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1. Posted by hennaonthetrek (Full Member 144 posts) 2w Star this if you like it!

My method got busted..
We are going for an short visit to Zürich in February.
Usually I start my planning with google photo search, find something interesting and go on from there. This time all I get is the river Limmat (and day trips to Alps but we don't have time for that I am afraid..)
Swiss National Museum looked interesting but we have time to do something more too..Reason of our trip is to go see one of my favourite bands in Hallenstadion but we have one day to do some sightseeing also..So the big question is..... What would you do if you were me?

2. Posted by leics2 (Travel Guru 970 posts) 2w 1 Star this if you like it!

The Swiss National Museum is interesting.....and quite big...but it was last on my list when I visited Zurich.

The Zurich things I did before that museum, in no particular order:

1. The Wasserkiche (1200s), the Romanesque Grossmunster (also 1200s) and the Fraumunster (foundations date back to 9th century) which has 5 beautiful stained-glass windows created by Marc Chagall.

2. Wander the old town (both sides of the river): apart from the ancient buildings there are still lots of interesting Medieval buildings and narrow streets to see including the much-photographed Augustinerstrasse with its flags and the remains of the Roman fort of Lindenhof.

3. Take the Polybahn funicular to the observation spot (Polyterrasse). It has excellent views over the city and (weather permitting) to the mountains.

Then walk to Zurich University's Archaeologische Sammlung (Archaeological Collection) on Ramistrasse. As well as pieces of original ancient art it's crammed with what may be largest collection of plaster castings of ancient Greek & Roman statuary, some of which are not historically important in themselves. I found it absolutely fascinating....and it's free. :-) https://www.zuerich.com/en/visit/culture/archaeological-collection

4. If time & weather allow, take a boat trip. I went the full length of the lake to lovely Rapperswil then took the train back (the 9 o'clock pass covered boat & train) but there are lots of other possibilties:

Boat trips & timetables: https://www.zsg.ch/en/

9 o'clock pass: https://www.zvv.ch/zvv/en/travelcards-and-tickets/tickets/9-oclock-daypass.html

5. If the weather is decent take the train up Uetliberg, Zurich's 'mountain'. Fantastic views from the top, pleasant walks and a cafe/restaurant. Trains leave from the Hauptbahnhof roughly every 30 minutes. Times & fares on the official Swiss railway website: https://www.sbb.ch/en/home.html

There's loads of interest in Zurich and imo it's easy to fill a day....but if it really doesn't appeal Luzern/Lucerne is an easy daytrip by train. It's much more tourist-focused but has more visible history & historical sites, including its two Medieval covered bridges, its painted buildings and the Lowendenkmal lion.

Hope that helps. :-)

[ Edit: Edited on 04-Oct-2019, 07:12 GMT by leics2 ]

3. Posted by ToonSarah (Travel Guru 1033 posts) 2w 1 Star this if you like it!

I echo leics' ideas about the Grossmünster and Fraumünster. Near the latter is a cloister with some fascinating murals showing scenes from the city's history and legends (see my blog for images: https://toonsarah.travellerspoint.com/104/)

I also recommend the Polyterrasse and the Lindenhof for views, and I agree that the boat trip to Rapperswil is worth doing, if the weather is good (again in my blog: https://toonsarah.travellerspoint.com/100/).

If you'd rather get out of the city, it's possible to do a rather mad trip taking in three countries in a single day! I know I'm over-promoting my own stuff (pace mods ) but again I have a blog entry about how we did that: https://toonsarah.travellerspoint.com/102/

4. Posted by hennaonthetrek (Full Member 144 posts) 2w Star this if you like it!

Thanks leics2, it was helpful! Especially Polybahn/ Polyterasse and Uetliberg got me intrested :)

Nicely advertised Sarah!
Ah, you had an VT meet in Zurich! And great weather too, I am jealous!
I am intrigued about the 3 countries visit, but I am afraid that it might be maybe too ambitious..We don't have much "air" in our itinerary, our plain is at Zurich on Sunday evening, Monday evening is the concert, Tuesday are "free" and Wednesday morning we head back to home..

Boat ride sounds also nice, I just hope that the weather is OK, my interested seems to be quite outdoorsy this time :)

5. Posted by littlesam1 (Budding Member 73 posts) 2w Star this if you like it!

There is a small mountain just above Zurich. There is a local train that will take you to the station at the mountain. It's named Uetilberg. There is a small paved trail from the station to the top of the hill. Not more than a five or ten minute walk. You can have views of the entire city of Zurich and lots of photo ops. There is a beautiful restaurant overlooking the valley there on the peak. I've been to Zurich twice and have visited Uetilberg each time.

Lots to see and do in Zurich. It's a fascinating city. And I was at the VT meeting with Sarah. And like Sarah I also have a blog entry here all about Uetilberg

https://littlesam1.travellerspoint.com/27/

6. Posted by hennaonthetrek (Full Member 144 posts) 2w 1 Star this if you like it!

Larry, I have actually been waiting if you were going to suggest something, I were remembering that Switzerland is one of your favorite places.
I already read your blog entry ;)
I am hoping that the weather would permit to visit the restaurant by foot, I don't know what kind of winters they have in Zurich...

7. Posted by road to roam (Travel Guru 359 posts) 2w Star this if you like it!

I love going to concerts as I travel - music is a passion. Henna, if you don't mind me asking, what band are you going to see?

8. Posted by hennaonthetrek (Full Member 144 posts) 2w Star this if you like it!

I don't mind at all, we might even have an similar taste in music :)
I have been waiting for this European tour for an while so I am so excited about it! We are going to see Five Finger Death Punch, do you know them?

9. Posted by road to roam (Travel Guru 359 posts) 2w Star this if you like it!

Indeed - I am a huge metal fan as well. I usually listen to a more dark-style, or doom metal, but FFDP has always had this nice, structured (IMO) musical style I usually don't quite hear in the sub-genres of metal they fall under. They've always surprised me though and I really like them, too.

Enjoy the show in February and have a great time in Zurich!

[ Edit: Edited on 04-Oct-2019, 22:39 GMT by road to roam ]

10. Posted by hennaonthetrek (Full Member 144 posts) 2w Star this if you like it!

Even if they do quite much covers FFPD got me hooked :)
Thanks Jerry! I am sure we will :)
I thought that this would be a perfect "excuse" to do some travelling! ;)