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Zurich

Zurich Area Guide

Buying properties in Zurich

Zurich is Switzerland's capital of finance and its richest city. The old town offers history and charm along cobbled streets, the numerous lakeside beauty spots offer graceful living and all the while, an engaging and vital subculture - centred on the upcoming district of Zurich West - is thriving beneath the city's glossy surface. The Zurich 'Gold Coast' is the name given to the lower eastern shore (or Right bank) of Lake Zurich as its position benefits from the evening sun.

Zurich consistently rates at or near the top of annual surveys judging cities for their quality of life. Still best known as a city for doing business, in recent years the city has experienced a boom in arts and popular culture, expressed with a host of innovative new restaurants and clubs.

Prime prices in Zurich and the key German speaking areas of Schwyz and Zug have remained relatively steady throughout the last decade. Our Switzerland Inside View offers more market insight.

Buying, owning or selling properties in the Zurich

The region surrounding Zurich is not a designated ‘holiday zone’, this means that unless you are considering relocation then it is impossible to purchase.

Living in Zurich

Zurich consistently rates at or near the top of annual surveys judging cities for their quality of life. Still best known as a city for doing business, in recent years the city has experienced a boom in arts and popular culture, expressed with a host of innovative new restaurants and clubs.

The Old Town

The old town, with its narrow, cobbled alleyways and attractive small-scale architecture easily charms.

The Zurich “Gold Coast”

Is the name given to the lower eastern shore (or Right Bank) of Lake Zurich as its position benefits from the evening sun. The sunny mountain slopes around it are given over to vines. This area may be the home to high property prices but is widely recognised as Zurich’s most elegant and exclusive district. 

Zurich West

A former industrial site experiencing dramatic re-development as a quarter for offices, apartments and arts venues. It is one of the main centers of economic growth in Zurich and home to the tallest building in Zurich the Prime Tower. This vibrant, up-coming area boasts a busy art, design, food, culture and shopping scene.

Activities

All winter and adventure sports are well-catered for in Switzerland - hiking, sailing, golf, horse riding, cycling to name a few. Safety standards are notably high making this the perfect place to bring children and introduce them to the joys of outdoor sports. The possibilities for exploring the great outdoors around Zurich are year-round and almost limitless.

Culture

There is plenty to occupy in this smart city – between the charm of the old town and the superb Kunsthaus, Switzerland’s finest art gallery, or simply experiencing the most agreeable cafe culture in German-speaking Switzerland.

Education

There are numerous excellent public and international schools within Zurich and in the surrounding communities. The Greater Zurich area boast several prestigious universities with international reputations: The University of Zurich offers the widest range of courses, The ETH Zurich specializes for the most part in the sciences and just outside Zurich there is the University of St Gallen, a popular law and business school.

Accessibility

Overland: Switzerland is well connected by high-speed trains, famous for their cleanliness and efficiency, from across Europe.

By air: Zurich has its own international airport approximately 13km north of the city centre.

(All distances are approximate)

Start your property search here or read more about the Swiss property market in our Inside View Switzerland.