Zurich Airport

Harley-Davidson motorcycles at Zurich Airport

You’ll find Harley-Davidson shops at airports in Denver, Tampa, Milwaukee and several other cities, but not at the Zurich Airport.

No matter. Until August 7th, the airport is hosting a full-throttle exhibit of Harley-Davidson motorcycles.

According to Clutch and Chrome magazine, the exhibition explores the Harley lifestyle:

..Harley-Davidson’s history, which dates back more than a century; the strong sense of identity and community among its customers; and the powerful machines themselves, the two-cylinder driving force behind the “made in the USA” dream.”

Ten Harley-Davidson motorcycles are on display, along with panels detailing the history of the company and mannequins modeling accessories and clothing.

A slide-show of motorcycles at Zurich Airport – from the Moodie Report – has some great images of the bikes on display.

Souvenir Sunday: chocolate knives from Zurich Airport

Sunday is Souvenir Sunday at StuckatTheAirport.com; the day we look at some of the fun, inexpensive souvenirs you can buy at airports.

This week’s pick: chocolate Swiss Army knives found at Zurich Airport.

You can’t pack the real thing in your carry-on anymore, but when you’re hungry, these might prove quite handy.

Do you spend time poking around airport shops when you’re waiting for a flight? If you find something fun, inexpensive and “of” the city or region, please snap a photo and send it along.
If your souvenir is featured on Souvenir Sunday, I’ll send you a fun airport-related souvenir.

Souvenir Sunday at Zurich Airport

It’s Souvenir Sunday; the day we take a look at some of the fun, inexpensive and local souvenirs for sale at airports.

This week’s treats come from Zurich Airport, where there are plenty of things made of chocolate.

Zurich Airport macarons

And plenty of other souvenirs that a similarly Swiss, but less likely to be nibbled on during the long flight home.

Magnets from Zurich Airport

Magnets Swiss souvenirs

Souvenir Sunday is a regular feature here on StuckatTheAirport.com. So if you find a great airport souvenir that’s inexpensive (around $10), “of” the city or region and, ideally, a bit offbeat, please snap a photo and send it along. If your photo is featured on Souvenir Sunday I’ll send you a special aviation-related souvenir.

Don’t leave your kids at Zurich Airport

 

Playroom_nursery Zurich Airport

When I walked into this bright playroom at Zurich Airport, it was hard to tell who was happier:

Two-year old Mattia, who was happily playing with the toys and stuffed animals in the room, or his dad, Stefano Schiavon, who was sitting quietly watching his son play.

“We flew in from Washington and have a long layover before our flight to Venice,” said Shiavon, “When I found the airport had this play area, I almost cried.”

Who could blame him?

Lots of airports have small play areas for children. In the United States, these spaces range from a corner with an activity table or two to larger spaces, such as O’Hare’s Kids on the Fly center, with aviation-themed climbing structures.

Zurich Airport not only has special play areas for children, the free facilities have lockers, lots of toys and dolls, books, computer games, painting supplies and building sets.

A separate room is a nursery, with diaper-changing tables, baby care products, cribs and rooms for breastfeeding. There’s also a kitchenette with a hotplate, microwave oven and cutlery so parents can fix a snack for their kids.

The staff on duty is multilingual and there to make sure to make sure everyone is playing safely and to help out with flight information and assist  with minor problems.

“Parents must stay with their children. It’s not a daycare,” my airport guide told me, “People can’t leave their kids here and go off shopping or on a 10-day trip.”

Although you can see how they may be tempted….

Play area at Zurich Airport

 

Zurich Airport has two Family Service areas:
In the Transit A area, between the entrance to gates 60-69. Hours: daily, 6:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m;
and on Pier E, level 3, above gate E45. Hours: 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Zurich Airport family room