Two days in Zurich

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

When I left Strasbourg it started raining and I could arrive in Zurich, one of the top travel destinations of this road trip July 2012, during the evening. After hundreds of km by car I had a rest in the Youth Hostel Zurich, the biggest hostel ever seen. The morning of Saturday 28th I started the visit to the city. "Welcome back to Switzerland" that's what I said...and a return ticket by tram costed 8 CHF, approximately 6 Euros. However, the first place I saw was the railway station, the biggest one even seen, with more than 60 platforms. 

As one of my passions is the history, especially the modern and contemporary one, I crossed the station and reached the Schweizerisches Landesmuseum, whose location was a medieval castle.
Diaries of an explorer
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Strasbourg and its Grand Ile in one day, France

Monday, September 17, 2012

After some days around Karlsruhe, on the 27th of July the next destination would have been the close city of Strasbourg in the Alsace region, object of several wars between France and Germany and nowdefinitely part of France.

However, besides what happened in the history, several towns around Strasbourg keep its German names. Once arrived in Strasbourg you realize that the main language used is French and the name of the streets are bilingual ( French / German).

Honestly I knew there was the European Parlament there (I'm a supporter of European Union), but the main reason of this visit was the Grand Ile, the historic centre of Strasbourg that is part of the list of Unesco sites.

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Maulbronn monastery complex, Germany

Monday, September 10, 2012

After the visit of Bruchsal the following destination was the Maulbronn monastery complex, located at 30 km far from Bruchsal and Karlsruhe, another site of the off the beaten path places to visit.

After having crossed an area of woody hills and vineyards I reached the town of Maulbronn. The main street leads to the abbey, considered "as the most complete and best-preserved medieval monastic complex north of the Alps", one of the reasons why this site has been added to the list of Unesco sites.

The complex is surrounded by fortified walls as you can see immediately at the entrance
and from outside it seems to be more a fortress rather than a monastery complex.

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