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The best thing that comes from Zürich is the last train to Basel.
Best line ever!!

Also want to add since many say the lake of Zurich, well we have the Rhein, witch is totally awesome to swim in on hot summer days.
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Old 05.05.2010, 09:48
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Re: Zurich vs. Basel... [which do you recommend?]

Basel if you want somewhere nice to live, with a generally liberal view.

Zurich if you want big city "attitude" and all the associated negatives...
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Old 05.05.2010, 09:49
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If you are a single male, I'd say Basel would be your paradise.
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Winterthur.

They're all great (small) cities ...you can't go wrong really.

Winterthur is booming ... Check it out. Close to Zürich and the airport ... yet friendlier. More for your money in rent, and everything you need (nightlife, shopping, entertainment, international or local schools). Wins each year in polls for lifestyle ...

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do you have a reference for these polls?

does Basel have an FC Hard style ex-pats football team?

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Re: Zurich vs. Basel... [which do you recommend?]

Hi,

well as I have lived in Basel for 21 years I am biased. People tend to say that there are 2 good things about Zurich. The lake and the railway station which provides you with a train to leave it.

Joking apart I think the main reason why I feel at home in Basel is the attitude of the people and the relative easy with which you can be accepted.

In Zurich there is a lot of emphasis on your "image". I have zero interest in the car someone drives, the clothes they wear and the friends they have. In Basel no one could care less. At work people dress casually and it is unusual to see a suit.

I like to visit Zurich but I could not see myself living there.

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Re: Zurich vs. Basel... [which do you recommend?]

Hi, what have you decided? I have just moved to Basel and I think it is quite boring! Maybe I don't know the secrets of Basel yet.... but I am seriously thinking about living in Zurich and working in Basel!
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Re: Zurich vs. Basel... [which do you recommend?]

Hi I leave in Zurich but work in Basel and I love Zurich is a much more alive city and you have things to do also during the week, but if you are looking for peace probably Basel is better
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Re: Zurich vs. Basel... [which do you recommend?]

Hi,

It all depends on what you are looking for. I certainly find more than enough to do in Basel both during the week and weekend also it is easy to travel to Germany or France. There always seems to be lots going on...and some of that depends on the group of people you know.

I have worked in Zurich and travelled to Zurich each day but I was happy when I got back to Basel. I have had a lot of fun times in Zurich but it is always feels good when you get home and that is what Basel feels like.

My only tip would be live in the city where you work, commuting takes so much time and saps your energy.

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Night life is in Zurich, but it is now quite hard to find people that are not on dope or overdrink, so that you have to wait for monday night that they have recovered to actually get sex worth mentioning.

Sorry dear beloved Switzerland, but your youth and under 40 disco scene is fycked yp. But I still love you. swissie darling. (*insert Absolutely fabulous smiley here*)
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Old 09.05.2011, 01:41
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Hi, what have you decided? I have just moved to Basel and I think it is quite boring! Maybe I don't know the secrets of Basel yet.... but I am seriously thinking about living in Zurich and working in Basel!

Karina, if you care to post more about yourself / your interests, it may help folks point you in a particular direction. (Your profile is pretty empty + no intro = us Baslers don't really know which of the available activities you may be missing out on)

There are book clubs, there is a running club, there is dragon boat racing, there are mommy (or daddy) and baby groups I'm sure... there are plenty who get together over food and drink, some of the same folks (plus some others) who get together for drinking, singing and dancing. I've met some folk who enjoy doing football (of either the American or the "rest of the world" sort), rugby, bicycling, hiking...

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Re: Zurich vs. Basel... [which do you recommend?]

Having lived in both cities, and currently in the remotest parts of canton Zug, I would say neither.

I get that "every other city in Europe" feel from both of them, true Switzerland is not Geneva, Basel, Zurich or Bern. It's Glarus, Uri, Aargau, etc etc.

Screw the cities go native.....

If you do have to "live" in a city move to Luzern.

Okay, I'm going to get shot for this, but if I had to choose it would be Basel, mainly for the access to Germany/France and the compact pretty centre.
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Old 09.05.2011, 10:21
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Hi, what have you decided? I have just moved to Basel and I think it is quite boring! Maybe I don't know the secrets of Basel yet.... but I am seriously thinking about living in Zurich and working in Basel!
I don't know where you are from / what you are used to, but moving to a different country always requires some adjustments and some efforts to get to know people. Basel is perhaps not for everyone and I can fully admit there was times I was bored of Basel, but I have learned to appreciate it.

Goods:
  • Geographic location. Switzerland IS expensive, but living in Basel gives you the opportunity to go with your bicycle or even walk to France and Germany for cheaper shopping. And it's not just about shopping cheaper, it's just fun to go to another country for shopping. Also makes it very easy to go around Europe for day trips. My friends are all over, all the time.
  • It's small. Some may find it as a bad thing, but it is just so easy get around. For me, it seams like wherever I want to go, it never takes more than 15 minuets with my bicycle. Also easy to walk around, I walk to the city center in my lunch time few times a week, just to get a little different vibe than what office life offers. Public transportations is also very easy.
  • Relatively safe. No city is 100% safe, but you don't see too much of gangs, prostitution, etc, etc.
  • You can take a disposable BBQ and plant your self down pretty much everywhere, and wham; you have made a party!
  • Art/culture/friendliness - compared to other Swiss cities; I'd say pretty good.

Bads:
  • My friends that come from big cities complain about it's missing the vibe. Personally, it's nothing that bothers me, and I'm not sure the vibe is any better in other Swiss cities. Probably it's just because everything is too expensive to be out all day long on different cafe's and stuff.
  • Maybe not the best nightlife if you are really into clubbing.

I hope you give it a chance. At least over the summertime, it's hard to get bored.
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Old 09.05.2011, 10:58
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Re: Zurich vs. Basel... [which do you recommend?]

Lugano.

Zurich and Basel are both far too big.

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Zurich and Basel are both far too big.

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It's a long commute from there.
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It's a long commute from there.
Yes, but it's worth it!

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Re: Zurich vs. Basel... [which do you recommend?]

We lived in Basel for 10 years and like it very much. Compared to Zürich it has more of a village feel to it. I also enjoyed the regular events (Museum night, the autumn and spring fairs, jazz evening in August, Fasnacht, Klosterberg and other small street parties) that seem to form the "heartbeat" of the town.

My work shifted to Zürich and we tried staying in Basel but in the end the commute was too much and last year we moved to be 5 mins commute from my work. I loved all the things about Basel but was never there long enough to appreciate them!

I will agree with Martin about Zürichers appearing to be image conscious - and you can certainly pay a lot to eat and drink in Niederdorf. However if you venture a little further away you will find some interesting corners in terms of bars, restaurants and other stuff that Basel just doesn't have.

I also find the Zürichers are perhaps a little more inclined to strike up a conversation with strangers than Baslers might be - but I think Baslers take life a little less seriously than the Zürchers.

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Hi,

well as I have lived in Basel for 21 years I am biased. People tend to say that there are 2 good things about Zurich. The lake and the railway station which provides you with a train to leave it.

Joking apart I think the main reason why I feel at home in Basel is the attitude of the people and the relative easy with which you can be accepted.

In Zurich there is a lot of emphasis on your "image". I have zero interest in the car someone drives, the clothes they wear and the friends they have. In Basel no one could care less. At work people dress casually and it is unusual to see a suit.

I like to visit Zurich but I could not see myself living there.

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Re: Zurich vs. Basel... [which do you recommend?]

Adding to my post earlier, if you have kids I think the parks, play areas and off-street facilities for children are far better in Zürich than in Basel. There are some decent parks in Basel but I think there is more for kids to do here.

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I am considering a new job in Basel but I have just arrived 3 month ago in Zurich and I am really starting to like the place. The job is pretty much the same but at a different company and at a better salary. My question is simple:
Which city is best and,
what consideration should I do before taking the decision?
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Both cities have a lot going for them: lake, mountains and more to do in ZH, but personally I find BS - and for that matter Bern - friendlier and easier to live in than overcrowded and overpriced ZH (lake shores, concerts and trendy bars are all well and good, but if they're all packed out what's the point?). I'm amazed that no-one has mentioned the problem of accommodation. I assume your employer found you something in ZH, as for common mortals it's near-impossible to find an affordable flat in a nice and reasonably central part of ZH if you don't have the right connections. In BS you can take your pick of, e.g., a cheap flat in multi-culti Gundeli (near the station - 51 mins to ZH twice an hour, if you still miss it), an Altstadt bijou, a loft with a Rhine view (I would maintain that big rivers with ferries and barges are more interesting than lakes with ducks and pedalos), a Jugendstil apartment in the leafy Paulusquartier, etc. etc. - and all within 20 minutes' bike ride of France and Germany.
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Re: Zurich vs. Basel... [which do you recommend?]

Yes, you're right and I forgot to mention it. We were dead lucky to find a place to live in Zürich at a price we could pay and within 2 weeks of starting to look.

Basel is definitely a buyer's market in that respect.

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Old 13.05.2011, 23:23
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In the summer, Basel also opens up Chill am Rhy, which is a great place to chill on on a summer night.
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Re: Zurich vs. Basel... [which do you recommend?]

Both cities have things to offer. I've lived in Basel for 11 years and am married to a local but I work in Zurich in the Stadelhofen area twice a month so have seen a little bit of Zurich. I love the lake, that's Zurich's greatest asset in my eyes. I work with people from Zurich in Zurich and Basel in Basel and both sets of people are friendly.

Possibly people try to dress up more in Zurich - Basel people seem far less image conscious. I think you'll find something positive in both places.

Having said that there really is only ONE football team worth the money in Switzerland. FCB! That's the only area that really separates the 2 cities -Basel have the football team!
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