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Road Tripping in Switzerland? Watch Out for the 'Sex Box'

August 28, 2013 at 3:43 PM | by | Comments (0)

While Americans debates whether their tax dollars should go to publically fund universal healthcare, the Swiss voted to saddle up and spend $2.6 million on a drive-in prostitution facility.

Legal in the country since 1942, the so-called “sex boxes” are the response to an on-going problem with the sex industry in certain neighborhoods throughout the city of Zurich. The facility is located away from the city center and serves as a bit of a safe haven for prostitutes and their clients.

The details are pretty incredible. The sex boxes, open “daily” from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m., are adjoined to a facility that is staffed by city social workers to look after the women. According to the AP, the sex workers must register with the city and “obtain a special permit, at a cost of 40 Swiss francs ($43) a year, and pay 5 francs ($5.40) a night in taxes, which helps the city offset maintenance costs.”

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Video Interlude: The (Time-Lapse) Comings and Goings of Zurich Airport

August 6, 2013 at 10:01 AM | by | Comments (0)

Today's Tuesday and, since we've successfully started another week, it's time to celebrate with a cool video. We could come up with a cutesy series like Tilt-shift or Time-Lapse Tuesday, but whatever we call it, the result is the same: a vid with lots of planes! This time around, it's SWISS' time-lapse romp of happy planes taking off and landing on a sunny morning at Zurich International Airport.

As expected, the video is filled with "pluses," both literally and figuratively. The first plus is watching planes of all shapes and sizes zip by the camera lens on their way to a gate or a new destination. Filmed with tilt-shift capabilities, the aircraft look as if they're all part of a tiny, model airport and make us feel as though we're kids again.

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Watch This Stunning Swiss Alps Time-Lapse, Then Visit the Summit Yourself

November 6, 2012 at 2:18 PM | by | Comments (0)

Helvetia's Dream from Alessandro Della Bella on Vimeo.

Ever flown into Switzerland's Zurich Airport? You step off the plane and the soaring windows fill only with the expanse of blue sky all around. Then you step into the terminal transfer train and, in the darkness, there's the sound of cows mooing, cow bells clanking and alpine horns tooting from the speakers.

The first bit of the video below instantly brought us back to that moment at Zurich Airport, as it also features that typical Swiss soundtrack...before jumping into a rhythm to compliment the stupendous vistas in the time-lapse.

This video. named "Helvetia's Dream," comes from Swiss photographer Alessandro Della Bella and is an ode to his homeland and the landscape in which he grew up. He obviously headed to the top of a few mountains for the shots, but we're here to tell you that you can as well, and easily.

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Zurich is Lucky It Has Its Looks

October 20, 2011 at 5:43 PM | by | Comments (0)

Disregarding Scandinavia for a moment, one of the most expensive cities you can visit in Europe is Zurich, Switzerland. This is the land of $8 lattes, pay-to-pee portapotties and four-star hotels asking four digits a night. In other words, it's not exactly for the budget traveler...until we drop the secret that direct flights to ZRH from the US often feature in those crazily discounted airfare sales. Getting a roundtrip for $350 sure defrays the cost of eating pretty little Swiss sweets every day.

Luckily for Zurich (and the rest of Switzerland, really), the scenery and atmosphere is so appealing and so intoxicating that it's easy to be distracted from your fast-emptying wallet. That $8 latte? Get it and walk down the River Limmat, and you'll look up from your caffeine to the scene pictured above. $8 doesn't seem so bad all of a sudden.

What we're saying is: when faced with excellent travel deals to expensive destinations, don't write off the idea immediately. Instead, plan. Your travel budget will be lower, so prepare for a higher daily budget. And—this is huge—do not complain about the inflated price of McDonald's. TACKY, especially when someplace like this is likely just around the corner.

[Photo: Jaunted]

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The Flagship Freitag Shop in Zurich, Switzerland: A Towering Mecca of Eco-Design

August 4, 2011 at 5:03 PM | by | Comments (0)

Down a street that's more like an alley along the railroad tracks to Zurich's Hauptbahnhof (main train station) sits a stack of colorful shipping containers. It's Geroldstrasse 17, the address of the flagship store for the homegrown Swiss brand Freitag and it's something of a shopper's mecca for those "in the know" in the design, fashion and eco communities.

Why so? Well, Freitag is a bag and accessories company begun by two brothers who were inspired by the tarps that cover semi-truck loads driving around Europe, delivering their goods. The boys would buy the used tarps, wash them and cut them to repurpose the durable material into messenger bags, backpacks, travel duffles, even wallets...until it caught on and became a proper business with a look desired the world over.

Freitag bags are easy to spot; just go to any college campus, design school or "cool" town (Portland and New York are great places for Freitag-spotting). Owners of Freitags have been known to nod at each other in passing, as if members of a secret club...yet all they did was invest a little money into a top quality accessory that originates here, in Zurich.

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Harley-Davidson Gets Its Motor Running for...Zurich Airport?!

August 3, 2011 at 9:35 AM | by | Comments (0)

If you’re spending your summer in Europe and are hungry for a little slice of Americana, you might want to plan a layover in Zurich. There’s now plenty of chrome and carburetors thanks to a Harley-Davidson motorcycle exhibit right at Zurich Airport, so grab a Big Mac from the airport’s McDonald’s and check it out.

The choppers thundered into the airport back at the end of June, and they’re scheduled to stick around through August 7. Things are set up in the middle of the Airport Center at the airport disobeying the no-parking signs. As is usual with the Harley Davidson brand, the display is definitely selling the lifestyle and attitude rather than just the bikes. So in addition to the ten different motorcycles on display there’s plenty of mannequins sporting the latest in logo shirt fashion and of course plenty of leather goods.

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Peeking into Wings Bar, the Zurich Pub That Thinks It's a Swiss Airplane

Where: Limmatquai 54, Zurich, Switzerland
July 12, 2011 at 4:40 PM | by | Comments (0)

It's a Swiss bar that looks like a plane! Or is it...a Swiss plane that looks like a bar? Oh c'mon you know it's the former, and you can step right into it yourself for a drink when you're next in Zurich, Switzerland. It's surprisingly easy to find, too; located on the main street along the River Limmat, Limmatquai, Wings Bar is a perfect spot for attracting regular folks and not just avgeeks.

Inside, the decor is proper Swiss Air red and white, which makes sense seeing as how the owners are former Swiss crew, who opened the place back in 2001 after Swiss Air went bankrupt and sold off some goodies at auction. You'll find those goodies tucked around the place; there's real airline seats here and there, fronted by cocktail tables for enjoying a drink from their rather large menu.

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Foreign Grocery Friday: The Brat to Order in Zurich is a St. Gallen

July 1, 2011 at 12:40 PM | by | Comments (0)

When we travel, one of our favorite things to do is to pop into a local grocery store and check out the food products and candies we'd never find anywhere else. So we're trying out this new feature, Foreign Grocery Friday, where each week we'll feature some of our (and your) favorite overseas treats. Got a recommendation? Let us know!

In Germanic Europe, every city, town and even individual restaurant is known for a special type of sausage. For example, the region of Bavaria is all about their weißwurst and the town of Nuremburg has its own smaller version, the Nürnberger Bratwurst. The trend continues further south in Austria and Switzerland, and in Zurich, you'll want to order up a St. Gallen Brat with a Gold Bürli roll. It's a traditional combination in the city, best served at a single heavily-touristed restaurant of course, but it's worth it.

The taste: A St. Gallen is about 6 inches of grilled, milky veal brat goodness. Be careful upon first bite, as the trapped hot juices could burn your tongue. Following this, the heat to beware is that of the mustard. This is a damned spicy mustard—though crazy tasty—and a comic drawing posted in the restaurant warns diner of it. A St. Gallen should be eaten by being dipped in the mustard, chased with a glug of good beer and a bite of the plain and crusty Bürli roll.

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Inside Runway 34, a Vintage Airplane-Turned-Restaurant at Zurich Airport

Where: Rohrholzstrasse 67, Opfikon, Zurich, Switzerland, 8152
May 23, 2011 at 12:34 PM | by | Comments (0)

In 2005, an old Soviet Ilyushin IL-14 airplane made its final flight (pic here), landing for good at Zurich International Airport. Its fate was to become a very unique attraction, the centerpiece of a new restaurant just outside the airport at the very end of runway 34. In fact, the restaurant and bar is called Runway 34, and it's something of a special secret for international flight crew, aviation geeks and those who just enjoy seeing the quirky sights.

During a recent jaunt off to Switzerland, we made it a point to visit Runway 34, even if it involved a trek through deserted streets at 10pm the night before our early morning flight. There was an airplane trapped in a restaurant! Duh, we wanted to go and at least have drinks on its wing. Unfortunately our cutting it short cost us, and only the bar was open. Perfect, actually; a waiter took a shining to us and gave us a guided tour of the whole place, letting us run around and go camera-crazy.

And we have video...

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Peeing in Switzerland: Yep, Even This Will Cost Ya

April 13, 2011 at 2:16 PM | by | Comments (0)

Ryanair isn't the only one in love with the idea of pee fees; European train stations have elevated it from just an idea to a practice, installing many automatic pay bathrooms to serve the tens of thousands of travelers who pass through every day. One such station is the Zürich Hauptbahnhof in Switzerland, known as a hustley-bustley nexus for trains around the continent.

The pee fee area is hilariously named "McClean," though not associated with the Golden Arches in any way. It's a fancy pee station; there's also the option of taking a shower or just using a vanity to freshen up, although you have to pay extra, of course.

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$8 Vanilla Lattes and Other Perils of Starbucks in Switzerland

April 4, 2011 at 3:01 PM | by | Comment (1)

When we're away from home, we take a perverted pleasure in sauntering into places we recognize, and noting differences. For example, checking out the "Shaka Shaka Chicken" on the menu at McDonalds in Tokyo, or swinging by the "World's Nicest Taco Bell" on a beach in California. Okay, so most of this involves fast food, but then there's always Starbucks.

Do you think you pay a lot for Starbucks coffee in the States? Well, then avoid going to Starbucks in countries that rank high on the quality of life scale. For example: Switzerland. Starbucks is celebrating its tenth anniversary of being in the country, and their shiny signs convinced us to come in during a recent visit to Zurich. Hold on to your wallet...

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Foreign Grocery Friday: The Luxemburgerli of Zürich

March 25, 2011 at 6:12 PM | by | Comments (0)

When we travel, one of our favorite things to do is to pop into a local grocery store and check out the food products and candies we'd never find anywhere else. So we're trying out this new feature, Foreign Grocery Friday, where each week we'll feature some of our (and your) favorite overseas treats. Got a recommendation? Let us know!

Everyone knows Lindt, right? Swiss chocolate Lindor truffles and whatnot... But although the name Lindt is well-known, its full name—Lindt & Sprüngli—is practically a secret. If you'd like to taste this other half of the Lindt genius, then you've got to save up and head to Zürich, Switzerland, an expensive city if ever there was one.

This year marks the 175th anniversary of Sprüngli, and with that many years behind them, you can bet that their version of a macaron—called Luxemburgerli—are long perfected.

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