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Zurich - Are the Gnomes on to a Good Thing?

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A March 2007 trip to Zurich by Krys T

Design Hotel Plattenhof Photo, Zurich, Switzerland More Photos
Quote: Time for another weekend break, and this time somewhere a little off the beaten city break track.

Zurich - Are the Gnomes on to a Good Thing?

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The Gnomes! Photo, Zurich, Switzerland
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Zurich may not seem like your standard destination, but we wanted to get away for a break, and I wanted to try somewhere different, easily accessible, and with the right flights. So, Zurich it was. And it turned out pretty well really, especially when you consider that I had no idea what to expect. Maybe that helped? As it was we had an enjoyable and varied four day stay - we ate well, walked a lot, and managed not to go bankrupt in the expensive shops! I did buy a watch though - well - where better than in Switzerland? Zurich would not have been half as good without the Zurich Card. This entitles you to free public transport, entry to over 40 museums and attractions, discounts on others, ...Read More

Design Hotel Plattenhof

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Hotel

Design Hotel Plattenhof Photo, Zurich, Switzerland
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Hotel Plattenhof is situated in the University quarter of Zurich, which whilst still pretty central, is a little quieter than some other areas. Due to the trams, the centre of Zurich is no distance away, and even on foot, it only takes 10 minutes to be in the middle of the city. We arrived in Zurich on a Thursday night, and following the clear instructions from their website we found the hotel easily. We checked in and were shown to our rooms. I had one of the "Standard" rooms on a corner of the building on the 4th floor (don't worry, there's a lift!) and my parents had a "Design" room on the 1st floor. ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 19, 2007

Design Hotel Plattenhof
Plattenstrasse 26
Zurich, Switzerland 8032
+41 (44) 251-1910

Zeughauskeller Restaurant

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Restaurant | "Zeughauskeller"

Zeughauskeller Restaurant Photo, Zurich, Switzerland
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OK, all checked in, time to go and find our first meal in Zurich. A quick check of the guide book brought up this place, so rather than dilly dally we headed off here. We strolled down Bahnhofstrasse and found it easily enough, thanks to signposts and then its illuminated sign, only to discover the place was heaving and people were queueing to get it. We were told a table for 3 would be about 15 minute, but as it turned out - it was more like 10. The restaurant has entrances on both sides - both queueing - but the staff are clearly well used to handling the demand, and this was peak-time. We wer...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on March 19, 2007

Zeughauskeller Restaurant
Bahnhofstrasse 28a near Paradeplatz
Zurich, Switzerland 8001
41 (44) 211 26 90

Bierhalle Kropf

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Restaurant

Bierhalle Kropf Photo, Zurich, Switzerland
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Bierhalle Kropf is another one that is in all the guidebooks, just like Zeughauskeller, which is just down the street.However, though it may be similar, it's definitely not the same. We popped in here for lunch on Friday, along with a great many working locals, and liked it so much we booked to return that evening. If all those local business men like it, then it must be good, and we didn't want to miss out!The restaurant is in one of the oldest burgher houses in town, near Paradeplatz. It has a one window frontage, but goes back a long way, from the low front room, to the ornately decorated main hall, and then through again to a stained glass sided room. It's all wood panelling, chand...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 20, 2007

Bierhalle Kropf
In Gassen 16
Zurich, Switzerland
01 221 1805

Weisser Wind

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Weisser Wind Photo, Zurich, Switzerland
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Having realised that places are often fully booked in Zurich, we booked a table here for Saturday night the night before. When we arrived it was quite quiet, which suited the plain and simple decor - cream walls, painted wooden panelled ceiling, with two large pillars in the middle of the room. The space is partially divided by elegant wooden coat racks which when full no doubt absorb noise too. We were shown to our table by the waiter, who proved to be a very friendly, helpful, not to mention informative chap.Apparently the building was first recorded in 1434. The restaurant was originally a brewery downstairs with living accommodation upstairs. The brewery moved elsewhere, an...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 20, 2007

Weisser Wind
Oberdorfstrasse 20
Zurich, Switzerland
+41 (44) 251 1845

Kronenhalle Restaurant

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Restaurant

Kronenhalle Restaurant Photo, Zurich, Switzerland
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Having read good things about Kronenhalle we tried to book a table for Saturday night. They could only fit us in at 6pm or 10pm... but as it turns out they're open on Sundays. What a great way to end our trip!We arrived on the dot on midday, to be welcomed by the Maitre D' and shown to our table. We were seated in the main room - decorated in a very classic style, with wooden panels, chandeliers, and art work. Only in this place, the art work here is real - we were sitting next to an early Braque. The tables were all classically set too - white linen, glasses, the works.The food here is NOT cheap, b...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 21, 2007

Kronenhalle Restaurant
Rämistrasse (Bellevue)
Zurich, Switzerland

Churches of Zurich

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The Grossmunster at night Photo, Zurich, Switzerland
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Zurich has 3 main churches in the centre, and we visited all 3 of them on our first day. First the Grossmünster. This cathedral stands in a little square at the junction of Oberdorf and Niederdorf, and faces northwest over the Limmat river. It was founded in the 9th century by Charlemagne and the current church was built in the 12th century. Its distinctive two towers can be seen from all over the city.At 10am it had only just opened so we were amongst the first visitors. This was great as it meant that we could climb the 187 steps to the top of the south tower and enjoy the views practically uninterrupted. Fabulous views over the whole of Zurich, hazily over to the Zuri...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 20, 2007

Uetliberg

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Attraction

Uetliberg Photo, Zurich, Switzerland
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One of the wonders of the Zurich Card is that it tempts you to do things you would maybe not otherwise do because they're included with the card. In this instance, this was a trip to the hill of Uetliberg - which is a 20 minute tram or train ride away. We took the train from HauptBahnof on the S10 line and enjoyed a very scenic ride out of the city. The track wiggles and curves its way up to the top of the hill, revealing a different view at every turn. Once deposited there, we walked up the Planet Path to the summit - a trail that shows models of the planets with the distances between them, all to scale. At the top of the hill is a hotel and restaurant, and also a 30 metre viewin...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 20, 2007

Uetliberg

Zurich, Switzerland

Kunsthaus Zurich Museum of Modern Art

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Attraction | "Kunsthaus Zürich"

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Every time we go on a city break, I have to go to a museum (or three!) - it's tradition. This time it had to be the Kunsthaus, reputedly Switzerland's finest gallery. Of course the fact that entry was free with the Zurich Card didn't do any harm either!Since much of any city tends to be closed on a Sunday morning, and the Kunsthaus is not, we saved it for our last day. Having had breakfast, we caught the tram down to the bay for a quick Sunday morning meander, before going back up to be there as it opened at 10am. We weren't the only people doing this, however, and even with the Zurich card we had to queu...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 21, 2007

Kunsthaus Zurich Museum of Modern Art
Heimplatz 1
Zurich, Switzerland
41 (0) 44 253 84 84