Baden

I am behind quite a bit in noting our travel and adventures here in Switzerland. I’m trying to slowly but surely catch up, but no promises.

Last August, when my friends from The Netherlands came for a visit, one of the places we explored was Baden. Heath had to work, but the baby, my two friends and I headed out early.

Our first point of interest was a church…. There were a lot of interesting features on the exterior of the church, including a stone carving of a rather gruesome death skull. There was also a huge, well, thing – not quite sure what it was used for. It was a protrusion from the church, about 8 or 10 feet up with big barn-like doors on it. I forgot to get a picture of it, but I do have a picture of the death scenes on the base of the structre:

Unfortunately when we arrived the main clock tower was under renovation. But they had a really cool cover over the renovation mimicking the tower itself.

Like most old towns in Switzerland, Baden has a collection of beautiful old homes and buildings. Baden is most famous for its covered bridge; it is a beautiful work of art and engineering.

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Burning of the Böögg

OK, so I’m a little behind on this, but in April, my friend Stacy and I went to see the burning of the Böögg in Zürich. The Böögg is a giant snowman that is set alight atop a huge pyre and the length of time that it takes to burn predicts the length of the precious summer weather here in Switzerland – sort of like Groundhog Day in the US. This is part of a uniquely Zürich festival called Sechseläuten.
The pristine Böögg, pre-fire.

Rapperswil

We went to Rapperswil a few weeks ago. It is a cute town south of Zurich on the lake. We probably went a little too early in the season, as not all of the trees were yet in bloom. But we got to see a sailboat race, and checked out a neat Polish heritage museum that happens to be inside a local castle. We weren’t allowed to take pictures in the museum, but we could do so from the windows of the tower of the castle, so there’s a handful of pictures of the mountains and the lake and the town.

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