Lives in Paris, France
Since Jun 2011
35-49 year old female
I am an American mom of 4 boys. We currently live in Paris France. We are trying to travel and experience Europe while we live overseas. We have made it to Greece, Switzerland, Italy, Morocco, The United Kingdom, Germany, Sweden, Portugal, and Austria. We have more trips planned. For our adventures, here are links to my blogs. http://lifewithmy5guysinfrance.com/ https://fabulousfindsinparis.wordpress.com http://lifewithmy5guys.blogspot.co.uk/
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Points of Interest & Landmarks, Neighbourhoods
Speciality Museums, History Museums
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Points of Interest & Landmarks
Old Town can be full of surprises if you are willing to wander the little streets and alleyways. Spend the morning just 'getting lost,' and see what strikes your fancy!
Originally built in the 9th century, St. Peterskirche (or St. Peter's Church) is the oldest church in Zurich, although much of the current church dates back to 18th-century renovations. Still, you can see richly carved 15th-century choir stalls, and name of God written in Hebrew above the pulpit, which reflects the Protestant Reformation’s emphasis on original biblical languages. The church also has the distinction of having Europe's largest clock face. Its tower used to be used as a fire watch — perhaps this is why Zurich never had any massive fires that were common in other historic cities!
Located in Old Town, Bahnhofstrasse (of 'Station Street') is a glitzy promenade that runs from the main railway station to Lake Zurich. It's become famous as a shopping hub, where you can find fancy designer names, pastry shops, and more.
Bahnhofstrasse leads down to Lake Zurich, a lovely natural escape where you can go for a relaxing stroll, take a boat ride, or just relax and take in the beauty.
If you are looking for something other than the big fashion houses, feel free to explore the lovely neighborhood of Niederdorf. This is a lovely place to get lost, as the little alleys can hold some charming little shops.
Providing a great look at the history of Switzerland, the Swiss National Museum offers a Collections Gallery, antique Swiss Furniture, an Armory Tower, a diorama of the Battle of Murten, and large coin collection with pieces from the 14th, 15th, and 16th centuries.
When it comes to urban regeneration, Frau Gerolds gets it right. Situated in converted shipping containers, the shopping and dining complex is helping transform an industrial neighborhood into a vibrant community hub. But you'll find so much more than dining and shopping at this vibrant new institution. There is also public art, a garden, and a lovely terrace from which to enjoy some excellent views.
In 1993, brothers Markus and Daniel Freitag were on the quest for a waterproof, durable bag. They ended up creating their own, out of upcycled materials like from discarded tarps to seat belts, and FREITAG has since become a beacon of hip, eco-conscious fashion. It makes sense, then, that the company's flagship store should be a beacon in and of itself. Built with the company's R'n'R (recycling and recontextualization) motto in mind, the store is made up of 17 stacked freight containers. It's the tallest building in Zurich and the tallest shipping container building in the world, and what's inside is just as fascinating as the building itself. Here you'll find more than 1,500 uniquely designed bags, plus an observation deck offering some take-your-breath-away views.
Dadaism, the experimental art movement that blends art and absurd got its start in 1916 right here in Zurich. At Cabaret Voltaire, to be exact. Today this bar-cum-art space (which reopened in 2004) remains a place where artists and thinkers can gather to talk, explore art, or simply relax.
The Chinese Garden was a gift from Zurich’s Chinese sister city, Kunming, as a thank-you gift after Zurich helped Kunming expand its water system. Situated on the lake at the Zürichhorn, this lovely oasis is one of the top-ranked Chinese temple gardens outside of China.
While Zurich might seem an unlikely place to find a museum devoted to North America's native cultures, the Nordamerika Native Museum began as the private collection of Gottfried Hotz, and was acquired by the city in the 1960s. Today, it provides a fascinating glimpse into native American cultures, including many of Hotz's original artifacts and exhibits about contemporary living.
Museum Bellerive focuses on industrial design, visual communication, architecture, and craft. Especially notable is its a large poster collection that includes posters from the US and Russia.