Zürich or Zurich is the largest city in Switzerland and the capital of the canton of
Zürich. It is located in central Switzerland at the northwestern tip of Lake Zürich. While
the municipality itself has approximately 380,500 inhabitants, the Zürich metropolitan area
is an urbanised area of international importance constituted by a population of nearly 2
million inhabitants. Zürich is a mixed hub for railways, roads, and air traffic. Both Zürich
Airport and railway station are the largest and busiest in the country.
Permanently settled for around 7,000 years, the history of Zürich goes back to its founding
by the Romans, who, in 15 BC, called it Turicum. During the Middle Ages Zürich gained the
independent and privileged status of imperial immediacy and, in 1519, was the place of
origin and centre of the Protestant Reformation in German-speaking Switzerland, led by
Zürich is a leading global city and among the world's largest financial centres. The city is
home to a large number of financial institutions and banking giants. Also, most of the
research and development centres are concentrated in Zürich and the low rate of tax attracts
overseas companies to set up their headquarters there.
An impressive number of museums and art galleries can be found in the city, among which the
Swiss National Museum and the Kunsthaus.
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