Zurich, largest city of Switzerland and capital of the canton of Zurich. Located in an Alpine setting at the northwestern end of Lake Zurich, this financial, cultural, and industrial centre stretches out between two forested chains of hills, about 40 miles (60 km) from the northern foothills of the Alps. Two rivers, the Limmat and Sihl, run through the city. Zurich’s western and northeastern limitations are formed by the Albis mountains (which include the 2,850-foot [870-metre] Uetliberg, considered the “top” of Zurich, with an idyllic view of the lake, mountains, and city) and by Zurichberg, a wooded hilly area.
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