The SIX Swiss Exchange is the country’s main stock exchange and home of the Swiss Market Index (SMI). The SIX was formed from the merger of stock exchanges in Geneva, Basle and Zurich in 1993. In 1995, the stock exchange was the first in the world to adopt a fully automated trading, clearing and settlement system. The SIX is also a reference market for Swiss securities and is one of Europe’s leading providers of financial information. The imposing SIX Swiss Exchange building is located at Selnaustrasse 30, just a twenty minute walk south-west of the Comfort Hotel in Zurich.

Although touring the SIX Swiss Exchange is not possible, visitors to Zurich can explore the Museum Wertpapeierwelt to gain insights into the history of stocks and securities in Switzerland and around the world. The Wertparpierwelt is the world’s first museum for historical bonds and shares. Exhibits share the history of some 400 years of international economics and finance. The museum is open on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., although guided tours can be arranged for groups from Monday to Thursday. The Wertpapierwelt is located next to the SIX Securities Services at Baslerstrasse 90, about a seven minute walk from the Olten train station and just under an hour’s train journey from central Zurich.