A cold gloomy day as we left Shanghai for Europe where Kent had business. Arrived in cold gloomy Zürich, Switzerland and caught the shuttle van to the Park Inn by Radisson Hotel near the airport.
Sunday, February 24, 2013
We had a free day to explore Zürich, the largest city in Switzerland. A ten-minute walk brought us to the local train station to catch the S5 into the city. Arrived at the Hauptbahnhof/Main railway station (1871):
We took a tram up Bahnhofstrasse to Paradeplatz:
Zunfthaus zur Waag/Guild House of the Scales (c1315):
A water fountain for people and dogs:
Münsterplatz is the Fraumünster/Church of Our Lady (rebuilt 1250):
Below is a view of of the choir where there are five stained glass windows (installed 1970) by Marc Chagall:
Stadthaus/City Reception Hall (1884):
Grossmünster/Great Church (inaugurated 1220) spires:
On the north tower, there is Heinrich Bullinger:
Bronze doors (1935) by Otto Münch:
Sculpture “Porte de l’Enfer/Gate of Hell” (1880-1917) by Auguste Rodin:
A tram took us from the Kunsthaus to Römerhofplatz where we caught the Dolderbahn:
We had a light lunch in the lobby where tea is served in the afternoon:
Swiss public toilets (to contrast with Chinese public toilets!):
Wasserkirche/Water Church (reconstructed 1486):
Zunfthaus zur Zimmerleuten/Guild House of Carpenters:
Rüden/Guild House of Nobility:
(Chroicocephalus philadelphia/Bonaparte's Gull)
Zunfthaus zur Kambel/former Zunfthaus zur Haue/Guild House of the Axe:
Oriel window with salt merchant coats of arms:
A bust of Lenin in a shop window on Spiegelgasse:
Filming on Spiegelgasse:
View from Lindenhof, site of a former Roman castle:
The stairs were supposed to feature art by Philippe Decreuzat:
The entire "field:"
The restaurant as it is known today was established in 1925 by Hulda & Gottlieb Zumsteg.
Kronenhalle Geschnetzeltes/Sliced veal in cream sauce with Rösti/Potato pancake:
A perfect ending for a day in Switzerland!