[Travel] Dream Trip To Western Europe In November 2019 (Day 11)

by - Friday, April 03, 2020

On the previous post on my blog, I was updating the stories on Day 1 until Day 10. Then, I would like to continue on Day 11 on 06 December 2019 (Sunday). This day we started our day after breakfast at the hotel around 07:00 am. This day we've to check-out from the hotel around 08:30 am but we've to standby at the lobby hotel area, around 08:00 am. On Day 11, we have a half-day tour around Zurich, Switzerland before we go back to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia by night's flight. It's sad to say 'goodbye' because I feel not enough to tour around Switzerland yet. Maybe next time, I'll back to travel again around Europe once I get the chance to do so. 

All of our luggage is kept on the bus until we're reach at Zurich Airport. So, we're free to enjoy our last tour in Switzerland before officially say 'Goodbye' to Europe Trip. Our first destination on this day is Quai Bridge. Quaibrücke (English: Quay Bridge) is a road, tramway, pedestrian and bicycle bridge over the river Limmat, at the outflow of Lake Zürich in the city of Zürich, Switzerland. It was built simultaneously with the construction of Zürich's new quays between 1881 and 1887.

Quaibrücke is situated at the outflow of Lake Zürich and connects the Bürkliplatz with the Bellevueplatz, and hence the lake's left (or western) shore with the right (or eastern) shore. It is a nodal point of the Tramlines 2, 5, 8, 9 and 11, as well as the road traffic between General-Guisan-Quai, and Utoquai.

Then, our second destination on this day is the Zurich Opera House. The Zürich Opera House (German: Opernhaus Zürich) is an opera house in the Swiss city of Zürich. Located at the Sechseläutenplatz, it has been the home of the Zürich Opera since 1891 and also houses the Bernhard-Theater Zürich. It is also home to the Zürich Ballet.

These two locations are close to each another and it's can reach there by walking. We just have a few minutes to take photos around this area. 

After that, we're more to Zürich Hauptbahnhof. Zürich Hauptbahnhof (often shortened to Zürich HB) (Zürich Main Station or Zürich Central Station) is the largest railway station in Switzerland. Zürich is a major railway hub, with services to and from across Switzerland and neighboring countries such as Germany, Italy, Austria, and France. The station was originally constructed as the terminus of the Spanisch Brötli Bahn, the first railway built completely within Switzerland. Serving up to 2,915 trains per day, Zürich HB is one of the busiest railway stations in the world.

The station can be found at the northern end of the Altstadt, or old town, in central Zürich, near the confluence of the rivers Limmat and Sihl. The station is on several levels, with platforms both at the ground and below ground level, and tied together by underground passages and the ShopVille shopping mall. The Sihl passes through the station in a tunnel with railway tracks both above and below. The station's railway yards extend about 4 km (2.5 mi) to the west.

The station is included in the Swiss Inventory of Cultural Property of National Significance. On 1 October 1970, construction of the Bahnhofplatz, as well as the pedestrian and shopping arcade ShopVille was completed. Upon its opening, the Bahnhofplatz became a pedestrian-free zone, and the underground ShopVille the only access to the station. Contrary to expectations, ShopVille did not capture the support of the people, who, in 1973, voted even more emphatically to reject a subway system.

In the 1980s, ShopVille became a drug-dealing hub, due to its proximity to the Autonomen Jugendzentrum Zürich ("Autonomous Youth Center Zürich"). Its low point was reached at the end of the decade when travelers avoided all parts of it other than the concourse and the tram stop. Consequently, there were several night-time closures by mesh fences. However, the solution to this problem was foreseeable, as the people had agreed on 29 November 1981 to the construction of the Zürich S-Bahn and the extension of the Sihltal Zürich Uetliberg Bahn to the Hauptbahnhof.

The 2.1 km (1.3 mi) long Hirschengraben Tunnel was built for the S-Bahn from the Hauptbahnhof to Zürich Stadelhofen. This new line continued through the Zürichberg Tunnel to Stettbach, with connections to the existing lines to Dietlikon and Dübendorf.[4] In the Hauptbahnhof, two underground stations were constructed. For the S-Bahn, a four-track station with the working title Museumstrasse was built, and the Sihltal Zürich Uetliberg Bahn was extended to the SZU station, which had once been intended for the never-realized U-Bahn.

The opening of the S-Bahn was on 27 May 1990, and since then, the ShopVille arcades have connected the two underground stations with the main hall. Black and white striped marble walls and granite floors are the main design features of what is one of the largest shopping centers in Switzerland. In 1996, the main hall was cleared of its temporary installations. In 1997, the train shed was fitted on both sides with pitched roofs on sloping concrete supports, designed by local architects Marcel Meili and Markus Peter.

The Zürich Hauptbahnhof is beside Bahnhofstrasse but I not walking along this street. Bahnhofstrasse is Zürich's main downtown street and one of the world's most expensive and exclusive shopping avenues. In 2011, a study named the Bahnhofstrasse the most expensive street for retail property in Europe and the third most expensive worldwide. In 2016 ranked ninth. Fröschengraben at Rennwegtor, the Rennweg gate of the former fortifications of Zürich.

It came into existence when the city fortifications were demolished in 1864 and the ditch in front of the walls was filled in. Until that time, the name of the location had been Fröschengraben ("Ditch of The Frogs"), which then was changed to Bahnhofstrasse ("Railway Station Street").

Bahnhofstrasse starts at Bahnhofplatz ("Station Square") in front of the Zürich Hauptbahnhof (47°22′40″N 8°32′25″E), passing Rennweg, Augustinergasse and Paradeplatz before it ends after 1.4 km at Bürkliplatz (47.3671°N 8.5409°E) on Lake Zürich (National Bank), (Hotel Baur au Lac).

The street is largely pedestrianized but is also an important link in the Zürich tram network. North of Paradeplatz the street carries routes 6, 7, 11 and 13, whilst to the south, it carries 2, 8, 9 and 11. Stops are served at Hauptbahnhof, Rennweg, Paradeplatz, Börsenstrasse, and Bürkliplatz.

We take our lunch at the Nordsee Restaurant. This restaurant has sold a variety of seafood and we just try a few of the menu. Among the menu we're has been trying are Black Tiger Box XL (Fried Prawn), CHF 15.90 (RM 72.19); Blackfish Sandwich, CHF 6.40 (RM 29.06); Gourmet Salat, CHF 17.50 (RM 79.45); and Mineral Water (2), CHF 9.20 (RM 41.77) so in total, we're spending for our lunch is CHF 49.00 (RM 222.46). It's delicious even the price is expensive. 

TIP 30 – If you plan to eat at the Nordsee Restaurant, you can ask the staff the coins for you going to the toilet, once you buy something in this restaurant. It's free for their customers to go toilet, if not you need to pay if you want to go to the toilet. 

We just walking around the shopping area at the Zürich Hauptbahnhof for a few hours. I also get chance to buy a few lip balms of Burt's Bees Lip Shimmer Cherry & Rhubarb, CHF 10.90 each [CHF 10.90 x 4 = CHF 43.90 (RM 197.95); Burt's Bees Lip Balm Pink Grapefruits, CHF 5.50 (RM 24.97) and Lip Scrubs DRagonfruits of Sephora, CHF 4.00 each [CHF 4.00 x 2 = CHF 8.00 (RM 36.32).  

We're pass-over the Swiss Muslim Society Madni Masjid for prayer. The Muslim community in this place is so friendly and kind. They are offering us the bread before we leave the mosque. My mom gets the chance to take the photo with one of the Muslim children in this mosque. She looks so beautiful. 

Then, we're going straight to the Zurich Airport to check-in our luggage and take the boarding pass. But the counter of Oman Air is not open yet so we take this chance to re-arrange our luggage by using the weighing scale at the airport. As you know, the staff at Europe Airport is pretty strict about the luggage weight so please make sure your luggage is not overweight. If not, you need to open your luggage in front of the counter and re-arrange again in front of them. One passenger is allowed to carry 2 luggage for check-in that not over to 30 kg in total luggage.  

TIP 31 – As you know, the staff at Europe Airport is pretty strict about the luggage weight so please make sure your luggage is not overweight. If not, you need to open your luggage in front of the counter and re-arrange again in front of them. They also will check your cabin bag too so make sure it's weight not over 7kg for 1 bag is allowed to the economy class. 

That is all my stories on day 11 of this trip. Just for your information, I have been writing the extra note tip about Dream Trip to Western Europe in November 2019 based on my experience during this trip. Feel free to read it. Here, the link to the continued stories about the Dream Trip to Western Europe in November 2019Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, Day 4, Day 5, Day 6, Day 7, Day 8, Day 9, Day 10, and Day 12.

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