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A January 2002 trip to Switzerland by zabelle

Hotel Engel Photo, Dornach, Switzerland More Photos
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It's not All about Cheese

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Overview

Romantik Hotel Engel Photo, Switzerland, Europe
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We made our base in Dornach, which is about 10 Kilometers south of Basel on the road to Delemont. From here all of Northern Switzerland was within easy reach. We spent a day in Fribourg, half a day in Basel and several hours in both Zurich and Winterthur. We had only three days to see everything we wanted to see and we exceded our expectations. The Oskar Reinhart Collection was the highlight of our visit. It is beyond imagination that this is one man's personal collection. The Art Museums in Zurich and Basel have nothing to be ashamed of either. The visit to Fribourg was a change of pace. We took the back road to get there and I was on a gene...Read More

Hotel Engel

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Hotel

Hotel Engel Photo, Dornach, Switzerland
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This hotel is a member of the Romantik hotel group and has a very convenient location about 10K south of Basle. It was an easy 10 minute downhill walk to the tram station, there were however, buses that passed right by the hotel with a stop right down the hill by the Catholic Church. The hotel has its own parking garage and you walk up a ramp and into the lower level of the hotel where you can take the elevator to the lobby. We had 3 rooms here since the prices made it affordable for Joe and Bob each to have their own space. The rooms are attractive but not fancy. The furniture was painted and reminded me of Shaker style. We had a large wardrobe, a small table with tw...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 6, 2002

Hotel Engel
Hauptstrasse 22
Dornach, Switzerland 4143

Hotel Engel Restaurant

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Restaurant

Hotel Engel Restaurant Photo, Dornach, Switzerland
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I would suggest that, if you plan to eat at the hotel, you make reservations before you arrive. This is a very popular place with the locals. We were unable to get a seat in the dining room but they did find us a table in the bar area. While this is attractive with a big ceramic stove it was noisy and there was a lot of smoking going on around us. We were a little disappointed to find that the menu was entirely in German. We can manage a few words on a menu but we were afraid to order totally blindly. Our waiter drafed a young man to come in and translate for us. He did a wonderful job but the translations left us with few details; for example, Al ordered a fish meal that was described...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 6, 2002

Hotel Engel Restaurant
Huapstrasse 22
Dornach, Switzerland
41 61 - 705 04 04

Restaurant Gempenturm

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Restaurant

Restaurant Gempenturm Photo, Switzerland, Europe
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I wanted fondue while we were in Switzerland and our breakfast waitress Monica suggested this restaurant. She had worked there and said the fondue was the best, the old fashioned kind, none of the stuff they dress up for tourists. She even called and made the reservation for us. Just go up the hill past the hotel she said and at the end of the village of Gempen you will see signs. Look for the green tower. What she forgot to mention is the trip to Gempen was 5 or 6 miles straight up with hairpin curves every few feet. And yes above us we could see the green tower lit like a neon beacon. A white knuckle ride, to be sure.This is no tourist trap. No tourist could find it! Even after you g...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 6, 2002

Restaurant Gempenturm
Gempenturmstrasse 15
Gempen, Switzerland
061 701 51 50

Oskar Reinhart Collection

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Attraction

Oskar Reinhart Collection Photo, Winterthur, Switzerland
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If you are only going to visit one museum in the world it might just have to be this one. It is hard to believe that one man could amass a collection like this especially in the 20th century. It is housed in his home ''Am Romerholz" and part of the adventure is finding it. It is not well signposted until you get quite close to it. Thank you to the man at the gas station who spoke no English but managed to tell us in sign language how many lights, turns and underpasses to go through. We still laugh when we say blinky, blinky, picture your hands doing blinky (traffic light). He was so nice and his directions were perfect.The house itself is quite attractive and unfortunately photography w...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 7, 2002

Oskar Reinhart Collection
Haldenstrasse 95
Winterthur, Switzerland
61 41 52 269 27 40

Kunstmuseum Basel

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Kunstmuseum Basel Photo, Basel, Switzerland
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This is not the easiest museum to navigate. It has long narrow galleries and lots of artificial lighting. You enter the main gallery through an exhibit of engravings.This is not to be confused with a very extensive special exhibit of the work of Urs Graf which is in an area by itself. This museum has 22 Holbeins. Its just unbelieveable. Most of them are in 2 rooms and it is a stunning display. There are 2 very good portraits of Erasmus and a last supper wood panel of extraordinary beauty. Now if you've read any of my art museum write ups you will know that I love Cranach, Brueghel and Joos Van Cleeve and they are all represented here. The Cranachs are a pair of portraits of Martin Luth...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 11, 2002

Kunstmuseum Basel
St. Alban-Graben 16
Basel, Switzerland 4010
+41 61 206 62 62

Kunsthaus Zurich Museum of Modern Art

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Kunsthaus Zurich Museum of Modern Art Photo, Zurich, Switzerland
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The main reason we came into Zurich to the art museum was to see their Rembrandt. It wasn't until after we had paid our 10Fr that we found out it was not out, there was a special exhibit in its place. We were very disappointed but what the heck, after you've paid your fee and checked your coat you might as well enjoy the museum.The building itself was originally built in 1910 but has undergone extensive renovations since then and is again in the process of major work. There was scaffolding all over outside. Luckily it didn't obscure the fine Rodin sculpture that adorns the exterior.This is a confusing museum and the setup makes no sense at all. There are multi levels ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 8, 2002

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

Art and History Museum (Musee d'Art et d'Histoire)

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Art and History Museum (Musee d'Art et d'Histoire) Photo, Fribourg, Switzerland
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This certainly is both an art and a history museum; however, when we were there the art section was closed. So for us it was a history museum with a few pieces of art in it. The first gallery that we entered was filled with religous art. Early 15th and 16th century statues and panels. They covered the usual topics, the Last Judgement and the Life of the Virgin. Unfortunately, none of the write-ups were in English so I had to translate for my husband. Luckily Fribourg is in the French speaking part of Switzerland. The second gallery had some even earlier religous art, 14th-century sculptures, very early stained glass. Following this there were five or six more similar rooms. Now as you ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 12, 2002

Art and History Museum (Musee d'Art et d'Histoire)
Rue De Morat 12
Fribourg, Switzerland