October 2001 Jamboree - Venue Information
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The Disappearing Computer Initiative 2001 Jamboree will be held at the ETH Zurich (Federal Institute of Technology) in
Zurich, Switzerland. All sessions will be held in the
ETZ building (shown on the right), which is located east of the main ETH building in central Zurich.
Its postal address is:
8006 Zurich, Switzerland
Thursday night's dinner will be held at the
"Dozentenfoyer", in the top ("J") floor of the ETH
main building, Rämistrasse 101.
Click on the small map below to see a more
detailed map of downtown Zurich and the jamboree
location (or download a high-resolution map
of about 600k). A separate tram map shows the
public transportation in the downtown area (or download a very large tram map of about 740k for the
full public transportation network in Zurich).
The following describes detailed directions on how to get to
the ETZ building:
The jamboree location (address: Gloriastrasse 35) is easily
reachable from downtown Zurich (and from most hotels), either by walking
upwards the hill (the so-called Zurichberg) for about 25 minutes
(refer to the street map) or by taking a tram
(streetcar) to the ETZ building.
Trams are very convenient to use in Zurich: tram lines 5 and 6
directly connect the conference location (tram stop Voltastrasse") to
the downtown area in no more than 10 minutes. Typically, trams run every 7
minutes. The tram map below shows the tram
stops in the downtown area. Take a tram running in the direction "Zoo" (line
6) or "Kirche Fluntern" (line 5), which is listed both on the sign at the tram
stop and on the tram itself. You may change tram lines (or busses) at no extra
Please make sure that you have a valid ticket before boarding the tram.
Tickets can be bought at the ticket vending machine.
If you already bought a ticket coming from the airport (see below), you do not need to buy an additional ticket. If you
do not have a ticket yet, press the blue button and insert CHF 3.60. If
you tram stop is five or fewer stops away from your destination, you can also
buy a slightly cheaper short-distance ticket (called
"Kurzstrecke"), by pressing the yellow button instead (for example, when
coming from the main station, which is only five stops from the jamboree
If you are planning to use public transportation at least twice a day (for
example for going to and coming from the jamboree), it already pays to buy a
Tageskarte (day-pass), which is valid for 24 hours from the
time you buy it. This way you can freely board any tram, bus or ship in the
downtown area without stopping to buy a new ticket every time (just make sure
that you have your day-pass ticket with you all the time). Simply press the
<-> button after pressing the blue button (you can of
course also buy a short-distance day-pass, by first pressing the yellow
Kurzstrecke button and then the <-> button, though it's maybe
not that useful).
See below for a more detailed description of
the ticketing machine.
Whichever tram line you take, make sure that you get off at the stop called
Voltastrasse (marked with a red X in the tram map on the
right). Walking a few steps back down the road you will find the main entrance
of the ETZ building.
The easiest and most comfortable way to the jamboree venue is to
take a taxicab. Ask the driver to take you to the Gloriastrasse 35 in
Zurich. This will cost you about CHF 40.- (taxicabs are fairly expensive in
The least expensive way, costing CHF 5.40, is to take the train to Zurich
Main Station (Hauptbahnhof). Trains leave every 15 to 20 minutes and
take about 10 minutes to get you to Zürich Hauptbahnhof (HB).
At the airport, simply follow the signs to the underground train station, which
is located in the same building you arrived. Look for trains running to
Zürich Hauptbahnhof or Zürich HB. Please make
sure that you have a valid ticket before taking the last escalator down to the
platform. Tickets can be bought at the ticket shop or at the ticket vending machine. Enter the code 8000 for
downtown Zurich and insert Swiss coins or a CHF 20.- banknote. The machine will
dispense a ticket and (if necessary) your change. See below for a more detailed description of the ticketing
Once you arrive at Zürich Hauptbahnhof, follow the description
above (From Downtown Zurich...) to
find the ETZ Building (no need to buy another ticket).
To use the ticketing machine you need Swiss
coins and/or CHF 20.- banknotes (not all machines accept banknotes).
Use the machine as follows:
- From Zurich airport: Enter the code 8000 (for Zurich)
From most places downtown: Press the blue button.
From Zurich main station: Press the yellow button labeled
- The display shows the price for a 2nd class, one-way ticket,
which is valid on trains, trams, busses, and ships, for a period of
one hour (two hours if you come from Zurich Airport, half an hour for a
- To switch between a one-way and return ticket, use the
<-> button. A return ticket is valid for 24 hours and is
also called a Tageskarte (day-pass). If you are planning to use
public transportation more than once per day, this is the most convenient
- After you see a price displayed, insert the money using Swiss coins or
-- on some machines -- a CHF 20,- banknote (no other notes are accepted).
The machine will then drop the ticket and if necessary any change into the
slot in the lower left corner.
Tickets are valid for the whole public transport network (using any means of
transportation: trains, trams, busses, and ships) between the zone(s)
encompassing the origin and the destination place. One-way tickets are
valid for one hour (two if you come from Zurich Airport, half an hour if you
have a Kurzstrecke ticket); return tickets are valid for 24 hours.
The exact expiration time is also printed on the ticket.