The city of
Zurich is situated at the northern end of the lake of Zurich (27
km long) on Switzerland's Central plain, in the heart of Europe.
The picturesque old city is clustered around the banks of the Limmat
river. Its highest point is 871 m above sea-level.
The city is
Switzerland's major business centre. 77% of the workforce is employed
in service industries. Zurich is a highly significant financial
centre, home of the world's fourth-ranked stock market and world's
largest gold bullion market.
of "Stadt Grün Zürich" (Green City Zurich) is
responsible for planning of green areas, landscapes and forests.
It exists since almost 100 years and maintains amongst other things
more than 75 parks in the city. In Zurich one of the world-wide
largest collection of succulent plants exists on an area of about
4750 sq m.