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Limmat, Zurich

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The Limmat is a river in Switzerland. The river commences at the outfall of Lake Zurich, in the southern part of the city of Zurich. From Zurich it flows in a northwesterly direction, after 35 km reaching the river Aare. The confluence is located north of the small town of Brugg and shortly after the mouth of the Reuss.The main towns along the Limmat Valley downstream of Zurich are Dietikon, Wettingen, and Baden. Its main tributaries are the Linth, via Lake Zurich, the Sihl, in Zurich, and the Reppisch, in Dietikon.The hydronym is first attested in the 8th century, as Lindimacus. It is of Gaulish origin, from *lindo- "lake" and *magos "plain", and was thus presumably in origin the name of the plain formed by the Linth.Power generationLike many Swiss rivers, the Limmat is intensively used for production of hydroelectric power: along its course of 35km, its fall is used by no less than ten hydroelectric power stations. These include:
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  • This pretty river flows from Lake Zurich to meet the Aare to the west. There are good footpaths also the river, you can even swim and sunbath in it.   more »
  • The river in Zurich separates the city in two (reminds me a bit of Budapest) and what surprised me is how clean it is. Normally all our rivers are clean, but limmat is also crystal-clear. During our s...  more »
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