Switzerland looks just like a picture postcard – pristine and beautiful. It also looks like they wash it every morning. On my first trip there, I remember watching ladies sweeping their front stoops as we drove along country roads. And almost every house had window boxes full of colorful flowers.
Its capital city is Zürich – a sophisticated city with much to offer residents and tourists alike. Not to mention all the banks too! Fine hotels, terrific eateries, wonderful shopping, 50+ museums and scores of art galleries make up this cosmopolitan city. Located on beautiful Lake Zürich, with the snow-capped Alps as a backdrop, Zürich is a city you must visit on your Swiss vacation. Its airport offers flights from almost 90 airlines and is a mere ten minutes away by train. And, the train system is a very efficient mode of transportation throughout the entire country. Shopping is very important to the economic success of this city and I fondly recall walking along “the most expensive” street (Bahnhofstrasse) in the world. Its nightlife is unparalleled in Europe – one can never arrive too late at a nightclub! And, in summer, the nightly parties move outside. There are many festivals all year long and one of the most popular occurs in April – Sechseläuten.
Lake Zürich is beautiful with clear water so clean that it is potable. From spring through fall, you can ride ferries that run daily for both passengers and vehicles. Its shoreline is lined with walking paths, lovely gardens, public parks and baths. In summer, activities such as picnics, music, dancing, and cruises can be booked at the Bürkliplatz.
Zürich offers a large variety of hotels from high-end luxury properties to small B and B’s. You will require advance reservations; I remember fondly the Hotel Twaweillerhof we we grabbed the last two rooms on my first visit to Switzerland. Tiny and very clean, an elevator so small we had to make several trips to get our luggage up to our rooms…sleeping under warm, fluffy quilts…the sunlight streaming through the windows at 4am…a delicious breakfast served at 6am…the toilet down the hall but sitting along a hole in the floor – quite an experience! Two of my favorite hotels are the Dolder Grand which offers a shuttle into town and Baur au Lac located in the heart of the city.
Be sure to visit Confiserie Sprüngli for a coffee and fresh pastries. A trip to Switzerland would not be complete without trying Swiss fondue – La Dezaley is excellent for fondue and it’s located near the airport. Belvoirpark is a very good eaterie, located in a mansion setting, and the Dolder Grand serves a sumptuous tea daily.
Weather is generally good in Zurich and daytime temperatures range from 30’s in the winter to low 70’s in the summer. The currency is the Swiss franc.
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