Türler's clock Zurich Reviews
An amazing piece of clock maker arts Dec 29, 2008
I went to see the Türler's clock after heaving read a short note about it in a Zurich travel guide. There, it didn't seem to be that spectacular, though seeing it was recommended by the author.
Well, I should be disabused after all, because the clock definitely IS spectacular. At first glance it's only a big, beautiful, golden clock. But with the knowledge, what this thing is capable of, you'll realize, why it's in the Guiness book of records.
The Türler's clock is exhibited in the Türler shop, whose former owner had built it together with some other specalists in the mid 90's. It's completely gold plated and consists of five parts:
The first one shows the time not only in hours, minutes and so on, but also the Weekday, month, year, century and millenium
The second one represents our galaxy and the current position of all the planets
The third one shows the current position and relation between the earth, moon and sun. So you can see it, when there's a sun eclipse at the moment.
The fourth one shows the position of sun and moon regarding the Paradeplatz in Zurich. It doesn't only show the position concerning sunrise and sunset, but also the height of sun and moon.
The fifth part is the most sensational. It shows the earth with the zodiac, the stars, the sun and the other planets and the Platon's year, which lasts about 26,000 (!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!) years.
The shop is closed all day from inside, but someone will let you in. At first I felt a bit awkward to enter this sophisticated and expesive shop just to gape at this clock. But the staff was very welcoming and I even was explained the mechanism and got some leaflets about it.
Part of the Last Swiss remains of Christmas travel blog
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