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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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  • August 19, 2017
    Small river but enough to split the beautiful Zürich in two beautiful sides conceding his place in omonymi Lake
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  • August 18, 2017
    Quite nice on a summer day, to just sit in the shade and relaxing to watch the hustle and bustle.
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  • August 13, 2017
    Limmat is nice clean river. Water is moving slowly that you can't even realise it. Many bridges are above it, either for cars or for pedestrians only. Nice walk afternoon and night is one of the best ...  more »

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