Excursions and Tourism

Optional excursions on 17 June 2020

On the afternoon of 17 June 2020 you have free time between 14:30 and 18:00. You may choose to do your own thing. Or why not consider one of the following optional organised excursions?:

  • Walking tour of the Zurich Old Town. What do Einstein, James Joyce and Wagner have in common? All three were residents of Zurich. But it’s not only great minds who are captivated by this lakeside city with its well-preserved old town — people from all over the world have always flocked to the thriving metropolis. On a two-hour walk through the old town, we will go searching for clues to the city’s past in its hidden alleyways and picturesque squares. Together we will uncover the secrets of the Bahnhofstrasse, find out what a “procession axis” is, and visit a church with a minute-hand that jumps a record-breaking half meter every minute. This popular tour is filled with numerous astonishing and amusing anecdotes, and has plenty to offer visitors and locals alike. 2 hours, in groups of 20. Cost: CHF 12.60 per person. Booking limit: 300 people
  • Boat trip on the Lake of Zurich. Take a delightful cruise on the picturesque Lake of Zurich in the MS Wädenswil, a classic motor vessel dating from the 1960s. This spacious boat comprises two saloons on the main deck and a larger saloon and attractive sun terrace on the upper deck. Enjoy a drink surrounded by a spectacular view of lake and mountains, and catch a glimpse of Canton Zurich’s charming lakeside communities. 2 hours. Cost: CHF 38.00 per person. Booking limit: 150 passengers
  • Tour of the architecture of the ETH Zentrum campus. It is not uncommon for cities and even entire nations to be judged according to their universities and the buildings of those institutions. ETH Zurich’s construction history also reflects numerous aspects of policy in education and urban planning. Changing requirements and various architectural trends have characterised the internal and external image of ETH Zurich and continue to shape it to the present day. 1.5 hours, in groups of 25. Cost: CHF 6.00 per person. Booking limit: 75 people
  • Tour of the ETH Zentrum Main Building and its history. This guided tour takes you around the impressive Main Building of ETH Zurich. Designed by architect Gottfried Semper and completed in 1864, the history of this building charts the academic excellence of ETH. It was here that Albert Einstein attended physics lectures. The Main Building showcases ETH Zurich as a university rich in tradition and as a contemporary forum for academia. Come along and view its many many striking features! 1.5 hours, in groups of 25. Cost: CHF 6.00 per person. Booking limit: 75 people
Guests are welcome on any of these excursions.
Interested? Please note your choice, and book and pay for it and for any guests when you register for the conference. (Note that you must do this at conference registration; later registration, e.g. at the registration desk, is not possible.) Because capacity is limited (especially for the boat trip) we recommend booking early to avoid disappointment.

Individual activities

For information on other things to see and do in Zurich and Switzerland during your stay, see the following websites:

Zurich Tourism


Zurich for free

If you are on a budget and Swiss prices are daunting, there are plenty of free things to do in Zurich. And remember that a public transport ticket for the period 14–19 June 2020 is included in your conference fee!

First, see this website

Recommendations from the locals:

  • Explore Zurich by tram, bus or cableway.
  • Walk! Explore Zurich’s old town, on both sides of the river. There are gems wherever you look.
  • Go window shopping on and around the Bahnhofstrasse, reputed to be the most expensive shopping street in the world (for fun see the styletourista website)
  • Visit the other side of Zurich: Take the tram to Helvetiaplatz and walk along Langstrasse. Or take a river walk: see this website)
  • Walk along the Lake of Zurich: Starting at Bellevue, walk along the lake past the opera house, to “Zürihorn” or as far as you like. Or walk in the other direction across the Quaibrücke bridge, and around the lake towards Wollishofen. Visit the Succulent Collection (cactus) on the way.
  • Forest walks:
    • Take tram number 6 to the Zoo and go for a walk on one of the many forest trails on the “Zürichberg.
    • Take the tram to Triemli and walk up and along the Uetliberg, where there are great views.
    • Take bus 69 to the ETH Hönggerberg campus and take a walk on the Käferberg.
  • For fans of James Joyce: Take tram number 6 to the Zoo and visit James Joyce’s grave (walk towards the zoo, enter the cemetery to your left, and follow the signs).
  • Visit the Botanical Garden
  • Boat trip: Travel from Bürkliplatz to Wollishofen (or vice-versa) by boat. Make sure you get on a boat where your ticket is valid (i.e., not a tour boat).