On Saturday i found myself thinking, «I wish it could be Rooftop Day everyday.» I even sang it along to a song by British glam rock band, Slade. Well, in Zurich it kind of can be as Zurich’s topography and buildings make for some pretty spectacular views, especially if the weather is clear. I’ve come up with a list of some of my favourite views over the city and surrounding areas.
Of course I know it's called Grossmünster and not Hochmünster. But have you ever climbed it? No? Then, if the stats are to be trusted, like the vast majority of Parisians who have never been up the Eiffel Tower either. But at least the people in Paris know it’s name properly which more than can be said for the good folks of Zurich.
From the Waid restaurant you have a great view of the city. But my favourite vantage point is a few steps away from the restaurant. Take the path towards ETH Hönggerberg for a maximum of 5 minutes. The slope makes the city seem close enough to touch. Here is a small sample:
Being crammed into a lift with complete strangers has never been a great feeling. Wearing only a wet bathing suit doesn't necessarily make it any better. But that's the way you have to go to get to the roof of the Hürlimann Thermal Baths. Once you're in the open-air pool, the fight for a place at the edge of the pool with a view begins. Aggressive pushing away, ruthless shoving and pulling down competitors' swimming trunks are tried and tested means to the goal. Once you've got your place, however, you can have your bottom massaged by a jet and concentrate fully on the view.
On the Lindenhof (425 metres above sea level) there are usually more tourists than locals. Yet, thanks to the linden trees, the chess players and the great view of the Niederdorf, it is one of the most beautiful places in the city. The place is a special highlight for conspiracy theorists. The Freemason Lodge Modestia cum Libertate has its temple there. And… a friend of a friend once told me that his brother was there and actually saw the chemtrails being sprayed.
The Primetower's little brother looks as if it was created with a Godzilla's Lego set and is only 26 meters high compared to the Primetower’s muscular 126 meters. It offers a view over Hive, Urban Surf, the Geroldsgarten and a whole bunch of railway lines. Unfortunately I don’t have a photo but I do have a video. Roll the film:
Getting a seat on a nice day is like winning ten lotteries as those that find a seat usually settle in for…well…until they get chucked out. But the wonderful view of the lake tells you why it’s so popular.
With a spaciousness that one usually misses in Zurich, Rieterpark is one of the most beautiful green spaces in the city. If you stroll a little way out of town from the museum, you come to this pulpit, from which you have a magnificent view of the lake and the Glarus Alps. Did Wagner compose the Ring Cycle here. Did Lenin plan the downfall of the bourgeois? What on earth will i come up with?
I don't know why I don't come here more often because sipping a Clouds gin and looking down on the city is always great. And yes, I know I should be a photographer.
Above Irchelpark is this lookout pulpit from which you can see Zurich North and Zurich City. Pretty, isn't it?
You can also view a fantastic city panorama above the Letziweg.
At the end of a romantic walk in the woods on the Zürichberg, I like to take a break here. Then I indulge in the time old, “which building would I buy if money if i won the lottery," game. Most of the time I choose this one, although, if i won the lottery i probably still couldn’t afford it.
Finally, the Loorenkopf is actually like the Uetliberg, only less well-known. And lower. And on the other side. And quite different. But: there's a tower with a great view on both and you can reach both by train and it’s a great spot for a barbecue.
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