Welcome to Zurich!

The PNIRS 2022 Local Organizing Committee has been working hard to create an outstanding educational and memorable experience for your visit to Zurich. Here we provide you with some information on transportation, suggestions for restaurants and bars, and activities in and around Zurich.

Most of the city center is in walking distance from ETH and many of the local hotels (see Map). There are also plenty of buses and trams around town. The tram stop nearest ETH is “ETH/Universitätsspital” with several tram lines connecting ETH with city center/old town. The fastest direct connection with city center and main train station is the famous Polybahn (https://www.polybahn.ch), which is included in tickets for Zurich public transport. Whilst you can use an app for buying tickets for public transport (SBB App), you can also pay with cash at ticket vending machines at most of the tram- and bus-stops. Another option is buying the Zurich Card, which aside from covering Zurich public transportation, also offers reduced admission to museums and Zurich experiences (https://www.zuerich.com/en/zurichcard). You can also find a ticket shop at Zurich main station.

To/from Zurich Airport:
The cheapest and most efficient way to get from Zurich Airport to Zurich is with the train. There are trains connecting the airport and main station every few minutes and takes around 15 minutes. There is also a direct connection between the airport and ETH via Tram No. 10 (direction Bahnhofplatz/HB), which leaves every ten minutes and takes around 35 minutes to reach ETH. For both options, tickets are available at counters or vending machines at the airport and cost approximately 7 CHF. Taxis are also available at the airport, though will cost around 80 CHF and take roughly 30 minutes, depending on traffic.

Places to visit:

Kunsthaus (famous for its collection of Middle Ages to contemporary art, a 5 minute walk away from the meeting venue)

Swiss national museum (right next to the main station of Zurich)

Grossmünster (Romanesque-style built church built between 1100-1200, in the middle of the historical area on the right side of the river)

Fraumünster (women’s minister founded in 853, stained glass windows designed by artist Marc Chagall, in the historical area on the left side of the river)

St. Peter (completed around 1000, with largest church clock face in Europe, in the historical area on the left side of the river)

Bürkliplatz and Bellevue (hang out at the lake, next to the opera)

Bahnhofstrasse (famous shopping street)

Lindenhof (great view of the historical area on the right side of the river)

Niederdorf (popular promenade in Zurich’s old town)

Zoo Zurich (visit the great zoo on top of the „Zürichberg“, easy reachable with Tram Nr. 6 from venue)

Letten, Werd Insel (Enjoy a jump in the river)

Seebad Mythenquai“, „Seebad Engi“, or „Chinawiese“ (take a bath in the lake of Zurich)

Langstrasse quarter (great place for the later hours in the night, the place for parties and drinks)


Zunfthaus zur Zimmerleuten (Zurich classics and fondue, $$)

Kronenhalle (Zurich classics, $$$$)

Zeughauskeller (Zurich classics, $$)

Zum alten Löwen (Tavolata, $$)

Öpfelkammere (historical restaurant, favorite restaurant of Gottfried Keller, $$)

Marktküche (good and fresh food from the market, $$)

Hiltl (vegetarian and vegan, $)

Eisenhof (meet on the hot stone, $$)

La Bodega (Spanish tapas and other, $$)

Barfüsser (sushi, $$)

Sternen Grill (have a quick sausage at bellevue, $)

Lily’s (asian, $)

Rosso (Italian, $$)


Rimini (bar at the riverside)

Frauenbadi (bar in a old bath at the lake, only open for men after 19.00 o’clock)

Les Halles

Gerolds Garten (enjoy a beer an urban garden)

Kronenhalle Bar (classic drinks at bellevue)

Outside Zurich:

Uetliberg: Take the S10 at main station (leaving every 20 minutes) for half an hour to reach the top of Uetliberg for a spectacular view of the city, lake, and alps (https://www.zuerich.com/en/visit/attractions/uetliberg ).

Luzern: Take a train from main station and within an hour you can reach the famous city of Luzern with the legendary Kapellbrücke and offering great views on Lake Lucerne and Pilatus.

Luzern is also the starting point for the famous Golden Round Trip, which takes you to the most spectacular spots on the Pilatus and to the summit by boat, cogwheel railway, aerial cableway and Panorama Gondolas (https://www.pilatus.ch/entdecken/goldene-rundfahrt/).

Lindt Chocolate Museum: Take a 10-minute train ride to Kilchberg ZH and visit the chocolate museum to learn about the world of chocolate! Journey back to the origins of chocolate and experience how cocoa conquered Europe. Meet the Swiss chocolate pioneers who sweetened our lives with their inventions. Tickets should be booked in advance. (https://tickets.lindt-home-of-chocolate.com/ ).

Rhine Falls: Take the train toNeuhausen Rheinfall or to Schloss Laufen am Rheinfall (50 mnutes travel) and visit the spectacular Rhine Falls. Huge volumes of water fall over the rocks across a width of 150m. Don’t miss the journey and climb to the central rock. From Schloss Laufen, a footpath leads you past the thundering waters to the Fischetz platform. (https://rheinfall.ch/en/ ).