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What To See In BCN, AMS, ZRH, GVA, And HAJ  
User currently offlineNonRevKing From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 1693 times:

Hi all...

Myself and a buddy of mine are off to Europe for a vacation. We're mostly going to be around the airports, but in arranging all this, I haven't been researching the non-spotting related activities.

So other than the obvious (ie, in AMS, the red light district  Wink ) what are some good sights to see, places to go, things to do, and beers to drink?

We'll have time in Barcelona, Amsterdam, Zurich, Geneva, and Hannover.

Looking forward to reading the advice!

B

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User currently offlinePetertenthije From Netherlands, joined Jul 2001, 3369 posts, RR: 12
Reply 1, posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 1682 times:

How much time and which date(s)?


Attamottamotta!
User currently offlineTriStar500 From Germany, joined Nov 1999, 4695 posts, RR: 42
Reply 2, posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 1682 times:

Why, of all the places on this planet, would you want to go to Hannover?!?

[Edited 2005-08-08 18:18:07]


Homer: Facts are meaningless. You could use facts to prove anything that's even remotely true!
User currently offlineSabena332 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 1672 times:

Quoting NonRevKing (Thread starter):
What To See In BCN, AMS, ZRH, GVA, And HAJ

The best thing to see in Hannover is the "You are leaving Hannover" sign.

Patrick


User currently offlineNonRevKing From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 1671 times:

Quoting Petertenthije (Reply 1):
How much time and which date(s)?

(all in August, next week as a matter of fact...)

BCN: 13TH
AMS: 14-16TH
ZRH: 17-18TH
GVA: 19TH
HAJ: 20-21ST

Peter, I've actually emailed you yesterday, regarding spotting around AMS. If you think you'd be there, it would be great to meet up with you. I've been reading your site religiously for the past week, it's great!

Quoting TriStar500 (Reply 2):
Why, of all the places on this planet, would you want to go to Hannover?!?

Russian arrivals my friend. My SVO trip fell thru, so BCN and HAJ are the next best things. Gotta have something to do at night or if the wx craps out tho!

B


User currently offlinePetertenthije From Netherlands, joined Jul 2001, 3369 posts, RR: 12
Reply 5, posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 1651 times:

Quoting NonRevKing (Reply 4):
Peter, I've actually emailed you yesterday,

You've got mail.

In Amsterdam on the 17th (i know, one day late) a huge sail event will start. A good number of clippers and sailing ships will probably arrive early so a stroll around the river might be interesting on the 16th.



Attamottamotta!
User currently offlineME AVN FAN From Switzerland, joined May 2002, 13920 posts, RR: 25
Reply 6, posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 1648 times:

In Barcelona, start at the Plaza de Catalunya and simply explore that great city. It basically is a relatively "new" city of the late 19th century and NOT medieval. In Amsterdam, get along the Grachten, and enjoy. In Geneva, the lake is the major attraction with the big fountain. There also is a medieval town on the RiveGauche. In Zurich, just as in Geneva, the lake and the river are the prime attraction, plus the old city on both sides of the river.

User currently offlineAirKas1 From Netherlands, joined Dec 2003, 3993 posts, RR: 55
Reply 7, posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 1641 times:

Quoting NonRevKing (Reply 4):
BCN: 13TH
AMS: 14-16TH
ZRH: 17-18TH
GVA: 19TH
HAJ: 20-21ST

Hi Brian,

I'll be showing a few guys from Switzerland around this weekend (13-14th, I know, doesn't really match datewise).

I'll be their "personal driver" for those 2 days, so I'm at the airport on saturday and sunday.

If you plan on spotting the 14th (the day you arrive) I might bump in to you. If not, enjoy your stay.
I can't promise anything because I'm dependant of "my guests", but maybe see you at AMS.

Kas


User currently offlineNonRevKing From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 1635 times:

Quoting AirKas1 (Reply 7):
If you plan on spotting the 14th (the day you arrive) I might bump in to you. If not, enjoy your stay.
I can't promise anything because I'm dependant of "my guests", but maybe see you at AMS.

Sweet man, hopefully we will. We'll be spotting as long as the sun is out. Which isn't looking likely right now.  Sad

B


User currently offlineAirKas1 From Netherlands, joined Dec 2003, 3993 posts, RR: 55
Reply 9, posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 1633 times:

Quoting NonRevKing (Reply 8):
Sweet man, hopefully we will. We'll be spotting as long as the sun is out. Which isn't looking likely right now.

Tell me about it  Wink However, I heard that the weather will be improving as of wednesday... ( now if only the weathermen could be trusted.. Big grin )

Which airline will you be flying?

Kas


User currently offlinePetertenthije From Netherlands, joined Jul 2001, 3369 posts, RR: 12
Reply 10, posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 1632 times:

Saturday will be OK-ish (KNMI), sunday will be rainy again (Yahoo! extended forecast)


Attamottamotta!
User currently offlineNonRevKing From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 1630 times:

Quoting AirKas1 (Reply 9):
Which airline will you be flying?

ATL-BCN = DL
BCN-AMS = KL
AMS-GVA = DS
GVA-ZRH-GVA = TRAIN
GVA-ZRH-HAJ = LX
HAJ-CDG-ATL = AF/DL

As far as weather, I'm one of those who believes in the "look out the window" theory.

B


User currently offlineAirKas1 From Netherlands, joined Dec 2003, 3993 posts, RR: 55
Reply 12, posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 1601 times:

Quoting NonRevKing (Reply 11):
AMS-GVA = DS

Ok, so that would mean an arrival time of around 8:05AM?
Maybe we/I can take some shots of your arrival if you'd like that.

Also, if you're at the runways that day, be on the lookout for some teens with a green Volvo stationwagon.

Kas


User currently offlineNonRevKing From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 1597 times:

Quoting AirKas1 (Reply 12):
Ok, so that would mean an arrival time of around 8:05AM?

Well, we're going AMS-GVA Tuesday evening, on the 2000 departure.

Quoting AirKas1 (Reply 12):
Also, if you're at the runways that day, be on the lookout for some teens with a green Volvo stationwagon.

As long as there's sun, we'll be there. Look for two of the most retarded looking Americans you can imagine!  Wink

B


User currently offlineDba4U From Germany, joined Mar 2005, 665 posts, RR: 14
Reply 14, posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 1587 times:

Hannover? Ya kiddin', right?

Drive up to Hamburg (1-2 hours by Car, 2 by train) and enjoy the Nightlife!


User currently offlinePetertenthije From Netherlands, joined Jul 2001, 3369 posts, RR: 12
Reply 15, posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 1585 times:

Quoting Dba4U (Reply 14):
Drive up to Hamburg (1-2 hours by Car, 2 by train) and enjoy the Nightlife!

Not to mention the Airbus factory! They give tours there too, though photography is not allowed during the tour.



Attamottamotta!
User currently offlineWaterpolodan From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 1649 posts, RR: 5
Reply 16, posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 1581 times:

I spent a month in barcelona last summer, it's a beautiful city. If you are in to architecture, make sure you visit some of the Gaudí creations around the city, with the most famous being the Sagrada Familia cathedral (if you're not afraid of heights, climb the spiral staircase to the very top of the spires, it's an incredible view) and also Parc Guel, a very pretty area. Also, the underground excavations of the old roman city are pretty damn amazing... have fun.

User currently offlineA330Fan1 From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 856 posts, RR: 11
Reply 17, posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 1565 times:

BCN - las ramblas!
- Cristopher Columbus pole!
- all the people on the side of the streets doing stunts and tricks! so awesome
- NIGHTLIFE !

AMS - wax museum!
- MADURODAM OMG SOOOO GREAT SEE IT (not in AMS i dont think, maybe the hague? dont remember!

ZRH - CHOCOLATE
GVA - CHOCOLATE
(these last 2 i am guessing, havent visited ZRH or GVA...but i hear the chcoolate is the BESTTT)

HAJ - where is that?


User currently offlineHighpeaklad From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2004, 538 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 1561 times:

How could you miss out LHR !
Visit the sex museum in AMS on Damrak just down from the central station, its worth it just to see the faces of people trying not to look too interested in the pictures! Or try the Anne Frank house to bring you back down to earth.
Also do not eat the space cake. I had a whole piece and 2 hours later was completely off my face - and for the rest of the day until the following morning. Stick to the herbal cigarettes instead.

If you don't like heights do not climb the Sagrada familie in BCN ! - I've never been more terrified in my life.

I'm going to AMS at the end of August so feel free to point me in the right direction if you do anything cool.

Have a good trip !


Chris



Don't try to keep up with the Joneses - bring them down to your level !
User currently offlineHT From Germany, joined May 2005, 6525 posts, RR: 23
Reply 19, posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 1555 times:

Well, as you chose Hannover, here´s some info:

Officla site : http://www.hannover.de/english/language/sprachve/ha_basic.htm

As Hannover was pretty much destroyed during WW2, there not much left of old structures. If you´d like to see some old buildings, a hop to Celle or Hameln (or "Hamelin" as in the tale "Pied Piper of Hamelin") would be recommended. Both are reachable by train.
Trains to Celle: local trains 45 min - highspeed 18 - 28 min (different route)
Trains to Hameln: local 45 min

If the weather is fine, go to baroque Gardens at Hannover-Herrenhausen.
The zoo is praised. http://www.zoo-hannover.de
There´s an aviation museum down in Laatzen http://www.luftfahrtmuseum-hannover.de/neu/enewsites1/astart.htm
For nightlife in Hannover I´m the wrong person to turn to.
For spotting in HAJ: the visitors terrace is signposted between T1 and T2 (entrance fee of 1 € is good for unlimted returns on the day): Saturday is good to spot a number of a/c from the CIS. http://www.haj-spotter.com
and timetable (general and current i.e today + the next 2 days) on www.hannover-airport.de )

Feel free to ask more specifc questions (here/IM/e-mail).
-HT



Carpe diem ! Life is too short to waste your time ! Keep in mind, that today is the first day of the rest of your life !
User currently offlineAloges From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 8707 posts, RR: 42
Reply 20, posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 1553 times:

Just how did I know some people would start dissing Hannover?  Silly

In addition to the sights HT mentioned, you could also visit the "Regenwaldhaus" which is a glass dome full of tropical plants, flowers and butterflies: http://www.regenwaldhaus.de/index.php?l=d&j=1&f=1&r=1792 (German only, why the heck?)

There is the so-called "Roter Faden" or "red line" which is a 4.2 km red line painted on the ground in the city, it will lead you here and there and guide you to some sights.



Walk together, talk together all ye peoples of the earth. Then, and only then, shall ye have peace.
User currently offlineHT From Germany, joined May 2005, 6525 posts, RR: 23
Reply 21, posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 5 days ago) and read 1547 times:

Quoting Aloges (Reply 20):
"Regenwaldhaus"

Can be combined with the baroque gardens in Herrenhausen, as it is just on the opposite side of the street.
´
-HT



Carpe diem ! Life is too short to waste your time ! Keep in mind, that today is the first day of the rest of your life !
User currently offlineFlySwiss From Switzerland, joined Jul 2003, 443 posts, RR: 42
Reply 22, posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 1518 times:

In ZRH I would have say me but unfortunately I am out of town.

Now serious, the ZRH old town and going out place "Niederdorf"
(old buildings and churches)

Bahnhofstrasse, the famous and expensive shopping street that brings you as well to the lake of Zurich.

Airport Zurich, for goods photo shots  Smile



Simle at the world and the world smiles back :)
User currently offlineAviationMaster From Switzerland, joined Oct 1999, 2481 posts, RR: 34
Reply 23, posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 1517 times:

Don't forget to visit Langstrasse  Wink

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