Zurich is Switzerland’s centre of economic life and education. Located in the heart of Europe, the city offers all the modern amenities of a cosmopolitan metropolis, without sacrificing its natural side. Zurich has for years ranked among the world’s top cities in terms of quality of life. The cosmopolitan city by the water combines creative urban life with nature in all its glory. Zurich is abuzz with activity day and night with its countless events, diverse museums, own food festival and Switzerland’s most vibrant nightlife.
Zurich was already a prosperous centre of commerce in the Early Middle Ages. The 1519 Reformation gave the economy such a boost that the city rapidly became Switzerland’s financial centre. This has remained unchanged to the present day and is why you’ll find the Swiss National Bank in Zurich along with the world-famous Bahnhofstrasse, one of the most luxurious shopping strips around. Zurich is the world's largest gold trading center and numerous Swiss and foreign banks are located in the Greater Zurich Area.
The University of Zurich and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology are two of the city’s most famous schools. The former trained 20 Nobel Prize winners, the latter – as many as seven. Conrad Röntgen and Albert Einstein wrote their dissertations here. For two years, the city was also home to the Soviet exile and Nobel Prize laureate Alexander Solzhenitsyn.