Switzerland is a land of well, many things. I’m a lucky girl and have had the chance to visit several times and explore different areas of the country. Last month, I got to go to Zurich again, but this time in autumn. This was Simon’s first time in Switzerland, and I hadn’t been back for a few years, so I couldn’t wait for our long weekend there.
We flew from London City Airport, which made me forget how awful airports are. Seriously, if you have the chance, definitely fly from there. It will change your life.
The last time I visited was over five years ago, and I’d forgotten how pretty it was. We spent our time walking around in the sun and exploring the city.
When you walk from Banhofplatz down Banhofquai, through the little streets you’ll reach Lindenhof – a cute little square on a hill. The view over the Limmat and the Old Town is so worth it, and it’s free – you do need this in the city of very expensive everything.
Walk to St. Peter, the church which has the largest tower clock face in Europe Pretty cool, huh? Cross Münsterbrücke, the bridge that connects the two banks of the Limmat. When crossing it, you’d reach Grossmünster, one of the city’s main churches, which is unmistakable with its two grand towers.
Once on the other side, trust me you’d want to head to Movenpick to get the best ice cream in town. Eat it by the lake, while trying to not get eaten by hungry swans.
Simon and I accidentally stumbled upon the oldest café in Zurich, while searching for somewhere to get a coffee. The thing is, we only realised where we’d been when we told my stepsister about our walk. Find the chocolate fairy tale that is Café Schober in the old town!
If you feel like going shopping, or just want to people watch, head to Banhofstrasse, the main shopping street, which starts off innocently with high street stores, but the closer you get to the lake, the fancier they get, and you might find yourself daydreaming about a Cartier jewel or a Saint Laurent bag, or maybe a Swiss watch. Or is it just me who does that?
I feel like we spent our trip eating a lot of cheese, white bread and some more cheese, but how can you not, when in Switzerland?! You must have a fondue dinner when visiting, because well… you’re in Switzerland! And so we did, and let me tell you, my family knows how to make a good fondue. Thanks, guys ♡
I didn’t go to Zurich expecting to have a taste of the nightlife, but I did, and you know what, it was fun! My stepsister and her friends took us to Hive, one of the oldest clubs in the city. We had a great night, surrounded by llama piñatas, unicorn cats and rainbows, dancing to good music.
Our last day was Sunday, and we didn’t want to miss out on our coffee and cake ritual, so we went to the famous historic Café Odeon at Bellevue. It opened its doors over a century ago and it’s a popular spot for the residents of Zurich, so have in mind it gets quite busy. On a sunny day sit outside, so you can people watch.
We also went on a day trip to the Swiss Alps, but I’ll tell you about it another time.