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Zurich

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  • Day21

    Zonked in Zurich

    September 16 in Switzerland ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

    Well my readers, we have finally reached the last stage - a one-night stand in Zurich before we head back across the pond. We have worn ourselves out and are finding it hard to put one foot in front of the other. The highlight so far was when our hotel room attendant gave us about 20 Swiss chocolate squares which we immediately scarfed down: still no energy!

    We did manage to get out to explore the old town, another amazing jumble of medieval streets replete with tiny shops (mostly selling watches and jewellery) and restaurants.

    Interesting fact. There are 1,224 fountains scattered throughout the city of Zurich. Stadt Zurich employs a whole team of people whose job it is to inspect and check up on the quality of the water in the drinking fountains – and to make sure it is fit to drink at all times. Number one on the list is the Amazonenbrunnen which was the first supplied by spring water and which dates back to 1430. No need to buy bottled water here or anywhere in Switzerland. So, Charlyne, there was no problem with Owen drinking the water out of the fountain in Bern (but, thank you for your concern😀😀).
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  • Day4

    Google Zurich

    May 15 in Switzerland ⋅ ⛅ 50 °F

    Problems with the sat nav not recognising a main road being closed made me very late meeting Andrew at his office in Zurich Centre. We had a lovely meal followed by an extensive tour of Google which employs over 2000 people. It is a truely amazing place. It must be great fun working there.

  • Day18

    840

    September 15 in Switzerland ⋅ ⛅ 79 °F

    Well, after 1350 kilometers (which sounds more impressive than 840 miles ;-) ), I made it to Zürich, Switzerland.

    Finishing a bike tour alone in a foreign country is a little strange. Nobody knows what I just accomplished, or cares.

    Not that I do it for people to be impressed, but it's a little anti-climactic to spend many, many days thinking of this moment, and then you get to your hostel and they're just like, "ok, here is your key."

    Well *I* know what I did. And it was crazy. I have climbed SEVEN THOUSAND FEET in the past few days. I have descended almost the same amount, on steep, thrilling and terrifying downhills. My legs hurt from climbing. My hands hurt from braking. I don't have any Swiss money, so today I got by on some gas station coffee and snacks for 44 miles, since most small local places don't let you charge and grocery stores are closed on Sundays.

    I am in Switzerland, so when I finally arrived and settled in, I ate cheese for dinner (specifically raclette - cheese melted over things) and had chocolate for dessert (ice cream) and I didn't really know what else to do with myself, so I went for a short bike ride to see the things. Of course.

    Lake Zurich, it turns out, isn't just a Chicago suburb, but an actual Lake, in Zurich, Switzerland. There are lots of swans, and the snowy-peaked alps can be seen in the distance.

    Tomorrow I take a train back to Germany to like, actually vacation for a few days before going back to work. I averaged 62 miles a day on this trip, carting my 100lb bike and gear. My body needs a break.

    I'm going to be filling in everything from the past few hundred miles tonight. More beauty to come.
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  • Day2

    The fast train to Switzerland

    June 5, 2018 in Switzerland ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    After a fairly comfortable night’s sleep in my cell, and a good shower, I took advantage of the Clink continental breakfast - a snip at £2 (only £1 if I had booked the night before - drat!). Somewhat surprisingly, porridge was not on the menu.

    A grey morning and a short walk led me to St Pancras International. What a magnificent Victorian Station - to think it was once earmarked for demolition. A smooth check-in and I was soon on board the 0922 Eurostar to Paris. With Standard Premier Class you get (another) continental breakfast, served by pleasant uniformed attendants reminiscent of air hostesses. After a stop at Ashford, Kent, the conductor announced we would shortly be entering the Channel Tunnel. How exciting! Although I have been fortunate enough to travel by Eurostar on a few occasions, it never ceases to amaze me when, after only 20 minutes in the tunnel, you suddenly emerge into the French countryside.

    On arrival at the gargantuan Paris Gare du Nord station, I took the Metro two stops to the Gare du Lyon. Regrettably I didn’t have time for lunch at the magnificent Le Train Bleu restaurant, created for the Exposition Universelle in 1900. Ah well, maybe next time. I had to make do with a Croque Monsieur from the Buffet Car as I boarded the 1423 TGV-Lyria express to Switzerland. Leaving the grey, graffiti daubed suburbs of Paris behind, the train soon entered rural France, and the mist lifted and the sun shone throughout the afternoon. The flat, patchwork fields gave way to the lovely tree-lined gorges of Burgundy as we passed through Dijon (no stopping for mustard!), and on to Basle, Switzerland where I had to change trains for the last hour of the journey to Zürich. A very pleasant, smooth trip.

    Three very pucker elderly English ladies across the compartment from me commented on how they enjoyed train travel. ‘But I wouldn’t do what Margot did’ said the eldest. ‘She went right across Russia herself on the Trans Siberian. But then she’s not afraid of anything. Did you notice she’s got her head completely shaved?’ (And after a pause). ‘Strange she never married’.

    Casa Heinrich in Zürich was a pleasant guest house, 10 minutes walk from the station. There is no reception and you use a code to gain entry. Had a walk round the lovely old Altstadt this evening and had a tasty meal of whole roast pork knuckle (sorry, Betty) washed down with local beer. The place was like an old fashioned Germanic beer keller - the young blond waiter looked like he had just stepped out of a poster for Hitler youth, and all that was missing was Ann Blyth belting out operetta hits while balancing frothy beer steins on her bosom. Legend has it that Wilhelm Tell’s crossbow was kept here.

    A lovely stroll to the lakeside finished off a very pleasant evening. Zürich really is a most attractive place to visit.
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  • Day50

    Getting to Zurich

    September 9 in Switzerland ⋅ ⛅ 12 °C

    Inter city train travel is quite a pleasant way to go as long as you don't have suitcases. I'm very glad we didn't bring our big one. Some trains have narrow doors and a few steep steps to test your agility and strength, both of which some days just don't work. Perhaps it's the lack of a good coffee in the morning. Once aboard, you have to find somewhere to stow them. The overhead shelves seem to be getting higher or perhaps the suitcases are getting heavier. Some trains have a small luggage space with shelves and it's usually only the top shelf that is vacant.

    This is our last intercity rail journey. Fortunately, this train had a gentle step to negotiate. We were second onto our carriage, the lady ahead used the prime bottom shelf but second shelf was adequate for both our suitcases and we easily found good seats so this was probably the easiest boarding of all. Time now to sit back and enjoy the Swiss scenery.
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  • Day13

    Hit the brakes

    September 2, 2016 in Switzerland ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    Much to my delight we rolled upon a random bike repair shop (that was open) right on the track... My back brakes were in much need of replacement... The lovely guy put my bike on straight away and changed the brakes, and did a quick tune. I was so so happy!! (Hence why it gets its own post...Sucks to not have brakes on some of the hills we have done)Read more

  • Day3

    Der Zürichsee - Bürkliterrasse

    December 30, 2018 in Switzerland ⋅ ⛅ 4 °C

    Vom Paradeplatz sind wir direkt zum Zürichsee. Der Zürichsee ist unglaublich schön, trotz Wolkendecke und schmuddeligen Wetter. Wir haben länger den Anblick des Sees genossen und auch hier ist das gegenüberliegende Ufer nur minimal sichtbar. Der Hauptzufluss des Zürichsees ist die Linth, der Hauptabfluss aus dem Zürichsee in der Stadt Zürich ist die Limmat. Der See ist 88,17 km² groß. Die größte Ausdehnung der Lange beträgt 42 Kilometer, in der Breite 3,85 Kilometer. Der tiefste Punkt ist 136 Meter tief. Seit 1952 schmückt die Ganymed-Skulptur die Bürkliterrasse. In der Mythologie wird der “schöne Jüngling“ von Zeus in den Olymp entführt. Sowohl der Bodensee, als auch der Zürichsee sind wunderschöne Seen, die wir in diesem Urlaub sehen durften. Von der Bürkliterrasse sind wir zum Hotel losgegangen. Wir haben jedoch einen kleinen Umweg in Kauf genommen, um etwas am See entlang zu spazieren. Der Umweg hat sich definitiv gelohnt!Read more

  • Day3

    Wunderschöne Architektur

    December 30, 2018 in Switzerland ⋅ ⛅ 4 °C

    Am See entlang sind wir zum Arboretum, einen Park am Zürichsee. Auf dem Weg sind wir auf dieses unglaublich wunderschöne & riesige Gebäude gestoßen. Meiner Meinung nach ein Meisterwerk der Architektur. Was für einen Hintergrund dieses Bauwerk hat, konnte ich leider nicht rausfinden. Inzwischen befinden sich darin Wohnung, die sicherlich unbezahlbar sind. Es sollte definitiv mehr solche Gebäude geben. Ein sehr schöner Anblick!Read more

  • Day3

    Arboretum - Auszeit am Zürichsee

    December 30, 2018 in Switzerland ⋅ ⛅ 4 °C

    Angekommen im Arboretum konnten wir nochmal einen Blick auf den wunderschönen See werfen und eine kurze Auszeit genießen. Die Parkanlage wurde auf einem ebenen, dem See abgerungenen Gelände angelegt und war ursprünglich als Ort für die botanische Weiterbildung gedacht. Heute wird das Arboretum hauptsächlich als Freizeitanlage sowie im Sommer als Badeanlage verwendet. Der Park ist ein super grüner Fleck am See für diese tolle Stadt. Es ist immer toll, wenn Städte auf Parkanlagen Wert legen, damit man dem Stress der Stadt entkommen kann.Read more

You might also know this place by the following names:

Kanton Zürich, Kanton Zurich, Zürich, Zurich, ZH, كانتون زيوريخ, Zurigo, 취리히 주, Turitg

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