Welcome to Zurich
Join us at the beginning of the year to discover the canton of Zurich. Our mission is to find delicious artisanal cheeses made and sold locally and to send them to the rest of Switzerland through our monthly boxes.
But first, let’s take a look at what makes Zurich so special.
Our Discoveries in Zurich
Overview of the Canton
Land Area: 1,728.95 km2
Population: 1,504,346 habitants (septembre 2018)
Admission to the Swiss Confederation: 1351
Language: Swiss German
Zurich joined the Swiss Confederation in opposition to the Austrian Habsburgs in 1351 after Lucerne.
The University of Zurich (founded in 1833) became the first university in Europe to accept female students. Zurich is known for having produced many Nobel Prizes in the fields of physics, chemistry, and medicine. In addition, many notable authors were born in Zurich. The city has continued to grow and become a world leader in education, science, culture, technology, and financial services.
Histories and myths
Felix and Regula
Felix, Regula, and their servant Exuperantius became the patron saints of Zurich. Their story had a huge impact on the city, its inhabitants, and the spread of Christianity. In fact, the three saints still appear on the coat of arms and seal of Zurich today.
Felix and Regula were brother and sister and members of the Theban Legion, which numbered more than six thousand men who converted to Christianity. Martyred together in the year 286, the siblings fled to Zurich to avoid execution but were arrested and executed by beheading. Legend has it that they stood up and raised their heads. Then they walked 40 steps before praying and finally lying down to die. They were buried where they died, a place that became the site of the Grossmünster church.