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Ireland to Switzerland

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After my partner got a job here in Zurich and started work about a month ago, I moved over to live with him this week. His work has provided a pretty sad and overpriced studio, hopefully we can find something better soon! I spent most of my first day in the country sending 30 odd emails... Sadly neither of us speak a word of German so Google Translate and I aren't having much success in the way of housing.



He's in IT and I'm an avian biologist; I'm hoping to find a PhD here in Switzerland or get a job in conservation/etc, but I am mostly here to support him. I'm exited to get out and see more nature here in beautiful Switzerland, so I'd love any suggestions for sightseeing weekends away from Zurich.



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Hi, and welcome to Switzerland and the EF!

There are many nice trips around Zurich ... one that's in Zurich is to get a train up Uetliberg, walk along the ridge to Felsenegg, then catch the cable car down to Adliswil and the train back into town. You can stop for a nice hot drink at Felsenegg to look out over the lake, if you like ... and you could also do the whole trip in reverse. Something to keep you entertained along the walk is the Planetenweg (Planet Walk) - a scale model of our solar system, with the various celestial objects to scale in both size and distance from each other.

You could also have a trip up to the Rhein Falls, just a short train trip north of Zurich. Largest waterfall in Europe (based on volume of flow, iirc), and great place for photos in good weather.

If you'd like a local castle, there's Schloss Kyburg nearby - close to Winterthur. A day-trip there is also quite enjoyable, they have some historical items set up inside.

There are many others ...
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Thank you! Uetliberg was great, but it was foggy so we'll definitely need to go again. Now. I'm trying to find things around the city centre to do for cheap/free to keep me busy while the other half is at work. The botanical gardens are fantastic, good lunch stop for a biologist
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Thank you! Uetliberg was great, but it was foggy so we'll definitely need to go again. Now. I'm trying to find things around the city centre to do for cheap/free to keep me busy while the other half is at work. The botanical gardens are fantastic, good lunch stop for a biologist
Well, if you hang around the lake at the Arboretum, there is the Voliere (a bird sanctuary) which also has some lovely plants inside ... you can drop in there when they're open, and in good weather the birds are often in the outdoor cages as well. Some of birds they keep are rare.

Oh, more plants: the Zurich succulent collection might also be right up your alley.

For something a bit different, you could also try focusTerra, a geology museum with some interesting displays, including an earthquake simulator.

There are also a range of different museums, some of which have free sections and others you need to pay to enter: Rietberg Museum, Kulturama, Swiss National Museum, the Money Museum, the Zurich Art Gallery, the Zurich Tram Museum, and the Beyer Clock & Watch Museum.

Hopefully there are a few things to interest you in that lot.
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Fantastic suggestions!
Oh, thanks again! This'll definitely keep me busy! I'd planned to go to the Bird sanctuary tomorrow, actually! I hope I'll see some staff there >> maybe flash my business card and years of aviculture work at them! Even volunteer work would be amazing. Being a homemaker doesn't suit me at all, so bored!
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Re: Ireland to Switzerland

You probably already know about these folks, but since I stumbled across their site on the way to somewhere else, I thought I'd mention it just in case:

It looks like there occasionally might be a few volunteer opportunities at the Greifvogelstation, Burg Am Irchel.

https://greifvogelstation.ch/aktiv-w...d-zivildienst/
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It looks like there occasionally might be a few volunteer opportunities at the Greifvogelstation, Burg Am Irchel.

https://greifvogelstation.ch/aktiv-w...d-zivildienst/
Thanks, I actually applied for a job with them recently, so, I'll probably wait a bit before I offer them my experience for free!
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