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Following Simran and Raj

Posted: July 30, 2014 in Switzerland

Being a Shah Rukh Khan admirer it would have been impossible for me not to visit at least one shooting location! I’ve seen Lake Leman, where parts of Darr and various other scenes and songs have been filmed, the clock tower (Zeitglockenturm) in Bern with its giant clock faces and the astrolabe which you might recognise from Yes Boss, the bridge which is shown during Don’s arrival in Zurich, and certainly some other places I’m not aware of.

But I made sure to visit some of the most memorable locations from Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge

The "Palat" bridge

The “Palat” bridge (new railing)

Béatrice and I went on a train journey through Zweisimmen, where Simran missed her train, we had lunch at Saanen, where Raj had his Palat moment on the bridge, I sat on the same spot at the train station where he told Simran that he’d never fallen in love before. And the airfield where Raj was running alongside the plane is located right between the river and the rail track.

Saanen, rail station, where Simran & Raj drank coffee & talked about love

Saanen, rail station, where Simran & Raj drank coffee & talked about love

The most important place to find was of course THE church, which was a little difficult, considering that the external shots in the movie show a different church. But we found it! It’s situated in Montbovon, a snug little town near Montreux.

Outside St. Grat church, Montbovon

Outside St. Grat church, Montbovon

I’m very thankful that Béatrice speaks French, since we met the verger and asked her about the movie. She smiled and told us that she still remembers a cute girl in a beautiful sari (from Tujhe Dekha To Yeh Jaana Sanam) and a very handsome young man wearing jeans and a white shirt.
Yes, this was definitely the place! 🙂

St. Grat, the church where Raj prayed for Simrans happiness

St. Grat, the church where Raj prayed for Simran’s happiness

Another impression from St. Grat, as seen in DDLJ

Another impression from St. Grat, as seen in DDLJ

For me it was a very special feeling to stand in this church, where some gorgeous scenes for such a lovely movie had been shot, to see in front of me what Shah Rukh Khan had seen, and to touch what he had touched nearly twenty years ago.

What can I say? You have to visit the Rhine Falls right beside Schaffhausen to feel how beautiful the raw violence of water can be.

An impression of the Rhine Falls

An impression of the Rhine Falls

Later we also visited Stein am Rhein with an unique historic district and amazing wall paintings as well as the Schaffhausen minster, where you can visit a snug herbary, a peaceful cloistered courtyard and the Schillerglocke (Schiller’s Bell) which was given the name because Friedrich Schiller took the bell as an inspiration for his famous poem.

A little glimpse of the wall paintings in Stein am Rhein

A little glimpse of the wall paintings in Stein am Rhein

The Schillerglocke (Schiller's Bell)

The Schillerglocke (Schiller’s Bell)

The cloister - dark and peaceful

The cloister – dark and peaceful

Zurich

Posted: July 29, 2014 in Switzerland

Being the financial heart of Switzerland, this city is much more hectic than the capital. It’s situated at the beautiful Lake Zurich and its train station is a giant 3-floor maze. Since I’m magically attracted to water, I spent most of my time at the lake and the river Limmat, including a small boat trip. Apart from that I roamed around in the historic district and visited the church Fraumünster (Women’s Minster), with its famous windows which were designed by Marc Chagall.

Zurich & Lake Leman

Zurich & Lake Zurich

Zurich & Lake Leman

Zurich & Lake Zurich

Europe's biggest clock face, St. Peter, Zurich

Europe’s biggest clock face, St. Peter, Zurich

Bern

Posted: July 29, 2014 in Switzerland

The capital of Switzerland doesn’t feel like a capital at all! It’s a very nice city, filled with history, joyous people and beautiful culture. That’s where I learned that you can drink the water from every public fountain in Switzerland unless it’s marked otherwise. (Now that I’m back home in Germany, I have to remind myself that you can’t drink from our fountains!)

The clock tower Zeitglockenturm with its giant clock faces and the astrolabe.

The clock tower Zeitglockenturm with its giant clock faces and the astrolabe

The government building in Bern is open to the public and in front of it you find a play of water like the one you see in Jab Tak Hai Jaan, but no one will arrest you for dancing there. It was so cool to see cheerfully screaming kids playing there!

The play of water in front of the Swiss government

The play of water in front of the Swiss government

In the heart of the city, at the river Aare, you find the Bernese Bears, three young brown bears, symbolising the heraldic animal of Bern.

One of the Bernese Bears

One of the Bernese Bears

The Journey

Posted: July 29, 2014 in Switzerland

It is very apt that the first tweetheart I met in real life is also the first person whom I’ve been interacting with almost exactly one year before starting the journey to meet her. This journey led me to Béatrice, Switzerland, Bastian Baker, 30 Seconds to Mars, Nyon, Bern, Zurich, the Rhine Falls and my personal DDLJ moment.

I’ll spare you the not very exciting train trips to and from Switzerland, except for mentioning the fact that the Swiss trains and ticket collectors are the clear winners! 😉

After a long night I finally arrived at Nyon, where Béatrice and I were going to visit Paléo 2014, one of the biggest Swiss music and art festivals. Our performances of choice were Bastian Baker, a wonderful Swiss singer/songwriter, and 30 Seconds to Mars, the band of Jared Leto, his brother Shannon and Tomislav ‘Tomo’ Miličević. We can now proudly say we’re rock festival proof, since it was perfectly muddy at the venue.

Bastian Baker at the Paléo Festival, Nyon Photo: @Happy_1, Béatrice

Bastian Baker at the Paléo Festival, Nyon
Photo: @Happy_1, Béatrice

Thirty Seconds to Mars at Paléo Festical, Nyon Photo: @Happy_1, Béatrice

Thirty Seconds to Mars at the Paléo Festival, Nyon
Photo: @Happy_1, Béatrice

But before that, we explored Nyon, a beautiful little city at Lake Leman and went to occupy our room at Château de Bossey, which is located outside Crans-près-Céligny. During this endeavour I learned that a 10 minute walk actually means a 30 minute walk, which seems like a little eternity when you have to carry all your luggage with you! Needless to say we took a cab to the rail station the next day…

A beautiful view over Nyon & Lake Leman

A beautiful view over Lake Leman

This is were we spent the night after the concerts.

This is were we spent the night after the concerts.