As i was drinking a beer or two with friends the subject turned to the Letten area of the city. Many may know it as a vibrant and lively place, especially in the summer. If you walked through the Platzspitzpark and along Limmat before, you may also know Primitivo, a bar and diner where people gather for food and drinks and to soak up the last few rays of sunshine after a days work. But the tranquil walk from the Landesmuseum, through the park and over bridge hides a dark and disturbing past.
The conversation quickly became bleak and my friends, young, and from the UK, couldn’t believe the tale i was relaying: a real-life horror story of drugs, depravity and murder that took place right in the centre of this wealthy and salubrious city.
If you are a child of the seventies or eighties you may have heard of Needle Park but for the locals, the true nature of it is etched into their minds forever. A place where up to 3000 people a day fed their heroin habit in an environment of death and uncontrolled criminality. For those born in Zürich it is part of the fabric of the city but it occurred to me that not everyone, particularly people born from the mid-eighties onwards, would be aware of what took place back then. Because in spite of the misery, Zürich found a solution which provided a positive template for other cities to deal with similar problems. Take a read of this amazing and very comprehensive narrative.
With all the hot weather we’ve been having it’s great to get out on the water and enjoy the lake. Temperatures are often noticeable lower when you leave the shore so it provides some respite from the sweltering heat of the city. But
2. Watch out!
I've told you before but another warning can't hurt. Fraudsters are active on all housing platforms in Switzerland. Also on my pages. Unfortunately, I can't guarantee that all offers are genuine. I do my best to blacklist any i catch but
3. Ice Cream For Grown Ups
I love an ice-cream on a warm summers day but maybe an ice cream with a slightly more adult theme. Why can’t we enjoy a drink with our ice-cream? Listen to some music. Dance while whilst enjoying a cocktail and a sorbet. Well now you can
1. Urban Signs Photo Trip
Take part in Ron's Urban Signs Photo trip. If you come across any unusual signs, shop windows, adverts or street art in your world travels, take a picture and upload it to the website. Limit yourself to your very best shots from where
2. Nature Photography
Images far from urban life
3. Zurich Photo Trip
1. Casa nostrana
Albisstrasse 25, 8038 Zürich
2. Lucky Dumpling: Authentic Chinese
6 years ago we welcomed 'Dini Mueter' to the Langstrasse. This summer, the bar and restaurant underwent a refurbishment and just reopened its doors with a new concept and a new name. Well, actually the new name is also the concept: Lucky
3. Ooki: All the way from Tokyo
Whenever a new Japanese restaurant opens somewhere, you can be sure that I’m not far behind. This new locale is called Ooki and serves gyoza, ramen, tempura, udon, Japanese curries and sake. The interior is very authentic, the
Hi, We are based in Oberhasli, Zurich, and are looking for somebody to sit a few hours with our cat. We are away between Thursday 14/04 and Monday 19/04, and don't want him to get lonely. If you would like to pay our cat company while reading a book, doing your home office, or would like to stay overnight, we and Ninja would be very happy. Price negotiable, email me [email protected], and help on only some days would be sufficient, since we will have somebody come and feed him daily anyways.