While visiting my friend in Gottenheim, Germany, I ended up having a free day for my last full day there. When I found out that I was able to visit Zurich, Switzerland in less than two hours, I knew that’s what I wanted to do. Switzerland has always looked so beautiful, and I’ve heard nothing but praises from friends who have visited.
I bought a ticket on the FlixBus for about $15 roundtrip. If you’ve never heard of the company before, check them out if you need to get around Europe. This ended up being way cheaper and faster than taking the train down. After a short delay, I was on my way to Switzerland just after 8 AM.
If you can orient your position to the river that runs through the city, it’s pretty easy to get around. I noted the location of my bus stop and was soon off to explore. Here are some of the parts I loved the most about Zurich during my short time there.
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The buildings in Zurich were exactly how I pictured Swiss buildings – cute and colorful. They seem pretty small, but I would love to live in one for a summer. The whole city is very clean, and I don’t think I saw trash or graffiti anywhere. I absolutely love the flowers hanging from the window sills.
There is so much shopping to be done in Zurich! You could spend a week going to all the shops here, except you wouldn’t have much money left. The street in the picture above is Bahnhofstrasse, the main street downtown and one of the most exclusive and expensive shopping avenues in the world. I definitely didn’t buy anything on this street, but did find a few cute shorts on sale at a boutique store elsewhere.
I had lunch at a casual take out place on the river. I don’t know what this pastry is called, but it was stuffed with delicious Swiss cheese. I chose the beer based on the squirrel on the front obviously, but it was also pretty good. I loved how many people were taking their lunch breaks along the river and just relaxing.
Zurich is covered in various churches to visit, but I only went inside one. This is the Grossmünster, which is from the 1100s and is just stunning inside. You can also pay a few dollars to climb to the top, which is definitely worth it. Note – the staircase is very small and windy, so I wouldn’t go if you’re claustrophobic or scared of heights. It’s a pretty tough mini work out, but as you see from the view below, you can see the whole city from the top.
Behind one of the main streets on the river, I found what appeared to be a really small farmer’s market. They were selling handmade quilts, blankets, and jewelry. Only a few vendors were present, but it was a neat find.
While I was walking along the river, I came upon two men and one woman standing by the river playing these very long horns. Called Alphorns, they’re typically used in the mountains of Switzerland for communication purposes. I’m not sure if they’re still in practice, but they’re super loud so I can only imagine how effective they are.
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