Zurich Journals

A Taste of Old Europe

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A travel journal to Zurich by SeenThat

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Quote: The European parts of Conrad’s "Heart of Darkness" took place in London and Paris. However, while sipping a cup of cappuccino in one of the elegant cafés of the Bahnhofstrasse among cathedral-like banks, you can feel a little bit of the taste of the old Europe described there.

Downtown Zurich

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Bridge Photo, Zurich, Switzerland
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I arrived at Zurich as an invitee of an international corporation. At the time I was unaware to have been chosen by them to perform a technology transfer for my country; eventually that led to my leaving it and becoming a world wide pilgrim. However, for a week I had the opportunity to enjoy one of the most beautiful towns in Europe.BackgroundThe largest city in Switzerland is a small town of less than 400000 inhabitants and is the main commercial and cultural center of the country; indisputably it is one of the main global financial centers. The name is Celtic in origin – Turus. It was Romanized into Turicum and afterwards Germanized into Zürich. History...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 9, 2009

A Taste of Old Europe

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Hauptbahnhof Photo, Zurich, Switzerland
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The old city walls, where Bahnhofstrasse Avenue is placed today, make up the heart of Zurich. The cafés, shopping centers, and the banks are all there, but many other interesting places await you beyond them. The nearby old town provides a taste of medieval Europe. Its alleys provide many pleasant surprises: serendipity is the rule here. The lake, which delimits the city at the south, has an extraordinary natural beauty, and the nearby town of Hörgen provides an excellent base to explore its coasts. The Buerkliplatz Flohmarkt, the town’s flea market, is the perfect place to search for an antique cuckoo clock. Not less Swiss than the clocks is the chocolate: the Lindt & Sprüngli chocolate factory i...Read More

James Joyce Pub

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The Irish author of The Dubliners would be surprised to find the pub he described so vividly in Ulysses, placed nowadays in central Zurich, one of the three cities where he lived. The James Joyce Pub's original name was Jury's Antique Bar, and it was placed in Dame Street, Dublin, within the Jury's Hotel. Some thirty years ago, the hotel was demolished and the pub’s interior was put for auction; in a well-inspired move, it was taken to Zurich and reopened in 1978, behind a relatively humble front in a street just off from the central city avenue, Bahnhofstrasse. Once inside, the place takes you one century back and northwest to a world that does not exist anymore but in the reade...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 19, 2005

James Joyce Pub
Pelikanstrasse 8
Zurich, Switzerland CH-8001
41 44 221 18 28

Rosti Bar

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A rustic serpentine bar suiting a truck driver’s joint welcomes you when you enter the Rosti Bar in Zurich’s Hauptbahnhof. In a poetic sense, this charming approach may be justified, since the bar is located in the main train station and serves daily thousands of commuters. If asked what the national Swiss dish is, most foreigners will answer chocolate, cheese, or maybe fondue, but in my conversations with the locals, most answers were rosti, a delicacy much harder to export. The dish consists of boiled potatoes pressed into a round loaf inside a frying pan; this cooking process creates a brown crust on the top of the cake. This is the basic version, but many variations exist here and all of...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 13, 2005

Rosti Bar
Zurich Main Train Station (HBF)
Zurich, Switzerland

Horgen

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Tram Lines Photo, Zurich, Switzerland
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The northern tip of the Zurich lake is occupied by the city of Zurich, and thus it does not offer a good opportunity to enjoy its shores, despite its pleasant promenade and marina. The green town of Horgen, 13km to the south along the lakeshore, offers a perfect day by the lake. Arriving there is a breeze. Just take one of the S-Bahn trains from Zürich Hauptbahnhof (the ones numbered S2 and S8 for 8.8 Swiss francs, active until 11pm) and soon you will find yourself at the train station of this lake’s traffic hub. The coasts are clear here and a short visit to the supermarket will supply the cheese and bread needed for your early picnic there; that is, if you manage to decide among the hordes of Swiss ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 26, 2005