Saturday, 6 February 2016
Tuesday, 7 April 2015
Zurich is the capital city of Switzerland and also its largest city. Situated on the north western tip of Lake Zurich (Zürichsee) there has been a settlement here since Roman times when it was referred to as Turicem. Just 19 miles from the Alps and situated on both sides of the Limmat river, it is home to one of the world's largest financial centres.
This is one of the wealthiest cities in Europe and has some of the world's highest property prices. With its variety of art galleries and museums, vibrant city life and exclusive high quality shopping outlets, Zurich is a leading global city with many well known companies having offices or headquarters here.
Zurich is a popular tourist destination and an easy city to explore. The main attractions are on either side of the Limmat river between Lake Zurich and the Railway Station. With its impressive architecture and cobbled streets, the ornate churches, old houses and city squares all make Zurich an enjoyable experience. There are plenty of places to wine and dine and sit back and enjoy the scenery.
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Saint-Louis on the German and Swiss borders near Basel is an ideal place to stay if you are visiting the region. Just 5km from the main EuroAirport at Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg this is a sleepy little French town with a few bars, restaurants and hotels.
For those wanting to visit Basel there is a good bus service or a tram from the border point. Both cost around 2 Euros and are clean, fast and efficient.
Mulhouse is situated near the Swiss and German borders and shares the international airport Basel - Mulhouse - Freiburg with its neighbours. The rivers Doller and the Ill run through the city. Previously part of the German Empire of the Alsace-Lorraine region it passed over to French control after the Second World War.
Mulhouse is famous for its museums, especially the Cité de l’Automobile (also known as "Musée national de l’automobile - The French National Automobile Museum") and the Musée Français du Chemin de Fer (also known as "Cité du train"), which represent the largest automobile and railway museums in Europe. The city was founded on its successful textile and tanning industry which eventually led to chemical and engineering industries that gave Mulhouse its nickname as the French Manchester.
Mulhouse is a particularly pleasant town with its meticulously kept main square and impressive town hall. The side streets are a delight to walk around with some impressive
examples of French and German architecture.
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Freiburg im Breisgau is a city that is situated on the banks of the Dreisam River. This famous German University town has a colourful history. The city takes Saint George as its patron saint so its flag is identical to the flag of England. This is wine growing country and with its location as the gateway to the Black Forest the city is popular with tourists. It is also the sunniest and warmest city in Germany.
Freiburg means free town or literally Free Borough, the word Burg also being used to indicate that this would have been a fortified town. The Marinstor tower shown here in the photograph above is one of the original city gates in Freiburg. The Munsterplatz ( Cathedral Square ) holds a busy farmers market every Sunday. The Gothic Cathedral dates back to 1200 and is constructed of sandstone.
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