Of many cities there are books about 111 places in the respective city one must see. There is also one about Zurich.
Not only I want to present you the book but also 3 places I find particularly interesting to visit.
The Le Corbusier Centre
As the name reveals this centre has been built according Le Corbusier’s philosophy. If you have been reading here for a while you might remember his famous quote: “The house is a machine to live in”.
I only visited this place very recently. It was planned back in 1958 as a sort of “memorial”, when the architect was still alive. However, he never witnessed its opening in 1967 since he passed away in 1965.
The good news is that it still looks modern and contemporary and given the building’s large windows it is bright and you feel a bit like living outside as well as insight.
The downside of it is, that almost none of his famous furniture is there and the staircases are definitely too narrow to be practical.
Still, a very avant-garde place in a beautiful environment by the lake.
The “Frauenbadi”. An Open Air Bath for Women Only.
This place was built in 1888 in a time when hygiene and health just became a really important topic for everybody but many houses did not have running water in all apartments. In other words the “Frauenbadi” was not meant for fun but for hygiene as the “bath rules” that one can still read tell very clearly.
Nowadays we all have running water plus the “Frauenbadi”. The place is floating on the river Limmat (one of the two rivers meandering through Zurich) in the style of Art Nouveau. To this day it is reserved for women. Prude? Old-fashioned? Maybe. But it is quite cool there.
- In the summer evenings they turn the place into a bar where you are most wanted 😉
- Moreover, there is also a swimming bath (also open air) for men only. We are fair around here. :-)
Zurich just has about 400 000 inhabitants but 19 public open air swimming baths and quite a number of indoor swimming pools.
A Piece of the “Forbidden City”. The China Garden.
Switzerland is in the heart of Europe with four seasons and a rather high amount of rain and cooler temperatures. Besides 38 museums and tons of shops you might still want something more exotic.
In this case I recommend the China Garden. Since 1982 the Chinese city of Kunming and small Zurich are partners. And the seven million metropole honoured us with a Chinese Garden. Its motto translates into “The 3 friends in winter”. The reason Zurich got this garden is because Switzerland sent engineers to Kunming to support the city installing a sustainable tap water system. It is the largest thank you one can think of. All the parts were made in China who sent a delegation of experts to Zurich who built the garden according to the complex and traditional rules of such a garden.
These temple gardens – as I learned – have a ranking in their importance. According to the description the “Zurich-Garden” possesses the highest ranking outside of China.
In order to understand at least a small part of the secrets and symbols you need a guide. That is also the week part of it. The only public tours are once a month between April and October. The garden itself is accessible during the day but also only just in this period.
Book of the Month
To see the other 108 places please refer to this book. It is available in German only.
But if you need translation, you know where to find me.