The Roman conquerors founded the < Turicum> trading post on the beautiful periglacial landscape,
majestically carved out by the Linth glacier which once covered the region between Uetilberg and Lake Zurich. This area is now known as the Lindenhof - today's public fairgrounds with its extraordinary view of the old town and on the Limmat River banks. According to legend, the Roman Christian martyrs Felix and Regula, became the patron saints of Zurich, thus, being immortalized in the Zurich's City seal.
Who governed Zurich? In 1336, it was a council of organized guilds. These guilds began the legendary spring celebration <Sechselauten> a day of festivities that determines whether a good or bad summer follows winter. Zurich joined in the alliance with confederacy core members in 1351.
Zurich became the axis of the Swiss Reformation movement in 1519. Zurich became the axis of the Swiss Reformation movement in 1519 under Huldrych Zwingli. 18th century Zurich flourished with factories, publishing houses and printing companies which set the stage for its famous artists, avant-garde writers and scholars. The industrialist Alfred Escher founded the Swiss Federal Institute of
Technology (ETH) in 1855.
Today, over 50,000 students study in Zurich and the surrounding area. Besides being a leading economic centre. Zurich is also a warm, up-to-date cultural, heart beating cosmopolitan city where everyone can enjoy the finer things of life in the midst of urban nature and charming landscapes.
Zurich has over 50 museums and more than 100 galleries, worldwide renowned cultural buildings
such as Kunsthaus, the Opera House, the Schaupiethaus, the Tonhalle and unbelievably much, much more.