Do you enjoy exercise and would like to maintain or improve your fitness and quality of life? Then the Academic Sports Association of Zurich (ASVZ) welcomes you to the world of university sports!
The ASVZ offers all university members a wide range of sporting activities.
Find out more about the attractive and varied range of sports on asvz.ch or in the ASVZ app. There are over 120 sports, around 600 lessons a week and almost 1,200 courses, camps and events every year. ASVZ also offers extensively equipped strength/cardio areas for your individual training in the ASVZ sport centers Polyterrasse, Hönggerberg, Irchel, Fluntern, Winterthur and in Wädenswil.
There are two table tennis tables on the ETH Zurich Hönggerberg campus. They are in front of the HIL building near the chess boards and the nine men's morris board. All you need to play is 2 bats and a ball, but you have to supply those yourself.
ETH Zurich, Zentrum campus
The table-tennis tables for the ETH Zurich Zentrum campus are in the basement of the Main Building (Floor A), near the exit to the underpass leading between the Main Building and the Polyterrasse.
The chess board is located in front of the HIL building on the ETH Zurich Hönggerberg campus. The chess pieces are in the wooden box beside the chess board.
ETH Zurich, Zentrum campus
There are no chess boards on the ETH Zurich Zentrum campus.
The bouldering area on the ETH Zurich Hönggerberg campus is part of the ASVZ facilities and is diagonally opposite the Sports Centre, between the HPP and HPV buildings. Only ASVZ members and members of ETH (even without ASVZ membership) are allowed to use the facility. You have to be in possession of a valid ASVZ or ETH identity card.
The slacklining area on the ETH Zurich Hönggerberg campus is part of the ASVZ facilities and is diagonally opposite the Sports Centre, between the HPP and HPV buildings. Only ASVZ members and members of ETH (even without ASVZ membership) are allowed to use the facility. You have to be in possession of a valid ASVZ or ETH identity card.
"Tanzquotient" supports and promotes the tradition of dance at ETH, at prices students can afford. Their services include dance courses, free training sessions and dance events. Other student dance projects such as show troupes and ballroom dancing are also welcome. "Tanzquotient" especially seeks to encourage the social side of dancing.
The service is intended for students at ETH and the University of Zurich. Other members of ETH and their partners may also use the facilities.
ETH Zurich, Hönggerberg campus as a natural paradise
As well as its research and teaching, ETH Zurich also offers rest and relaxation on the Hönggerberg. In 2006, the site was even awarded the Swiss quality label external page“nature park”call_made.
The 400,000 m2 Hönggerberg site is surrounded by forests, hills and farming land. Around 180,000 m2 are left in their natural state, giving the site a high recreational value. ETH Zurich lays value in creating an open and public space that merges with the recreational area Hönggerberg/Käferberg. For this reason, the ETH was awarded the quality label “nature park” by the Nature & Economy Foundation in November 2006. The Foundation awards company premises that through their ecological quality help sustain natural biodiversity.
Through supporting a wide range of plants, the ETH Zurich Hönggerberg site also provides a haven for innumerable animals that live in damp habitats, water canals or nest boxes.
In 2004, the ETH built its students an alpine garden trail for research and experiments. Most of the 150 plant species in the alpine garden have been transplanted from their original habitat. Visitors especially appreciate the pharmaceutical plants garden, which has been planted with medicinal plant species.
In 2004, the alpine garden trail was created for the students of the environmental sciences. 200 species of plants grow on an area of 470m2.
This special garden of the Pharmaceutical Institute lies between the HPH and HCI buildings. The design concept is that of concentric circles with four zones, arranged according to active substance. Containing 30 shrubs and 170 medicinal plants, this garden also acts as an educational trail for students of the Department of Chemistry and Applied Biosciences.
The origin of the plants in this garden is Madagascar, as the name suggests. Unlike the tropical rainforest vegetation in the Zurich Zoo, the specimens here are endemic plants only found in its dry and barren mountain regions. There are only very few gardens in the whole world in which these plants thrive. This is why plant specialists travel from all over the world to view the specimens here.
The plants have a similar life cycle to plants native to Switzerland, flowering in spring, losing their leaves in the autumn, and lying dormant during the winter. To further improve the flowering of the plants, new lamps were installed in 2009 that also have a lower energy consumption. The lamps require approx. 34,000 kWh/year, which is twice the amount produced by the photovoltaic devices on the HCI.
The Madagascar garden is located inside the HPH Physics building and includes 16 families and some 75 species of plants. To simulate conditions similar to Madagascar, about 20 tonnes of limestone were transported to the Hönggerberg from Seelisberg in Canton Obwalden.
The Hönggerberg site of ETH Zurich also offers experimental sites for students of earth sciences and environmental sciences. These are located on the large meadow behind the HCI, behind the HIL, and behind the HPW building. The HPW building also features a greenhouse. The students are free to use this area for their experiments and studies.
After the roof renovation of the HIL building, the terraces on the E & F storeys had to be grassed over. A garden with aromatic plants and herbs was created. All plants are labelled. In order to be able to use the terrace in the summer heat, a shaded pergola was built with climbing plants (wisteria).
The Kneipp Club has opened a Kneipp facility at Science City that is located near the fire-fighting pond by the HPZ building. The facilities are operated by members of the Kneipp Club and the buildings maintenance service.