Up to the Uetilberg, Zurich
Trip Start Mar 23, 2009
19Trip End Mar 29, 2009
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and a chocolate chip roll of some sort which Dad and I split on our way
back. I had our planned train time printed out, for 8:15 and we did make it to the station in time, but we had a bit of trouble finding the correct train. It was supposedly a city line designated by the letter S-10, but we wound up by the above ground trams and couldn't find what we were looking for. After a few frustrating minutes (and the tourist office being closed, as usual when we needed it), we finally realized we weren't following the correct signs and we were really supposed to be going 'down' not 'up' to the tracks
So we finally managed to find the orange Uetilberg train, although by now it was about 8:30. The ride first took us through a charming residential area while climbing the hill, taking about 20 minutes. It was a little cloudy, but not raining...yet. When we got to the top, the first thing I did was to take a picture of the train, which I had been forgetting to do for the others. Then we picked a hiking trail to follow, about 10 minutes up to a lookout point.
It was nice that I got to go on a hike in the 'alps' even if it was very brief. We hiked up some wooden stairs and passed a 'replica' of the solar system as well as some strange moose-like lampposts and a hotel until we finally saw the tower that was the lookout. It was a pointed metal structure with a small platform maybe 2/3 of the way up it. It was quite a few stairs, although I don't remember the exact number.
Once again we were met with a beautiful view! You could see the lake (which is shaped like a croissant), the alps, Mt. Pilatus and supposedly the Black Forest of Germany, although to the north it was cloudy so I don't think we actually saw it. Because it was a bit cloudy, we saw some beautiful colors in the clouds over the lake and mountains.
We met a guy at the top of this lookout who had actually lived in Michigan for a few years and he heard us looking for Mt
for that time of year and that summer should be beautiful because they
had so much snow during the winter. Fortunately, or unfortunately depending on how you look at it, he informed us that it was going to start raining around 1:00. So we rearranged our plans and decided to hold off on the Swiss National Museum and start our walking tour first.
After taking in the gorgeous view and impending clouds, we made our way back to the train. On our way down to the city, we were in a car to ourselves, for a little while at least. Once back into central Zurich, we began our walk.