This is Switzerland: Pinch me. I’m in Zurich!

on Thursday, September 12, 2019

The toilet bowls are round, the names of everything are incredibly long, and you can get just about anywhere on a train. And these are just my impressions in the first 4 hours, having arrived at 8:30 a.m. and being awake for 24 hours after two plane rides and two airport trains to get to wonderful Zurich. You can imagine why the restroom, or should I say water closet, was so important after landing. I am excited to be co-hosting Trains and Special Interest Tours “Switzerland by Rail Tour” for the next 14 days.

Downtown Zurich is incredibly busy, and the beautiful Zurich Hauptbahnhof is Switzerland’s largest railway station. The 1847-built (with several rebuilds, the most recent in 2014) station has 26 tracks, 13 platforms, and hosts Swiss Federal Railways trains. It also is a hub for buses and trams.

I spent some time just walking around the shops and watching the trains since the actual tour starts this evening. I loved the juxtaposition of this Re 420 electric locomotive No. 421 379-9 with French-Swiss high speed TGV Lyria No.4414.

You can also buy Trains magazine, Model Railroader, and MR special issues at the station!

Tomorrow: Lucerne by boat and train.

Auf Weidersehen!

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