ETH - Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zürich
The ETH (Swiss Tech College) Zürich is an excellent place to study - and their main building is worth to see. Architect was Gottfried Semper who had to flee Dresden after the revolution 1848. His main building is a Neo-Renaissance structure, typical for Semper. At least go in and see the impressive main hall.
You get to the ETH either by tram (6, 9, 10) or by the funny small Polybahn funicular that runs from Central up to the ETH. Definitely enjoy the stunning views from the Polyterrasse: The city below you, the lake to the left and the mountains (Uetliberg) ahead. I was told at certain times, if the weather co-operates, you can see the Alps. Not so for me. :(
If you're a student you might be interested in studying at the ETH. It is one of the leading Tech Colleges in the world.
1. Main building of the ETH
2. Entrance to the main building
3. Inside the main building
4. Looking up
The ETH was founded in 1855 as the Federal Polytechnical School, but in 1911 it changed its name to the Federal Institute of Technology.
The name "Polytechnic" or "Poly" had become very popular, however, and to this day the funicular railway leading up to the ETH is called the Polybahn. Also the terrace behind the main building is called the "Poly Terrace" (next tip).
As I learned from VT member german_eagle (Ingo), the main building of the ETH was designed by none other than Gottfried Semper (1803-1879), the architect of the Semper Opera House in Dresden.
It turns out that Semper lived and worked in Zürich from 1855 to 1871 as a Professor for Architecture at the Polytechnic.
My favourite view of Zürich is the one from the terrace of Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule/ETH (Swiss Technical University), also named Polyterrasse. The wide modern terrace in front of Gottfried Semper's ETH building is situated on the steep hillside above the Dörfli, high enough for a view over the roofs but close enough to the old town to see details of the buildings and steeples.
Hint for photographers: Visit the terrace in the morning for best light. Around noon and in the afternoon you'll be facing backlight. Sunsets are also nice from up there.
This is the Federal Institute of Technology constructed in 1864. The University of Zurich is adjacent to the ETH building. Capture some gorgeous photo at Lindenhof or at its location.