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    Rigiblick

    by yumyum Written Oct 15, 2006

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    From Rigiblick you are supposed to have a view to Rigi mountain in central Switzerland on a clear day but that's not why I suggest you go there.

    Rigiblick is also a good starting point for a walk along the forest. You can have a tea or coffee or a snack in the restaurant Rigiblick before or after your walk. You could walk in 40 minutes to the Zoo station. It goes a bit uphill first and then to the right along the forest with nice views over the city. You can also do it the other way round.

    Restaurant Rigiblick top end station of the funicular funicular hiking sign posts

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    Fluntern

    by yumyum Updated Oct 15, 2006

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    This part of town is one of the best, where lots of well off people live. Needless to say, that it is on a hillside with evening sun.

    The 1st photo shows the oldest building in the center of Fluntern which was originally built before 1650. Later they wanted to redevelopp the area but protest from the citizens of Zurich was so fierce that they actually voted in 1963 to save it for good.

    The old church was inaugurated on 5th June 1763.

    oldest building in Fluntern old church Fluntern old church Fluntern big church Fluntern - view from tram on left in Fluntern and not in Swiss alps

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    Zürich by bike

    by Marmotte1 Updated Sep 28, 2006

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    You explore the city with a guide (tours in German and English), who takes you to the most wonderful places in Zürich.
    The guide knows the city and it's history very well and it is a very fun way to learn a lot about Zürich in a couple of hours.
    You shouldn't miss it!

    Day tour :
    from Friday to Sunday at 10:30 am.
    No booking necessary.
    MEETING POINT: tram station «Opernhaus», Tram Nr. 2 / 4
    DURATION: 2 1/2 hours
    COST: CHF 25.- per person. CHF 17.- for students (incl. bike rental)

    Night tour :
    Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 pm.
    Please book in advance for this tour.
    MEETING POINT: main train station by track 18
    DURATION: 2 1/2 hours
    COST: CHF 25.- per person. CHF 17.- for students (incl. bike rental)

    TIPPING IN SWITZERLAND IS NOT A MUST, BUT IT'S NICE TO LEAVE A FEW FRANKS IF YOU WERE HAPPY WITH THE SERVICE PROVIDED BY THE TOUR GUIDE.

    Season ends on the 1st of October.

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    Zürich's Fountains

    by Dyesebel Updated Sep 15, 2006

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    There are more than 1,000 fountains through out Zürich.For many many years,it was served as source of public water but now these ornamental drinking fountains are both tourist attractions and to serve the purpose.

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    Planespotting#1

    by barbskie Updated Sep 14, 2006

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    Time is always short during your travels. There are many things to do and to see. Museums there, parks at the other end, shopping and so on and so fort. But there are travelers who love plane spottings, closer as they can, either during takeoffs or landings. Also most visited by many photographers from in and out of the country.
    No opening hours and no charges. Just be sure to catch the right time and get some great captions or some delights for your eyes only.
    Usually, bigger fleets are arriving shortly before 7 in the morning till about 9 and about 1 in the afternoon till about 3. We used to bring our friends here and Heliport Grill area.. A little kiosk is also there to serve your thirst and hunger.
    Toilet for 1CHF available
    Small menus of food and drinks are right there in front of you.
    Both these areas have parking spaces.
    Ask for more infos at your hotel desk or ask directly and arrange it to any taxi drivers to bring you there.

    Oberglatterstrasse spotting area

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    FIFA Headquarters

    by pakistanibrain Written Jul 17, 2006

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    FIFA, the world's football organization had its headquarters on a small hill in Zurich which I visited in December 2005. There is a nice view over the city from there, but the place itself is not easy to find if you are new to Zurich.

    However in May 2006 FIFA has moved to a new building in Zurich and I don't know whether the old building that I visited still exists or not. The place was really nice though.

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    Botanical Garden

    by Dyesebel Updated Jun 4, 2006

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    Botanical Garden brings you on a journey to summery realms.It has 3 different Greenhouses, a Subtropical,the plants here are mainly from Australia and Southafrica.Tropical,the plants are from Asia and Savannah,the plants are from Africa.It's really worth visiting.

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    Albis walks/The longer trail

    by barbskie Written May 17, 2006

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    A moderate and very rewarding walks(about 5 hrs) from Uetliberg along the rim of the Albis chain . Further on you'll enjoy views on both sides: Zurich, the lake and into the mountain range of the Innerswiss. There are seven Restaurants along the way namely: Gmuetliberg, Uto Kulm, Uto Staffel, Restaurant Felsenegg, Rest. Buchenegg, Rest Chnusperhüsli and Rest Albis.
    The trail begins from the train station Uetliberg (at Gmuetliberg Restaurant). Walk uphill to Uto Kulm(viewing platform) passing through the Planet Walks. At the right side of the outside terrace take the steps down and follow the marked signs to the direction Felsenegg, Albis Pass till The lake of Türler(Türlersee). Don't miss the roundabout walk around the lake( ca. 1 hr). Then take the Postauto back to Zurich(Bus stop Türlersee). After this, i think you have done a good job!

    Albis Pass ticket: CHF 15.80(day fare)

    Steps from the tower down to Uto Staffel active feet!

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    Botanical Gardens

    by barbskie Updated May 7, 2006

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    A university maintained botanical garden founded in 1833. The gardens offer a variety of exotic plants mostly grown in a bubble green house, biotopes and impressive trees. A haven for nature lovers and for those who love to walk. Always worth visiting within city limits.

    Green Houses(Botanical Gardens)

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    Mount Titlis and Lucerne trip

    by Arianasarah866 Written Feb 26, 2006

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    Take the coach trip from Sihlquai to Mount Titlis, Engelberg and Lucerne. At the time we did it it was 135CHF each. The coach is comfy and spacious. There is a tour guide accompanying you in English. The drive there is lovely and the views of the alps are great! It took about over and hour to get to Mount Titlis in Engelberg. Beware, the leaflet makes it sound like a 45 minute ride in the rotair gondola. This is not true! You will take 3 cable cars to climb the 10000ft to the top. The first is a normal small one, the second a large full cable car (you will not be able to see unless you are very lucky) and the third is the rotair (about 5 minutes). Still, the views are stunning. The place is packed with skiiers. Wear sensible shoes. Sounds obvious but I watched 2 americans sliding everywhere in the lumpy ice with heels. And it is very cold!
    Inside the glacier was very pretty. You can also go on a tire slide and a chair lift at the top.

    After the mountain you are driven to Lucerne which I much preferre to Zurich itself. Yes there are more tourists there, but the place is very pretty. Lovely bakery next to where the bus stops and reasonable prices too!

    Do take drinks and food with you as you can buy food but you need to have time and if you want to try everything on the mountain you will not have time to eat.

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    City tour

    by Arianasarah866 Written Feb 26, 2006

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    We took the city tour on the trolley bus. A 2 hour tour roughly with 2 stops for photos one at the lake and one at the churches. Beware the driver clearly has a deal with a chocolate shop. There are more in Zurich just as nice! The trolley bus was fine and the tour is in many languages through headphones. It is a little bumpy in the back and cold in winter so wrap up! You do see all the main sights of Zurich though so it is worth it.

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    Johann Caspar Lavater

    by bugalugs Updated Nov 13, 2005

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    Johann Caspar Lavater, a theologan and writer, was born on 15th November 1741 in Zurich. He was ordained into the clergy in 1762. He became a deacon at the Orphanage Church in Zurich. He died on 2nd January 1802 in Zurich.

    This was his house and it was here that he was also visited by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe who was a writer and poet.

    Lavater House
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    James Joyce

    by bugalugs Updated Nov 13, 2005

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    It was here that Joyce wrote much of Ulysses. He had returned here in December 1940 fleeing the German occupation in France. But soon after his return he became ill and died on 13th January 1941. He is buired in Fluntern Cemetary quite near to the zoological gardens.

    9 Augustinerstrasse is where the James Joyce Foundation is situated and was established in 1985. In a pub called Jury's Hotel, in Dublin, was where Joyce was familiar in his youth. When the hotel was to be demolished, the Victorian interior was auctioned off and brought to Zurich and placed in the James Joyce Pub in Pelikanstrasse in 1978. Admirers of Joyce decided to then start the James Joyce Foundation.

    Opening times are Monday - Friday 9am - 5pm. Also by appointment

    Plaque on James Joyce House
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    A bit of culture

    by bugalugs Updated Nov 13, 2005

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    James Joyce a writer was born in Dublin on 2nd Gebruary 1882. He lived in Zurich from 1915-1919 with his wife Nora. This was during the first world war and he gave private lessons to provide an income.

    They left Zurich after WWI but returned many times during the 1930's.

    James Joyce Corner
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    Lenin

    by bugalugs Updated Nov 13, 2005

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    The plaque on the building where Lenin lived. The house was then owner by a cobber named Titus Kammerer. It was from here that Lenin returned to Russia in April 1917 to lead the revolution.

    Spiegelgasse is a very narrow lane at the point where it meets Munstergasse. We had tried to find it and walked past it continually and kept on missing it.

    Placque on Lenins House
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