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Birding Opps: Info for our birding friends. In and near Zurich you can see these species: black kite, alpine swift, red-crested pochard, great bittern and yellow-legged gull.
The Bird Forum (birdforum.net/opus/Zurich) has helpful information on birding sites and species to look for.
Here are your Birding Pals (birdingpal.org/Switzerland.htm) to help you find the best birding areas in and near Zurich as well as other Swiss areas.
Grape Experience – The primary grape grown for Swiss wine is chasselas which is a little like Riesling, neither sweet nor dry. Most of the vineyards are located in the Lake Geneva area. Production is low and very little is exported.
Transportation: This is the site for all of your public transit info (stadt-zuerich.ch/vbz/en/index.secure.html).
Shopping: We recommend the Schweizer Heimatwerk Genossenschaft, Industriestrasse 6, for handicrafts that are made mainly in Swiss workshops and studios and feature the highest quality, functionality and outstanding design.
Business Information: Here is help in regard to your business: (zuerich.ch/content/zh/en/index.html). A bit strange, but there isn’t a banking museum in Zurich, or it’s a secret.
Exchange Rates (http://www.x-rates.com/
Day One: The best place to begin your Mini-Holiday tour of Zurich is the Swiss National Museum – Tu-Su: 10-5, Th: till 7, Schweizerisches Nationalmuseum Landesmuseum Zürich Museumstrasse 2, 41 (0)44 218 65 11
Three museums – the National Museum Zurich, the Castle of Prangins and the Forum of Swiss History Schwyz – as well as the collections centre in Affoltern am Albis – are united under the umbrella of the Swiss National Museum (SNM).
The permanent exhibitions at the museums present Swiss history from its beginnings to the present, and give an insight into Swiss identities and the rich tapestry of the country’s history and culture.
Another way to look at the Swiss psyche is a visit to the Museum of Design – Tu-Su: 10-5, W: till 8, Ausstellungsstrasse 60, 41 43 446 44 67
The museum is the sole institution in Switzerland that, from 1875 onwards, has collected posters, graphic design, and objects that represent every day design alongside more artistically ambitious design culture.
The four collections—Poster Collection, Design Collection, Applied Art Collection and Graphics Collection—boast a number of significant works from the history of aesthetic and technical development of the industrialized age.
The collection of models, teaching materials, and manuals for craft and design education that the museum developed over the years culminated in 1987 with the establishment of the Design Collection.
Lunch is at Veltliner Keller – L & D: M-F, Schlüsselgasse 8, 41 44 225 40 40
Start with the cream of mushroom soup or the salad. Then the scallop of veal with calvados, pasta and broccoli or the sea bass filet with potatoes and spinach.
The Domaine Laroche, Saint Martin Chablis is a perfect match.
Take time to smell the flowers at the Botanical Garden – Mar-Sept: M-F: 7-7, Sa, Su: 8-6, Oct-Feb: M-F: 8-6, Sa,Su: 8-5, Botanical Garden University of Zurich Zollikerstr. 107, 044 634 84 61
The Botanical Garden was opened in 1977 in the park of the former Villa “Schönau”. Its show houses and various plant areas are now a laboratory for science, a refuse for some endangered plant species and a green oasis of tranquility at the heart of Zurich.
In the botanical garden they maintain about 9,000 different species of plants from different climatic zones of the world.
Your final stop before dinner is the Zurich Toy Museum – M-F: 2-5, Sa: 1-5, Sammlung Franz Carl Weber Fortunagasse 15, 044 211 9305
This collection of European playthings from the 18th to the beginning of the 20th century is found in one of the oldest corners of Zurich.
Toys that mirror in miniature the life of the respective eras: trains and steam engines bear witness to the technical revolution, dolls and their costumes illustrate fashion trends and doll houses show the domestic life of earlier generations.
Pewter figures, antique games, wooden toys, children’s books and stoves – everything that belongs to the theme of toys is found in this museum.
The Alpenrose – L: W-F, D: W-Su, Fabrikstrasse 12, 41 44 271 39 19 is your choice for dinner because they are all about local markets and ingredients.
This is Swiss home-style cooking. The duck mousse with pickled apricot is a good starter.
Then the pan seared perch filet with a dill butter sauce or rabbit and pasta. Other specialties include maronni ravioli and the Alpine macaroni.
Your wine is the ’10 Schloss Salenegg Mayenfelder. Dessert is the apple strudel with vanilla bourbon sauce.
Day Two: Breakfast is at Loft Five – B,L,D: Daily, Europa Allee 15, 41 0 44 755 5050
Here we get our fuel for our day of coffee, tea, freshly squeezed juices, pastries and much more.
Today’s first stop is the Kunsthaus Zürich – Tu-Su: 10-6, Th,F: till 8, Heimplatz 1, 41 44 253 84 84
The Kunsthaus has an unusually high-quality collection of paintings from the golden age of Dutch painting, the Flemish and Italian baroque and the Venetian Settecento.
Their collection includes works by Ferdinand Hodler, Segantini, Vallotton, Amiet, Giovanni and Augusto Giacometti and French paintings that range from Géricault to Manet to the Impressionists and the Nabis, and works by the trail-blazing Post-Impressionists Cézanne and van Gogh.
The ETH has a vast collection of Prints and Drawings – M-Su: 10-4:45, ETH Zurich Rämistrasse 101, 41 44 632 40 46 that is worth a visit.
The Collection of Prints and Drawings ETH Zurich comprises approximately 150,000 prints and drawings that contains artwork on paper from the 15th century to the present and includes works by Dürer, Rembrandt, Goya, Picasso, Warhol and many others. An area of special interest is prints and drawings by Swiss artists of the 19th and 20th centuries.
Today emphasis is placed on contemporary works on paper by national and international artists (Bernhard Luginbühl, Dieter Roth, Franz Gertsch, Urs Lüthi, among others).
Lunch is at Caduff’s Wine Loft – L: M-F, D: M-Sa, Kanzleistrasse 126, 41 44 240 22 55
Our cousin suggests the salmon with ginger, tarragon and an herb salad or the halibut saltimbocca, fennel confit and peas as a first course.
The braised veal shoulder with morels, carrots and risotto or the beef Bourgogne with noodles and root vegetables is your main.
The ’07 Piodella Rocca, Adriano Kaufmann is a good wine choice here. Dessert is the hazelnut crème brulee with Madagascar vanilla.
Our cousin suggests that we visit the The Fraumünster Church – Stadthausquai 19, 41 (0)44 211 41 00
The Fraumunster Church was founded in 853 by King Louis the German. The church and its convent were inhabited by the female members of the aristocracy of Europe.
In addition to the largest organ in the canton of Zürich (5,793 pipes), its most stunning jewels are the stained glass windows. The windows in the north transept are by Alberto Giacometti’s cousin, Augusto (1945).
The five-part cycle in the choir (1970) and the rosette in the southern transept (1978) are by Marc Chagall. There is a series of frescoes by Paul Bodmer in the cloister to mark the founding of the Fraumünster.
To really bring out your inner animal instincts let’s visit the Zurich Zoo-Daily: 9-5, Zürichbergstrasse 221, 41 848 966 983
Here they have 2200 specimens of 300 species, but the major attraction is The Masoala Rainforest. It is the centerpiece of the zoo’s nature conservation strategy. In the Masoala Rainforest you can find out about why the forests are disappearing as well as learn about projects with the aim of conserving the forests.
Dining at Widder – B,L,D: Daily, Rennweg 7, 41 44 224 25 26 is a wonderful experience.
For starters the galatine of quail and goose liver with Kenya beans and truffle vinaigrette or the tartar of venison, pickled forest mushrooms, crisp onions and tarragon are awesome.
The filet of pike-pearch, beet root and horseradish or the mountain lamb cooked in fresh herbs, ratatouille puree and goat cheese fondue is over the top.
The wine is ’10 Cayas Syrah Valais DOC. Dessert is the cherry strudel, sherbet and kirsch mascarpone.
Day Three: For your start today we are at Z am Park – B,L,D: Daily, Zurlindenstrasse 275, 043 931 73 74
Great coffee! We like the mixed bread basket with 2 mini croissants, butter, jam, honey, nutella and their homemade bread spread. Another favorite is 2 eggs any style, salmon, capers and horseradish cream cheese.
Our first cultural experience today is the Rietberg Museum – Tu-Su: 10-5, Gablerstrasse 15, 41 44 415 31 31
The Rietberg Museum is the only art museum for non-European cultures in Switzerland. It possesses an internationally renowned collection of works from Asia, Africa, America and Oceania.
The collection of Indian paintings includes some 1700 artifacts. Pigment paintings on multilayered paper (wasli) account for the largest part of the collection which also includes bound books, painted textiles and stained palm-leaf paper.
Canopies for the Goddess’ is the name given to large-scale illustrated textiles in Gujarat which mark a sacred place for the veneration of goddesses. These printed or painted textiles tell of the deeds of the twenty-armed goddess.
Our final meal on this Mini-Holiday is at The guild house Muensterhof built in 1315 named Zumfthaus aur Waag – L & D: Daily, Münsterhof 8, 41 44 216 99 66
A great starter is the almond crusted king prawns with an avocado tartar or the roasted duck liver with vanilla plum crumble and brioche.
With this course a glass of the ’12 Ursus Blsnc would be nice.
For your main the veal cordon bleu stuffed with ham and cheese served with potatoes and vegetables or the herb crusted rack of lamb au gratin with rosemary potatoes and vegetables.
Your wine is the ’11 Johanniterkellerei syrah. Dessert is the caramelized pear with chocolate truffle cake.
Your final stop on this holiday is the Migros Museum – Tu-F: 12-6, Th: till 8, Sa, Su: 11-5, Limmatstrasse 270, 41 44 277 20 50
The Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst sees itself as a museum with a high-quality art collection, and at the same time, as a center of contemporary art production. Since its foundation in 1996, the museum has been a place for reflection and production.
The exhibits of the museum do not show art history as something rigid, but rather as an open process. That is why the collection is integrated into a lively environment and thereby promotes an active exchange between contemporary art production and the public.
The museum presents four to five annual exhibitions and changing presentations of the collection, accompanied by a diverse program that includes lectures, film, performances and symposia.
Until next time, best wishes and happy travels,
Dick & Dee Welge
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