A well-deserved tribute to the pioneer of Swiss alpine railway.
All aboard the train!
Alfred Escher was a politician, business leader, and a very important Swiss engineer for Zurich's development during the 19th century. What he is mainly remembered for of course is his Swiss alpine railway project that ended up becoming the Gotthard Railway. This route gave an enormous boost to the city's industry and allowed a period of great economical development. However, despite being considered as one of the most renowned industrialists of his time, Escher wasn't invited to the inauguration of his own project in the year 1880, as the financial problems and deadlines of the great construction had cost him his post. A fair tribute to Escher has been paid in the form of this statue of him located in Bahnhofplatz, which was designed by Richard Kissling and inaugurated in 1889.