How I Fell in Love With Uster



“Where are all the people?” I thought, as I walked across the lush green park.

It was the beginning of winter and there was a nip in the air, a light mist hovered benignly above me as I walked along a cobbled pathway that cut right through a huge park and connected two parallel roads. I felt a million sparks of exhilaration explode within my being as I basked in the peaceful and beautiful environs.

Uster Park

A family of swans glided serenely in the clear waters of a man made stream, at harmony with their surroundings.

Uster Park

I continued along the cobbled path till I came to a small and picturesque wooden arched bridge, I crossed the bridge, which forded a brook that meandered happily below, and reached the road.

Uster park

I crossed the road which was empty and made my way along the banks of a lake which looked magical. Its waters blended with the mist and the surrounding green vegetation to create an image that was truly mesmerizing.

Uster Lake

I then took a left turn and after walking for another couple of meters, I reached my destination.

“Where are all the people?” I thought again. Incredibly, I had not met a single person on the way from my Hotel to my office!

Yes! I was not on a hike or a blissful vacation in fairyland. I was in Uster, a small city in the Canton of Zurich, Switzerland, for work.

This was my first day in Uster and the place had me in its thrall, I was completely smitten and fell headlong in love.

I was in Uster for three weeks and every weekday, I looked forward to my daily morning pilgrimage to the office, for the walk was nothing less than a communion with God, such was the sheer beauty of the surroundings.


A Sunday Afternoon

I woke up to a gloomy and wet Sunday. I looked out of my hotel window and could see the rain pouring down and retreated to the comfortable confines of the warm Hotel Bed. By afternoon the weather improved and the clouds beat a retreat, the sun peeped out from behind the clouds. I was on the balcony of my hotel room and looked up at the castle in the distance which perched upon a hillock. I made up my mind and soon I was walking towards the castle on a road that shone on account of being recently rain washed. I made quick time and soon reached the base of the hill, a winding road led to the summit. I was soon besides the small castle which was closed, a flag fluttered at the top and I could only wonder on what stories of royal intrigues the walls of the castle had buried in their recesses.

Uster Castle

Besides the Castle, there was a small restaurant on the hillock where one could sit and nurse a cup of hot beverage while enjoying the view. One could see the green meadows and the villages below and the looming snow clad mountains in the distance.

Uster Castle view

As I walked in a land which seemed to have jumped out of a fairy tale, I stumbled upon a small children’s play area with some swings, The sun seemed to have cast a spell of light and the swings and their vicinity was enveloped in an ethereal glow.

Uster Cast;e


I wandered happily amongst the meadows as if I was ‘Heidi’ . I exchanged pleasantries with a couple of the famed swiss cows and I breathed in the fresh mountain air and was happy to be just alive!

Usterl Castle

And then the sun went down in a blaze of colors that left me humbled and thankful for a beautiful evening. I started my descent back to my hotel, looking forward to yet another morning in heaven called Uster!





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35 thoughts on “How I Fell in Love With Uster

  1. What a gorgeous place.

    Your words transported me into the moment wonderfully well, and I simply loved those photos showing off a hint of mist.

    I could see the beauty and feel the chill as though I was there with you!

  2. How can one not fall in love in a place as lovely as this! It’s really beautiful and it’s nice to be able to walk around here too, it’s peaceful and very relaxing.

  3. Looks like a lovely place to stroll and take in the casual quite atmosphere of this town. I love the small towns of Europe that are scenically beautiful and not overrun with tourists. Great read great description of what you saw and felt

  4. Always love reading about new places to explore and add to my travels. Will certainly have to look this place up in the future 🙂 Thanks for sharing your trip….

  5. It is not often you come across a blog post in which the photographs so perfectly compliment the words. This is one such occasion. Well done and thanks for adding yet another place to the bucket list!

  6. Fall is such a beautiful time to visit Switzerland. The changing leaves, the fog, the wind rustling the leaves. I am happy for you that you found such a pretty place at such a beautiful time of the year. I am going home to Germany in late September/October and I am very much looking forward to having a real fall experience again, as I truly miss that living in Texas!

  7. Sounds like a lovely city to explore. I have only been to Geneva in Switzerland. But, I was also fortunate enough to see swans when I was there. They are so majestic looking I watched them for quite some time.

  8. I love that you write your blog posts as though you are telling a story. Not enough bloggers try to tell stories about the places they visit anymore. Uster looks beautiful and serene and you are fortunate to have been able to visit for work! It truly does seem like a fairytale world!

  9. I must admit I had never heard of Uster before reading this post. It looks like a lovely green spot in beautiful Switzerland. How wonderful for you to get the chance to see Swiss cows and green fields! Switzerland is one of my favourite countries.

  10. I can definitely see why you’d describe this place as a fairytale. Your photos and words convey that. Never heard of Uster, but you certainly painted a vivid picture of it for us.

  11. What a stunning place!! I have never been to Switzerland and although it doesn’t feature at the top of my Bucketlist, this is definitely a destination worthy to explore. Very well written as well

  12. I think I would fall in love too! Sounds so peaceful and the perfect time of year for reflection. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again.. you are a great storyteller!

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