From Zurich we drove to Rheinau. Before going there we went to Bergdietikon, a small village looking for sunflower fields. Unfortunately, we were too late! We got there after harvest and couldn’t find one single sunflower! It was not a “wasted trip” as we visited an interesting farm where we found this super cool mobile sculpture! Calder would have liked it, he? 🙂
Chasing Sunflower Fields in Switzerland
We continued our journey looking for sunflower plantation fields. While driving on the freeway we spotted sunflower fields, took an exit and got to a small little town named Bullach.
We parked our leased car and got on our bikes. Splendid! We rode in the middle of wheat and sunflower fields! AWESOME!!!
We also went biking in a forest that took us very close to Zurich airport. There, we saw many people photographing the planes. This is quite the same thing we usually do near the National Airport in D.C. (USA), with one difference: most people in Switzerland go there for the “whole thing” _ they take beach chairs, umbrellas, picnic baskets, and they stay there “forever” doing “plane watching”! haha It’s funny!
After riding for many hours we went through a trail where the Swiss Army keeps their war tanks and military supplies . We saw many installations with signposts written in German that we imagine can mean “Keep the F out of here”! 🙂
After this lovely ride we drove to our original destination: Rheinau.
It’s very interesting to drive to Rheinau. From Switzerland we cross the border into Germany (no need to show documents), and after a short time driving in Germany we go back into Switzerland. It’s cool to watch this route on a map! I read that this border was very active during the Second World War, as many people were able to escape crossing the river.
This is the beautiful covered bridge. We crossed it to to go to Rheinau.
We went to have lunch in a restaurant located just in front of the covered bridge! Awesome! 🙂
Excellent house wine and the food was… wow… delicious!!! Desserts were one of the best, ever!
Our delicious lunch at Gasthauss Zum Salmen, Rheinau, Switzerland
The weather was perfect, so we decided to have lunch outside, under the trees, listening to many birds singing around us. Pure poetry! 🙂
After lunch we went to visit Rheinau’s masterpiece: The Benedictine Abbey. Located on an island in the middle of the Rhine, we contemplated the marvelous architecture and manicured gardens. The views of the Rhine flowing is magnificent.
After visiting the Benedictine Abbey we went to the top of Rheinau village and visited this lovely church.
The views from this little church are wonderful.
The Rhine river is very calm here because its shaped like an “s” so it flows really slow. There are many vineyards along the banks of the Rhine.
After this lovely and busy day we drove back to our Zurich hotel! We asked for a beer (500 ml, delicious!) plus salami and cheese sandwiches and called it dinner! 🙂
PS: I forgot to say that yesterday I found THREE ticks on my legs! I was worried with tick disease (that can cause death) but I guess I am doing fine…… 🙂 Must use tennis shoes… yesterday it was hot and I was wearing sandals while walking on the grass in Arth am See.
Click here to see our best pictures from this visit!!! They are WONDERFUL! (yes, modesty is NOT one of my qualities LOL)