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Sorry for only limiting this post to the people living in one city, but it'd be good to know your thought!

I'm moving to Aarau in the coming months and I wanted to know more less what has been your experience in living in the city!

What's better, the life in the Altstad, or living in suburbia?

what do you think of the new train station?

Is it that boring that you need to go to Zurich every weekend to get some social activities (actual words from a friend)
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Sorry for only limiting this post to the people living in one city, but it'd be good to know your thought!

I'm moving to Aarau in the coming months and I wanted to know more less what has been your experience in living in the city!

What's better, the life in the Altstad, or living in suburbia?

what do you think of the new train station?

Is it that boring that you need to go to Zurich every weekend to get some social activities (actual words from a friend)
Watch out for the place (club, disco) called Kettenbrücke..that place is prone to violence. A kid even got beaten to death a few years ago.
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Noted! only Platzhirch I guess right?
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Re: Living in Aarau

Welcome to Aarau,

I have been living in Zurich for 1 year and I did not like it that much that's why I decided to move to Aarau even if I'm working in Zurich. It is good city. People are kind and similing. I would say that I was a good choice to move out from Zurich.
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Noted! only Platzhirch I guess right?
Don't know...the opium lounge was alright before it got packed like Migros on a Saturday morning...but I haven't been to either one in a while.
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Re: Living in Aarau

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My partner and I are considering to move to Aarau, as middle point since one of us live and work in Zurich and the other in Basel. We both like city like type of feel, obviously difficult since we cannot reunite in any of both cities for various reasons.

He is Swiss and I am Spanish, I do not speak high German yet. We are in our late 30s, like nature, biking, outdoor activities; but also to socialize and meet people alike. He has 2 small boys that we enjoy during weekends.

So may I ask what has been your experience in Aarau? Whats the pros and cons vs other surrounding cities? What are the nice things to do on weekends, in summer, spring? Suggestions on where to live? We are targetting really close to trainstation to make easier the commute.

Also any other experience about the step we are taking, most welcome.

Thank you very much! Looking forward to your comments.

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I've heard (3 years ago) there was quite a lot of bullying happening in the elementary school. Acquaintances moved out because of that.
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Aarau is in the Canton of Aargau. It has long been known that all male car drivers from Aargau wear hats. But not just any old hat. No, it has to be one that presses the ears outwards so that the driver is instantly recognisable as an Aargaur from behind. The combination of ears, hat and number plate (AG= Achtung Gefahr) helps, by immediate identification by other drivers from other cantons, to keep the number of traffic accidents down when once 'abroad'.

A handy thing to know in advance.
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Re: Living in Aarau

HI !
am also considering living in aarau and I've been there on a daytrip just for a visit,
Although I never lived there, I can give you my impressions as a visitor: it's a cute little town, the city center is cute with afew shops and cafés but it feels more like a village than a city , at least for me who comes from a very large city ,
I felt it was quite empty though and I wouldn't say it's "lively", however the few people I spoke to were super super nice, a lady even walked with me to take me to the stadtburo when I couldn't find it..
Anyway at the and I felt like it can be quite convinient if we live right next to the train station, otherwise I might feel a little isolated.
i am now considering living in zurich for the liveliness, but it's much more expensive and more difficlut to find a flat there;

Hope that helps, please let's stay in touch to share tips about Aarau , since I haven't met anyone else from there on this forum

Good luck !
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Thank you very much for the (jokes) answers so far!!

What are the Aarau'ers doing this weekend for fun? Any more EFs living in Aarau and "enjoying" it?
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Re: Living in Aarau

We moved here some months back. We were earlier in Basel.
Aarau is very scenic and pretty. Has a small town feel.
People seem to be nice. But most dont speak (or choose not to) speak English. Much easier in Basel on that front.
Prices seem cheaper here than Basel.
No cinemas which play movies in English. For that you have to go to Baden or Zurich.
Overall Aarau seems to be quite a nice place.
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We currently live in Aarau, after moving from Zürich last February.

Aarau is a beautiful and calm city, with plenty of caffes and outdoor space. I find the people nice and even though we don't speak fluent German, we never had a problem and generally people speak english if they realize that you are struggling.

You have the market every Saturday and once a month you have a Flöhmarkt. There are outlet shopping centers close and Germany is 30min away (granted, not a big city like Konstanz, but still you will be able to do some shopping). You have also the Aare close and plenty of swimming pools and beaches in the Summer.

As for the cinema, we managed to find a few sessions in English (with French and German subtitles)...

I think it all comes down to your lifestyle... if you enjoy nature and relaxation, you will like Aarau.
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Re: Living in Aarau

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My partner and I are considering to move to Aarau, as middle point since one of us live and work in Zurich and the other in Basel. We both like city like type of feel, obviously difficult since we cannot reunite in any of both cities for various reasons.

He is Swiss and I am Spanish, I do not speak high German yet. We are in our late 30s, like nature, biking, outdoor activities; but also to socialize and meet people alike. He has 2 small boys that we enjoy during weekends.

So may I ask what has been your experience in Aarau? Whats the pros and cons vs other surrounding cities? What are the nice things to do on weekends, in summer, spring? Suggestions on where to live? We are targetting really close to trainstation to make easier the commute.

Also any other experience about the step we are taking, most welcome.

Thank you very much! Looking forward to your comments.
For a live in the middle place, you will get a better tax break in Aarau but better train connections in Olten.
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Hi we live in Muhen small village only 10mins to Aarau where I work in an English Pub.

I love Aarau, it can be calm and quiet but also a good nightlife scene too, some great cafes and bars throughout the Altstadt and further, in the summer it's lovely to hang out down by the Aare where there a couple of summer bars and nice spots for having a grill etc. There is more than one cinema and a few big name films are shown in English too. Also there is a great tenpin bowling alley with pool tables etc it's only a 10 min walk from the bahnhof.

Restaurants in Aarau region are good too, Italian, Swiss, American Diner, a few Chinese and now a new Indian too.

The shops are enough for everyday shopping but the great thing is you are only half an hour from both Basel and Zurich for lovely days out.

Obviously the other good thing is the prices for rent etc are better value than the big cities. For this reason I know a lot of people who live here but work in Zurich.

If anyone wants to know more just give me a shout.

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There's a really good Chinese restaurant located in the Aarau train station, "Scent of Bamboo". We were impressed:

http://suan-long.ch/scentofbamboo/?page_id=54&lang=en

Also, the Gymnasium (grade 10 and up) there is really good, famous for where Einstein attended many years ago.
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I've been working a temporary job there, for a young dentist, who bought an older practice. Honestly, the patients are incredibly nice, as are the people in the shops. Somehow, Aarau feels different than Zurich, in a comfortable way.

There is one store, called the HOME SHOP( http://www.thehomeshop.ch/) which is owned by a Texan. It is amazing! It has a corner for QUILTERS and all kinds of lovely (inexpensive!) presents, interesting clothing and a small coffee shop. There were ladies chatting, children running around, babies crying and business buzzing, when I was last there. It felt indeed, like HOME! And, had the aroma of fresh baked cakes...yummy.

Except for some of the young people who hang out at the train station, Aarau seems like a place worth investigating, as an alternative to the fast city life of Zurich.

The dentistry...well...I still prefer Zurich...on a much higher level. (from what I have seen over the past months...) I think I'll stick to my permanent job in the city.
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There's a really good Chinese restaurant located in the Aarau train station, "Scent of Bamboo". We were impressed:

http://suan-long.ch/scentofbamboo/?page_id=54&lang=en

Also, the Gymnasium (grade 10 and up) there is really good, famous for where Einstein attended many years ago.
Yes the Scent of Bamboo is pretty good and reasonably priced. I've only been there when it just opened (few years back). Now I noticed that there are some other locations around Switzerland (e.g. Zurich Altstetten, Zurich HB).

I also like Aarau. I haven't lived there but I live nearby and I go and visit every now and then. It's small but nice, with a pretty park at the river, and some good hiking/walking possibilities in the area (e.g. direction of Frick). Aarau also has the KEBA (ice skating rink) which can be reached by bus, and the Fashion Fish in nearby Schönenwerd has some good factory outlet stores.
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Hi,
I was living close to Aarau for 2 years. Is a small city with some decent shops (Manor), a good number of restaurants and some cool bars. I can recommend the Boiler nightclub for a fun night out.
The old town is really pretty and down by the river is lovely.
It depends what you are looking for, the place is not dead, has some nightlife but if you want a place that is buzzing every night of the week, Zurich is obviously better
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Is there a group that meets up regularly for a drink in Aarau? I live on the other side of the Staffelegg but I'm looking for some drinking buddies in an area that I can bus home from :-D
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Hello everyone,

i am moving to Aarau soon too. can anyone give some suggestions on food shopping (i like cooking) in/around the town?

thank you very much!
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