October 2, 2018

Historical notes

The city of Zurich has organized a series of exhibitions around town (Haus zum Rech (Neumarkt 4), on Lindenhof) to celebrate the 800th anniversary of Zurich’s independence. But it is something of an exaggeration to speak of the year 1218 as the date of...

February 13, 2017

I once gave a tour in downtown Zurich and mentioned that the Romans (who were after all here for about 400 years) left practically no traces of their presence. Other towns in Switzerland have magnificent Roman amphitheatres (Avenches, Martigny) but Zurich only boasts t...

February 13, 2017

One of the first things you need to know about Zurich is that the trams have the right of way, always. There are two types of trams in circulation. The old Tram 2000 vehicles were introduced in 1976 and are still in circulation in one form or another. In 2001, a new tr...

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