In Zurich, trams are the backbone of the public transport system serving the center as well as most city neighborhoods and suburbs. 15 lines run on 171.9 kilometers of track with a total route length of 72.9 kilometers. As the infrastructure within Zürich is largely street based, it is an excellent way to explore the city. So, we came up with the idea to ride all the lines and tell you what you get to see on the way.
Tram Line #5: Laubegg – Kirche Fluntern
Today we went on a lunch date at a place called Heidi & Tell at Bahnhof Enge where they serve delicious, homemade burgers. Whilst it might not have been the lightest lunch ever, we had a great time one day before our baby’s due date. We are not very nervous, more excited and it is weird not to know when the day will be here when we get to meet our baby.
I accompanied Renz back to his office and took tram #5 from Laubegg at the foot of Zurich’s landmark mountain Uetliberg. Down we go towards Saalsporthalle, one of the city’s biggest stadiums, which is mainly used for indoor sports. Right next to the stadium you find a large shopping center called Sihlcity – if you are in the mood to spend some money, hop off the tram and roam through the various shops. On the former paper factory area plot you also find many restaurants, a multiplex movie theatre and a hotel with a integrated spa. The Kalanderplatz in front of the center gets very busy especially around lunchtime.
Via a stop called Waffenplatzstrasse (weapon square) the tram reaches the train station Enge, where you cross tramlines #6 and #7.
From there my ride takes a sharp left towards the Mythenquai along the shore of lake Zurich. The next stop is named after one of the leading comprehensive life, pensions and financial solutions providers, the former Rentananstalt (now called SwissLife).
The stretch along the lake is marvelous; the Landiwiese is a large meadow and Zurich’s exhibition and cultural lawn. In 1939 the National Exhibition “Landi” took place here, therefore the name. Nowadays, especially when the weather is nice, the meadow is packed with people strolling, having picnics, playing games or sunbathing. Historic buildings seam the Mythenquai up to Bürkliplatz.
After a quick stop at Bellevue, the line climbs up to Kunsthaus and Kantonsschule Rämibühl, one of the city’s oldest and largest grammar school attended by more than 2000 students.
Not far away you stop at Platte on the huge compound of the University of Zurich, one of the leading research universities in Europe with over 26’000 students and seven faculties (theology, law, economics, arts & social science, human & veterinary medicine and science).
Only one stop – Voltastrasse – separates us now from the terminus station Kirche Fluntern.
It is very green up here and hard to believe you are still in the city! It more feels like a lovely, serene village and the view over the city is not to be scoffed at!
There is the Alte Kirche Fluntern (the old church built in the 18th century) right at the tram station and the Grosse Kirche Fluntern up on a hill. I decide to climb up there – I have never been there before – and realize with delight that even with my big tummy I don’t get out of breath too badly. Okay I admit, a gentleman, who could be my father, overtook me. But I hey, I have time J
The Grosse Kirche Fluntern – a Protestant church – was built in the years 1918-1920 in the neoclassical style. I decide to take a short break and just enjoy the sunshine and the view.