When it comes to the topic of health, culture and recreation it can be said that Switzerland has a reputation for offering a high quality of life to its citizens. This can be seen in studies like the Better Life Index, where Switzerland ranks 3rd. To analyse the different influencing factors the Canton of Zurich can be looked at as a case study. The topic of Health, Culture and Recreation has different subcategories but can generally be divided into two groups: on one hand there is the coverage of basic medical needs, which contains health and elderly care and on the other hand different recreational infrastructures like hiking trails, bike routes and cultural centres. The distribution of facilities and services for the coverage of basic medical needs display the image of a polycentric city with the City of Zurich as a centre and other important subcentres such as Winterthur, Bülach, Uster and Wetzikon. This network of subcenters is evenly distributed throughout the canton. The recreational infrastructures, in contrast, has an appearance of its own and do not quite fit into the pattern of the different subcentres. The distribution is less balanced and in the rural areas the cultural recreational offer is rather not so present. Here there seem to be two centres, where everything is concentrated: on the one hand the City of Zurich and on the other hand Winterthur. It becomes visible that the lack of supply in rural areas is compensated mainly by the presence of the natural environment.