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Tell me the truth - is Zurich boring?

I am moving to Zurich to live next week further to my husband taking a job there. When I have mentioned this to several friends they have pointed out that Zurich has a reputation for being very boring. Having googled it also Zurich seems to have come second a couple of times in polls of most boring European city.
I always think a place is what you make of it and it does seem beautiful but sometimes you cannot make miracles.
Am I letting myself in for a dull life in Zurich?
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I am moving to Zurich to live next week further to my husband taking a job there. When I have mentioned this to several friends they have pointed out that Zurich has a reputation for being very boring. Having googled it also Zurich seems to have come second a couple of times in polls of most boring European city.
I always think a place is what you make of it and it does seem beautiful but sometimes you cannot make miracles.
Am I letting myself in for a dull life in Zurich?
You wouldn't go out of your way on a European vacation to come to Zurich, but as a place to live, it is very nice.
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Re: Tell me the truth - is Zurich boring?

Basel is commutable distance... I do it every day
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Re: Tell me the truth - is Zurich boring?

Good question. Depends whether 'not boring' requires sirens, loud music, feeling unsafe, crowds...

There's plenty to do - but definitely not the 'night life' that you'd get in central or tourist areas of the UK, or I guess larger cities of the US. I get a tiny taste of Sydney in the summer time when it's about 30 degrees, there's a thunderstorm and it's really busy in the centre of town.

Tapping in to the social scene probably takes more work than you would need in your home town, but most of us rely on a social scene with friends/family who we've known at least since our teens, so once we're out of that loop we have to re-create it ourselves, which can feel like hard work...

Zurich is not a 'big' city. I heard it called the 'smallest metropolis in the world' and I think that's a fair description, sort of a big city in miniature, it's not a 'country town' but it's not a big city. 15 minutes and you're completely out of the urban area and into the rolling hills...

But there's plenty to do, outdoors, museums, pools, sports, art, music, although you might find yourself using it more as a hub to be anywhere - a weekend in London, Barcelona, Rome, Munich, Berlin, Amsterdam, Copenhagen is totally do-able...
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Re: Tell me the truth - is Zurich boring?

"Boring" is a very subjective assessment. Many will say it is unequivocally boring, while others will say it is a matter of one's attitude. Lots of threads on this site along the lines of this never-ending debate.

May I suggest a different approach? State what you consider "interesting" and "boring", then we can try to prognosticate whether or not you will be bored. Where do you live now? What do you do for your entertainment? Which age group? Describe your current socio-economic status.
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Old 13.05.2013, 01:30
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Re: Tell me the truth - is Zurich boring?

short answer: yes.

but you'll find out quickly whether you can adapt to it or whether you will run screaming.
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"Boring" is a very subjective assessment. Many will say it is unequivocally boring, while others will say it is a matter of one's attitude. Lots of threads on this site along the lines of this never-ending debate.

May I suggest a different approach? State what you consider "interesting" and "boring", then we can try to prognosticate whether or not you will be bored. Where do you live now? What do you do for your entertainment? Which age group? Describe your current socio-economic status.
Spot on.

I lived near the Elephant & Castle for several years and that was far too 'interesting' for my liking. Maybe Zurich is perceived as 'boring' because it is, by comparison with London, stress-free and safe. Give me calmness and peace of mind any day.

But then I'm well into middle age now, and these things are more important to me now than they were when I was in my 20s. Though looking back, I hope I was still adventurous enough in my 20s to have found tons of things to do in Zurich.

This isn't aimed at the OP personally, as I don't know her personally, but in general, I find that people who complain of being bored are often a bit limited or unadventurous.

Oh -- glad I re-read the OP before posting, as I hadn't noticed: "I always think a place is what you make of it". If the OP really does have that attitude then there is no chance of finding Zurich boring.

I'd also say it depends what the OP means by Zurich. A relatively small proportion of expats in the area actually live in the city. Most are spread out along the lake where there are loads of diversions.

Remember too that France, Germany, Austria are within an hour's drive and Italy a bit further (not to mention all the other places in CH to explore). Even after 3 years or so, I never tire of saying: "Do you fancy going to France for lunch? Or how about somewhere in the Black Forest?" You get the idea.
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Re: Tell me the truth - is Zurich boring?

This is not a criticism at all, but I would say if you ask that question, then yes you will find it boring. But like any place, you can "make your own fun". It's just more work here, IMHO. And it all depends on your situation. I have 2 young kids right now (and CH is great for this) so I don't have much chance to "go partying" but if I didn't have two young kids, my gut feeling is that we probably wouldn't stick around for much longer.

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Re: Tell me the truth - is Zurich boring?

It is true that several other countries are close by and it's nice to visit them, but at least for me, the nicest thing about that is that you get a mini-break from Switzerland, and of course, everything costs less.

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Re: Tell me the truth - is Zurich boring?

Does it matter ? You are moving away from your home country for some reason. You and your husband were not satisfied with something anymore. If you are looking for a place that is exactly like the one that you're from, you should probably stay there

Otherwise: Welcome to Switzerland, or any other place, for that matter ...
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Re: Tell me the truth - is Zurich boring?

you may have seen reports such as this:

http://opentravel.com/blogs/worlds-m...ties-to-visit/

which puts it at #2 most boring in europe for the major cities. of course such polls exclude smaller places you wouldn't dream of living in: milton keynes, basel, etc. and so it maybe more accurate to say that it is in the relegation zone in the premiere league of interestingness i guess as you're coming here, there's not much you can do about it now, except maybe be thankful your husband didn't take a job in brussels...
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It is true that several other countries are close by and it's nice to visit them, but at least for me, the nicest thing about that is that you get a mini-break from Switzerland, and of course, everything costs less.
Zurich is an ideal base for living in Western Europe if you have the means to travel with some range. You can shop and dine in Paris, and go clubbing in London. Beach culture is within reach on the Mediterranean. Scandanavia to the North; Vienna/Budapest/Prague to the east; and Rome and the adriatic to the south. In itself, Zurich can be a stress-lite place to live that is clean, orderly and peaceful.

Difficulties can occur if you expect too much out of Zurich. It isn't a metropolis. Zurich, by itself, would not completely satisfy me. There are various aspects of city life, particularly variety and social life, that I find lacking in Zurich. Also, the weather can be dull for a large part of the year, zapping one's enthusiasm and mood. If it were not for my ability to travel and maintaining friends in other parts of the world, I think I would really hate to live here.

So my advice to the OP; in your plans to live here, plan a hefiy travel budget. One that would allow you to travel at least quarterly, with a couple of spontaneous excursions on top of it. Try to trim some of your housing budget in favor of your travel budget. Reignite a romantic adventure with your significant other. You may find, like I did, that your sense of well being (or sanity) may depend on it.
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I am moving to Zurich to live next week further to my husband taking a job there. When I have mentioned this to several friends they have pointed out that Zurich has a reputation for being very boring. Having googled it also Zurich seems to have come second a couple of times in polls of most boring European city.
I always think a place is what you make of it and it does seem beautiful but sometimes you cannot make miracles.
Am I letting myself in for a dull life in Zurich?

With this attitude, the short answer is probably yes.

Life is what you make it, not what your surroundings are !
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In theory it isnt boring but since prices are so high for the generally lousy service you get, it tends to get boring since you stop going out after a while.

If you like nature its not boring at all.
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Zurich is an ideal base for living in Western Europe if you have the means to travel with some range. You can shop and dine in Paris, and go clubbing in London. Beach culture is within reach on the Mediterranean. Scandanavia to the North; Vienna/Budapest/Prague to the east; and Rome and the adriatic to the south. In itself, Zurich can be a stress-lite place to live that is clean, orderly and peaceful.

Difficulties can occur if you expect too much out of Zurich. It isn't a metropolis. Zurich, by itself, would not completely satisfy me. There are various aspects of city life, particularly variety and social life, that I find lacking in Zurich. Also, the weather can be dull for a large part of the year, zapping one's enthusiasm and mood. If it were not for my ability to travel and maintaining friends in other parts of the world, I think I would really hate to live here.

So my advice to the OP; in your plans to live here, plan a hefiy travel budget. One that would allow you to travel at least quarterly, with a couple of spontaneous excursions on top of it. Try to trim some of your housing budget in favor of your travel budget. Reignite a romantic adventure with your significant other. You may find, like I did, that your sense of well being (or sanity) may depend on it.
All this, more or less was the reason for the Romans to establish Turicum in about 100BC. The good location. The Romans already 2100 years ago realized the potential
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Boring is as boring does
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In theory it isnt boring but since prices are so high for the generally lousy service you get, it tends to get boring since you stop going out after a while.

If you like nature its not boring at all.
The prices may be relatively high, unless compared with prices elsewhere and the service is just as lousy as usual in most of Europe ..... so that everything in the end depends on YOU.

YES, you have to check the prices BEFORE you go to a place as this village-city-metropolis caters for people from Bünzen and people from Manhattan. For snobs who want to show how wealthy they are and for people who want to enjjoy life
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Short ... yes it is
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Only if you yourself are boring.

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It is true that several other countries are close by and it's nice to visit them, but at least for me, the nicest thing about that is that you get a mini-break from Switzerland, and of course, everything some things costs less.
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