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Zürich International Schools


The isbi Schools Directory Guide To The Top International Schools And Private Schools in Zürich

For anyone planning a move to or within Zürich in north east Switzerland, we have collated information below about different places to live, schools, estate agents and other information we think useful for relocating within fantastic Zürich.

Offering some of the best living anywhere in Switzerland, Zürich’s famous nearby cities and towns include Winterthur, Lucerne, St Gallen and Basel.

Zürich has a great choice of high quality private schools, beautiful Switzerlandside, lots of activities and excellent housing - with a fantastic range of different property to call home, from mansions and estates, villas and bungalows to new build executive housing, family townhouses and apartments.

"Culturally vibrant, efficiently run and attractively set at the meeting of river and lake, Zürich is regularly recognised as one of the world's most liveable cities. Long known as a savvy, hard-working financial centre, Switzerland's largest and wealthiest metropolis has also emerged in the 21st century as one of Central Europe's hippest destinations, with an artsy, post-industrial edge that is epitomised in its exuberant summer Street Parade. Much of the ancient centre, with its winding lanes and tall church steeples, has been kept lovingly intact. Yet Zürich has also wholeheartedly embraced contemporary trends, with the conversion of old factories into cultural centres and creative new living spaces. Nowhere is that clearer than in Züri-West, the epicentre of the Zürich’s nightlife." Lonely Planet

Zürich is located in the north east of Switzerland, it surrounds the top corner Lake Zürich and is just 75 kilometers from Germany! Bern, the capital of Switzerland is only about 1.5 hours away by car, 1 hour by train.

Every year, thousands of people fill the streets to take part in the largest dance music festival in Europe! The Zürich is well known for its techno music, however during the street party many types of dance, trance and sing-along hits are played through the streets.

For more fun facts and figures about Zürich, scroll down to our Zürich feature page!


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Looking for a prestigious International (private) school in Zürich, Switzerland?

If you are thinking of moving to live in Zürich (or you already live in Zürich but are considering relocating) and you and your family are researching some of the best International schools and private schools in Zürich there is a big choice of high quality Zürich schools, with a number of the cities highest ranking International schools considered to be some of the best in Switzerland.

The private education sector in and around Zürich features day and residential boarding schools, single sex and co-educational (mixed) schools, including leading private nurseries, primary schools, secondary schools and high schools.

Find Private International Schools In Zürich, Switzerland (Or "International Schools And Private Schools Near Me")

Developed over the last 36+ years, the isbi School Search Directory is one of the largest and most comprehensive private schools directories available, helping thousands of families to find, compare and select good schools since the 1980s.

>   You can search for International schools and private schools with a reputation for excellence in Zurich and in the suburbs of Zurich by using our International Schools Directory and International Schools Finder (powered by School Search Directory) or by clicking on the names of the International schools, private schools and colleges and High schools listed below to see detailed profiles with photos, videos, maps etc.

>   With our expanded school search technology you can filter your search by the type of school you are looking for such as International school and private school, day and boarding, gender, age range, academic study, religious affiliation, school fees, scholarships and bursaries, open days etc.

>   You can also focus your search on just private junior schools or senior high schools or on all-through International schools, or view search results for all of them together.

Please explore isbi.com for detailed information and guides about good schools of all types and for open days, school and college and news, articles and blogs with details of school associations, glossaries and explanations about examinations and qualifications and expert advice about independent education at International schools and private schools around Switzerland and worldwide.



Top International Schools And Private Schools & Colleges In Zürich, Switzerland

Some of the best International schools and private schools and colleges in Zürich, Switzerland providing a top-tier, world-class day and boarding single-sex and mixed education for boys and girls include:




Where To Live In Zürich, Switzerland

The most popular cities and towns in the Zürich, Switzerland area include, with approximate population numbers:

> Zürich (402,800)

Altstadt (3,100), Wollishofen (15,600), Wiedikon (14,900), Aussersihl (3,900), Industriequartier (9,700), Unterstrass & Oberstrass (19,700), Hottingen (7,400), Riesbach (5,000), Albisrieden & Altstetten (45,700), Höngg & Wipkingen (36,200), Affoltern, Oerlikon & Seeback (58,200), Schwamendingen (28,500)




Zürich is a very popular place to live and many people move to each year, or to near and the surrounding area, from around Europe and the rest of the world.

Many of those moving to Zürich are seeking a more urban lifestyle, deciding to relocate to the Zürich to enjoy a different pace of life and the historic and elegant surroundings of a prosperous Zürich with great facilities and leisure amenities, high quality housing and schools, fantastic bars, restaurants, sports and popular cultural events involving art and music.

Ten Things To Know About Zürich, Switzerland

> FACT 1: Zürich is one of the happiest cities in the world! It was awarded 4th place by the World Happiness Report published as part of the UN’s Sustainable Development Solutions Network. We can see why, as Zürich is well known for its vibrancy and quality of life.

> FACT 2: Albert Einstein used to live in Zurich! He was a student at the ETH University in Zürich before going on to be a professor at both ETH and the University of Zürich.

> FACT 3: Zürich is home to over 50 different museums and art galleries! So you definitely won't run short of cultural discoveries whilst living in the Zürich! Some of the most famous include the Kunsthaus for modern art or the Landesmuseum for a cultural documentation of Switzerland. Zürich even has a Tram-Museum, which makes for a great family day out!

> FACT 4: Muesli was invented in Zürich! Maximilian Bircher-Benner, a Swiss Physician at the time, invented the food as a nighttime snack for patients in hospital in the 1900s.

> FACT 5: There are over 1200 water fountains in Zürich! So as you wander through the Zürich try and see how many you can spot! The water from these fountains is also drinkable - so no need to worry if you forget your bottle.

> FACT 6: Lost track of time? Check out St Peter’s Church to check the time on the largest clock face in Europe!

> FACT 7: Zürich is the biggest Zürich in Switzerland, with a population size of 402,800 people spread across its 12 districts.

> FACT 8: The Dada art movement began in Zürich. It was formed during WW1 and illustrated the horrors of war, the group began congregating in the Cabaret Voltaire right in the center of the Zürich. Today, the Cabaret Voltaire shows avant-garde art exhibitions before opening up to be a jazz bar in the evening.

> FACT 9: Google’s largest European office is located in Zürich, alongside Disney Research and the Zürich lab that created the Stormtroopers in Star Wars!

> FACT 10: Zürich’s sister cities include San Francisco in the USA and Kunming in China.

Where To Live In Zürich, Switzerland

Zürich and the surrounding area offers a huge choice of high quality, premium and luxury property to meet the needs of any family, whether wanting a townhouse, large apartment, villa, mansion or Switzerland estate, with or without granny annex, garden or swimming pool. There are also property development and investment opportunities too, with land available to purchase and properties in need of renovation.

From central Zürich living to rural, Swiss lifestyles, Zürich and the areas near Zürich are full of bustling districts and leafy suburbs, lush green areas, charming crescents and estates, rolling Switzerland, vibrant high streets, busy neighbourhoods and friendly residential communities.

Some of the popular residential areas include:

Niederdorf Zürich, Lindenhof Zürich, Altstadt Zürich, Aussersihl Zürich, Enge Zürich, Seefeld Zürich, Siesbach Zürich, University Quarter Zürich, Riesbach Zürich

Commuting To And From Zürich By Rail Or Road

Relocating to Zürich is especially popular with those happy to work from home most of the time but needing to occasionally commute to other places for work.

Others are happy to commute more regularly to Bern, Lucerne, Winterthur and other locations for work.

Travel times to key destinations by road and rail include:

> Zürich To Bern: Bern is about 120 kilometres by road from Zürich via the A1 and driving to the centre of Bern from Zürich normally takes under 1 hour 40 minutes. There is a very regular train service to Bern from Zürich, with trains taking about 1 hour to 1 hour 20 minutes.

> Zürich To Lucerne: Lucerne is about 50 kilometres by road from Zürich via the A14, A4 and A3 and driving to the centre of Lucerne from Zürich normally takes under 1 hour. There is a very regular train service to Lucerne from Zürich, with trains taking about 50 minutes to 1 hour 10 minutes.

> Zürich To Winterthur: Winterthur is about 26 kilometres by road from Zürich via the A1/A4 and driving to the centre of Winterthur from Zürich normally takes under 40 minutes. There is a very regular train service to Winterthur from Zürich, with trains taking about 20-30 minutes.



Nearest Airports To Zürich, Switzerland

The nearest airport to Zürich is Zürich Airport (ZHR) which is 9 kilometres from Zürich. Other nearby airports include Basel (BSL) (under 80 kilometres), Memmingen (FMM) (140km) and Strasbourg (SXB) (160 kilometres)




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