Hopefully you had a few spare moments to catch up on my last post from a recent visit to Switzerland and getting the most out of limited time to see the city sites in a hour. Also on on my list of sites worth seeing is the train station public art. Switzerland is one of the most rail connected countries in Europe so it makes complete sense they’d make the train stations more than just basic. In this case graffiti art at the bike racks in the Zug train station.
Luv the vivid colors and the morphing of one art piece into another along the wall. The character art is really interesting too from the familiar to the abstract! I’m always amazed at spray can wielding artists who can make crazy good art from less than precise paint.
In case you’re wondering, yes there was a great plaque which I’m guessing explained the artwork -but of course it was in German. Next time I’ll have to be techno savvy and take a photo with Google goggles to see if it can work it’s magic to tell me what it is. The Zug train station also had a large light installation which appears at dusk.
The other thing you might notice is there are a ton of bikes – this was about a 50 foot long wall all with bike racks and nearly full. This goes along with my luv of all things related to public transportation art by train or bus. So many people bike in Swizerland that it makes the US West Coast biking capitals (Seattle, WA; Portland, OR; San Francisco, CA) look a little lite on pedal power. I’d be perfectly ok with biking to a train station, have a little R&R on the train going to and from work and take in a bit of art, instead of battling the freeway jungle.
Enjoy your next trip by bike and catch a bit of art!
In a new city with limited time to see it? Or maybe you just want to see it at your own pace. On vacation and business travel I’ve found the best way to see a new city is a morning run or walk. Yes, this means your spare time does double duty – a workout and city tour all in one! I luv seeing new cities in the morning best. The city is quiet which makes it easier to navigate and any crazy people aren’t up an out yet. By running or walking you get to see nooks and crannies you can’t see from a moving vehicle. It’s also a great time to get a flavor of the everyday life.
Whether you run or walk it’s always easy to take your ‘fitness equipment’ with you – a pair of running shoes- it doesn’t take up much room in your travel bag. I’ve found the hotel front desk is a great source for recommending running paths and never steers me into the wrong parts of town. In fact some even provide pre-printed running maps!
Last week I was on business travel in Lucerne, Switzerland for 4 days. My first time in the country with the likelihood I wouldn’t return, at least anytime soon. I wanted to be sure I saw beyond the hotel walls. Working days were long, which meant leaving at 7:30 am and arriving back at the hotel after 9:30 pm. I checked a couple websites on ‘the places to see’ in town and most were just blocks from the hotel. Two mornings I decided to get up a bit earlier, lace up the shoes and throw on a warm layer of clothes. The first morning was an amazing run along Lake Lucerne (Lake Luzern). The path was paved and lit, the Lake amazingly beautiful and serene. It also gave me the chance to see the historic Grand Hotel National -at least from the outside!
The second run was along the River Reuss, across the longest canopied wooden footbridge in the world – the Chapel Bridge and next to the watchtower, one of the most photographed sites. On my running loop I also had a chance to see one of the Nine Towers that is part of the old city wall and run through the cobblestone streets of old town. These two early morning runs covered at least 6 tourists sites on the must see list in an hour! Talk about making the most of my time.
Chapel Bridge, Switzerland
Old Town, Lucerne
Need more reasons to spend your spare time taking a leisurely run or walk through the city? You find great local shops with handmade goods like Change Maker, plus you are guilt free in trying delicious little treats like Luxemburgerlis (a Lucerne macaroon)!
Hopefully I have convinced you enough to skip that extra hour of sleep – you can sleep when you get home- and spend your spare time taking a morning run (or walk) through a new city!