Baden, North West of Zurich along the Limmat river
"Ruined Stein Castle at Baden and over views."
It is possible to climb to the ruins of the Stein Castle from Baden Old Town, but it is easier to take the bus up the hill, stop at the Belvedere, have a coffee, take in the views and then walk down to the Castle.
Later walk down the semingly never ending steps to the Old Town.
The view while a little hazy does show the general location of Zurich, it is in the first valley that runs from left to right in the photo.
Way beyind one can see thesnow covered mountains that are the Alps. To the best of my knowledge, they are the ones in an arc from Mount Santis south warsds to Chur Firsten. The latter massif lies at the end of Zuricher See, towards Sargans.
"View from the Belvedere while having Coffee."
In the foreground high rise apartments on the south east side of Baden, looking towards Zurich
"The Limmat valley narrows flowing thru Baden."
The original Stein Castle was located on a high rock outcrop above the river Limmat. An excellent defensive position controlling the passge of people and goods along the Limmat from the Basel area to the Zurich area.
Across the river there is another hill, where this castle type building is located.Oterwise the forest on the hill lokks to have been there for many (hundreds? ) of years
My 1st stop in Swiss
After about 10hr sleepless flight from KL to Swiss, bringing along my little wish to see snowing.. I?ve finally touched down on the land of Baden! The weather is very cold, and for a person that has been living in a tropical country like Malaysia for the past 20 over years.. it has merely make my finger lost feelings.. :p
The first impression that Baden had given me, was it is a city. A clean and busy city even though it is still very early in the morning. This is the shopping street with lots of beautiful and creative things that I just wish I could have more time spending there. And, just a few minutes walk away there is the train station with a large supermarket and some bakery, shops that you could also spend time in.
"My first precious gift from Baden :)"
Being told that it was now the end of the winter season, and only able to see some snows that look abit "grey" lying on the road side has been a little disappointment.. But, perhaps my praying to God for allowing me to see snowing has finally touched the God.. :p
Wow! I couldn't have imagined that suddenly, I saw snowing outside the window of the apartment while I was having coffee. Although it is the snowing is so light and for just a few minutes, I've managed to grab the chance and taken this picture that with my precious little snow gift from Baden. ^o^
Walking up to the ruins of castle Stein
"To the ruins... finding the narrow alley"
which leads you up there.
Ok, once you've reached this point (see pic) everything is fine. But how do you get there?
Assuming you arrive to Baden by train from Zurich you already have been in some sort of touch with the ruins. The train enters Baden via the tunnel underneath the ruins.
Now head back towards Zurich (by foot) along the rails until you see the cinema Sterk on your left hand side and cross the street just after Sterk. Then turn left after having walked around the building. Now you should see the the old city gate.
All you need to do is to go through it an walk on some 40 meters and turn sharply to the right.... Voilà, there is the little narrow alley. Climb!
"Going on and on..."
Just make sure you have some fresh water on a hot summer day when climbing these stairs...
"... and on and on..."
just checking. look back and you'll see how fast you're gaining height.
"... and on and on...."
never mind the little voices in your head. Just go on and rest for a second if feeling dizzy.
Think of the fantastic pictures you will be able to shoot once you've reached the top...
"... and on and on..."
well, you know the drill!
"... and suddenly there's this..."
...light at the end of the tunnel
Hurray, you did it! ALMOST. = }
There are some last few steps after that tree on the left side (pic) leading to the very top.
Go tiger, go for it!
"Baden, the modern part"
Here you are, overlooking Baden. Down there is the railway station.
"Baden / Wettingen"
On the left side you see Baden and on the right side Wettingen, Switzerland's biggest village = Dorf.