London, United Kingdom
May 24, 2004
The heart of the village is the Rathausplatz, which is frequently and quite justifiably called the loveliest square in the whole of Switzerland. It is surrounded by a series of wonderful half-timbered buildings that all have fine oriel windows and exceptionally eye-catching frescoes portraying image relating to the traditional name, for example the Crown, the Stag and most impressively the White Eagle, which dates back to 1525 and is the oldest of the murals. Meanwhile, the equally impressive stand-alone town hall now also contains a collection of stained glass, weaponry and other historical artefacts. It was my good fortune that the time spent enjoying the stunning scene whilst drinking coffee on one of the numerous café terraces was during a pleasant winter’s day, because the huge number of people that perhaps unsurprisingly go there during high season would have almost certainly detracted from the experience.
The nearby cobbled streets that lead out to the remaining venerable gate towers are not quite as aesthetically spectacular. However, the main road comes close in terms of visual impact, whilst the others are nevertheless still pretty, and are home to a couple of interesting sights, including the Lindwurm Museum, a four storey mansion that has been carefully restored in a bold and largely successful attempt to evoke the lifestyle of the wealthy family and their servants that resided there during the mid 19th century.
The other particularly noteworthy attraction in the vicinity is the Monastery of St George. The riverside structure was a Benedictine abbey for around 400 years, until the Reformation hit the area in the 1520s, and instead it now houses displays pertaining to local art and history. Although the exhibits are certainly diverting, frequently more striking is the edifice’s interior, which features lovely wood panelled walls and ceilings covered with paintings.
From journal Zürich - More interesting than might be imagined