My friend Peter, who travels more than anyone I know, recently had a 3 1/2 hour layover in Zurich back in October. Forget about the lounge, Peter spent his free time biking around the grounds surrounding Zurich Airport. I actually didn’t even know this was an option during my last Swiss flight and ZRH layover, all of my time spent in the SWISS lounges. Peter arrived early enough in the morning that he was able to spot fox and deer, as well as frogs, rabbits, beavers, and boar on his ride through the fields and marshes of the conservation land surrounding the airport. He estimated his journey at around 15 miles, with nature at times being pleasantly interrupted by the takeoff roll and roar of four A340 engines.  Sounds great, nature and airplane spotting in one!  Anyone can rent bikes, skates, or walking poles at the airport service center, though you will have to pass back through the security checkpoints after your excursion. Rentals and pricing can be found here, with a 4 hour bike rental costing about 20 EUR/CHF. Peter cautions that the service center noted that fox and deer are normally only visible in the early morning hours, perfect for those transatlantic arrivals.

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Sam December 10, 2012 - 1:31 pm

No pictures?

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adam December 10, 2012 - 1:37 pm

@Sam – Waiting for Peter to send some over, will update as soon as i have them

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Mordy788 December 10, 2012 - 1:50 pm

Where do you leave your carryon?

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adam December 10, 2012 - 2:08 pm

@Mordy – There’s a locker storage area where you can store your carryon.

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Trip Report – Zurich Lounges – SWISS Arrival Lounge, Swiss Business Lounge, & Panorama Lounge - Point Me To The Plane March 7, 2013 - 6:58 am

[…] Remember, you can also do something a little more active and exciting than lounge hopping. You can bike around the grounds surrounding Zurich Airport. If you arrive early enough in the morning you might spot fox and deer, as well as frogs, rabbits, beavers, and boar on your ride through the fields and marshes of the conservation land surrounding the airport. At times nature may be pleasantly interrupted by the takeoff roll and roar of four A340 engines. Full details in this post.  […]

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flyer708 March 7, 2013 - 9:21 pm

Sounds like fun! Biking and plane spotting 2-in-1 deal!

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