A guide for visiting Glattfelden
(Editor’s note: Koni Ulrich has been a contact for Glattfelder descendants visiting Glattfelden for many years.
Here, he offers some advice (2022) for those visiting in the future.)
This guide was originally published in our April 2022 Newsletter
At the old and protected part of Glattfelden in the canton of Zurich,
only a few meters from here, we usually welcome our guests in the Cultural Centre of the town.
The Protestant church is very close and a walk to the Glatt takes only five minutes. Don’t miss it!
Going back to 1985 -- and even further -- smaller and bigger groups of U.S. Glattfelders have been visiting Switzerland about every year.
Most of them have been guided by Koni Ulrich, 73, and our relative Henry Glattfelder, 79, son of Dr. Hans Glattfelder,
who once initialized and renewed the relation between the United States and Switzerland, concerning their relatives by the same name.
Most of our guided tours of Glattfelden over the years have included our mayor. In the last eight years, this has been Ernst Gassmann. Some of you might remember Pier-Luigi Quattropani, who came to the 100th reunion in 2005, together with Koni and Henry and Myrtha Glattfelder, and did some yodeling.
Usually, people want to spend one or half a day in Glattfelden. You can reach the town from Zurich by public transportation (train S9 and bus from Glattfelden Station to town). A walk from the Glattfelder train station to the town along the Glatt takes less than an hour.
Here are some things to do while in Glattfelden:
-- Tour of the Cultural Centre of town, with the main house being almost 500 years old.
-- Walk around town, including the wooden bridge over the Glatt, cemetery and church, in collaboration with the pastors. The church is where Casper was baptized and married.
-- Lunch at the community-owned restaurant, Il Duetto, formerly Guesthouse Lion.
-- Visit the resort Riverside at the Glatt, with restaurants, exhibitions, bowling and hotel rooms. (a 40-minute walk).
Here are helpful links when planning a trip to Glattfelden:
Official website of Glattfelden, written in German.
Community-newspaper, printed every two weeks, in German (also available on the website of Glattfelden).
Website of the Protestant church.
Website of the community-owned guesthouse and restaurant.
Website of the resort Riverside. Restaurants, hotel rooms, bowling, exhibitions and events.
Swiss national website for tourism in the country.
Website for the town of Zurich (20 km from Glattfelden.)
A successful bucket-list visit requires advanced planning!
Please be sure to make contact well in advance of your visit as our Guide(s) graciously volunteer
their time out of their own busy schedules! We are very thankful to them for their efforts to make us welcome in the town of our ancestors!
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