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    Lindenhof views

    by picek Updated Feb 15, 2011

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    Good spot to relax in park, to get some catchy views over Limmat, to get away from the busy streets... makes for nice photo session with some parts of Zurich behind your back, or just for taking rest under trees on this little hill upon the city, Lindenhof, whose traces of inhabitation can be found in ancient history, since Romans, whom used this place first (one may notice the replica of the Roman tomb by the side in the corridor before reaching the 'peak'). Untill today it remains significant green area of pocket size whose importance is both historic and cultural. Sound of sparkling water from the fountain, pigeon drinking from, kids playing around, others sitting on benches or just taking walk in this secluded shelter... it makes good sense for visit not only for the views.

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    Limmatplatz - tram station views

    by picek Updated Feb 15, 2011

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    We stayed at this tram station (tram stop) for some time while waiting for a tram to the place in 'our district', on a holiday night, after midnight sometime - I wouldn't probably have come here if we weren't around with our friend who lives in Zurich, who knows where are right stations and how the night time travel works and so you by 'accident' get to meet some interesting modern creations and architecture - and you will find it a lot in Zurich; this tram station at Limmatplatz is fine example that good architecture design (combined with good functionality) can be applied at such public places shared with any user. One can notice the difference between ordinary and creative - it makes for a better value of the public areas.

    I loved trees and skyline (whether dark or day) are inseparable 'part' of that building, how expressive their messages shared with users and viewers - an organic within geometric, live among stable construction, man-made vs 'natural'... I guess everyone has its own story what she sees in it and its many interpretations are thrilling component of a quite simple, everyday thing - a tram stop.

    I am open for more suggestions from people who will read this tip to point me into directions where there are more such creative, functional public places within your own city.

    the tree as integral part of architecture sorry for the light!
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    The Prime Tower

    by barbskie Updated Jan 5, 2011

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    Prime Tower an octagon-shaped building and considered the tallest building in Switzerland stands with its 126 meter high. Has over 40,000 m2 rentable area thus make it one of the largest office buildings. Thanks to its incomparable design by the famous Gigon/Guyer architects, it will become the landmark of Zurich West, the new Zurich business and a booming district where trendsetters and creative individuals gather, where new and established companies are taking up residence, where building is on a large scale – designed by architects with a global reputation.

    The Prime Tower occupies a markedly centralposition, ten minutes to the airport,
    the Hardbrücke railway station is on one side of the tower, while the motorway access
    road is on the other.

    The entire project comprises:
    two annex buildings, the Cubus and the Diagonal, constructed directly next to the PTB.
    Urban apartments are built in the immediate vicinity, along with a park, a hotel and a range of buildings for cultural, educational and entertainment purposes and the Platform, an impressive horizontal counterpart to the Prime Tower. This is the seven-storey commercial building adjacent to the railway track designed with a triangular ground plan occupying an area of 6,600 square metres. The centre of the building is formed by a spacious atrium with light streaming in from above. The ground floor is intended to house public facilities such as shops, a restaurant, cafeteria and an auditorium plus the logistics area for deliveries.

    According to the media release last December, the project completion is scheduled this spring 2011. The occupancy rate already reaches to 85 %. The first tenants will move in summer and the hospitality zone and the conference center is open in November.

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    Train Station Stadelhofen

    by HORSCHECK Updated Nov 28, 2010

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    The Train Station Stadelhofen (Bahnhof Stadelhofen) was rebuilt in 1990 by the Spanish star architect Santiago Calatrava who also designed buildings in Toronto, Valencia and Malmö.

    He integrated the late Classicism station building from 1894 into his modern art architecture consisting of steel girders and concrete pillars.

    Directions:
    The Train Station Stadelhofen can be found near the Bellevue square, just south of Zurich's city centre.

    Address: Bahnhof Stadelhofen, Stadelhoferstr. 10, Zurich

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    Train Station Zurich Enge

    by HORSCHECK Written Nov 28, 2010

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    The history of the Train Station Zurich Enge (Bahnhof Ende) dates back to 1875, although the current building was constructed between 1925 and 1927.

    The architects of this monumental granite building were the brothers Otto and Werner Pfister. The building consists of two arcades and a well-worth seeing inner courtyard with an atrium.

    Directions:
    The Train Station Zurich Ende is located southwest of the city centre, at the square Tessinerplatz, where also a tram stop can be found (line 6, 7 and 13).

    Address:: Train Station Zurich Enge, Tessinerplatz 10, 8002 Zurich

    Train Station Zurich Enge Train Station Zurich Enge: Atrium
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    St. Jakob Church

    by HORSCHECK Updated Nov 28, 2010

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    The St. Jakob Church was constructed between 1899 and 1901 in the style of the German neo-Renaissance.

    Its 80 m tall tower dominates Zurich's Aussersihl district. It is an open church, which since 1997 is also the contact point for pilgrims.

    Directions:
    The St. Jakob Church can be found in the street Stauffacher Strasse on the left side of the river Sihl. The nearest tram stop is "Stauffacher" (lines 2, 3, 8, 9, 14).

    Address:: St. Jakob Church, Stauffacher Str. 34, 8004 Zurich

    Website: http://www.offener-st-jakob.ch/

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    Lake cruising: Greifensee

    by barbskie Updated Nov 27, 2010

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    A good deal to enjoy nature and just relax with some refreshments or snacks. It is an hour cruise from Maur, Fällanden,Greifensee, Niederuster, Mönchaltorf and back to Maur. No hassles, tickets can be purchased during the trip.
    Price: (CHF):
    Roundtrip:
    Adult 13.00
    Kinder 6.50 and Halbtax-Abonnement 6.50
    Accessible from Zurich city with Tram No. 3 to Klusplatz, then Bus No. 747 to Maur port.

    Maur church Castle of Greifensee
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    Kreuzkirche

    by HORSCHECK Updated Nov 27, 2010

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    The protestant Church of the Holy Cross (Kreuzkirche) was built between 1902 and 1905. The building has a big cuppola and is a mix of various architectural styles from Classicism to Art Nouveau.

    The church is surrounded by a little green park with benches from where you can enjoy a nice view of the town.

    Directions:
    The Church of the Holy Cross is located at Dolderstrasse 60 in Zurich's district of Hottingen, which is situated about 2,5 km east of the city centre. The nearest tram stop is "Römerhof" (lines 3, 8 and 15).

    Address: Kreuzkirche, Dolderstrasse 60, 8032 Zurich

    Website: http://www.kreuzkirche.ch/

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    Little handgraft-market

    by Turska Updated Sep 5, 2010

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    I don´t know how often this is here, but it was at least at saturday-morning in June.
    They were just putting everything on the tables, so we didn´t see all the things were sold, but it was mostly handmade. (or at least it looked like that..)

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    See the swans!

    by Turska Updated Sep 5, 2010

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    I think it was so funny to see so many swans at Zürich ! It is our (Finlands) national bird, but I have never seen as many at the same time, as I saw in here, at river Limmat.
    Also some wild ducks swimming with them.
    And by the way: This is free ! ;)

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    University museums

    by german_eagle Written Aug 3, 2010

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    The University also hosts some interesting museums. I only had time for two of them: the Museum of the History of Medicine and the Zoological museum. The latter is exciting for kids in particular: quite a lot of (dead) animals are on display, they have special exhibits also. I noticed - due to school holidays I guess - that a lot of families with little kids had fun there. Definitely a place to keep your kids entertained on a visit to Zürich.

    The Museum of the History of Medicine, however, is maybe not exactly exciting for the kids. But definitely for adults! They have the original interior of an apothecary from about 1750 from Cologne on display - and the room it is in was Albert Einstein's office! The exhibit tells the history of diseases from the black death to AIDS, shows how the job of a medical doctor has changed over the century ... and much more.

    The University museums don't charge an entrance fee. Closed on Mondays and weekday mornings.

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    Museum of Design (Museum für Gestaltung)

    by Nemorino Updated Jun 23, 2010

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    Photos:
    1. One of the many posters on display
    2. Museum of Design in the rain

    Unfortunately I arrived just a day or two too late to see their big "World Design" exhibition that I had heard good things about, so I had to make do with an exhibit of Swiss advertising posters, many of which I had seen 'in the wild', so to speak, in earlier years, so they didn't seem historic to me but just outdated.

    One that I hadn't seen was the AIDS poster in the first photo, featuring a wholesome-looking young rural lady from the French-speaking part of Switzerland with two Swiss cows and chalet behind her and a condom pulled innocently over her thumb. The text: "Sans? Sans moi." Meaning "Without? Without me." And in the lower right hand corner: STOP SIDA with a condom for the O in STOP. In French and several other languages SIDA is the abbreviation for AIDS. In French it stands for Syndrome de l'ImmunoDéficience Acquise; in English Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome.

    Another poster on display is so new that I saw it just a few months earlier in the Zürich main station. It's the one on banking and cheese secrecy that I showed in a Local Customs tip from February 2010.

    Ironically, the Museum of Design is in a poorly designed building (second photo), but this building has the advantage that it also houses the Zurich University of the Arts, so there are usually some interesting young arty types lounging around the cafeteria.

    1. One of the many posters on display 2. Museum of Design in the rain
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    Museum Bärengasse

    by Nemorino Written Jun 23, 2010

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    This small museum near the center of Zürich used to be a "Museum of Domestic Life" containing exhibitions of Zurich domestic interiors of the 17th and 18th centuries. It also used to house a doll museum.

    These earlier displays have now been phased out, and the museum currently has changing exhibitions on a variety of subjects.

    The one I really wanted to see (but missed) was about the composer Richard Wagner and the years he spent in Zürich from 1849 to 1858.

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    At Night

    by jorgec25 Written Mar 17, 2010

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    The area between the Fraumünster and the Grossmünster is impressive at night.

    There's always a large concentration of tourists and cameras. But it's quite understandable. It the place and time where the City shines the most.

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    Cruise around the lake

    by jorgec25 Written Mar 17, 2010

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    I took one of the several cruises available for a trip around the Lake.

    That would have been a better option if the weather helped a bit more. Still, despite the cold and grey skies, it's a nice way to relax and enjoy some nice views of the lake.

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