Zurich Journals

A Flying Visit to Zurich

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A travel journal to Zurich by frangliz

Lake Zurich, Switzerland Photo, Zurich, Switzerland More Photos
Quote: Zurich is a city that seems to have everything, and even in twenty-four hours I was able to enjoy the lake, the river, the beautiful old churches, the cafes and restaurants. It is well worth a visit.

Lake Zurich

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Attraction | "Boating in Zurich"

Lake Zurich, Switzerland Photo, Zurich, Switzerland
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My recent visit to Zurich was so brief that I had to choose between a boat trip on Lake Zurich and a train ride up the Uetliberg mountain. My son and his partner had, before my arrival, made a trip to Lake Lucerne and Mount Pilatus, so they insisted I make the choice. Although I have always been a lover of land rather than a lover of water, I picked the trip on the lake. It may have had something to do with the heat and the idea that the air might be fresher on the water, but I certainly didn't regret my decision.Lake Zurich extends thirty-nine kilometres from the city of Zurich, which is at its northernmost point. From there it is drained by the River Limmat. The lake covers an area of ab...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 7, 2009

A Guide to Zurich

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Cityspots Zurich Photo, Zurich, Switzerland
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Having planned a short trip to Zurich, I scanned the shelves of my small local library for guide books and found just one on Switzerland. I decided to see if Amazon had any specifically for Zurich and again found only one: Cityspots Zurich. It hadn't yet been rated but seemed worth ordering.The book is divided into five main sections, Introducing Zurich, Making the Most of Zurich, The City of Zurich, Out of Town and Practical Information. There is an index at the end, but maps are interspersed at appropriate places. Plenty of colour illustrations give a feel for the place even if some of them are quite small.I didn't read much of the introduction, although I was interested to f...Read More

Twenty-Four Hours in Zurich

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Lake Zurich, Switzerland Photo, Zurich, Switzerland
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My first experience of the city of Zurich was the central railway station, or Hauptbahnhof, and it did not endear me to it. I arrived on a train from the airport at an underground platform and was to meet my son and his partner somewhere on the station, but I didn't know where. I decided to follow the signs for those who wanted to catch a bus or a tram, but ended up in a street to one side. Going back inside the station, I was surprised how crowded it was; it was just after 5pm, but apparently it's always packed with people. I headed for the main entrance past an open market. I thought I'd better ring my son to see where they were waiting, but there was a man playing an accordion and I didn't think I ...Read More

Helmhaus Swiss Q Hotel

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Hotel | "Peace and Quiet in Central Zurich"

Helmhaus Swiss Q Hotel Photo, Zurich, Switzerland
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Helmhaus Swiss Q Hotel is one of the hotels in Zurich offered by Expedia in their flight plus hotel deals, and this is how we discovered it. Whilst not the cheapest option, its central location meant we could save both time and money travelling to and from the city. What's more, breakfast is included in the price. I booked a single room for one night only. I cannot comment on how easy it is to book the hotel directly, as our reservations were made through Expedia. The hotel reception has two armchairs and a coffee table with a bowl of sweets. The desk is manned twenty-four hours a day. I followed my son and his partner into the hotel, as they had been there for two nights and just needed t...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 30, 2009

Helmhaus Swiss Q Hotel
SCHIFFLAENDE 30
Zurich, Switzerland
41 1 2518810

Cafe Wuhre, Zurich

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Restaurant | "Lunch by the River Limmat"

Cafe Wuhre, Zurich Photo, Zurich, Switzerland
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Situated on the west bank of the River Limmat in Zurich with tables outside, Cafe Wuhre is an ideal place to have lunch on a warm sunny day such as it was at the time of my visit. It was around 1.30pm and notices on the tables advertised lunch from 11am to 2pm only, so we thought we had better check that it was not too late. We asked a middle-aged waitress inside the cafe if she spoke English, but she indicated to us to wait and beckoned a younger waitress. When the younger one came over she told us that we were indeed in time for lunch. We went outside again and found that a table right beside the river had just been vacated, so we sat ourselves down right away. The tables are actually small round on...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 30, 2009

Zeughauskeller Restaurant

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Restaurant | "The Best Wurst in Zurich?"

Zeughauskeller Restaurant Photo, Zurich, Switzerland
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The Zeughauskeller would not normally be my first choice of restaurant, but it didn't seem right to go, say, to an Italian restaurant in Zurich when I can so easily do so at home. It seemed more appropriate to go to a place that had traditional Swiss/German food along with the atmosphere. The Zeughauskeller is a reasonably priced eaterie situated on the famous Bahnhofstrasse, the street that runs from the central railway station down to Lake Zurich.We arrived around 7pm to find that all the outside tables were already occupied and a queue was rapidly forming at the door. It was difficult to see the menu without disturbing people at a particular table, but we soon found another just in the ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 31, 2009

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