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Pocket guide to Jazoon 2009

Posted by felipegaucho on June 21, 2009 at 6:14 AM PDT

Java conferences are always a joy of technology and networking
but sometimes we just miss its surroundings because it is quite
difficult to concentrate in our lives while we are exposed to a large
amount of cool information. Good meals, city attractions and a lot of
interesting moments are just skipped in favor of the Java novelties on
the stage. The more you participate of such events, the more you learn to offer
your geek mood a chance to check different cultures and to learn
different things. During the recent JavaOne I did not attended much
extra-conference events, and I definitely didn't check San Francisco as
it deserves. In part because Java was my only focus during the conference
but it was also because I really don't know much about San Francisco.

Thinking about the large number of geeks arriving at Zürich this
week, I thought they have more chance to enjoy their short spare time
here if they have some hints about the conference surroundings. So, here
it goes my tips for the Jazooners:

Pocket guide to Jazoon 2009

The basic information you find in the href="http://jazoon.com/">Jazoon home-page, including the
conference schedule
and the abstracts of the presentations. But if you are looking for a pervasive
Jazoon
, you can join one of the social networks supported by the
conference:

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There are other resources you can use to make your staying here
at Zürich the most safe and comfortable as possible, like:

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http://www.stadt-zuerich.ch/content/pd/de/index.html

Zürich is a safe and very well organized city, but if
eventually you get in trouble here in Zürich the very first contact
should always be the police. Most of the police officers speak English. You can call emergency numbers from any public telephone, and
from your mobile phone even without credits:

  • 117 - Police
  • 118 - Firefighters
  • 144 - Ambulance

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http://www.sihlcity.ch
Sihlcity Infopoint
Kalanderplatz 1
CH-8045 Zürich
Telefon +41 44 204 99 99
Fax + 41 44 204 99 98
info@sihlcity.ch

From the main train station (Haupt Bahnhof) you should walk
half a block to the Bahnhofstrasse to take the Tram #13. The Tram stop to Jazoon is Sihlcity Nord. You can also take the S4 train and drop off at Giesshübel. For timetables and all information about
transportation it is better to check the ZVV site below.

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http://www.zvv.ch

Phone: +41 0848 988 988 (0.08CHF
/ minute) in English, German, French and Italian

In the ZVV website you find all information about
transportation in Zürich, including the timetables, prices and special
services. The city of Zürich is proud to offer one of the best
transportation system in the world, and you will certainly agree with
that after noticing that the timetable on the stops are
published with a precision in minutes :) Special tip:
with the same 24h ticket for the train you can travel with the
trams, buses and boat on the lake of Zürich.

SMS services at ZVV: one of the nice features of
the transportation here in Zürich is the ability href="http://www.zvv.ch/en/timetables/mobile-timetable.html">to
check the timetable and even href="http://www.zvv.ch/en/timetables/nighttime-network/sms-nightsupplement.html">to
buy tickets and ticket extensions by SMS. The service is available for
mobile phones with WAP or xHTML support.

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http://sbb.ch

From Zürich you can travel all over the country and also
connect to almost all Europe by an extremely reliable train network.
SBB also offers a good tourism agency that can support your request in
several languages. Special tip: in the main station,
you find a SBB travel agency in which people speak several languages. Special
tip
: you can buy a week ticket in the main train station, and
then you don't need to worry about buying a new ticket everyday.

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www.zuerirollt.ch - Züri rollt Zürich (Free
bikes at Zürich
)

Phone: +41 (0)43 288 34 45

info@zuerirollt.ch

You can use a bike for free during a
period of up to two hours. The city is small and we are in the summer
time, so if you like to ride with a bike it is your great moment to visit the city
for free and have fun. From May to October, in Zürich, you can hire
any of over 200 robust City Bikes completely free of charge, seven
days a week. Bikes can be picked up at the following locations against
presentation of a valid form of ID and a deposit of CHF 20: Globus
City (9am - 9.30pm), Bürkliplatz (9am - 9.30pm), Oerlikon-Swissôtel
(10am - 9.30pm), Bahnhof Enge (10am - 9.30pm). Bikes are available all
year round at the Velogate (Swiss National Museum) and at the Bike
Station South (Sihlpost). They don't do reservations but usually there
are bikes available.

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http://www.zuerich.com/

The official tourism portal of Zürich contains more information
about everything which is happening in Zürich at the same time of Jazoon.

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Zürich museums

Zürich is a small city where you find good museums and
art exhibitions. The most famous is the href="http://www.kunsthaus.ch/en/">Kunsthaus. You can also take a look at the famous href="http://www.sacred-destinations.com/switzerland/zurich-fraumunster.htm">Chagall
Windows at the Fraumunster church. Special tip: on
Wednesday the collection of the Kunsthaus is free of charge. You will
need half a day to a glimpse on those two artistic points of
Zürich.

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Zürich Opernhaus

If you are sophisticated enough, you can try one of most famous
Opera houses in the world. If you just want to walk around the famous
spot and drink a beer or two, it is 20 minutes from the Jazoon
conference. You can also walk on the lake shore near the Opera house,
it is nice and full of visual attractions - it is also one of the most
expensive and sophisticated parts of Zürich downtown.

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A Swiss mountain just half-an hour from Jazoon

One of the most traditional sites of Zürich is Uetliberg - the
top of Zürich. You can visit this small mountain on any day of Jazoon
since you will reach the mountain in about half an hour from the
conference venue. The Sunset here in Zürich in this period of the year is around 21h so you
have time to enjoy the conference and go to visit the mountain in the
same day without problems. From Uetliberg you have a privileged
view of all Zürich, and you can check the visibility on href="http://www.utokulm.ch/nc/english/news/webcam/">this webcam.
Perfect for photography lovers and hickers.

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http://www.zsg.ch - Tram trips and Boat trips

The lake of Zürich is one of the best part of the city, where
you can enjoy the Swiss summer life-style, walk and see famous and
historical buldings and - of course - to have fun on the lake. There
are also some Tram tours around the city, with guides and some drinks
:) very nice and I recommend.

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Zürich after dark

The nightlife of Zürich offers you a wide variety of
attractions, from rich and sophisticated restaurants to the more affordable bars. It is up to you to dive in the live city to find out
what the swiss people do after dark. Special tip: don't miss the Jazoon Party, Wednesday, 18h30.

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http://www.urania-sternwarte.ch/ - visit the Zürich observatory

Probably the easiest visit in Zürich, you can check the
observatory during Jazoon without missing any event in the conference. It is
located in the Zürich downtown and you reach it in less than 20
minutes from Jazoon. Reach for the stars...the 48m tower belonging to
the Urania Observatory means you can. The main telescope allows
magnifications of up to 600 times. You can also simply drop by to
enjoy a drink and the fabulous views from what is the highest located bar in Zürich.

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Weather during Jazoon: cloudy with average
temperature ~20o C

The weather is not the best feature of Zürich but we are
getting close to the summer and you can expect pleasant
temperatures during Jazoon 2009. Check your preferred weather forecast
website to be sure on what to expect but I would say you won't need
heavy clothes unless you are coming from a tropical place. In the
conference itself, the air conditioner guarantee our comfort and
outside a light coat or jacket should be enough. Special tip:
Zürich is under the Summer Sold Out, a big sales period where most of
shops offer from 30% to 50% of discount on clothes.

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Zürich Shopping

I am certainly the last guy you want to ask about shopping due
to the simple fact I am shopping phobic :). But even I am aware about
the good shopping conditions at Zürich. Eletronics and computers
offer very competitive prices. Jazoon is hosted in a Shopping Center,
including a big electronic shop on the 3th floor. You can check this site about the prices here in Switzerland. If your focus is not
only gadgets, you can also walk through the Banhofstrasse and in
the old town. Special tip: take your bills to
receive the href="http://www.myswitzerland.com/en/offer.cfm?category=About_Shopping&subcat=ShoppingTaxFree&id=28161">refund
at the airport.

Tourism and Switzerland

Switzerland is a paradise! I am living here for three years and
everyday I still get impressed with the quality of life of this
society. The country deserves a visit, and even if you don't
have much time you will still find some short trips or other
attractions to aggregate joy to your Jazoon conference. Googling
around, you will find tons of websites offering you those trips. My
special tip: do it! Take your choice and try some short trip or
walking around Zürich, a boat in the lake and everything else you find
attractive over here.

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WELCOME TO JAZOON 2009

Do you still have questions? I will be sometimes at the
Netcetera Booth during Jazoon, but you can go there anytime and ask them
anything about Zürich. You can also ask me by email

fgaucho
@ gmail . com
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Comments

The Tram 13 takes ten minutes between the stations Bahnhofstrasse to Sihlcity Nord. You can access zvv.ch, change the language to English and then do a search with these two stations: from: "Zürich, Bahnhofstrasse/HB" to "Zürich, Sihlcity Nord". The Bahnhofstrasse is about 100m from the front door of the main train station.

Hi Felipe, thank you for the informations. I wanted to know : how long does it take to go from the main train station to Sihlcity? See you at the conference Christophe

I ended up getting a "ZurichCARD". You're right about the public transportation, it's even better than what I remember from Tokyo and Osaka. Not sure why they post time tables, in the time it takes to read one, the next train/tram/boat seems ready to go.