Spring Break, pt 2 – Bracing the wind in Zurich

After two days in Munich, my grandmother, aunt, and I boarded the train to Zurich, Switzerland. All I knew about this European destination was that it is ranked no. 4 on the list of World’s Most Expensive Cities and that it is famous for its fondue (I think this was the part I was most excited about. Then again, anything involving food gets me excited).

Living abroad was my excuse to not care one bit about the insane amount of calories I was consuming.
Image courtesy of giphy.com.

We arrived in the Swiss city early in the afternoon and walked 10 minutes to Hotel Adler, a relatively small establishment that is attached to the popular restaurant Swiss Chuchi. We walked into our room and were greeted with candies and postcards bearing the restaurant’s name. By this point, the three of us had already made a mental note to make reservations for dinner.

Postcards and candies welcomed us to our hotel room.
Postcards and candies welcomed us to our hotel room.

The hotel room was spacious and seemed to match the fact that the city is surrounded by mountains.
The hotel room was spacious and seemed to match the fact that the city is surrounded by mountains.
I loved the room's mural detailing the city we were about to explore.
I loved the room’s mural detailing the city we were about to explore.
The view from our hotel room balcony.
The view from our hotel room balcony.

It was late afternoon by the time we settled into our room, so we took the time left in the day to explore the streets. Zurich is a very walkable city, with the main attractions and sights being a close distance away from each other. Lake Zurich acts as the centerpiece for Switzerland’s largest city, and despite the cold winds and overcast skies, one of my favorite parts about the trip was being able to walk out onto one of the docks to view the Swiss Alps across the lake.

Panoramic view of Lake Zurich.
Panoramic view of Lake Zurich.

Below are pictures of the things we did and saw that are worth looking into if you have an upcoming trip to Zurich.

We spent a good portion of our first day in the city taking pictures from one of the bridges over the lake.
We spent a good portion of our first day in the city taking pictures from one of the bridges over the lake.
This was one of the best meals I had while abroad. Cheese fondue with meat that we meat that we cooked ourselves.
Restaurant Swiss Chuchi provided us with one of the best meals I had while abroad. Cheese fondue with meat that we cooked ourselves.
The waiter at Swiss Chuchi brought over a literal sack of hot potatoes and a bread basket to start off our meal.
The waiter at Swiss Chuchi brought over a literal sack of hot potatoes and a bread basket to start off our meal.
We paired our bread and cheese fondue with a bottle of Pinot Grigio, and it was a match made in cheesy heaven.
We paired our bread and cheese fondue with a bottle of Pinot Grigio, and it was a match made in cheesy heaven.
We walked past the Zurich Opera House and marveled at its exterior design. There is a spacious pedestrian-only area in front of the opera house complete with dining tables.
We walked past the Zurich Opera House and marveled at its exterior design. There is a spacious pedestrian-only area in front of the opera house complete with dining tables.
Hanging out by the lake on an uncommonly cold day in the Zurich.
Hanging out by the lake on an uncommonly cold day in Zurich.
We were in Zurich right before Easter, so it was only fitting to stop at Läderach, a popular Swiss chocolatier located on the famous shopping street Bahnhofstrasse.
We were in Zurich right before Easter, so it was only fitting to stop at Läderach, a popular Swiss chocolatier located on the famous shopping street Bahnhofstrasse.
Since Easter was right around the corner, I couldn't walk out of Läderach without satisfying my sweet tooth.
Since Easter was right around the corner, I couldn’t walk out of Läderach without satisfying my sweet tooth.
I loved the vibrant buildings with the multitude of Swiss flags out front waving in the wind.
I loved the vibrant buildings with the multitude of Swiss flags out front waving in the wind.

In addition to just exploring the city on our own, we partook in a Best of Zurich City Bus Tour, which took us around key city sights and into the Zurichberg district, a more residential area that is situated on a hill overlooking the lake. The tour took about three hours, and it was well worth the money to be driven around by bus. I’ve said before that I’m not a fan of bus tours, but Zurich’s weather was uncommonly windy and cold, so it was a welcome change from the alternative of bracing the wind.

Below are pictures taken while on the bus tour.

One of our first stops on the tour was along Lake Zurich to admire the view and take a bathroom break.
One of our first stops on the tour was along Lake Zurich to admire the view and take a bathroom break.
The bus took us up into the residential areas of Zurich and stopped at the Hotel Dolder Grand, a 5-star luxury hotel & spa, that boasts an impeccable view of Lake Zurich and the Swiss Alps.
The bus took us up into the residential areas of Zurich and stopped at the Hotel Dolder Grand, a 5-star luxury hotel & spa, that boasts an impeccable view of Lake Zurich and the Swiss Alps.
At one point in the tour, we were told that we were going to cross Lake Zurich to head to the Lindt chocolates' Easter Market. I thought we would simply get on the ferry by boat, but this wasn't the case. The entire bus came over with us.
At one point in the tour, we were told that we were going to cross Lake Zurich to head to the Lindt chocolates’ Easter Market. I thought we would simply get on the ferry by foot, but this wasn’t the case. The entire bus came over with us.
A stop at Lindt's Easter Market was the perfect way to end the trip because we were all hungry and craving sweets at this point.
A stop at Lindt’s Easter Market was the perfect way to end the trip because we were all hungry and craving sweets at this point.

After the tour, we went back for a second dinner at Swiss Chuchi because it was just that good. We turned in early that night, and although I was sad to be leaving Zurich the next day, I was excited for what Salzburg, Austria would bring.

Dessert is my favorite part of any meal.
Dessert is my favorite part of any meal.

Stay tuned for my Spring Break, pt 3 post detailing my days spent in Salzburg admiring The Sound of Music filming locations.

-Morgan

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