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Zürich is the largest city in Switzerland and a major business and tourist destination. It is located in north-central Switzerland at the northwestern tip of Lake Zurich. The official language is (Swiss) German, but English and French are spoken by a large part of the population and there is a good chance that you may come through also with Italian. According to several surveys Zürich was named the city with the best quality of life in the world as well as the wealthiest city in Europe. Zürich is home to both the largest university in the country as well as the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH), which will be the venue and the co-organizer of our meeting.

 ETH Main Building


There's quite a bit to do in and around Zürich, from shopping on the central Bahnhofstrasse to sightseeing in Old Town or visiting one of the several museums and exhibitions. Important artworks are displayed in the Kunsthaus or the Rietberg Museum. Marc Chagall's stained-glass windows in the Fraumünster Church are amazing. The night in Zürich pulses with life till the early hours with its numerous clubs and bars. Due to its central location, Zürich is also the ideal starting point for daytrips to visit other swiss cities such as Lucerne, Basel or St. Gallen or to make nice trips on the nearby mountains (Uetliberg , 873 m) or in the heart of the alps (Jungfraujoch, 3.454 m). All these destinations are easily and quickly reached by train and the city has excellent public transportation system.



The hotels listed below are close to the conference venue (ETH Zentrum, main building) and offer a number of rooms for participants of Fire Blight 2013 at a reduced rate. We can only ensure the rates indicated below for a limited number of pre-reserved rooms until May 17th, 2013.  To benefit from these rates, please book by directly contacting the hotels by phone or e-mail and mention the booking code ETH-ISHS. Unless otherwise noted, rates are listed in Swiss Francs (CHF) and are intended per room and night (including breakfast and taxes).


Hotel Sunnehus*** Visit website Send mail
Single 172.- ; Double 254.-

Hotel Arc Royal Comfort Inn***  Visit website Send mail
Single 168.-

Hotel St. Josef***  Visit website Send mail
Single 175.-

Hotel St. Georges**  Visit website Send mail
Exterior shower/wc:
Single 89.- ; Double 116.-
Room shower/wc: Single 115.- ; Double 150.-

Hotel du Theatre*** Visit website Send mail
Single 168.- ; Double superior 213.-; Double deluxe 228.-
Breakfast excluded (buffet 20.- ; continental 11.-)

The Astor Hotel (Apartments)***  Visit website Send mail
Single 178.- (breakfast excluded)

Leonardo Boutique Hotel Rigihof****  Visit website Send mail
Single 233.- ; Double 315.-

Hotel Bristol***  Visit website Send mail
Single 153.- ; Double 198.-

Swiss Q-Hotel Rex***  Visit website Send mail
Single 135.-/165.-

Further nearby hotels (no contingent blocked at these hotels)


City Backpacker / Hotel Biber  Visit website Send mail

Leoneck Hotel***  Visit website Send mail

Hotel Marta**  Visit website Send mail

The Central Plaza Hotel****  Visit website Send mail

Romantik Hotel Florhof   Visit website Send mail

or check Zürich tourist information.


Please be advised that reservation and payment of hotel bookings are entirely the responsibility of participants and do not involve meeting organizers. Participants are thus advised to directly contact the arranged hotels as early as possible to secure their room at the above rates. 



The meeting will be held 02 - 05 July 2013 at the main building (HG) of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH, Campus Zentrum) overlooking downtown Zürich. The meeting site is easily accessed by a short train ride (20') from Zürich Airport (ZHR).


Useful links

Planning your trip

Zürich tourist information


SWISS airlines


Venue and organizers

ETH Zürich - Site plan and directions

Plant pathology group (ETH)



Moving around

Swiss railways (SBB)

Local transportation (VBZ)

Zürich City Card

Switzerland tourism


Additional information

Weather forecast for Zürich

Currency converter



Züri Fäscht, town festival with firework display (5.-7. July)

Right after the end of our meeting, the city will come alive with the Züri Fäscht, the greatest carnival in Switzerland, which is held every third summer in Zürich. Join the hundreds of thousands of visitors that will gather to enjoy the multitude of events during this three-day festival. The Züri Fäscht will provide fun, music, food and entertainment for all generations and tastes, both around the lake and throughout the inner city, on land, on water and in the air. The celebrations will climax with two spectacular musical firework displays, set off from the lake on Friday and Saturday evening (22.30-23.00).