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January 2017

Ice, Ice, Baby

Who says museums are boring?

I always liked museums, even as a kid, but of course there are really great ones and those that bore you to tears. The Landesmuseum (National Museum) in Zurich is definitely one of the better ones. The building in itself is worth a trip. It is over 100 years old and is build like a castle. A few years ago they added a newer very modern looking section which makes it even more interesting. Some of the citizens were not very happy with the addition, but I think it is a bold combination of styles but it somehow works. The topic of the museum is cultural history showing examples of our history from its origins to the present day. There are also special exhibitions of various topics that change over time and a section about the history of Switzerland in particular. 

landesmuseum_2We enjoyed our visit very much.The exhibition is presented in a very entertaining way. Each room is done differently and you can explore as much or as little as you like. There are areas that are interactive and entertaining for children and adults as well. Everything is done professional and all electronic devices were in perfect working order (I mention this because I have been in museums before where half the interactive stuff did not work at all – very frustrating).

The building is under construction right now so one of the wings was closed but there was still enough to explore. We spend at least three hours in there and still had lots to see. The entrance fee of currently 10 CHF is fair. Children under 16 are free, but I think children under 8 or 10, will probably not enjoy it as much since there is a lot to read, too. We decided to visit the museum more than once and bought ourselves a year-long admission for 25 CHF.

So if you are interested in history and like museums the Landesmuseum Zurich is definitely worth a visit.

A Walk in the snow

It was snowing pretty much every day last week, but yesterday afternoon the sun came out. So we put on our snowboots, hats and mittens and went for a walk. We started from our appartement which is located in the part of Zurich called Höngg. We walked across the Werdinsel (a little island in the middle of the river Limmat) trying to spot beavers that are supposed to be living there right now – but unsuccessful.

We continued walking up the hill passing the church and the town vineyard. On our way up we saw our first milk dispenser. Continue reading “A Walk in the snow”

The costs of living

When we made our decision to move to Zurich/ Switzerland we were fully aware of the high living costs they have here. Still I was shocked every time we went to the supermarket. Food costs twice as much as in Germany and we also spend double the amount on rent.

But I start to see the advantage in this. Continue reading “The costs of living”

Of Tickets and Icicles

New Year has come and gone and we really did not care much about it. We did not make any resolutions, we were too busy putting our life in order. Today we finished my den/guest room. So today is also the first time since our move that I can use my computer without feeling like sitting in the middle of a construction site and so I do. The temperature has dropped a few degrees. We had some snow the last couple of days and it is now – 5 °C, although the wind feels much colder. Continue reading “Of Tickets and Icicles”

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