Zurich is the largest city in Switzerland (about 1 million people in the greater Zurich area, of which about 370,000 in the city). Home to the country's largest airport with numerous international connections, Zurich is Switzerland's main commercial and industrial center.
ETH Zurich is the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, Switzerland. and is one of Europe's premier universities in the fields of Chemistry, Physics, Electrical Engineering, and Computer Science.
We are looking forward to welcoming you in Zurich! For any questions please contact Claudia Günthart, ETH
The conference will take place at the ETH main building (HG). It is located at Raemistrasse 5, just in front of the tram stop (n. 6) coming from the main train station. You can take tram number 6 heading to Zoo from stop Central (you have to cross the Bahnhofbrücke bridge) or from stop Bahnhofstrasse/HB (located in Bahnhofstrasse). Get off at stop ETH/Universitätspital. Cross the road and enter the building.
Here is a map of the central campus with the main building.
More information on the conference location can be found in this brochure (will also be distributed at the conference).
Here are some useful hints for your arrival in Zurich.
Travel from Zurich airport to the main train station: Trains to city centre leave every 10 minutes and take about 10 minutes to reach the main train station Zurich HB. After reclaiming baggage, follow the railway station signs "Bahn/Railway" to ticket counters and machines. You need a valid ticket for 3 zones. Depending on your needs, you can buy a day ticket valid for 24 hours for all trams and buses. Trains to the city leave from platforms 3 and 4.
Several hotels in Zurich are offering discount rates for the TOOLS participants. The discounts apply from 28 June 2009 to 3 July 2009. Rooms can be booked at the discount prices only until 6 May 2009. Reservations made after 6 May 2009 will be charged at the normal prices of the respective hotels.
Making a reservation onlineTo search for availabilities and make reservations in these hotels please use one of the following links, depending on your preferred language: English search, German search.
Making a reservation through the Zurich Tourist Office
Alternatively you can also make reservations through the Zurich Tourist Office:ZÜRICH TOURISMUS
Tel.: 0041 44 215 40 40
Fax: 0041 44 215 40 44
If you contact the Zurich Tourist Office directly, make sure to mention that you belong to the group TOOLS-2009, otherwise you won't benefit from the discount room prices.
Lunches will be offered at the Dozenten Foyer, located at the top floor of the ETH main building (Hauptgebäude). Vouchers will be distributed. They are included in the registration fee. Also included are two coffee breaks per day (one in the morning and one in the afternoon) and a conference dinner. The conference dinner will take place on Wednesday, July 1st, at the restaurant Die Waid with a beautiful view over Zurich.
More information can be found in this brochure (will also be distributed at the conference).
Access to the World Wide Web will be available to all conference members. Please pick the WLAN called 'public' in your network manager. After opening the browser you will be redirected to a log-in page where you will be asked to enter your credentials. These credentials will be written in the readme leaflet that will be handed to you at the registration desk. In case you need to access your organization's remote infrastructure (for example to send/receive emails) we kindly ask you to set up a VPN client (IPSEC or PPTP).