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Re: Isn't Zurich extremely boring?

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If you find Zurich boring, then you are looking to visit a wrong country.
The first year I lived & worked in ZH I managed to ski 80 days on snow. I guess it helped that the glacier at Tignes was open 365 days a year (in theory.)
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Re: Isn't Zurich extremely boring?

Well, I moved from Barcelona to Zurich in February this year...and I can tell you Zurich is not boring at all.

It is full of strange rules, some Swiss people are not very friendly, but you can get absolutely anything you need to have fun in this city.

You like clubbing? I partied once until 8 am!
You like concerts? There are a lot here.
You like theater? There are many options (mostly in German though )
You like reading a book by the "sea" shore? You got the lake

Whatever your lifestyle is, if you look around and do not wait for life to knock at your door, you can find it. It is just a matter of initiative and willingness to adapt to the city.

If you want boring life...go to Geneva!
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Re: Isn't Zurich extremely boring?

Honestly, Zurich will keep you very entertained if you use the right resources to know what's going on, and know where to go. And what you're after, honestly. (If you are looking for a niche-within-a-niche scene, then you may need a bigger place.)

At this point, I have trouble keeping up with all the goings-on.

I've never lived in a London, Berlin, New York, or Paris, but I have lived in Washington, DC, and lemme tell you, Zurich has way more happening. Washington DC at 3am is dead. Go to Langstrasse and you can find bars and clubs open past 4am on a Wednesday.

I don't know if this applies to the straight world, but the gay scene here in Zurich works fundamentally differently to the ones I know from USA: rather than being venue-oriented ("go to the gay club"), it's event-oriented ("go to the gay party at a big club"). Figuring this out completely changed my experience.

The other thing that made a huge difference was joining relevant Facebook groups. You'll be inundated with more events (both big public ones and smaller private ones) than you could possibly ever attend!
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Re: Isn't Zurich extremely boring?

Zurich is far from boring, I never tire of it. There is something for everyone, shopping, restaurants, bars, cafes, art galleries and museums, the old town, the zoo, the lake, nightlife.

The "Lonely Planet" is of the same opinion...

http://www.lonelyplanet.com/switzerl...nce-and-fondue
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Old 20.07.2014, 12:06
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The first year I lived & worked in ZH I managed to ski 80 days on snow. I guess it helped that the glacier at Tignes was open 365 days a year (in theory.)
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Old 21.07.2014, 15:58
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Re: Isn't Zurich extremely boring?

I wouldn't expect vibrant culture, stimulating and inspiring scene here, tbh, so there is no disappointment.

Great resources in libraries, though. And a few great hiking places.

The void room is sometimes a great refuge. It works for some.

As per some calling OP boring...One does not need to be a boring person to actually expect more of a place, though, people simply have the comparison, different points of reference. I can see why it is boring to a couple of minds. Sleepy. Too planned. People are too quick to judge those with high aspirations and ambitions they have in terms of a unique culture scene, I am not talking about restos with a bit more than bland over priced food and clubs opened till 4am.

Choosing a place that suits one's character doesn't say anything about other people's choices and willingness to compromise. It's as boring here as is a massive production of cement. What happens with it, is probably what counts. What counts for me isn't going to match to what counts for others.
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Old 21.07.2014, 16:24
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Re: Isn't Zurich extremely boring?

It is a bit of a paradox to compare cities like London and Paris to Zurich, the population difference is just not comparable.
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Old 21.07.2014, 16:34
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It is a bit of a paradox to compare cities like London and Paris to Zurich, the population difference is just not comparable.
This is abolutely true. ZH being a countryside compare to big cities, NYC, Prague, etc. And for a little place, there is quite a bit to choose from. Resources, unies and cash will push the quality up soon, it will come with kitch overkill, most probably too, but who cares.. It's a cute eye candy, a comfortable place for people with good jobs, not an ideally inspiring setting for starving and driven extraordinary artists..
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Old 21.07.2014, 16:38
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This is abolutely true. ZH being a countryside compare to big cities, NYC, Prague, etc. And for a little place, there is quite a bit to choose from. Resources, unies and cash will push the quality up soon, it will come with kitch overkill, most probably too, but who cares.. It's a cute eye candy, a comfortable place for people with good jobs, not an ideally inspiring setting for starving and driven extraordinary artists..

I avoid ZH with whole my heart because as the name suggests it is place for "too rich" folks only. "Zu-rich" if translated DE-EN.
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I avoid ZH with whole my heart because as the name suggests it is place for "too rich" folks only. "Zu-rich" if translated DE-EN.
How sad.
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Old 21.07.2014, 16:48
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Re: Isn't Zurich extremely boring?

Well its Switzerland. In appenzell innerhoden the women were not allowed to vote until 1991. Its a quaint country
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Old 21.07.2014, 16:51
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How sad.
Mais non... He was being funny.

It can be fun, I think we need people posting more about what to do in CH, organizing spontanneous stuff, instead of nagging how dead it is here. New blood. And not just eating or drinking events. Culture, expeditions, picnics, gigs, sports...trips.
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Re: Isn't Zurich extremely boring?

rather another boring thread with repeating questions, advices, tips...
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Zurich is still a capital
Only of canton Zurich.

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Only of canton Zurich.

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no, it's the capital of Switzerland. It's the biggest, richest, most important city and since there's no other capital - it should be so.
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You can hardly compare those cities among each other in the first place, so let alone with Zürich.

Paris is a little world in itself, if you don't have the keys, you suffer. If you have the keys, you still suffer but you like it.

Hamburg is smaller and less wild than London/Paris-like cities. It is exiting and I definitely prefer Hamburg sex clubs than Paris ones, but you might need something else than the best musical scene on the continent to be happy with culture.

Amsterdam is just stunning, but do you really need that many drunken Brits around you in your life? Avoiding the five-six streets with them is not that hard, I confess, but I still think that one only knows Amsterdam if one truly speaks Dutch. Otherwise, it's just a façade.

Berlin is complex. It's anything you want it to be, from the most boring green outskirts to the best party scene around. But if you neither like to grow your own vegetables nor like taking synthetic drugs, Berlin has less to offer between those too extremes. Berlin is interesting if one keeps up the paste. Depending on your job, you might have the time for it, or not.
I agree with most of this.

I would add, Hamburg, being a nothern city, has that certain style many nothern cities emanate. There's a certain understatement in everything. Things that pretend to be average turn out to be wonderful, and things that look good turn out to be exhilarating. It's also a very pretty city with lots of nice old buildings and parks and waterways and is often wholly underrated for that as the toursist tend to go to the two or three tourist magnets and nowhere else. Even the bawdiness and tackiness of Sankt Pauli is so mixed with the inherent nothern understatment and restraint that it's not at all what you might assume at first sight.

Paris is not really one city at all but what you get depends very much on where you are. There is everything from unbearable borderline third-world squalor to upmarket cosmopolitanism. As Faltrad says,you need a key, and as a first time visitor you probably won't get it. You need mutiple visits for that and ideally local friends to introduce you to it.

I never actually met any drunken Brits in Amsterdam but maybe I wasn't hanging out in the right places. Like paris, Amsterdam has a lot to offer and the best bits are well off the beaten tourist trail so again you need local friends to show you the way. Learning a bit about Dutch history also helps as otherwise you don't have the context.

If you like to hang around with drunken Brits, Benidorm is the place to be. It is also heavily underrated by the way.
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Re: Isn't Zurich extremely boring?

Well, I think "boring" is a relative term, and whether or not someone finds Zurich boring will depend on the individual.

Compared to other major cities that I've visited, I do personally find Zurich to be a bit boring and predictable (e.g. no street performers, lots of conservative-ish banker-type people, etc.). But others might find it more exciting.

I did find Paris and (especially) Barcelona to be more lively than Zurich. But who knows what I'd think if I lived there...
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OK,
so it is possibly the city with the highest average salary in the world but isn't Zurich extremely boring?
Comparing to cities like Paris, London, Berlin, Amsterdam, Hamburg, Prague, Barcelona...?
Does anybody have an experience from living in one or more of those cities as well as from living in Zurich?
We lived in Amsterdam for 5 years (and are in fact Dutch), which was way to busy for us. Always people hanging in lampposts, crazy shouting people in the streets, parks without any spots on sunny days etc.

What i am trying to say is that zurich might seem boring but it might be a perfect fit for all that choose to stay here, and abandoned by all that think its to quit.
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no, it's the capital of Switzerland. It's the biggest, richest, most important city and since there's no other capital - it should be so.
*Ahem* Bern is the Capital of Switzerland.
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Re: Isn't Zurich extremely boring?

zurich is only partly business: it's also a play town, ready to serve the leisure whims of people with a lot of time on their hands. you can therefore get anything you want in zurich. and the city stewards really take care with how the place looks, and it looks like a jewel. and swiss people are not 'unfriendly', that's so ridiculous and pretty rude.
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