It's also very very clean. The trams and trains are spotless and there are bins and mini-recycling points at regular intervals. 'Zuri', as the locals call it, seems very polished. Even the older structures seem to have had the equivalent of building botox. German cities rebuilt following visits from Her Majesty's Lancaster bombers in WW2 don't look as shiny as Zurich.
With mountains visible from the town centre the air has a certain alpine freshness (nothing like those trees you hang on your rear view mirror) and the official figures I've seen indicate my lungs are indeed much better off here than they were when I worked in the big smoke of London.
This freshness might also have something to do with the temperature - winters here are cold - we've barely seen above freezing since we arrived - but equally the summers here are warm. We're certainly hoping for less of the grey drizzle that we're used to back on the island.
The cost of living is something we're asked about a lot and I'd say we've been relieved that prices aren't as bad as you might think. Given that salaries are higher here it's all relative, and whilst eating out appears to be astronomical, our shopping at Lidl is similar in price to home and the great public transport I was gushing about a minute ago is much cheaper than in the UK. Beer in pubs seems pricey but in the supermarket it's not bad and I've even tracked down a speciality beer shop that sells beer from all over the world, including Britain, quite reasonably should I fancy a taste of home.
To sum up, it's so far so good and whilst it's early days we feel like we're settling in well. Zurich looks like it's a great place to be.
Mike Stuart moved to Switzerland in 2013 when his better half Zoë landed a job in Zurich.