Moving to Zurich from UK

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Schepens Can Help if You’re Moving to Zurich from the UK

Zurich is a relatively small city, with a massive global reputation. With a population of just 409,000, Zurich manages to feel like a large – well organised – community, rather than an anonymous urban sprawl. And the location is enviable; the city sits at the northern end of Lake Zurich, around 20 miles north of the Alps. It’s a perfect hub from which to explore Switzerland, and the many European countries it shares a border with.

Many of our Zurich removals are families and professionals moving to the city for work. They’re used to living abroad, and learning the rules of each new city they make their home. But Zurich, they tell us, is unlike other European cities, because it operates on a set of rules that are pretty much unique.

Here are 5 of the cultural differentiators we hear about most often:

1. Learn the Rules

Cohesive communities tend to lean quite heavily on their rules and Zurich is no different. The city’s population defines its shared values through its adherence to agreed rules. So, recycling responsibly is important, as is obeying the ‘green man’ when waiting to cross the road. And if you live in an apartment block, you’ll be given a day for your washing, which you’d be advised to observe!

2. Sundays are Special

In many large global cities, Sunday now looks pretty much like any other day. Not in Zurich – or across the whole of Switzerland. The vast majority of shops close on Sundays, including supermarkets. The only places to buy food, if you run out on a Sunday, are petrol stations or the airport.

3. Natural Swimming

This doesn’t sit easy with British reserve and our chilly summers – but swimming in lakes is a thing in Switzerland. It’s not the only option; there are also a great supply of indoor and outdoor pools. However, on a sunny summer day you’ll find that families from the city are enjoying the clear waters of Lake Zurich, or the River Limmat. 

4. Exploding Snowmen

Yes, you read that right. Zurich celebrates the start of summer with an exploding snowman. It’s all part of the Sechseläuten spring festival  that has been celebrated in Zurich since the 17th century. Its centrepiece is a bonfire topped with a snowman that is ceremoniously burnt. The Böög’s head is stuffed with firecrackers, guaranteeing an explosive start to the summer season.

5. There’s no Chasing Down Bargains

Zurich is expensive, and the price tags are something that all our removals clients have talked about. However, citizens take comfort from the fact that it’s uniformly expensive. There’s no fear that on the other side of town prices will be cheaper, because there’s a set price for goods and services.


Moving to Zurich from the UK with Schepens

We’re a family-run business that’s been moving clients to Zurich for over a century now. We’ve experts in European removals and we ship regularly to all the major cities in Switzerland.  As a result, we can offer flexible scheduling to our clients, and competitive prices on full or part loads. Our dedicated Move Co-ordinators are specialists when it comes to moving to Zurich, and can help you plan every aspect of your move.


Tailor-Made Removals to Zurich

Every move is unique, which is why we don’t offer standard removals packages. Instead your move co-ordinator will work with you to understand the services you need, and to develop a tailored removals package. Then we’ll offer a free no obligation quote based on your requirements.

We offer a range of services, which includes:

  • Packing. Our BAR trained professional packers can pack up your home efficiently, label all your boxes, and create a detailed, comprehensive inventory in preparation for shipping.
  • Insurance. Schepens insures your goods whilst they’re in transit. For further peace of mind, we can arrange Accidental Damage and Extended Liability cover.
  • Non-Standard Items. For specialist items such as fine art, antiques or large musical instruments, we offer bespoke packaging, handling and shipping.
  • Storage. Should you need to store items or furniture back in the UK, Schepens has local storage facilities. We provide a door-to-door service and a secure, climate-controlled environment.
  • Transport. Your goods will be shipped in one of our state-of-the-art removals vehicles which maintain a constant temperature and humidity, run on air ride suspension and boast an adjustable bearing system, which ensures little or no movement of vehicle content.

Second-to-None Support When Moving to Zurich

We aim to be the very best when it comes to providing stress-free removals to Switzerland. To this end, we invest in professional BAR training for our removals teams. This is supported by our company culture which encourages ‘going the extra mile’ for clients, and proactively solving problems as they occur in the removals process.

“Your team worked really hard and nothing was too much trouble, they kept smiling and in good spirits even when things were more tricky than first envisaged”.


We provide removal and relocation services to all regions of Switzerland, including:

Geneva, Basel, Lugano, Lausanne, Interlaken, Lucerne, Zurich, Neuchatel, Berne and all of the Swiss ski resorts.


If you’re planning a move to Zurich from the UK, call our friendly European removals team on 01794 323558, to find out how we can support you.