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Old 10.10.2011, 13:23
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What is the deal with Kloten?

I've been looking at rental apartments in Kloten. One looks reasonable and like what I want, but I'm uncomfortable with the fact that it hasn't been snapped up.

I understand that Kloten = flight noise. But when I was there this weekend I didn't hear any airplanes (and it WAS overcast). I only saw one taking off/landing, and that was when I was at the station.

So I wondered what the deal was. Do people just avoid it because they think that's smarter, or is the noise really unbearable if you're living there? Do the flight paths change (I understand there was some controversy about this a while back)?
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Old 10.10.2011, 13:33
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Re: What is the deal with Kloten?

i used to live next to an airport. after a month, you don't even notice the planes anymore.
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Old 10.10.2011, 13:51
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Re: What is the deal with Kloten?

depends where it is exactly in Kloten... I think transport might be the biggest drawback as with some apartments you may have to walk a fair bit to get to public transport, and the other thing is that it's regarded as a ghost town with nothing really going on but that might just be my false perception of it.
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Old 10.10.2011, 14:18
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Re: What is the deal with Kloten?

I think people avoid it because "kloten" means "nuts" or "bollocks" in Dutch

Note to self: got to get place name sign for home.
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Re: What is the deal with Kloten?

Is it really ghost town?
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Re: What is the deal with Kloten?

There's one flat which has been advertised for months now in the local Kloten newspaper. I don't know where it is but I presume that it is in the industrial area. Like everything else there is good and bad in Kloten - I've been here in K. for more than 40 years now and have never been bothered by jet noise. It's important though not to live near the maintenance hangars - that's noisy - also in the night. Public transport is excellent, bus services in all quarters in 30 minute takt and there is a good infra-structure but Kloten can't be said to be a 'lovely' place to live. Lots of people do voluntary work and there is a wide range of clubs and associations covering all sorts of interests, sports, and hobbies.
And, last but not least, there are many nationalities living here so getting around in English is not much of a problem for a new start.
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Old 26.12.2011, 09:03
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Re: What is the deal with Kloten?

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Is it really ghost town?
I used to live in Wallisellen and ride my bicycle through Kloten it really never seemed to have much happening. People tend to go straight through to get to or leave the airport.

I guess the answer is yes.

Answer to one of your prior questions about Wallisellen notr sure whihc part you were looking at sine Wallisellen has loads of apartments indeed many more then there are houses. There is also a decent shopping center which is always busy especially compared to Kloten which has limited shops Might have a Lidls these days but otherwise just a few local shops.
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Re: What is the deal with Kloten?

Well, Given the tight schedule I am on, I will have to choose something that is available earliest! Kloten or Wallisellen. Some Friends tell me it takes about 6 months to find a house in Zurich, I hope it is not true!
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Old 26.12.2011, 19:59
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Re: What is the deal with Kloten?

Depending on when you arrive that is possible. However if you are open to options then I am sure you will find something quicker.

The statement may apply to being in the city part of Zurich however there are quite a few options in the neighbouring locations and if Kloten is a ghost town then that should mean the competition is less.
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Old 27.12.2011, 00:25
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Well, Given the tight schedule I am on, I will have to choose something that is available earliest! Kloten or Wallisellen. Some Friends tell me it takes about 6 months to find a house in Zurich, I hope it is not true!

My husband and I landed an apartment in Kloten. We actually move in tomorrow But yeah when we first started looking for a place, I was told it would take months as well but we were offered both the units we applied for (out of all the ones we viewed- we only applied for 2). We took our first choice. In total, it took us 2 weeks to find a place. But I think people say it takes months in Zurich itself and it might be easier outside the city.

As for jet sound, I didn't hear anything- when we viewed the place, while moving stuff in or even when we went to get the keys. That said I think for sound it might depend on exact location- eg directly under an air strip etc etc. I thought I'd share a lil bout what I've learnt.
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Old 27.12.2011, 09:26
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Re: What is the deal with Kloten?

I think Kloten is really noisy (there's a ton of flight noise). It's otherwise great in that there are plenty of supermarkets, pharmacies...etc..right at your doorstep, plus quick links to the city. It's also much cheaper than living in central Zurich, so I'd recommend it, especially if you work near the airport.
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Re: What is the deal with Kloten?

I just moved to Kloten I like that I live near the airport meaning you can go to the migros on Sunday I don't really hear flight noise and yea the city center is a bit a ghost town. But train station is 5 min from home, migros, fitness, ect as well. Rent is way cheaper that in the Opfikon area where I work....

Also great bonus the "gemeinde"communal tax are low, my roomate said because of the airport.
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Moving to Kloten end of the month. Need to get 10 post to start a new thread so joining in any posts about Kloten can't wait to move!!!
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Re: What is the deal with Kloten?

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I just moved to Kloten I like that I live near the airport meaning you can go to the migros on Sunday I don't really hear flight noise and yea the city center is a bit a ghost town. But train station is 5 min from home, migros, fitness, ect as well. Rent is way cheaper that in the Opfikon area where I work....

Also great bonus the "gemeinde"communal tax are low, my roomate said because of the airport.
Hey Carole (same spelling as my mum) you mentioned fitness, I will be moving over shortly and will be starting going back to the gym asap! Can you recommend anywhere?
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Re: What is the deal with Kloten?

Just my 2 cents: I moved to Kloten from the US almost 3 weeks ago and really have not had a problem with the noise. When I looked at the location on googleearth, I thought it was going to be horrible, but I've been pleasantly surprised. Although I'm told I live on the "better" end of the runway (Sonnhaldenstrasse). The commuting options to the center of Zurich are really good I think. I have 3 roommates and we all have different preferences. Can't comment on the night life, but things are relatively calm here. The people I've talked to when filing my residency permit here were very nice as well.
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Re: What is the deal with Kloten?

Oh, one other thing to consider is the zoning. Because Kloten is in zone 121 and city of zurich is zone 110 (and counts as 2 zones itself), you are paying for traveling in 3 zones whenever you travel to zurich.
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Re: What is the deal with Kloten?

We stayed in Kloten for a week when we were looking for apartments in/around Zurich and yes the town is a bit quiet compared to others, but I wouldn't call it a ghost town. The airplane noise didn't bother me, got used to it within a day and I have to say it's not that bad.
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I think people avoid it because "kloten" means "nuts" or "bollocks" in Dutch

Note to self: got to get place name sign for home.
Yeah, my step dad still finds it funny when we talk about Kloten. We took a picture of this pizza place called 'Kloten Express' especially for him
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Re: What is the deal with Kloten?

What about the bycle roads there? Is it possşble to ride from Kloten to Oerlikon for instance?
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Old 09.03.2014, 16:55
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Re: What is the deal with Kloten?

As a Dutch person I´d never ever want to live in Kloten :-)

We even managed to get our company business cards using the second zip code/name you can use which is Zurich Airport to avoid that dutch word.

Wallisellen is by the way nice to live, I think. Lots of shops in walking distance, good connection to the airport and Zurich and a big shopping area nearby.
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