red|guide Tipps: Zurich
EAT in Zurich: Zeughauskeller
Sausage reigns supreme here: 35 tons of it is eaten at the Zeughauskeller annually. Thin or thick, short or long, in rings, slices or in one piece, sausage is always served with potato salad, mustard and usually beer at the traditional restaurant. And if you are fed up with it have a sausage salad, smoked ham or a "Bürgermeister Schwert" (marinated baby beef paillards wound around a sword). Talking about swords: If you ask yourself why your meal is surrounded by all those weapons, here's the answer: The halberds on the wall pay tribute to the Zeughauskeller's bloody history. In the past, the Zeughauskeller accommodated the booty from the Burgundian Wars, i.e. weapons of all kinds, even Wilhelm Tell's crossbow is rumoured to have been spotted here. You can see a copy of it on the walls of this quaint restaurant, while you are enjoying a hearty serving of sausage, of course.
SHOP in Zurich: Orell Füssli
It's so typical: When you finally have time to read a book on your vacation, it's a boring book you've taken along. Either you've bought it somewhere shortly before your departure or you wanted to brag with it because it looked so good. Here comes our tip: The Orell Füssli Bookstore is centrally located and sells books that look good. Also the inside looks good. The specialist for design, photography and architecture has anything that makes the hearts of art fans leap, from Andreas Gursky to Adolf Loos or to essays on genuine British cottages. And if you are in no hurry you enjoy coffee over Helmut Newton and talk shop with your neighbour from the other table. But if you are no friend of coffee-table books you will also find literature at Orell Füssli, along with books on Switzerland and a selection of French books at that.
STAY in Zurich: Zürichberg
The Hotel Zürichberg is well off with its top location: on a hill above the town, amidst rolling hills, meadows and woods, with a terrific view of Zurich and the lake. Here, guests can rest and recreate, protected from noise and stress. The Art Nouveau building's façade hides what awaits you inside: top-class design. Noble parquet floors, shades in mauve and red and great designers such as Arne Jacobsen and Jasper Morrison forebode only good things for a good night's sleep. And late sleepers and caffeine junkies have only to steps to walk before reaching their own Nespresso machine on their room. While George Clooney is not included, the noble Restaurant R21 has other goodies in store. The Mediterranean cuisine is almost as attractive as George. We recommend a glass of champagne on the breathtaking terrace of Zürichberg and lots of idleness. And if that's not enough for you, you can also set out on a discovery trip in the woods behind the hotel. Double room from 219 Euros per night.
SEE in Zurich: Cabaret Voltairered|guide Zurich
Dada doesn't rest - Dada reproduces itself, says a phrase on the topic. And we add the following: If you say Dada too often, you become a bit gaga. But that's how it should be, probably. As what began at Cabaret Voltaire in 1916, soon became known as a playground of crazy emotions. Thus, Hugo Ball, Emmy Hennings and Hans Arp did not only stage their protest against World War I when opening their artists' pub but also invented a new art movement, which can hardly be described in words, therefore being simply called Dada. Dada is a collage from cubism, futurism and Medieval mystics, a wild blend of abstract dance and atonal music, of poetry, painting and the performing arts, i.e. Dada. If you got lost by now just come by. The Cabaret Voltaire is still flying the flags for Dada, delivering magic moments with exactly the right amount of irony palpable in every work of Dada.