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 “nature park” (in German).
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.