Many pointed spires pierce the skyline of old Zürich, but this rounded tower is the most unusual. In fact, it is an astronomical observatory known as Urania Sternwarte, the oldest in Switzerland. It was built in 1899 and rises 51 metres. Modern lights nowadays diminish the ability to see the stars, so the observatory is better used as a bar, the Jules Verne.
The abbey church at Einsiedeln is worth a visit if you are staying nearby. There is a wealth of history about monks and christian worship on this site. A benedictine monk, Meinrad, chose this site as a retreat in the 8th century. Subsequently robbed and murdered by bandits, the site became a recluse for centuries.
The inside of the abbey is well worth time and energy exploring, the shops at the front I'm not so sure about.
Located by Lake, the Zürich Opera House was built in 1891 as a replacement to an older theatre destroyed by fire. It opened with a performance of Lohengrin, by Wagner, and until 1964 was known as Stadttheater. The flamboyant Belle Epoque design - the work of the architects, Fellner and Helmer - is sometimes described as neo-Baroque, and sometimes as Rococo. Either way, it does have a Neoclassical façade, decorated with bust sculptures of Wagner, Mozart and others. The Opera House was extensively restored in the 1980s and is thought to be one of the world's best venues for opera.
Located by the River Limmat, this church is known as Wasserkirche, or "Water Church". It is located between two of the city's most important churches, Grossmünster and Fraumünster, on what was once an island in the river, before it was joined to the right bank of the Limmat in the 19th century. The exact location is thought to be the site of the death of the patron saints of the city, Felix and Regula. The existing Gothic structure dates from a 15th century construction, but the church itself was first built as early as the 10th century AD. During the Reformation, the church was closed down and later turned into a public library, which became part of the University of Zürich. The building adjacent to the northern side, known as Helmhaus and nowadays part of the same structure, was originally built in the 13th century as the courthouse of Zürich. The exisiting structure, however, dates from an 18th century reconstruction.
The Johann Jacobs Museum for the Cultural History of Coffee is closed for renovation as of 2010, but plans to re-open in 2011.
The museum's website claims that coffee "is not only the second most important commodity in world trade (after petroleum), but the most widely consumed beverage of all in western Europe, ahead of both beer and wine."
It also says that coffee "is harvested from around 15,000,000,000 trees" and that over 25 million people have jobs in coffee cultivation.
When it re-opens, the museum plans to have a permanent exhibition showing "the geographical advance and the growing popularity of coffee, as well as its social significance, from the 17th century to the present day."
The Johann Jacobs Museum belongs to the Jacobs Foundation, which was founded by Klaus Johann Jacobs (1936-2008), the heir and longtime General Manager of the Jacobs coffee company.
Evidently Klaus Johann Jacobs was also an opera fan, since he became a member of the Board of Directors of the Zürich Opera House in 2003 and was also a board member of the Association of the Friends of Bayreuth.
1. Museum Bellerive
2. Paper clothes
3. Pop art on paper clothes
4. Pap(i)er fashion
This attractive museum belongs to the Museum of Design (previous tip) and is used for exhibitions of handicrafts and applied arts. The house was built as a private residence for a wealthy textile manufacturer in 1931.
When I was there in 2010 they were showing an exhibition called "Pap(i)er Fashion", documenting a trend from the 1960s and 70s which I must admit I had completely forgotten about, if I ever noticed it in the first place. Designers at that time evidently started making disposable clothes out of paper or paper-like materials.
While admitting that "this trend continued only for a few years", the museum text said that paper clothes "helped the fashion industry to create clever, disposable clothes for the fashion-conscious."
Politicians also used these paper clothes for campaign photos and slogans. You could get a dress or shirt reading "Nixon for President", for example.
This is an impressive edifice situated in the middle of the Paradeplatz in Zürich.
The wonderful building was made in the year 1876, by the famous architect Jakob Friedrich Wanner.
The house is a very important point in the centre of the city, and a symbol for the financial live from here.
At the ground floor of the building there is a commercial passage with a lot of boutiques, a restaurant and a “Lichthof”, a famous atrium with a special colour light, in the middle of the building.
Head for Walensee for this great space for alpine activity. We went in the summer and did a leisurely cable ride to the top and a combination of toboggan and cable car back down. at the top of the cable cars is a restaurant for food and drink. This is a great place to explore or have a go at the activities. This is an absolute must family activity. There is quite a spectacular mountain bike ride down hill which looks a tad scary for me.
What I noticed about this place compared to others in Switzerland is that it was much more quiet than others. Great fun and great views. I love the sense of peace that I get from simply looking at the green pastures and hearing the cow bells in Switzerland. This is one of my favorite locations.
This 48m tower belongs to the Urania Observatory. The main telescope allows magnifications of up to 600 times. Schools and groups of over 10 persons are kindly asked to reserve tours in advance. You can also simply drop by to enjoy a drink and the fabulous views from what is Zürich's tallest bar
Summer: Tue-Sat 9pm-11pm; Sun-Mon closed - in clear weather only
Winter: Tue-Sat 8pm-10pm; Sun-Mon closed - in clear weather only
The Observatory is opened again after the renovations.......starting on the 5th of May 2007
This is an observatory tower erected in the 19th century. While still used it is better known for the bar that occupies the top floor.
The bar has a great view of Zurich and is a nice place to unwind after a day of expensive shopping on Banhofstrasse.
What to do during bad weather if you are in Zurich? Take time to go out of the town for a change and go to the cinema, watch an action or a comedy film and dine afterwards...or just hang around with a good drinks? Yes, it is possible here in PATHE DIETLIKON . For Mexican food lovers is DESPERADO RESTAURANT a good deal.
Witches.........i think they're known to everyone.....i know them in my former fairy tale books.....and in reality! This house is filled with surprises and staffed with Swiss witches, the Chnusperhüsli (literally means- Crispy Hut). These witches are very active in the evening. Great for special occasions. So if you want to surprise somebody in an unusual way, here's the place . It is very popular, so booking is a must.
What do you do on a dark evening when you take Dolderbahn and you rise into thick fog covering the slopes of the hill with dense woods upon Zurich? You thought you'll be going up to get the views of entire Zurich panorama by night, the situation in city below was good then - but as you were rising to higher elevations with a railway (what cute that Dolderbahn is! A must try, despite weather condition, the ride is something special itself.), the views got lost - and best you could see is some 10 meters further.
From what poor sight suggested, this is probably the Beverly Hills of Zurich, with expensive estates as well as expensive limos roaming the othewise deserted road, surrounded by woods, all very quiet with almost no traffic.
Then, why not taking a view of the ice skating ring once you find large Kunsteisbahn? I'd be glad to try the field if I had my ice skating shoes - should have planned this before travel to Zurich, because I don't like the smell of rented ones. The ice ring looks great, the music played, there's plenty of space and it wasn't very crowded then (the mini ice ring in city by the National museum was altogether different story, but hey, you'll go there with kids... ). Its location is plus and we were thinking to go back to city walking, but then again - it was a bit late, we didn't have sense of orientation in this area due fog and it was the place we saw for first time and without map, so the time was not right to experiment.
We took Dolderbahn back to Roemerhof - platz and then tram to centre.
See their webiste for current prices, openinc hours and other things about the place. And enjoy ice skating!
A question about how this building functions from the users point, from inside, remained unanswered since there was nobody I could ask or test myself because 'Centre Le Corbusire' was closed. It is (almost entierly) transparent house, also known as Heidi Weber Museum, with plenty of glass and natural light, for the use of which in architecture Le Corbusier is famous for (among his theories and materialized visions of functionalism). Life, content in the building is on display, it feels like a stage where action is revealed to observer - and as it was meant as exhibition place, the symbolic is obvious. All geometric, cubic, with strong graphic expression, absent of detail - as signature of the movemnt of that time. This is the architecture to visit, if only to see it in the context of (immediate) environment to which it belongs - which is fabulous in many ways.
The web site says this is the last designed building by Le Corbusier, which was completed in 1967 (see for more details on the site if you're interested).
It's the architecture that suggest many interpretations and therefore this is another reason why to visit.
Museum of Gestaltung Zurich is the place to go to get a glimpse of what is happening in the creative edges of the contemporary society with current exhibitions; the museum building is in the Austellungsstrasse 60, in the newer end of the city centre, it takes a light, short walk from the Hauptbanhof by Limmat river shore, or among the buildings, whichever you prefer (or do both; or avoid walking and ride a tram).
At time of our visit they exhibited latest design achievements of Swiss creators and award winning projects - from textile design and fashion, till everyday use objects and photography, video and graphic design. All congested in separate smaller sections of the main show room in a museum that isn't too large - depends how much time you're ready to dedicate, but you can spend a few good hours in the house exploring the aspects of creativity.
Upper floor has more secluded room with intimate atmosphere, favorable for smaller exhibitons, again it can be very good theme that can make you stay some time. Other separated room in the first floor had a small exhibition of landscape architecture and architecture projects that were awarded recently - one for each field.
So, altogether at least three rooms for various exhibitions - a list of current you can see from their web site (as well as detail information on fees, location, etc, etc...).
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