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Turn new into old

Last month I took some pictures at the Sechseläuten in Zürich. It is a parade of the guilds in historical costumes. I liked the colorful clothes but in the end I wanted to do something different with the pictures. I thought it would be fun to give them a historic look.

 

Hear it roar

Have you ever been to the Rhine Falls? It is Europe’s largest waterfall and therefore a mayor tourist attraction. Two weeks ago we decided to pay them a visit.

We walked all the way down to the river. Mai is a good month because the snow melting in the mountains has already started so the amount of water that is running through is incredible. It makes you realize how grand nature is and that it is our duty to protect it. I always like to take the time to get a feeling for the place.

In this case it was quite difficult because of all the people.  I found myself pushed into a corner, closing my eyes. I did not see the water, but I could feel it and hear it.

 

Confession of a Lake Lover

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.

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