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Living in Langnau am Albis

Hi, we're considering a potential move to Langnau am Albis and wondering (hoping) if anyone can tell me about living there.

Are there many expats? Good services / amenities / schools? Would you recommend living there? Bad points?

Thanks for any advice you can offer

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Re: Living in Langnau am Albis

My sister lives there and loves the community. She has two kids in local schools and has never said anything bad about them. I don't think there are very many expats.
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Re: Living in Langnau am Albis

I have some very good friends living in Hausen am Albis, they moved there because it was more suitable for their family. Hausen is very nice, and from the short time I spent in Langnau it seemed quite similar, with the notable advantage of being much closer, time wise to the rest of Switzerland, thanks to being very close to some major train lines.

Price wise it also seem to be one of the more reasonable places in ZH. Can't say too much else about it, but while not at the top of my list of places in Switzerland to move to, it's above a lot of them.
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Re: Living in Langnau am Albis

The free wildlife park is definitely a plus and there are some great walks around there.
The three baby bears are worth seeing at the moment.
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Re: Living in Langnau am Albis

I don't know about living there but the Sihl valley is a great place for hiking and cycling if you are into that. The wildlife park is really great.

It's also not that far from the autobahn so great links to the north and south.
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The free wildlife park is definitely a plus and there are some great walks around there.
The three baby bears are worth seeing at the moment.
You have particularly hairy children do you?
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Re: Living in Langnau am Albis

I drove to the centre today to have a look and there didn't seem to be much there. Is there any more to it than the bit around Coop? Also seems like it's pretty steep around much of the town. The Wildnispark is great and sounds like there are pretty good schools but wasn't much on the cafe / restaurant front....not after a heaving metropolis but just a couple of places that you can walk to for a coffee maybe
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Re: Living in Langnau am Albis

From what I remember, that is pretty much it. It's a small Swiss town, that's basically what you get - a grocery store, a restaurant, a hotel and a train station. The advantage there is you can get the peace of a small town while being less than half an hour from downtown Zürich by train.
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Re: Living in Langnau am Albis

My impression is that Langnau am Albis is a small suburb/town, with the possibility of a larger house/apartment for less money, and a good bus connection over the hill to Thalwil.

If you want something that's a bit better resourced with shops etc then we're in Adliswil and it has a big Migros, small Coop and good-sized Denner, plus several cake/bakeries, couple of cafes, general spread of restaurant options, and the cafe and one or two of the restaurants are even open on a Sunday.

We go to Langnau occasionally to shop at Lidl, but we found the prices about the same as Denner.

Adliswil is definitely diverse culturally, and we like that, we've been here for over 2 years and made connections here, whereas we found it much harder to tap into the community where we were before (Witikon)...

If you are car-dependent then it's easy to find something a little further up the hill or over the Albis, if you want a bigger home, but if you are public transport dependent, then from Adliswil there is a bus connection to Wollishofen or the same train (S4) that is from Langnau comes through to Zurich city.

If you do tax returns, the tax rate in Gemeinde Adliswil is lower than Zurich city but slightly higher than Kilchberg, but the rents seem to be quite a bit lower, and there's also diversity between much older housing that's cheap but probably newly renovated inside, and plenty of new ultra-modern places as well.

It does really depend on what you want from the local town, and whether going back into Zurich to socialise is possible. I like the fact that I can pretty much buy anything we need for our household (including shoes, clothes, books, Dvd's, basic gifts) on a Saturday, without having to take an excursion into the city.
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