Not just a train station!
The magnificent Zurich main station was opened in 1871 and rebuilt and renovated in the early nineties. From here, trains leave for almost every city in Switzerland and Europe. An almost entire second station was built underground, where trains depart for the neighbouring suburbs and towns, guaranteeing good connections for commuters.
In Zurich there's no boring waiting-for-the-train. In the old and new part of the subterranean "Shopville", there are innumerable shopping facilities. You'll find almost everything here you can possibly imagine. And the best of all: most shops are open in the evening and on Sundays, which is not a matter of course in Switzerland.
The main station is worth a closer inspection regarding arts and architecture. Take some time and explore the combination of old and new architectual styles.
In the hall you'll find a lot of cosy bars and cafés. Sit down and have a look at the ceiling. High above your head there hovers an angel by Niki de Saint-Phalle keeping watch over the travellers.
The Zurich inline skate map
Skating - but safely! The new skating city map of Zurich offers, beside the necessary overview of skateable roads, further information which make skating great fun and safe at the same time. This way, skating is being promoted as a popular sport.
These days the Swiss Skate Maps series has seen a welcome addition: the first skating city map of Zurich has been released. Under the patronage of Zurich Tourism, the Frauenfeld cartography enterprise Wäger & Partner this exceptional and very elaborate map. The Zurich skating professionals Petra Steinlehner and Roland Walther gave their skating support.
As an addition ot the skateable roads and paths, the map gives you plenty of information in German and English going far beyond the limits of any ordinary city map. Even benches, tellers or drugstores are indicated. Over seventy pictures give you interesting views of skating possibilities in the different city quarters. For the development of popular skating sports as well as new touristic possibilitiesof a metropolis, the Swiss Skate Map of Zurich City is a hallmark for the future.
From trend to popular sport
Not too long ago, the trendy, freaky youths showed their acrobatic skills in much-frequented public places. This image has changed in the direction of a whole family's leisure fun in the form of hiking on wheels or to the elitistic sport of speedskating.
Skating today has become a part of school sports and finds its popularity increased in sports clubs of the polysportive kind as well. The offers of courses, taught by professional instructors, as well as guided trekkings grows daily. The benefit of these smooth, harmonious movements are accepted by health care - they offer several courses, even for senior citizens! Similar to the bike scene a few years back, the wild years of trend development are over and skating will establish itself as a popular sport.