Zurich, Switzerland is a beautiful and sophisticated city located in an Alpine setting at the northern tip of Lake Zurich (Zürichsee), in the heart of Europe. It is the largest city in Switzerland with a population of 400,000 in the city and 1.5 million in the canton of Zurich. Zurich is a cultural and industrial center, and also one of the global centers for finance and banking. “Swiss made” translates to high quality worldwide, and the same precision can be experienced throughout Zurich. Note: If you’d like to have a guided running experience in Zurich, we highly recommend our affiliate partner Go! Running Tours.
For runners, Zurich offers green parks, waterfronts, hills and beautiful architecture. Running highlights include the paths along Lake Zurich, the Limmat River, Uetliberg (“Zurich’s local mountain”), and a ‘runseeing’ tour of the old town. Or, hop on the train to Greifen Lake to run along some of the paths there.
Zurich has excellent infrastructure — metro and bus, bike paths, and terrific wayfinding. It is easy to get around. The main railway station, Hauptbahnhof, is the main junction for the extensive Swiss railway network. Zurich’s high quality of living translates into it being a high cost city. Zurichers speak Swiss German but it is easy to get around also by English as most locals speak it well, too.