Zurich, Switzerland (6) – 25hours hotel langstrasse (Day 1, 2 and 16)

My last post of Zurich is about the most interesting hotel that I have ever stayed in.    Where most hotels give you a good night’s sleep, this hotel also gives you an experience.  It was the start and end of our 2017 European journey.

Outside the hotel



The Neni restaurant where we had our breakfast



The Gift Shop sold very interesting items



Display case beside the reception desk




Using clothespins as bookmarks was neat



Espresso Bar

Looking down from the staircase



Bar Lounge






An interesting piece of art beside the staircase



Decorative lighting on the staircase to 2nd floor



Looking down from 2nd floor



Business Centre on the second floor



Available meeting areas on the second floor



Second Floor bar is available for those using the meeting rooms



A wall is covered with dominoes



Another wall is covered with album covers



Floor information that is displayed outside the elevator doors







Zurich, Switzerland (5) – People Watching (Day 2)

The guilty pleasure of people watching.   It is the people that adds the character to the streets of any city.

Beer Station draws the after work crowd



The uphill climb to Dolder Grand is entertained by watching young skateboarders make use of the downhill.



Donut shaped seating provides a great lunch eating area.



Suntanning near Zurichsee



Tourists waiting to board cruise boats at Zurich Burkliplatz



Coffee across the street from the Zurich HB.



A musical interlude at Burkliterrasse






Zurich, Switzerland (4) – Europaallee (Day 2)

Located along the train tracks of the Main Station, there were lots of construction of commercial and residential towers.  This new trendy area, a.k.a Europaallee, is full of eateries, shops and bars which is popular for the young professionals.  All the photos are on Lagerstrasse from the Main Station to our hotel.


I appreciated the creativity of these building sites.  Instead of a wire or boarded-up wall surrounding the area, they have large windows which allows people see inside.  Some of the windows had designs in neon which lit up a night.  I thought it was pretty cool.



Inside this office/retail complex was a Coop Supermarket.  We made stops here to grab our evening dinner or snacks to take on the road.






Jack & Jo was a restaurant that appears to have been popular amongst the locals



There were a couple of post-secondary schools and residences in the area, which explains the abundance of young people.



Our hotel (on the left) had two popular restaurants located in front and next door.




Zurich, Switzerland (3) – Street Cruising (Day 2)

Our second and last day in Zurich was spent cruising the streets.  Since we booked only one day here, we made the most of the time.  Now that we were wide awake and clear-headed, the morning was spent retracing our steps from the night before.  This time we extended the river walk to Zurichsee.  In the the afternoon, we headed to The Dolder Grand Hotel.  A 3km uphill hike that gave us some pretty cool views of the city.

Limmat River at Sihlquai and Ackerstrasse



A paddleboarder conquers a small dam located to the left of this photo



Beautiful tree covered Neumuhlequai



A view of Old Town from Bahnhofbrucke



Limmat harbour



Zurichsee and the Swiss Alps in the distance



Local Government Office to the left of Kirche Fraumunster



One of many outdoor restaurants getting ready for the noon hour rush



Shopping in Old Town



From Lindenhof Park, view of Old Town

The top of hill in the background is where we head to in order to get to Dolder Grand



From Lindenhof Park looking towards east side of Old Town



Looking back at the uphill battle to get to Dolder Grand



A modern residence that has a great view of the city below



Taking a rest and enjoying the view of Zurichsee



Dolder Grand

A five-star rating costs about $1000.00 per night, per person.  We didn’t go through the interior or exterior grounds to see if the price was justified.



Dolder Grand Golf Course






Zurich, Switzerland (2) – Evening Stroll (Day 1)

To be in sync with the time zone, we headed out for a walk to keep ourselves from falling asleep.  A stroll to Old Town starting from the Zurich HB, along the Limmat River and back to our hotel, 25Hour Hotel Langstrasse.

Corner of Bahnhofpl and Neumuhlequai.  Across the Bahnhofbrucke from Zurich HB.



Central Plaza Hotel




Along the Limmat River



Looking towards Bahnofquai from across the river on Limmatquai



Old Town on the west side of Limmat River



Crossing the Limmat River and looking back at where we walked along the right.



I don’t know if this is some form of exercise for these two men by challenging the rushing water going upstream.



The narrow path of Hirschengasse off Limmatquai



The Motta Cafe on Limmatquai



Lit up Grossmunster









Quiet cobblestone paths wind through a unique shopping area



A brightly lit flowershop



Heading back to the hotel, we came across a great lookout point in Lindenhof Park, located on the west side of the river.   A view of the path where we started our journey.   Zentralbibliothek stands out in the spotlight



Another view of Limmatquai from Lindenhof Park




Austria, Hungary, Italy, Slovenia & Switzerland 2017 (4) – How to Gain 5 Pounds

When booking a hotel, I always choose one that offers a breakfast buffet.  To start off a day of exploration, the thing you don’t want to do is waste your morning time by roaming around the city looking for a place to have eat.   We would consume as much food at this time to keep us going until supper.   At the end of day, we would go to a nearby deli and grab something to take back to the hotel.  Most of the restaurant meals didn’t occur until we reached Ljubljana (our third destination city).  There was only so many deli sandwiches a person can eat.

You would think that walking approximately 20kms per day carrying  a 10lb backpack would make me burn off all those calories that I consumed.  Instead, I came home with added weight (the last two pounds have been a bummer to shed).

Here is just a sampling of what we enjoyed over our holidays in Central Europe.  I’m one of those sad individuals who like to take pictures of my food.



I give myself three courses:

  1.  Hot foods
  2. Yogurt and Granola
  3. Dessert and fruit

1st course at 25hours hotel langstrasse in Zurich

I got hooked on the “Cream Cheese and Granola Spread” (at the top) which went great with the Croissant.



1st course at Hotel Cubo in Ljubljana

Hot foods were made to order.  Eggs any way you want them with as many sides (sausage, bacon, pancakes,…) as you want.



2nd course at Hotel Cubo in Ljubljana



Last course at Hotel Cubo in Ljubljana

They had the best dessert selection and I took advantage of it.



All courses at the same time at Hotel Stadt Citta in Bolzano

It was always a busy morning here so I stocked my table up with everything.



Last course at Hotel Maximilian in Innsbruck

This was just a small sampling of the incredible fruit selection.



On the Train, “Henry”

Mushroom Goulash with fried sliced bread dumplings.  A late evening meal on the train as we make our way back to Vienna from Salzburg.



Linzer Schnitte

I couldn’t resist as we were passing through Linz (the city where the dessert was created) at the time.



Brownie Tarte

A long train trip from Vienna to Ljubljana, I needed the energy.



Coffee Break

Delicious crepe dessert and Cappuccino in Ljubljana.  The waitress did a great sell job convincing me that I should indulge




Sausage with Sauerkraut & Mustard and Goulash with Polenta at “Paninoteka” in Ljubljana



Fish and Potatoes at “Grajska Plaza Restaurant” in Lake Bled



Shrimp and Zucchini at “Grajska Plaza Restaurant” in Lake Bled



Spaghetti Carbonara at Piazza Walther in Bolzano




Spaghetti Carbonara in Venice

I was comparing Carbonaras with my bastardized version.  This one was the overall winner.




Meatlover’s special at the “Cammerlander” in Innsbruck




Salmon Pasta at the “Cammerlander” in Innsbruck.  Trust me, if they had Carbonara on the menu, I would have ordered it.




Classic Burger from “Magic Pizza” in Innsbruck.  It was a long day and late into the evening so we grabbed a couple of burgers to take back to our hotel.  It wasn’t until we pulled these things out of the bag that we discovered the humungous size.  Rod’s iPhone is dwarfed beside it.




Austria, Hungary, Italy, Slovenia & Switzerland (3) – Views from a Train

The following photos depicts a very small portion of the beautiful terrain we saw on our train travels through Central Europe.  Out of the 450 photos I took with my iPhone, I deleted half of them due to a blurry object like a tree, a bush, or a sign post in the middle of the picture.   When you’re travelling up to 150kms per hour, you might get at least one good shot.  The trick with a camera phone is to press the phone right up against the window and snap away.    Some trips, I was able to capture numerous sights.   Some trips, it was lucky if I got one.


Zurich to Vienna

Close to the Alps and into the clouds


Vienna to Ljubljana


Ljubljana to Lake Bled

Acres and acres of cornfields



Ljubljana to Bolzano

Bad Holgastein, a ski resort town spread throughout a gorgeous valley


Outside Venezia (Venice)


Innsbruck to Zurich