We made it to Switzerland!! My parents came to visit this month and they rented a car with a plan to meet us in Stuttgart. Kevin and I live more west and we were planning on driving a couple hours to arrive at our rendezvous spot. I was sitting in our office planning the trip, staring at my giant Europe map on the wall (stay tuned for a home tour very soon) and I thought that we could swing by and see Zürich before meeting up with my folks. It was sort of an impromptu trip so I didn't do as much planning as I normally do. In this post, I will tell you what we did along with what I think we could have done differently. I hope you enjoy!
The heart of Zürich was surprisingly smaller than I was expecting. Since the old town was so small, you can easily see everything you would like to see in about a day. We based our visit out of Zürich and then and then planned day trips to Interlaken and Lucerne. However If I were to do it over again, I probably would have stayed only one night in Zürich, and then moved over and stayed in Interlaken. That would have probably have saved us on travel time which is always precious when on trips. Over all Zürich was fabulous and even prettier than I imagined. We left with full hearts and empty wallets, which is always a sign of a great trip.
Where we stayed:
We booked our stay with Hotel Florhof and I would highly recommend it! This hotel was a little more than Kevin and I normally like to spend, but it's Zürich and everyone knows things are a little more expensive when it comes to Switzerland. In former times, Hotel Florhof was a home to a well-off family and has now been newly renovated to be a quaint boutique hotel. The hotel is located right in the heart of Zürich which was great for us who prefer to walk. Plus, breakfast was included which Kevin and I love because we like to grab a bite and get out exploring.
WHAT WE DID:
As I said before, you can probably explore old town Zürich for about a day and then you might want to venture out and see some other stuff. Here are a few things we fit into while in Zürich:
- Eat Swiss Chocolate truffle
- Visit Grossmünster Church
- Window Shopping in Neumarkt
- Enjoy the view from Lindenhof Park, we even saw a group of guys playing life-size chess it was so cute!!
Where we ate:
- Holy Cow: They have great burgers and their own beer! We loved the casual atmosphere and it was a little less expensive which was nice too.
- Wystube Isebaehnli: Hold on to your hats because this place will blow you away with the quality of service, quality of food, and quality of wine. It is pricey but well worth it in my opinion.
- Aeschback Chocolatier: It is super cute on the inside and they have several pre-packaged gifts to send your loved ones back home!
- Schipfe 16: The food was pretty good but the best part about this place is the spectacular view!! It is right on the water!!
About an hour and a half drive outside of Zürich lies this city lodged in-between two beautiful lakes. The drive alone makes it worth it. The views are incredible and driving through The Alps was a crazy once-in-a-lifetime experience. I only had one thought driving that day, and it was "why am I the one driving again?" The pictures below gives you an idea of what it was like.
WHAT WE DID:
Interlaken is known for it's killer outdoor activities. This makes it an awesome destination for most thrill seekers and nature lovers. Unfortunately for us, the weather was bad the day we visited this beautiful city. Our original plan was to go zip-lining on the Jungefrau Mountain but the weather was so bad that most of the activities on the mountain were closed. This is where I would have done things differently and really checked the weather because we would have switched our sightseeing days around. If I had cross checked a few different weather sites, we would have been able to get more out of this city. I was slightly devastated but we managed to save the day by visiting Trümmelbach Falls which was totally cool (and it didn't matter that it was raining because you get wet anyway!) This is a waterfall rumbling through a mountain so fast that the ground beneath your feet is shaking. It is sites like these that are totally humbling in showing you just how small you are in the grand scheme of things. Amazing!!
We only stayed for the afternoon as we had to meet with my parents later that day but It was a fabulous city to spend the afternoon. It's one of the most beautiful cities I have ever been to. Maybe it was the romantic swans or the perfect weather, but it was a combination for a perfect day! Hope you enjoy the shots!
Switzerland was the perfect little weekend getaway for us. Hopefully one day I will return and fulfill my dream of zip-lining in the The Alps. Until next time!
Switzerland, you're beautiful!