[Favorite cities] #13 Zürich Lake Waterfront Stroll 苏黎世走走停停

Today I’ll take you to the largest Swiss city – Zürich. Switzerland is a very strange European country to me. Unless other big cities, such as Paris or Brussels where you can feel safe in some district and less safe in another. In Zurich, however, even the red light district – Langstrasse, you won’t feel any unsafe, like @liflorence mentioned.

It can be good or can be boring for the only “big city” in the country, which is also part of the reason some concern Switzerland as a boring country. Yet I think the best way to get the most out of your travel or you life is to enjoy what a place offers. For example, when in India, we should enjoy all the colors, the food and the noise. When in Switzerland, in contrast, we should enjoy its calmness and serenity.

我来写写苏黎世这个瑞士最大的城市。瑞士是个比较特别的欧洲国家,提到瑞士,大家的印象这是个安静美丽祥和的地方。苏黎世虽然是个不小的城市,但是跟其他欧洲大城市,比如巴黎或者布鲁塞尔,画风完全不一样。在巴黎,有一些危险区域都时能不去就不去。而苏黎世即使是火车站附近或者红灯区也是一副平和的奇景。

大概一些人会觉得这不错,也有人觉得这很无聊。作为瑞士唯一的“大”城市,却没有个大城市的繁华模样。我之前来也是这么觉得,不过这次来居然觉得其实还不错。毕竟旅行中最重要是学会享受当地有的,比如印度有色彩,南美有拉丁风情,来瑞士自然就是要享受这一份祥和。

Although its name being Zurichsee, the lake extends southeast of Zürich. This is similar like the concept of Geneva Lake, which also get a name from the biggest city near the lake. @liflorence lives in Thalwil, a lakeside town easily accessible from Zurich.

和日内瓦湖一样,虽然苏黎世湖也是以城市来命名,但是其实苏黎世湖可大了,一直延伸到苏黎世的东南角。Li住的Thalwil小镇离苏黎世不远,临湖而建的小镇。

When I visited Zurich, it was great weather, 20 degrees for mid Octorber, quite unusual. On a clear day like this, you could get a spectacular view of the icy mountains far away around the lake. When later we took the train, we should even see the snowy mountain from Bern. If you get time, a boat ride on the lake can also be relaxing.

我去的时候天气真是太好了,我和Li开玩笑是夏日的回光返照,这样的温暖秋季真是难得降临欧洲。天气好到可以一眼望到远方的雪山。后来我们坐火车去伯尔尼的时候,居然还在伯尔尼看到雪山,Li说这在平常基本不可能。如果有时间还可以坐船游湖。

Or simply sit down in the bank of the lake, buy some bread to feed the swans.

或者跟当地人一样,坐在湖边喂天鹅也不错。

I remember this colorful merry-go-round near the lake and taking same picture here. Back then I thought it must be a part of the moving funfair or something. But apparently it’s been here forever.

我记得五年前来苏黎世,也看到这个旋转木马,当时还以为是为了什么临时游园会设的。这次才恍然大悟这个就是常年在苏黎世这个沿湖广场上。

We had a great stroll through the cobblestone streets and the window shopping. There were many cafes, along with restaurants and stores. @liflorence took me to some nice shops she likes, including this beautiful bookshop, full of old English books.

我们在苏黎世古城鹅卵石小道走走停停。老城也是很悠闲的气氛,有一些咖啡店,小酒吧,还有一些有设计感的小店。Li带我去了她喜欢的日式餐具店,还有这个很英式的复古书店。

Thalwil train station.

Thalwil的火车站

Many Swiss people choose to live along the lakeside. The area is certainly great to live, I saw many walking their dogs there. Other side of the lake is full of lake-view houses. Tennis player Roger Federer has a house somewhere 30 minutes away from Thalwil, on another side of the lake.

苏黎世附近有很多公司,很多瑞士人选择住在湖边的小镇,然后通勤去大城市工作。小镇很平和,看到很多老年人饭后遛狗。Li告诉我湖那一边都是土豪住的湖景房,因为那个区域税不多,其实瑞士本身税比欧洲其他国家要少很多。费德勒在不远处也有一栋湖景房。

Just on time to catch a glimpse of the sunset on the Zurich canal. On the east side of the canal there were gritty bars and clubs, while the west side, more classic stores. It was great to take a walk here during the sunset. You can feed seagulls on the bridges. Seems fun, but I think you should avoiding sandwiches there, they would think it’s for them too.

日落时分是光苏黎世运河的好时间。运河两边的小房子被夕阳映衬的很美丽。运河上的一个个小桥上有人用面包喂鸟。在苏黎世玩,随身备几块面包真是乐趣会多很多。不过得要小心你的三明治不要被海鸥们给叼过去了,他们很厉害。

Big shoutout to @liflorence for showing me this lovely city.

Thanks Steemit friends for reading.

Joy’s Swiss trip, to be continued.

谢谢 @liflorence 带我玩,瑞士之旅。
瑞士之旅,未完待续。

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