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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57 thoughts on “How I Fell in Love With Uster

  1. Chris Reply

    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. LISA Reply

    What a peaceful place. I could wander around there for days I’m sure. Thanks for sharing and the nice pics!

  3. Marcelle Simone Heller Reply

    Wandering through Switzerland feels sometimes like being in a fairy tale. I’m sure you felt great as Heidi in Uster 😉 Have you been around the Greifensee, too? #FeetDoTravel

  4. Elizabeth O. Reply

    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.

  5. Rachel Pearson Reply

    Wow I didn’t know anything about Uster before, now I really want to go. I love places with minimal people/tourists! Thanks for sharing

  6. mark wyld Reply

    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

  7. Natasha Reply

    I’ve never even heard of this place, but your photos have done a great job helping me familiarize myself. Look beautiful!

  8. Barry Reply

    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….

  9. Jordan Reply

    Love how moody it looks. That mist, ohhh…Makes me want to jump on the next flight out. Next time, next time…

  10. heather Reply

    Switzerland is such a lovely place. I don’t remember seeing a place which didn’t take our breath away.

  11. Rob+Ann @TravelLatte(.net) Reply

    Switzerland may be a bit prettier than many places, but your words reminds me that, when we take the time to look, we are often surrounded by beauty even in something as mundane as a walk to work!

  12. Mar Pages Reply

    How peaceful! There is nothing like spending a quiet afternoon wandering through gorgeous landscape, like Heidi.

  13. Gareth Reply

    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!

  14. Bob Reply

    Looks like a great little town. I loved Switzerland, a little pricey when I was there, but nice.

  15. Jamie Reply

    Wow, what a stunning post. I have goosebumps. I hope I can experience beauty like this soon.

  16. Maria Reply

    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!

  17. Christina Reply

    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.

  18. Amanda Williams Reply

    Sounds like a lovely peaceful place to visit. Your writing transported me there in a flash! What a shame that the castle was closed. I love a good castle.

  19. Carol Colborn Reply

    A great way to describe a piece of heaven. Did you ever meet the people and make friends?

  20. Erika Bisbocci Reply

    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!

  21. Christina Reply

    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.

  22. Evan Kristine Reply

    You put so much flair on your words as you describe this place, I can tell you really fell for this place. I wouldn’t be so surprise, it looks like it is one of a kind 🙂

  23. Renne Simpson Reply

    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.

  24. Katharina Reply

    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

  25. Angela Reply

    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!

  26. Arni Reply

    Your beautiful photos and vivid description of Uster brought a shot of nostalgia. It made me miss the European landscape.

  27. Elisa Reply

    I am not a fan of Switzerland but there is no doubt they have fairy-tale landscapes everywhere. I’ve been in India so I can imagine you saying “where is the people” with a smile 🙂

  28. Suze Reply

    I must admit that I hadn’t heard of Uster before. Is it far from Zurich? The castle looks beautiful, is it open to the public?

  29. Akmal Reply

    Calmness at its best is what I would call it. Just love the feel of an early morning walk and being able to enjoy such picturesque places is truly a boon in itself. Uster looks really Tranquil

  30. Tatum Skipper Reply

    Switzerland is my absolute favorite country so I think no matter where you are there, it’s sure to be amazing! The greenery is amazing! I have been dying to go back in the summertime!

  31. Rick & Marley Reply

    Uster, Switzerland is definitely beautiful! Especially how you describe it with your words. It’s amazing how some places just gives you a calm and peaceful feeling where you just let go of everything and really appreciate the small things in life.

  32. Christie Reply

    Wow, what a beautiful place! It’s surprising there wouldn’t be more people out enjoying it. It’s nice to have moments like this where you can appreciate your surroundings and thoughts, how peaceful.

  33. Brian Reply

    I LOVE those moments where it just feels great to be ALIVE (like the Pearl Jam song). The swingset picture stands out the most. When I saw Uster, I thought of UK, lol!

  34. Siddhartha Joshi Reply

    Uster looks absolutely beautiful! I am curious still why you saw no one at all there? I have also had similar experiences in small towns in Europe…and I loved them nevertheless 🙂

  35. Wanderlust Vegans Reply

    Sounds like you had an amazing experience walking around Uster. It’s relaxing to get out of the big city and into some nature. The trees look beautiful and colourful. Great scenery for a walk.

  36. Shane Prather Reply

    I’ve never before heard of Uster but it looks very tranquil! I would love to take a wander around the area and relax.

  37. Emma Reply

    It’s not a town I’ve ever heard of before but your photos just make me want to visit. It looks so green and peaceful and seems like somewhere I could really take time out and relax. Uster seems like a hidden gem!

  38. Lara Dunning Reply

    I am now smitten with Uster too. What a gorgeous small town with parks, a lake and a castle. That is so nice you would walk to work and have it be so peaceful. Great way to start the day! And, end it!

  39. Rashmi and Chalukya Reply

    Switzerland is such a heavenly retreat and every location in Swiss has its own charm. We have traveled to so many places in Swiss including Zurich but Uster is something new. It looks like a serene and lovely place, the colors of falls and lush green countryside are stunningly beautiful. Thanks for sharing this wonderful experience with us.

  40. Suruchi Reply

    Such a beautiful place it is, with the misty mornings. Your pictures and words are completely describing the beauty of Uster. I would love to visit Switzerland for sure one day.

  41. Brianna Reply

    What a beautiful place! So much green, it does seem incredibly peaceful. It sounds like a lesser known destination in Switzerland too. What’s the closest major city?

  42. Gina Reply

    I can see how you fell in love with Uster! The parks are incredible and any place that’s beautiful without hoards of people is high on my list. Like you, I would love to walk around and enjoy the scenery.

  43. Swati & Sam (The tales of a traveler ) Reply

    Where are all the people? – Exactly same qs pops up every time I go for a walk here in Dublin. In India, we are used to so many people all around – at home, on streets that sometimes it is so peaceful to have no one around and such amazing place to explore. Uster looks beautiful ..

  44. Stefano Reply

    Uster is a really enchanting town, I had the opportunity to visit it when I went to Zurich and I fell in love with it as well 🙂 so peaceful, I could spent an entire day there and I was so relaxed

  45. The Travel Ninjas Reply

    I’ve spent a lot of time in Switzerland but never made it to Uster. I regret that. Your wonderful writing creates such a moving description of that gorgeous place. I’ll definitely have to visit next time in Switzerland.

  46. Punita Malhotra Reply

    A walk in the park all alone, with time to contemplate the serenity of nature and smell the fresh air. Sounds so lovely. We all need to be with ourselves at times.

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