Posted by felipegaucho
on June 21, 2009 at 6:14 AM PDT
The Jazoon 2009 is to start on this Monday and I decided to prepare the last minute pocket guide to Jazoon.
ZÃ¼rich is a safe and very well organized city, but if
eventually you get in trouble here in ZÃ¼rich the very first contact
should always be the police. Most of the police officers speak English. You can call emergency numbers from any public telephone, and
from your mobile phone even without credits:
- 117 - Police
- 118 - Firefighters
- 144 - Ambulance
Telefon +41 44 204 99 99
Fax + 41 44 204 99 98
From the main train station (Haupt Bahnhof) you should walk
half a block to the Bahnhofstrasse to take the Tram #13. The Tram stop to Jazoon is Sihlcity Nord. You can also take the S4 train and drop off at GiesshÃ¼bel. For timetables and all information about
transportation it is better to check the ZVV site below.
Phone: +41 0848 988 988 (0.08CHF
/ minute) in English, German, French and Italian
In the ZVV website you find all information about
transportation in ZÃ¼rich, including the timetables, prices and special
services. The city of ZÃ¼rich is proud to offer one of the best
transportation system in the world, and you will certainly agree with
that after noticing that the timetable on the stops are
published with a precision in minutes :) Special tip:
with the same 24h ticket for the train you can travel with the
trams, buses and boat on the lake of ZÃ¼rich.
SMS services at ZVV: one of the nice features of
the transportation here in ZÃ¼rich is the ability
check the timetable and even
buy tickets and ticket extensions by SMS. The service is available for
mobile phones with WAP or xHTML support.
From ZÃ¼rich you can travel all over the country and also
connect to almost all Europe by an extremely reliable train network.
SBB also offers a good tourism agency that can support your request in
several languages. Special tip: in the main station,
you find a SBB travel agency in which people speak several languages. Special
tip: you can buy a week ticket in the main train station, and
then you don't need to worry about buying a new ticket everyday.
www.zuerirollt.ch - ZÃ¼ri rollt ZÃ¼rich (Free
bikes at ZÃ¼rich)
Phone: +41 (0)43 288 34 45
You can use a bike for free during a
period of up to two hours. The city is small and we are in the summer
time, so if you like to ride with a bike it is your great moment to visit the city
for free and have fun. From May to October, in ZÃ¼rich, you can hire
any of over 200 robust City Bikes completely free of charge, seven
days a week. Bikes can be picked up at the following locations against
presentation of a valid form of ID and a deposit of CHF 20: Globus
City (9am - 9.30pm), BÃ¼rkliplatz (9am - 9.30pm), Oerlikon-SwissÃ´tel
(10am - 9.30pm), Bahnhof Enge (10am - 9.30pm). Bikes are available all
year round at the Velogate (Swiss National Museum) and at the Bike
Station South (Sihlpost). They don't do reservations but usually there
are bikes available.
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The official tourism portal of ZÃ¼rich contains more information
about everything which is happening in ZÃ¼rich at the same time of Jazoon.
ZÃ¼rich is a small city where you find good museums and
art exhibitions. The most famous is the
href="http://www.kunsthaus.ch/en/">Kunsthaus. You can also take a look at the famous
Windows at the Fraumunster church. Special tip: on
Wednesday the collection of the Kunsthaus is free of charge. You will
need half a day to a glimpse on those two artistic points of
If you are sophisticated enough, you can try one of most famous
Opera houses in the world. If you just want to walk around the famous
spot and drink a beer or two, it is 20 minutes from the Jazoon
conference. You can also walk on the lake shore near the Opera house,
it is nice and full of visual attractions - it is also one of the most
expensive and sophisticated parts of ZÃ¼rich downtown.
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A Swiss mountain just half-an hour from Jazoon
One of the most traditional sites of ZÃ¼rich is Uetliberg - the
top of ZÃ¼rich. You can visit this small mountain on any day of Jazoon
since you will reach the mountain in about half an hour from the
conference venue. The Sunset here in ZÃ¼rich in this period of the year is around 21h so you
have time to enjoy the conference and go to visit the mountain in the
same day without problems. From Uetliberg you have a privileged
view of all ZÃ¼rich, and you can check the visibility on
Perfect for photography lovers and hickers.
http://www.zsg.ch - Tram trips and Boat trips
The lake of ZÃ¼rich is one of the best part of the city, where
you can enjoy the Swiss summer life-style, walk and see famous and
historical buldings and - of course - to have fun on the lake. There
are also some Tram tours around the city, with guides and some drinks
:) very nice and I recommend.
ZÃ¼rich after dark
The nightlife of ZÃ¼rich offers you a wide variety of
attractions, from rich and sophisticated restaurants to the more affordable bars. It is up to you to dive in the live city to find out
what the swiss people do after dark. Special tip: don't miss the Jazoon Party, Wednesday, 18h30.
http://www.urania-sternwarte.ch/ - visit the ZÃ¼rich observatory
Probably the easiest visit in ZÃ¼rich, you can check the
observatory during Jazoon without missing any event in the conference. It is
located in the ZÃ¼rich downtown and you reach it in less than 20
minutes from Jazoon. Reach for the stars...the 48m tower belonging to
the Urania Observatory means you can. The main telescope allows
magnifications of up to 600 times. You can also simply drop by to
enjoy a drink and the fabulous views from what is the highest located bar in ZÃ¼rich.
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Weather during Jazoon: cloudy with average
temperature ~20o C
The weather is not the best feature of ZÃ¼rich but we are
getting close to the summer and you can expect pleasant
temperatures during Jazoon 2009. Check your preferred weather forecast
website to be sure on what to expect but I would say you won't need
heavy clothes unless you are coming from a tropical place. In the
conference itself, the air conditioner guarantee our comfort and
outside a light coat or jacket should be enough. Special tip:
ZÃ¼rich is under the Summer Sold Out, a big sales period where most of
shops offer from 30% to 50% of discount on clothes.
I am certainly the last guy you want to ask about shopping due
to the simple fact I am shopping phobic :). But even I am aware about
the good shopping conditions at ZÃ¼rich. Eletronics and computers
offer very competitive prices. Jazoon is hosted in a Shopping Center,
including a big electronic shop on the 3th floor. You can check this site about the prices here in Switzerland. If your focus is not
only gadgets, you can also walk through the Banhofstrasse and in
the old town. Special tip: take your bills to
at the airport.