. We also traveled to Zug by train and I was impressed by their railway system. The wealth of Zurich was very visible; expensive shops, cars and suits everywhere.

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  6. That quote from Orson Welles is hysterical! Gorgeous, gorgeous photo.

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  7. I visited Zurich for the first time, just a few months ago. Switzerland is beautiful.

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