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The Star: February 15, 2018

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The Star 27 Travel Value Cars Latest Christchurch news at www.star.kiwi www.valuecarswarehouse.co.nz 32 Moorhouse Ave | 03 366 7768 Thursday February 15 2018 The biggest range of vehicles in one location Take your camera to photogenic Zurich • By Mike Yardley AS TWILIGHT took hold in Zurich, I was goggling at the largest clock face in Europe, on the edge of the Limmat River. Dominating the skyline, the historic tower of St Peter Church is imbued with a trusty timepiece, as are the atmospheric church bells that reverberate across the Old Town from the four historic churches, including mighty Grossmunster Cathedral. Zurich has certainly emerged as a tale of two cities. Creating quite a buzz, Zurich-West, which has spectacularly transformed. This once scruffy industrial district has emerged as a vibrant cultural quarter of trendy eateries and edgy art, where factories have been repurposed as theatres and shipyards reimagined as art galleries. Viadukt is an exemplary example of the makeover, with a host of eateries, pop-up shops and art spaces housed inside the arches of the disused, 167m railway viaduct. You’ll also find Prime Tower here, a 35-storey skyscraper (Switzerland’s tallest), serving up a panoramic treat across Zurich’s rooftops, gleaming lake and snow-coated peaks beyond. Take in the sweeping scenery over a drink or two at Clouds Bar. Culture is writ large in Zurich and back in the Old Town, the narrow-cobbled streets gave rise to the Dada art movement just over a century ago. I popped into Cabaret Voltaire, at Spiegelgasse 1, which was the birthplace of Dada and the avant-garde artistic movement, in 1916. Absinthe is the drink of choice here, among Dada’s ghosts. The venue also has a shop selling souvenirs and art-themed gifts. Strolling along Bahnhofstrasse, flanked by chic designer boutiques, Café Sprungli deserves a pit-stop. This prized Zurich institution is rightly lauded for its heavenly macaroons. Further down the street, if feeling a little decadent, make a date with Teuscher for its famed champagne truffles. In a city of water and bridges, another top vantage point, above the twisting lanes of the Old Town is the Lindenhof. This was the site of a former Roman customs house, perched above the water. The vast assortment of guildhalls are central to Zurich’s backstory, and they’re great fun to explore. Could there be a finer roost than Hotel Storchen? For over 650 years, the Storchen’s classic hospitality has been widelyacclaimed, situated in Zurich’s romantic heart, on the river’s edge, in Weinplatz. A witness to history, its name derives from the MIGHTY: The Grossmunster Cathedral is a focal point on the Limmat River. pair of black storks who used to nest here. You’ll want to make your bed here too. A beautiful inlaid artwork of stork eggs on the floor of the main bar, speaks to its past – and it’s still a widelypractised tradition that rubbing your heel on the artwork delivers good luck. My perfectly formed guestroom afforded a dreamy view over the River Limmat, backed by many old town landmarks, spectacularly illuminated at night. For the very best deals and seasonal specials, check out the iPrefer app, which includes member rates and rewards, or book direct at www.preferredhotels.com FAST FACTS: •Travelling Switzerland by train is an unforgettably photogenic experience, leaving you in awe of their engineering prowess. Purchase a pass to suit your needs, in advance from Rail Europe, the experts in great rail travel. www.raileurope. co.nz Fly to Zurich with Cathay Pacific who operate ultracontemporary A350-900s, the newest aircraft in the world, from both Auckland and Christchurch. The cabin air quality is decidedly better, I experienced minimal jet-lag & the refreshed CX Entertainment system kept me suitably engaged. www. cathaypacific.com