Day one; Zurich here we are!

Zurich Travel Blog

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Thank you, glad to be here.

Finally we have arrived in Zurich! And what a difference it is compared to Geneva. Geneva airport was very up to date, even modern, in the 1960’s. Anyone who flies to Switzerland for the first time in his life should fly directly to Zurich airport. Here you are truly welcomed to Switzerland. Although I have to admit, at Geneva airport you instantly know you have arrived in ‘La Suisse’ because no matter which direction you look, a watch advertisement is shouting at you.

You know you're in Switzerland
However, Zurich airport is a beautiful, truly modern day airport where a well-paid crew of architects really came up with something good, both aesthetically and logistically. They combined it with the famous Swiss Efficiency; it is only a short walk from the plane to the luggage belt but as soon as we reached it, our suitcases came rolling by. No more then twelve minutes passed by between the moment we landed and the moment we got in to a taxi to take us to our hotel.

 

We checked in to ‘hotel du theatre’ Seilergraben 69, Centralplatz CH-8001 Zurich and asked for three quiet rooms. All of our rooms were on the main street side, however. Although double-glazed, we could still hear the sounds of the street.

The famous warehouse Globus
We decided not to make a big fuss about it since it was only for one night. We freshened up and met twenty minutes later in the lobby. We went for a walk through the town centre. As you may know from previous my blogs, I’m an architecture lover and a bit of a photographer. I also like to take life at a slow pace. I walk a bit, stop, have a good look around and maybe take a picture. I talk to people I meet in the street and I really take the time to take in life as it comes, in the moment. My sister, whom I love dearly, couldn’t be more different from me. She walks in a high pace. Only glances at building, says “that’s nice” and than hurries along. My sister also has other interests than I do. In her high pace, she went straight for the main shopping street ‘Bahnhofstrasse’ to gaze at the windows. Walking around through the centre, my sister also found it necessary to go shopping in Globus, a famous local warehouse. It is the Harrods of Zurich and ‘not my cup of tea’. The abundance, the extreme wealth, the ‘over the top’ while elsewhere in the world people murder for a slice of moulded bread… Nevertheless, as it is late November, the city prepares for Christmas.
the food at Cantina
There are lights everywhere and shop windows are decorated glamorously.

 

By the fresh air and all of this walking around, we worked up an appetite. In surge of a place to eat, we walked in a street parallel to the river on the “grossemünster” side. The street (Niederdorfstrasse) housed a lot of Italian restaurants. So many in fact, it looked like we were in the Italian quarter. In the end, we picked ‘la Cantina’. I can recommend this restaurant to anyone who goes to Zurich. We were treated to effective and very friendly service. Our waiter spoke three languages. The quality of the food was excellent, honest Italian kitchen. After dinner we walked back to the hotel for an early night in. It had been early morning and an eventful day so enough was enough. It was time for bed.

Sweetski says:
Although the weather can be quite in May, I would bring a warm coat if I were you. It's going to be a lot colder than Indonesia :D

I'm glad you enjoy reading my blogs Arianna. I enjoyed writing them :)
Posted on: Sep 25, 2011
arianna88 says:
as i plan to go to Switzerland for my 1st time, i do enjoy your blogs ..
Posted on: Sep 24, 2011
Chokk says:
When I was walking for the rental cars in Zurich airport I felt like I was walking and walking. It is a nice airport but there signs are not that good. The could do better:)
Posted on: Jan 20, 2008
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Thank you, glad to be here.
Thank you, glad to be here.
You know youre in Switzerland
You know you're in Switzerland
The famous warehouse Globus
The famous warehouse Globus
the food at Cantina
the food at Cantina
Somewhere between Geneva and Züri…
Somewhere between Geneva and Zür…
Somewhere between Geneva and Züri…
Somewhere between Geneva and Zür…
Somewhere between Geneva and Züri…
Somewhere between Geneva and Zür…
The eagle has landed
The eagle has landed
Zürich airport
Zürich airport
Zürich airport
Zürich airport
Zürich airport
Zürich airport
Zürich airport
Zürich airport
Zürich airport
Zürich airport
Zürich airport
Zürich airport
Sign in taxi. Kloten in Dutch me…
Sign in taxi. "Kloten" in Dutch m…
Tram to take you in to the hills s…
Tram to take you in to the hills …
Our hotel
Our hotel
View to the left from hotel
View to the left from hotel
View to the right from hotel
View to the right from hotel
View to the left from hotel
View to the left from hotel
Lights in hotel hallway, with thea…
Lights in hotel hallway, with the…
Lights in hotel hallway, with thea…
Lights in hotel hallway, with the…
Lights in hotel hallway, with thea…
Lights in hotel hallway, with the…
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Works on gas pipes were going on …
Does it disappear into someones l…
Does it disappear into someone's …
the hills surrounding Zürich
the hills surrounding Zürich
the hills surrounding Zürich
the hills surrounding Zürich
Me in Globus
Me in Globus
Drunken pigeons
Drunken pigeons
The famous warehous
The famous warehous
Statue in front of Globus
Statue in front of Globus
Christmas is only a month away
Christmas is only a month away
Christmas is only a month away
Christmas is only a month away
It is Switzerland alright
It is Switzerland alright
And where does it go? No one knows.
And where does it go? No one knows.
the glass elevator of the hotel
the glass elevator of the hotel
in my hotel room
in my hotel room
At Globus
At Globus
Zürich in the twilight
Zürich in the twilight
Zürich is getting ready for chris…
Zürich is getting ready for chri…
Zürich is getting ready for chris…
Zürich is getting ready for chri…
Zürich in the twilight
Zürich in the twilight
Zürich by night
Zürich by night
Cantina
Cantina
the food at Cantina
the food at Cantina
Zürich by night
Zürich by night
Zürich by night
Zürich by night
Zürich by night
Zürich by night
Zürich by night
Zürich by night
Zürich in the twilight
Zürich in the twilight
The shop on the left is devoted to…
The shop on the left is devoted t…
the schnapss shop
the schnapss shop
mural painting
mural painting
Zürich by night
Zürich by night
Zurich
photo by: Sweetski