Our motor coaches arrived from Basel in Zürich about 15:30, and since the buses were staggered, we were surprised to see the lobby full of people, with their hand luggage, waiting for rooms. We were the last to arrive, and after more than an hour, we were one of the last to get a room. Of course, our luggage wasn't there. We dropped off our backpacks and decided to head out to see something of Zürich. Fellow tour participants Bill & Elaine were in the bar, and didn't have any plans for the rest of the day, as they were not familiar with transportation or things to see in the city. We invited them to accompany us, as long as they didn't mind where we went and how.
The Renaissance Zürich Tower Hotel was in the former industrial area, and not at all convenient to the old town. Kent asked about tram prices (and was given the wrong info) and we found out we could purchase day passes from the hotel. One receptionist did not have any, and we had to wait for the other desk person to return before purchasing them. We were short on Swiss francs, so it helped that we could charge the day passes to our room.
The tram stop was just a building away, and as directed, we caught the #6 tram. For some reason, the tram numbers did not correspond to those on the map; something to do with work on the #4 tram line, which I thought we could take all the way. We were told to change to the #15 tram for Zürichhorn, but when one arrived at the Centrale stop, the destination was different. I asked the driver and confirmed it was the #10 that we wanted. It was standing room only, but eventually we all had seats and could relax as we traveled along the west side of the Zürichsee/Lake Zürich.
Disembarked to explore Zürichhorn, a park on a delta of the Hornbach stream. In the Summer of 1910, the Wagenfabrik/Auto manufacturer C & R Geissberger provided the first test flights with so-called hydroplanes (flying boats) at Zürichhorn, initiated by Oskar Bider and Fritz Rihner. In July 1919 the Schweizerische Gesellschaft für Lufttourismus/Swiss Air Tourism Company was established in Zürich. Tourist flights with flying boats were planned, but never realized as Bider was killed in accident.
We walked towards the lake on Höschgasse.
|Nice apartment buildings on Höschgasse|
|Pavillon Le Corbusier/Le Corbusier Pavilion (1964-1967), the last building|
to be designed by Swiss architect Charles-Édouard Jeanneret (known as
Le Corbusier) for art patron Heidi Weber
|The other side of Le Corbusier Pavilion (4/4/2017)|
|Bellerive Museum, former site of Museum für Gestaltung/|
Museum of Design - Applied Arts, which has moved
|Bill, Elaine, and Kent pass a wall with a relief|
depicting a Bacchanalia procession
|There are many statues of nudes around|
Lake Zürich; this appears to be a copy of a
seated female nude by Hermann Hubacher (KSS)
|Evidence of rock balancing or stone stacking|
|Big clouds over Lake Zürich|
|Kugelbrunnen/Sphere Fountain, a relic of the|
Phänomena/Phenomena (a scientific exhibition of 1984),
where a one-ton sphere spins on a thin layer of
constantly flowing water as a model of
pressure lubrication bearings
|The Kugelbrunnen in action|
|Heureka (ancient Greek for Eureka!) (1964,|
the first public work by Jean Tinguely)
|Hornbach, a canalized stream|
coming down a series of "steps"
|Waterslide at the Strandbad/Beach Tiefenbrunnen (KSS)|
|View back across the "beach" to the changing rooms|
|Kreisel/rotary, a circular platform in lake for fishing, meditating...|
|and swimming in the middle?|
|A rocky ledge, then a diving board?|
|In the foreground, modern art or a shower for the beach?|
|More classical art, as the sun sets (KSS)|
|Spring has already arrived in Zürich,|
which is 6 degrees north in latitude from Cleveland,
where Spring has not arrived!
|A beer hall!|
Back to catch tram #6 and return to the hotel for the night.
Next: Zürich I.