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Switzerland 2011: Zurich Airport and Uetliberg

posted by Martin Rubli at 14:02

Flying Singapore Airlines to Zurich comes with the benefit of arriving timely in the morning leaving an extra day of activities, thereby lessening the symptoms of jetlag. After last year's visit of the Rhine Falls near Schaffhausen (one of these days I'll upload those photos, I promise ...) we decided to first spend a little time at the airport spotting planes.

Since you rarely get to really see the plane you're taking we figured we'd get a better look from the observation deck. So, after flying it for the third time we were finally able to see the A380 in all its impressiveness from the rooftop of the midfield terminal.

Another trip that, for me at least, was long overdue was to the Uetliberg, Zurich's closest and best-known (I'm tempted to add "only") mountain. In my 13 years of living in Zurich I've only been there once and I merely remember from being told about it.

Here you go, part 1 from our Switzerland vacation 2011:


The Singapore Airlines Airbus A380 at gate E59 of the Zurich Airport midfield terminal, the only place where it can dock due to its size.

The Singapore Airlines Airbus A380 at gate E59 of the Zurich Airport midfield terminal, the only place where it can dock due to its size.

This is the very plan we had arrived just one and a half hours earlier. After getting our luggage we took the bus back out to the observation deck because that's really the only place where you can see a plane docked at terminal E. There's no unrestrained view from the architecturally challenged inside.

This is the very plan we had arrived just one and a half hours earlier. After getting our luggage we took the bus back out to the observation deck because that's really the only place where you can see a plane docked at terminal E. There's no unrestrained view from the architecturally challenged inside.

Swiss International Air Lines Airbus A320-214 taking off from runway 28 at ZRH.

Swiss International Air Lines Airbus A320-214 taking off from runway 28 at ZRH.

Swiss International Air Lines Avro RJ100 taking off from the same runway. In the background you can see the beautiful Bernese Alps.

Swiss International Air Lines Avro RJ100 taking off from the same runway. In the background you can see the beautiful Bernese Alps.

Air Berlin Airbus A319-112 lifting off over Rümlang.

Air Berlin Airbus A319-112 lifting off over Rümlang.

Swiss International Air Lines Airbus A330-343 after take off from runway 16.

Swiss International Air Lines Airbus A330-343 after take off from runway 16.

Plane spotters on the midfield terminal terrace. In the background a Singapore Airlines A380.

Plane spotters on the midfield terminal terrace. In the background a Singapore Airlines A380.

The observation tower on top of the Uetliberg, Zurich's backyard mountain.

The observation tower on top of the Uetliberg, Zurich's backyard mountain.

View of the Lake of Zurich seen from the Uetliberg look-out tower.

View of the Lake of Zurich seen from the Uetliberg look-out tower.

Panoramic view of the Lake of Zurich with the remarkable Ruchen (the mountain surrounded by clouds) in the background.

Panoramic view of the Lake of Zurich with the remarkable Ruchen (the mountain surrounded by clouds) in the background.

Sun shades on top of the Uetliberg.

Sun shades on top of the Uetliberg.

The top of the Ruchen, part of the Glarus Alps, surrounded by clouds.

The top of the Ruchen, part of the Glarus Alps, surrounded by clouds.

Ivy riding a barely definable animal. :-)

Ivy riding a barely definable animal. :-)

View of Zurich. Look through the binoculars if you want to see something more closely. (Hahaha ...)

View of Zurich. Look through the binoculars if you want to see something more closely. (Hahaha ...)

The look-out tower on top of the Uetliberg.

The look-out tower on top of the Uetliberg.

An odd lamp along the road.

An odd lamp along the road.


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