Touring Switzerland with the Keatings|
Tour Part 2
Tour Part 3
Tour Part 4
Tour Part 5
Comment by Konrad Meyer-Usteri
|Old Town of Arosa|
|St. Peter Bahnhof|
|Appenzell railroad cog|
This is the first part of a multi message travelogue on our trip to Switzerland. Liz took 264
pictures. I selected 40, 2/3rds are covered bridge pix and the balance are pictures characteristic of
Switzerland. All pictures, except for a couple (with Liz in photo) were taken by my wife, Lisette.
I took the ones with her in them.
We arrived in Zurich on April 20. We met our tour guides, Carl Fowler and Jan Brink at the
airport. We then took the train to central Zurich, transferred to another train to Chur (pronounced
"Kur") and checked in to our hotel. Carl Fowler, our chief guide and VP of Rail Travel Center,
advised us that we could take a no-additional cost cog rail trip (each of us had a Swiss 1st class
rail/bus pass) to Arosa, a pretty town high in the mountains. Liz and I elected to take the trip.
It was snowing when we got there!! Along the way, Liz took a picture of the St. Peter
Bahnhof (bahn=train, hof=house). Note the roof not 50/50 but 70/30. I guess it had something to
do with the snow. She also took a picture of a building with "sgraffiti". Many Swiss buildings
have these drawings.
On April 21, we went to St. Gallen and then to Appenzell. Appenzell is in the mountains and
reachable via a cog railway (see photo). Appenzell has some rather gruesome drawings of a battle
between the Appenzellers and the Austrians that took place about 700 years ago. All the
Austrians were killed. Although I was not aware of this history, the Austrians ruled eastern
Switzerland for a while. In the William Tell myth (William Tell was not a historically verified
person, according to Carl), it was an Austrian nobleman, who forced Tell to shoot the apple off
his son's head as punishment for not doffing his hat to said nobleman. Tell subsequently murdered
On April 22, we took the Bernina Express to Tirano, Italy. See the photo of the famous
Landwasser Viaduct, built in 1902, part of the Bernina Express. Tirano is a pretty little town. On
April 23, we went to the Mainau Gardens, located on an island in the Bodensee(Lake
On April 24, we went to Davos. Along the way, we went thru a concrete bridge built in a
bridge style (see photo). This bridge is a railroad bridge over the Landquart river at Klosters.
Next photos are of two covered bridges, SZ-10-15, near Churwalden on Rt#3, over the
Eggatobel river (taken thru a bus window). SZ-10-12 is south of Rt 19, over the Vorderrhein
river, near Rueun.
Concrete bridge at Klosters resembles covered bridge
|Covered Bridge S-10-15 near Churwalden over
Rueun Covered Bridge S-10-12 over Vorderrhein R.