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New Years Day 2010! Need ideas/tips

by miclev21

Hello to all!

My friends and I have a '8' hour layover in Zurich on our way back to the US from India on the 1st.

I read some things online that it is possible to do a sweep of the city with this amount of time!

However, it being NYD; what should be concerned with? Public transport/etc?

Thoughts on the best way to go about it???

Thanks@!!!!

Re: New Years Day 2010! Need ideas/tips

by roosli9

First of all ask at the airport about the immigrations rules. There will be an information desk.

From the airport to the city center the train takes about 12 minutes. There will be enough connections on the NYD (6 trains per hour). A return ticket, which includes bus and trams in the city center, cost about 12 USD (1 USD = 1 CHF) Ask at the info desk of SBB (Swiss Railway), close to the station.

It will be cold (compared to India) as you know that from New York, so have a warm jacket with you.

Make a city tour by bus. Maybe ask before at what time they start with the tour, because your time will be limited.
http://www.zuerich.com/en/page.cfm/excursions/individuals/zuerich_city/zuerich_city_x

Re: New Years Day 2010! Need ideas/tips

by eurocampbells

Yes, its possible but remember everything will be closed for the holiday. The mall under the main station (HB) will be open.

Travel Tips for Zürich

there used to be (more) cows

by picek

I was looking for cows for whose Zurich is (was?) famous for sometimes by the end of last century and it's not an easy thing to find - and especially if you don't know where they are now, so I almost gave up trying; but then I saw one from the window of a building in a street towards Le Courbuiser Centre in a street called Hoeschasse when we walked from tram stration towards the park (in that case, the building will be one your right side so pay attention to content behind windows, and the cow is behind large glass so it's not impossible to miss it unless it will be moved).

The entry hall was not locked (it's some smaller official or semi-official building that had a cow) so I entered and the cow is not life-size, but still.... it was good one. I wish I knew where were other cows gone, but reading bits on that subject, mostly were sold off by auction and money was used for humanitarian purposes. So, they're gone into private archives or buildings worldwide, treated like a rare piece of art which is good as it will have them preserved (for those who have them). Unfortunatelly nowsadays a wider collection of Zurich cows can be seen on postcards only.

There is more you can read about that interesting art project if you use search machines on web, write 'cow parade Zurich' and it will give you a lot of material to read, including other cities that are involved.

One such US based sites is here: http://www.cowparade.com/

Have a break

by Erkmen

After walking along the Bahnhof street and touring in front ofthe lake, we felt cold.. And need a sheler to rest for some time..

We have walked to the left from the Burkli platz.. Which was the water front of lake zurich, passed the Quai bridge and reached the Bellevue platz.. Just behind the utoQuai, we have seen a known cafe and though a good stop..

Dont know why but I like this starbucks.... And we had a rest in the starbuck near the lake zurich.. As well as I know there are two starbucks in Zurich.. One is to the beginning of Niederdorf and the other to the end..

Sechseläuten

by Fam_Stoica

This Zurich spring custom (3rd Monday of April) got its unusual name from the 14th century custom of ringing a Grossmünster bell at six o'clock in the evening to proclaim the end of the summer semester working day. The first ringing of the bell provided a good opportunity for a small springtime celebration.

Over the last century, this and other aspects have evolved into the present day custom. The prelude is the children's parade on Sunday afternoon, when the children march through the city in historical costumes on loan from the organizing committee, or in imaginative costumes of their own making. The Böögg, a snowman made of wadding, accompanies them as a hint of the spectacular proceedings to come the next day. On Monday afternoon, generally the 3rd Monday in April, the members of all the twentyfive guilds proceed through the flag bedecked city, wearing historical costumes and accompanied by various bands.

Until the end of the 18th century, the guilds were associations of craftsmen who participated in governing the city. Since then, they have only carried out social functions, of which Sechseläuten is perhaps the most colorful. At six in the evening, everything converges on Sechselautenplatz at Bellevue, on the shore of Lake Zurich. There the Böögg, or snowman, symbol of the wintertime of which everyone is weary, awaits his fiery and explosive end. Groups on horseback, representing some of the guilds, gallop around him to the music of the Sechseläuten march, an old hunting march, until the Böögg finally explodes. The quicker his symbolic end occurs, the sooner the longawaited spring comes. In the evening, the guilds visit one another in their guildhouses, where jovial, witty speeches are given. Many of the old guildhouses are located on the banks of the Limmat River, where such visits could previously be made by boat.

Heierling :/ Ski + Sportschuhe

by Toyin

The only, and most popular sport here id Skiing! There are shops and cntres all over Davos, for one to buy equipments for this sport. Though they are expensive,you tend to get the best quality for your money.

Fluntern cemetery

by picek

It is one of the famous cemeteries in Zurich and its setting had been perfectly chosen - among the large trees of forest edge by foot of the hill, in quiet suburb of Fluntern, within almost unspoiled natural landscape, accessible by tram line no. 6 (its last station is Zoo).
We had a thick fog when we were visiting, but it was okay as it has its melancholic feel, kind of. Famous men stay in the ground of Swiss soil here forever, among them - James Joyce with his wife and children.

Open:
1. March - 30. April: 7 am - 7 pm
1. May - 31. August: 7 am - 8 pm
1. September - 2. November: 7 am - 7 pm
3. November - 28. February: 8 am - 5 pm

See the map by the entry gates for location of graves (including list of famous people here).

The easiest is to get there by tram: get to the tram no. 6 (see closest location from the city centre on map), ride till last station Zoo. It can be done by bike through pleasant neighbourhoods, but beware - it's hilly terrain as you'll approach closer to ZOO (and Fluntern).

About 100 meters further you will get to ZOO, supposedly one of the best ones in the world.

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