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Bruno Weber Park: enter a realm of fantasy!

There’s no question that children love the sculpture park in the Limmat Valley – however, adults are often equally amazed.

On this Sunday afternoon, the owls at the entrance to the Bruno Weber Park greet us with a stern expression. It doesn’t take long before we realize that here, you’re plunged into a whole new world – the mythical world of the late Swiss artist Bruno Weber, who dedicated his life to the sculpture park between Dietikon and Spreitenbach. The sculptor and architect brought countless oversized and colorful sculptures to life across the park’s 15,000m2 (161,460ft2). The pieces were made by pouring concrete into plastic molds and covering them with mosaic pieces, resulting in a bizarre crowd of mythical creatures, impressive temple arches and exotic plant formations. It’s a dreamworld to explore, admire and celebrate. Let’s go!

The small four-year-old that we have in tow is electrified from the minute we arrive. He quickly leaves the gigantic owl at the park entrance behind, heading with determined steps towards the water garden, where a spider-like creature glitters in the center. This whimsical waterworld is surrounded by two giant, dragon-like sculptures known as winged dogs. The dogs are footbridges that you can climb onto – which is exactly what we do, and are greeted with a view across the whole park.

We’ve only just made it to the top before our little scoundrel is shouting again: “Mom, I want to go there!” He’s pointing to the old home of the late artist. It’s like a fairytale castle straight from a children’s book, with a 25-meter-high (82 feet) tower that almost brushes the sky. However, visitors to the park cannot access Weber’s former house. If you want to get an idea of what it’s like inside, you can watch a film about the life and creations of Bruno Weber in the park’s cultural room. It’s worth it.

 

 

We head past Bruno Weber’s former home and strike out in the direction of the snake pond. Here, two snake sculptures covered with hundreds of mosaic pieces form bridges over the pond. In the background, you get a fantastic view over the Limmat Valley.

From the pond, we make it to the forested section of the sculpture park. We pass a dolphin fountain, an alpine spirit and a floral woman, before finally landing – lured in by the mystical sounds – at the alphorn frog. It is an oversized horn that our little man immediately hogs. With puffed-out cheeks and an incredible amount of energy, he coaxes out the strangest tones from the giant amphibian. Apparently, the artist himself often sat here and let the power of the forest work its magic on him.

After our son’s musical interlude, we continue on the forest path and encounter a number of fantastical creatures: a two-headed bull charging powerfully through the leaves, countless finger lions that you can sit on, and a giant cat that sticks its tongue out at us. They are figures that seem to have sprung directly from the pages of a fairytale with the aim of amazing us – and they definitely succeed!

The park is open from March to October on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays from 11.00am to 6.00pm. On the last Sunday of the month, there is a Sunday brunch with a cultural program.

 

Detailed information about getting there and opening times:

Bruno Weber Park

 

August, 2018

An article by:
Familianistas:
Nicole Gutschalk und Andrea Bornhauser
Our favorite thing is to take our children exploring in the most beautiful spots around our home city of Zurich. Together, we run the online platform familianistas.ch, where we share fashion, lifestyle, food and travel tips with modern families.
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