I arrived in Zurich at 1:20 pm on the 8th March 2014 for a flight at 10:45 pm, so I decided to explore the town using the map I had finally managed to get from Tourist Information at the train station.
Using the map I took a circular route from the train station down through the old part of town, and then back up along Bahnhofstrasse to the station. It turned out to be a really good walk.
Zurich is an interesting town with some very nice architecture and a very pleasant little circular walk that can be done from the train station, through the old town, if you have a couple of hours to kill (there are also some very handy lockers at the station in which you can leave your bags etc.).
However, on the day I was in town there seemed to be a small protest going on (that involved throwing condoms at a church??) and the streets in the old town had a real carnival atmosphere with bands playing in fancy dress, and glitter/confetti being thrown everywhere… All very strange.
I have no idea what was going on but the Swiss are a fairly crazy bunch.
The centre of Zurich, particularly the old town, was very nice with lots of small interesting roads and shops to explore.
However, in the early spring sun the walk round the town centre was great, and a lot of people were out enjoying the day.
Note: Looking back on my afernoon in Zurich it was a ‘water-shed’ moment because it was when I was wandering around the town that I discovered I had a real interest in ‘street-photography’, and it was this one afternoon in Zurich that completely changed the direction of my blog at nickswandering.com.
If you visit the blog post associated with the article you will get to see many more of my photos from the street of Zurich.