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Zurich - Downtown Switzerland

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An October 2005 trip to Zurich by Sierra

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Zurich - Downtown Switzerland

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Overview

Fraumünster Chagall window, Zurich Photo, Zurich, Switzerland
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For too long among travellers, Zürich has been a crossroads and not a destination, with passengers usually travelling on to the picturesque Luzerne, or to the more glitzy ski resorts of Graubünden. Over the past twenty years, however, that has changed. Zürich (population 1 million) has long been a center of banking, of course, but did you also know it has a thriving art scene, a world-reknowned opera company at its Opernhaus, and an energetic club scene? It is a city of contrasts, where buildings hundreds of years old h...Read More

Hotel Zum Storchen

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Hotel

Hotel Zum Storchen Photo, Zurich, Switzerland
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Switzerland is well-known for its hospitality, and one of its finest examples is the 650-year-old family-owned Hotel zum Storchen on the bank of the Limmat River, in the heart of the old town – one of the oldest continuously-run hotels in the world. Swiss legend holds that good luck is bestowed upon a house that a stork chooses to nest upon. Hotel lore states that centuries ago, when the hotel was to be named, a pair of rare black storks made their nest upon the hotel; today, you can step on the tiled stork’s nest in the middle of the entry lobby for good luck. Whether you are a business traveler or tourist, "the Stork" has an excellent location – a 2...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 25, 2005

Hotel Zum Storchen
Am Weinplatz 2
Zurich, Switzerland CH-8001
+41 44 227 2727

Carlton Restaurant and Bar

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Restaurant

Carlton Restaurant and Bar Photo, Zurich, Switzerland
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Zurich is full of fantastic restaurants, and one of the most popular is the Carlton Restaurant and Bar, located at Bahnhofstrasse 41. The Carlton was originally started as the Carlton Elite Hotel Grand Restaurant and Café, which is why you may hear the restaurant still referred to as the "Hotel Carlton." (The hotel was turned into a conference center in the 1990s). The restaurant, under the direction of Markus and Daniela Segmueller-Reuss, re-opened in 1999 with a bright, lovely Art Deco interior design, an extensive wine cellar that has received awards from Wine Spectator, and a party room. Bei...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 27, 2005

Carlton Restaurant and Bar
Bahnhofstrasse 41
Zurich, Switzerland 8001
+41 1 227 19 19

Blinde Kuh (Blindekuh-Blind Cow)

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Restaurant | "Blinde Kuh (Blind Cow)"

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On the eastern side of Zurich, there is a former church that is now home to a rather unusual restaurant called Blinde Kuh (The Blind Cow). Blinde Kuh is unusual because you eat in total darkness. They've even covered the windows, so if you go during the daytime, you're still eating in darkness. Not only that, but the waitstaff and cooks are all either blind or seeing-impaired. The restaurant opened in 1999 and was the first of its kind in the world. Blinde Kuh has opened a second location in Basel, and there are similar restaurants now open in Germany and London. The Blinde Kuh was designed on two levels: the first was t...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 31, 2005

Blinde Kuh (Blindekuh-Blind Cow)
Muhlebachstrasse 148
Zurich, Switzerland 8008
044 421 50 50

Lush

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Lush Photo, Zurich, Switzerland
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Move over, Body Shop, there's a new beauty shop in town. While wandering around Niederdorf section of old town, near Grossmünster cathedral, I found a shop called Lush, located at Münstergasse 23, directly across from the famous Cabaret Voltaire (where the Dada movement was born). Lush specializes in bath products, among them handmade soaps, creams, gels, and more. Started in London in 1994, Lush now has 185 locations around the world - their Zürich location is one of their newest. The front door is shared with a small clothing shop, and they have a cozy spot well worth taking a look inside. Their products are all-natural and...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 26, 2005

Lush
Münstergasse 23
Zurich, Switzerland 8001
043/268 51 37

H. Schwarzenbach

Attraction

H. Schwarzenbach Photo, Zurich, Switzerland
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The Munstergasse meanders away from Grossmünster cathedral, across the heart of the Niederdorf section of town. It is filled with shops ranging from the trendy to the historic; among these is H. Schwarzenbach, which has been doing business in the same location for nearly 100 years and still bears its 1912 decor. Schwarzenbach carries what is described as "colonial goods:" teas, coffees, nuts and dried fruits, herbs and spices, oils and vinegars, chocolates, candy, and more. The window displays are enticing, showing off their selections of fresh products. There is a small café on-site, where you can sample their marvellous coffees or teas. Or better yet, take some home. My ch...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 26, 2005

H. Schwarzenbach
Münsterg. 19
Zurich, Switzerland
01/2611315

Confiserie Sprüngli

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Attraction

Confiserie Sprüngli Photo, Zurich, Switzerland
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No visit to Zürich is complete without a stop in one of the many Sprüngli stores scattered across the city. Switzerland's oldest chocolate maker traces its roots all the way back to 1836. Their primary location, the Confiserie Sprüngli (Paradeplatz, Bahnhofstrasse 21, 8022 Zürich - Tel. +41 1 224 47 11), has been expanded and rennovated several times over the years. Not only can you select from their many fine chocolates here, but you can also get pastries and desserts here as well. Settle in with a delicious hot cocoa and enjoy the people-watching, as Sprüngli is a very popular attraction with visitors and locals alike. They ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 27, 2005

Confiserie Sprüngli
Paradeplatz, Bahnhofstrasse 21
Zurich, Switzerland 8022
+ 41 44 224 47 11

St Peters-Kirche, Zurich Photo, Zurich, Switzerland
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It had been 20 years since I last visited Zürich; I had vague memories of a beautiful city under blue skies, with the Alps rising snow-capped over the Zürichsee. Weather was not on my side as I touched down in Zürich this time. The Swiss weather in October is unpredictable. I’d packed a travel umbrella and a fleece jacket, “just in case.” The new Flughafen (Zürich airport) is quite nice: spacious, well-lit, and modern. It’s also a long walk from when you pass through the gates until you get your luggage and fo through Customs, but once you clear those, head downstairs to the transit lobby, where one can purchase train tickets for anywhere in Switzerland – train lines run dir...Read More
Swiss Whimsy Photo, Zurich, Switzerland
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continued from part 1You can see the striking twin spires of the Grossmünster rising above the city nearly everywhere in the city. According to legend, Charlemagne had hunted a stag all the way from Aachen near Köln (Germany) – quite a distance – when the stag went down upon its knees, sensing the graves of the saints Felix and Regula, who had been executed at the site of the Wasserkirche [built 1479-84), just below Grossmünster’s present-day site, on the banks of the Limmat. So, in their honor, he founded a church here, some time between 770 and 810 AD. The current ...Read More