Leaving London behind we flew across the channel to Switzerland and our next port of call Zurich.

Coming in to Zurich
Coming in to Zurich

We stayed at the Swissotel, located at Oerlikon, just out of the city centre, a short tram ride was all it took to get to the city centre. A 24 hour pass for trains, buses and trams was around A$10 a person, it also allowed us to take some of the river taxis if we had felt like it. The Swissotel has an amazing pool located on the top floor giving panoramic views of Zurich and the country side around it, right out to the alps in the distance.

The breakfast buffet in the Swissotel is very extensive and a great range of food for all tastes is available. I counted 18 bread and bakery items, unfortunately that is too much for me to work my way through. There is also a vibrant bar and restaurant in the Swissotel, which we unfortunatley didn’t have a chance to try out, next time.

Twice a week the square behind the Swissotel becomes a fruit, vegetable and flower market, with some stalls also offering preserves made from their own produce. I wish I had taken my camera down as there were varieties that we don’t see here in Australia. It would also have been nice to have been able to have cooked with some of the offerings. Also handy was a supermarket where you could get some groceries and incredibly cheap mineral water. San Pellegrino 1litre for about A$1.05, back here it costs just over A$3.

Zurich City has a population of 400,00 within the city and 1.83 million in the whole canton(state). Which makes it a nice size to get around. After catching the tram in we just walked. So many beautiful old buildings with interesting architectural details. I really loved looking at the roof detailing on the buildings, so much more interesting than the triangle shape we mainly have in Australia. Lots of little streets to wander and explore. So many small jewellery makers located around town which was great to see. Craft skills seemed to be taken more seriously in Switzerland, whether it be jewellery making, lace making etc.

Lane way Zurich
Lane way Zurich
Limmat Quai
Limmat Quai

We ate in the old town area several times. On two occasions having fondue at Adler’s Swiss Chuchi and also dined in a¬†Bierhalle. While R tried some local beers I worked my way through the local white wines. A shame we have trouble sourcing Swiss wines here in Australia as they were very good. Down by Quaibrucke is a stand selling some great hotdogs and wurstli, just perfect for a quick lunch. Should you need chocolate there is no shortage of stores and cafes.

Inside our favourite bierehalle
Inside our favourite bierehalle
Worked my way through most of the whites
Worked my way through most of the whites

Wandering the cobblestone streets, walking beside the river and lake was a really enjoyable experience. No-one seemed to be rushing and everyone was polite.

Street in Zurich
Street in Zurich
River side
River side
Across the lake to the Alps
Across the lake to the Alps

Sitting having a cocktail in a square in the old town was a nice way to relax.

Cocktails to wind down after a big day exploring
Cocktails to wind down after a big day exploring

We also got to see a Youth Marching Band festival and a watersports festival which seemed to consist of teams on boats jousting. Obviously the winner was the one who didn’t get knocked in the river.

Solothurn Jugendmusik.
Solothurn Jugendmusik.
Water jousting
Water jousting
Water jousting
Water jousting

While Zurich has a long history there is plenty of new construction happening. But the real joy is exploring the old buildings and churches.

Looking up river with Grossmunster on the left
Looking up river with Grossmunster on the left
New construction going in
New construction going in
Grossmunster
Grossmunster
The steeple of Fraumunster
The steeple of Fraumunster

 

The steeple of St Peter Church.
The steeple of St Peter Church.
Grossmunster
Grossmunster

We had a great time in Zurich and I look forward to heading there again in the future.

As they say in Zurich Vielen Dank for stopping by!