Tuesday, September 10, 2013


One last card from Switzerland and from a place i know. Hauptbahnhof is Zürich Central Station and i used it a few times when i went to a Postcrossing Meeting in this swiss city. 
In the front of the entrance there's Alfred Escher Memorial. Alfred Escher was a swiss politician, business leader and railways pioneer. 

© published by Exposa Verlag GMBH Switzerland / photography by Christian Heeb
CH-161269, sent by Ulrike.
Zürich Hauptbahnhof is the largest railway station in Switzerland. Zürich is a major railway hub, with services to and from across Switzerland and neighbouring European countries such as Germany, Italy, Austria and France. Constructed as the terminus of the Spanisch Brötli Bahn, the first railway built completely within Switzerland, it is one of the oldest railway stations in Switzerland. Serving up to 2,915 trains per day, Zürich HB is one of the busiest railway stations in the world.
The first Zürich railway station was built by Gustav Albert Wegmann, on what were then the north-western outskirts of the city. It was the terminus of the Spanisch-Brötli-Bahn, opened on 9 August 1847. Within five years there was a continuous railway line across north-western Switzerland to Lausanne via Solothurn.
In 1871, the original station building gave way to a new building at the same site. The new structure was designed by architect Jakob Friedrich Wanner to meet Zürich's increased transport needs. Its main entrance is a triumphal arch facing the end of the then newly-built Bahnhofstrasse. In front of the arch stands a monument to the railway pioneer Alfred Escher. The magnificent sandstone neo-Renaissance building features richly decorated lobbies and atriums, restaurants and halls. - in: wikipedia

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