Sunday 13 November - Zurich day 3
Knock knock knock. There was
Nina at our door at 11am sharp to start our day
local sight seeing in old Zurich town
First one side of the river
Limmat. Lunch. Then afternoon the other
side of the river. Here is the view from the
Lindenhof - an open area with great views.
Notice the two church towers in the
background. We climbed one of the towers later
in the day - views to follow.
David, Nina and Denise at the
Lindenhof overlooking the river Limmat.
Nina lead the way through the old
town on the west side of the river pointing out
sites of interest. Here is the "big clock"
with the biggest clock face in greater Europe.
Note the architecture and fabulous
streets. It is quiet here on a Sunday.
....Every house (haus) tells a
story of those who have lived here and their
Below this building has only ever
been a pharmacy and on the side of the building
pictures over the years of the story of the building
and the names of those working and living here since
the early 1700s.
Charming decorations on the
balcony below. A shoe shop.
Pictured below Switzerland's most
famous toy shop company.
After lunch we crossed the river
to the east side and climbed one of the church
towers pictured previously.
Views of Zurich from all angles.
... and ....
Interesting city - you are not
allowed to park in the streets everyone is
designated a special parking area. This includes the
and yes there is more...
Fabulous courtyards/squares. This
is a close up taken from the church tower.
We cross the river to hop aboard a
tram. As we look back over the river a curious site
of an upsized canoe, and of course the Church and
its towers we just visited.
We used public transport a lot
today. A day ticket is pretty reasonable and
it is really easy to get around Zurich. We
took a tram and a bus to Nina's school. She
teaches primary school kids. It was a really
lovely space for the kids. We had been invited
to dinner at her mothers so we collected her car
here and journeyed on. Group shot including
Vera, (Nina's mum), Nina after a wonderful
Thank you Nina for another
wonderful day. Zurich would not be the same
And thanks to Vera for your
wonderful hospitality and dinner :)
Monday 14 November - Zurich day 4
- Rhine Falls
Today we have scheduled a day trip
to Rhine Falls - then back to meet Nina for dinner
After breakfast, we
walked to the train station passing several
chocolate shops without buying anything (David has
been the one into all the cherry liquors! I
still cannot find any orange creams! We
boarded the S-Bahn headed for Rhine Falls this is
about a 40 minute trip. David was delighted
because he got to use the free 8th trip of our train
ticket. We had to change trains to get to
Pictured below is our
arrival at Schloss Laufen at Rheinfall station on
the S33 line.
The path the falls was blocked for
construction. So we had to climb the steep
stairs up into the castle above - Schloss
Getting closer..A mighty nice
residential castle. However it must have been a
fortress type of castle to start with because it had
a moat and draw bridge.
Nearly there....darn it ... the
entrance to the falls viewing is through the castle
and we have to purchase tickets. 5 Swiss
Francs each. Not too bad. This covered a
Historama exhibition demonstrating the castles
1000-year history, the look out points, the viewing
platform right above the falls and the panorama
The picture below of the castle
taken from the ticket office for the falls.
The middle building is now a very fancy restaurant.
In we go .... we can hear the
falls but we can't see them yet.
Up the stairs of the castle.
Mmmm? Not quite how we imagined it. A history
of the falls first. A walk through a the rooms
of the castle checking out the history of the falls
and its influence in local politics and events.
Each room was decorated sparingly
with furniture and paintings.
Ta...da.... - the falls.
Wow. Not too shabby. That is a lot of water!
This is the hotel/restaurant on
the other side of the falls
Today's stars of the falls....
David and Denise (in that order)
Getting closer to the spray
here. We were able to walk out onto an
overhanging platform to within one meter of the
rushing waters of the falls. It was
fabulous. What an adrenalin rush!
This is the historic waterwheel
that was used to harness the power of the falls over
Now THIS is up close and
personal. It wasn't quite Niagara but we were
getting just as wet.
Saying goodbye to the falls
we returned to the train station and boarded
the train to Schaffhausen which passed over the
river up stream of the falls. Pictured below
is the back end view of the falls from the rail
And pictured below is the front of
the falls from the train as we traveled in a big
arch to the far side of the Rhine to go back to
This is the Rhine further down
We visited a quaint toy museum in
the late afternoon... interesting... but small.
In the evening Nina dropped in for
a big last night dinner. She was very
surprised by a little gift for her fabulous support
and friendship during out stay in Zurich.
Below Denise, David, Nina and the
as yet un-named Koala. He has his gum leaf....
... now it is time for our dinner
at the Hiltl restaurant (an up market vegetarian all
you can eat buffet) as long as you can afford
it. You pay by the weight of what is on
your plate. So we will correct the definition
to "all you can afford"!
Yummy for all of us.
Tuesday 15 November - Zurich day
5 - Uetliberg
Our last day in Zurich. We
don't leave until 6.25 pm tonight when our Limo is
picking us up. So we scheduled a train trip up
to Uetliberg to see the Zurich views from the local
hills. That killed the morning.
We left nice and early and walked
to Zurich HB to catch the S10 train Uetliberg Bahn from platform 22
to Uetliberg for the views. It looked like the
right train. It had the right name on
it. But it left 10 minutes early and
stopped three stations short of our
destination. Whoops! We got on the wrong
train. So we got off where this train
finished and waited at Triemli for the correct train
to complete our journey up the mountain.
Here is a picture of the train at the platform with
Uetliberg Bahn on the side. Now a normal
person would then think this was the correct
Here it comes 8 minutes
later. Notice the power is not directly above
the train but above to the side. Fascinating.
Three stations further on we
arrived at Uetliberg. It was a 20 minute
walk to the top from there. We started up the
stairs and Denise found a wandering moose.
At the top, there were views not
only to Zurich....
... but also to the communications
tower along side....
.... and more views of Zurich....
... and behind the mountain.
Pity about the mist. We made the most of it.
Another view before we leave.
Curious - it was 20 minutes
up to the look out and 4 minutes down. it's
always easier going down.
Down the hill
back to the train that was already at the
station. And on to another nice new
train for a 20 minute ride back into Zurich
Notice how the public transport
works in Zurich (and many other European
cities). Screens in all carriages say where
you are, what is coming up next and when, and the
current time. As you approach a station, it
then lists all the connections from that station and
when they are due. The same happens on the
Melbourne public transport system
is decades behind Europe in so many ways. It
is such a pity that we have not kept up with the
rest of the world.
Back in the hotel for a final
re-pack ready to leave.