Zurich ‘Beliebers’ keep the faith for teen pop star

Bieber fever has swept a portion of the Zurich population — the teenage girl portion.

Zurich ‘Beliebers’ keep the faith for teen pop star
Justin Bieber. Photo: Georges Biard

Canadian pop star Justin Bieber, who shot to super-stardom through his YouTube videos, is set to perform at the Hallenstadion stadium on Friday night in the latest gig on a rocky European tour.

The singer, who just turned 19, collapsed on stage in London earlier this month and was forced to stay overnight in hospital.

He turned up as much as two hours late for another concert and was forced to cancel one in Portugal.

His antics, including an expletive-filled run-in with a photographer in London, his reported expulsion from a top Paris hotel and his unpredictable behaviour, have led him to being labelled a “pop brat” by a British tabloid.

But that apparently hasn’t put off his “Belieber” fans in Zurich. reported that dozens of teenage fans skipped school to stand outside the Swissôtel in Zurich-Oerlikon, hoping to catch a glimpse of the hearthrob.

They were disappointed, however, because only part of the singer’s entourage stayed there, the website said.

Bieber was instead staying at the five-star Grand Hotel Dolder, Blick reported.

The 19th century hotel luxury spa hotel was enlarged and renovated a few years ago with a design by British architect Norman Foster.

Bieber arrived a day early and spent part of Thursday snowboarding at Hoch-Ybrig, a ski area in the canton of Schwyz.

“I cannot wait to finally be snowboarding in the Swiss mountains,” Blick reported him saying while he rode a cable car up to the slopes.   

“A fun day in the Alps,” Bieber tweeted from his Twitter account, which has a mind-boggling 35 million followers.

Here's a sample of Bieber's style on this YouTube clip:

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Swiss rail to close ticket counters in Zurich, Bern, Vaud, Ticino and Zug

Switzerland’s Federal Railways (SBB) will be removing the ticket counter from nine stations in the cantons of Zurich, Vaud, Bern, Zug and Ticino

Swiss rail to close ticket counters in Zurich, Bern, Vaud, Ticino and Zug

The SBB made the announcement on Wednesday, saying the decision was made due to a lack of demand. 

Instead, commuters will need to buy tickets from automated machines. 

In the canton of Zurich, the ticket stations in Dietlikon, Hinwil, Kloten, Männedorf and Oberwinterthur will be closed. 

In neighbouring Zug, Cham’s ticket counter will be closed, while the Herzogenbuchsee station in Bern will also go fully automated. 

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In Latin Switzerland, Pully in Vaud and Biasca in Ticino will see their ticket counters closed. 

The SBB told Swiss news outlet Watson that approximately 95 percent of ticket sales are now made via self-service machines or online. 

The advent of navigation apps has meant the need for personal advice on directions and travel has fallen, particularly in smaller areas or stations with lower traffic.