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Old 11-06-2006, 08:27 AM   #1
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Going to Zürich - not food related

I didn't post this in the road forum; I hope here is okay. We are seasoned travelers and have lived in Europe long enough to know that you're going to eat wherever catches your fancy at the time. So, this is not about food, but rather what to do.

Anyone been to Zürich? I'm ashamed to say that this will be our first visit to Switzerland. We have a 4 year old. We like to explore the areas that are NOT touristic. Any ideas would be appreciated.

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Old 11-06-2006, 08:50 AM   #2
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Cool!! Well let's hope Jikoni will see this post... she lives near Geneva and if I remember correctly she knows Zurich fairly well, too. Maybe you want to PM her, too!
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Old 11-06-2006, 03:18 PM   #3
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I have been there a few times, but I've just stayed a day or two before setting off to Italy.

I looked around and had a few good meals. One trip we went to Lucerne.

Am not sure I can help, but ask ??'s if you like.
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Old 11-06-2006, 04:47 PM   #4
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velochic I hope you and your family have a great time in Switzerland. I was there many many years ago but I do remember Geneva, Zurich and the beautiful countyside. I really enjoyed their chocolate and cheese.
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Old 11-07-2006, 06:10 AM   #5
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Doublepost... oops!
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Old 11-07-2006, 06:11 AM   #6
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Thanks all. We're basically wanting to explore non-tourist areas. We like to people watch, and for being only 4, our dd is amazingly patient to sit and have a cocoa and people watch, too. So we're looking for areas of the city where there is a lot of foot traffic (not that there isn't that everywhere in European cities), shops where locals make purchases, and such. We'd like to take a tram or train up a mountain for the views.

We purchased Rick Steve's Switzerland in English, but it is a bit disappointing, which surprises me.

Thanks for the PM TexanFrench.
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Old 11-07-2006, 07:15 AM   #7
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Just one word: Jealous.
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Old 11-07-2006, 11:31 AM   #8
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Head down the Hofbahnstrasse (or whatever the main street is) away from the train station toward the lake, exploring on either side. A trolley goes down the street, if I recall.

Cross over a bridge near the lake to the other side of the river and head back, away from the lake.

We took a short train ride to just past Lucerne and changed to a train/tram that climbed to the top of a mountain, well past the tree line, etc. This was in September and it was cold up there, so I am not sure what their schedule is. It was about a 45 min train trip from Zurich. Will try to getmore info.
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Old 11-07-2006, 11:52 AM   #9
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I could tell you about Bern, but haven't been to Zürich yet... much fun there ;o)
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Old 11-07-2006, 02:56 PM   #10
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Thanks Jennyema. This is something that the Rick Steve's guidebook did not mention. We will ask at the Hauptbahnhof about the trip up the mountain near Lucerne. Do you know the name of it?

Cara - we're flying from Zürich to Istanbul for the holidays. Swiss Air had a really great deal. Do you know this travel service in Germany called "Travel Overland". They have very good deals. Their website is http://www.travel-overland.de/
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