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Railviews Waterfalls

Rhine Falls in Switzerland

View of the Rhine Falls from the train

Near Schaffhausen, there is a vast waterfall called the Rhine Falls (Rheinfall). The view above one can have using the Eglisau-Neuhausen Railway Line. Another chance to see this waterfall by train is taking the railroad Winterthur-Schaffhausen (Rheinfallbahn) which is crossing the Rhine via that bridge on the left.

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Sundials

Sundial at Thiergarten in Schaffhausen

Sundial at the Thiergarten in Schaffhausen, Switzerland

The Thiergarten is a mansion-like building near the Museum zu Allerheiligen in Schaffhausen. The inscription below the sundial reminds of the fact that this building was destroyed by an airstrike on April 1st, 1944. On that day Schaffhausen was mistaken for a German city by a couple of American bombers.

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Castles Landmarks

Munot Fortress in Schaffhausen

Munot Fortress in Schaffhausen, Switzerland

Really not the best photo taken through the windows of my bus, but what would be a visit to the city of Schaffhausen without taking a pic of its signature landmark? Munot was built as circular fortress in 16th century and serves as venue for events organized by the Munotverein now.

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Railways

Catching the moment on a train ride

Swiss castle behind the trees

I love train trips. I love to watch the landscape and to discover tiny details. And I love to take photos. Well, I am not sure about the last one…

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Christmas Christmas Markets Railway Stations

Christmas market at Zurich main railway station

Christmas market at Zurich Central Station

My first christmas market experienced at a railway station was the Christkindlimarkt, a christmas market inside the hall of Zurich main railway station.

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Railways

A cozy IC instead of a busy ICE

A cozy IC instead of a busy ICE

After a relaxing hour at the SBB Lounge in Zurich I wanted to go to Koblenz. Shocking! Instead of the announced German ICE a Swiss IC was awaiting me. The outcome: No power outlets for working on computer but cozy upholstered armchairs for reading a book. Which version would you prefer for a train journey?

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Museums

Old Gotthard mail coach

Old Gotthard mail coach in Zurich, Switzerland

At the Landesmuseum Zurich next to the Zurich Central Station I came across this old way of travelling: A mail-coach for crossing the St Gotthard massif in the 2nd half of 19th century.

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Public Art Railway Stations

Sculpture L’Ange Protecteur in Zurich

Sculpture L'Ange Protecteur in Zurich, Switzerland

On my walk through Zurich Central Station (Zürich Hauptbahnhof) I came across this public art created by Niki de Saint Phalle. The sculpture is titled L’Ange Protecteur. I’ve already seen a lot of public art by this artist in Hanover, but this was my first encounter with her work at a railway station.

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Christmas

Shopping street in St. Moritz

Shopping street in St. Moritz, Switzerland

After a stunning ride with the Albula Railway I had a short walk through a shopping street of St. Moritz. It was a sort of walking along the most expensive trademarks of the world.

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Railways

Sledging from Preda to Bergün

Tobbogan run in Preda, Switzerland

Fun idea: You can travel with the Albula Railway up to the railway station Preda in the Swiss canton of Graubünden and sled down to Bergün by a sledge. On my train journey to St Moritz I saw a lot of people leaving the train at this small station heading to a nearby sledge rental.

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Bridges Railviews Railways World Heritage Sites

Landwasser Viaduct at the Albula Railway

Landwasser viaduct at Albula Railway, Switzerland

Pic of my train taken while sitting in the last coach. The train is just passing the famous Landwasser Viaduct of the Albula Railway, a world heritage site in Switzerland. In this huge scenery my train looks like a tiny object of a model railway layout, doesn’t it?

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Public Art Sculptures

Sculpture by Robert Indermaur in Thusis

Sculpture of a waiting lady in Thusis

This bronze sculpture named ‘Die Reisende‘ (The Traveller) was created by Robert Indermaur in 1993. It is situated on a platform of the railway station Thusis. I took the photo from my seat at a panorama coach of the Albula Railway. Love the white hat which made me think this lady has already been waiting for a long time.