Zurich has become one of my favorite cities in the last two years. This is something I would have never foreseen a couple of years before. Do not ask me why, but I had never been anxious to visit Switzerland or had any great desire to explore the country and it's largest city Zurich, the capital of the canton of Zurich (one of those weird swiss phenomena – they don't really have a country capital, only their smaller "cantons" do. What is up with that?). There were always other places and cities that I would prefer to go to and discover.
When my best friend moved to Zurich however, I was somewhat forced to visit and for that I am very thankful. My better half is also rather positively natured towards Switzerland, so he was happy to come along.
We have been to Zurich about four or five times now, and found it to be a beautiful city that has it's perks and advantages in every season. Summer is especially nice with all of the baths and opportunities to jump into either the lake or the river. (But then again, any big city is probably nicer in summer). Do not fear of going in the winter though. Especially the surrounding area is great and near for some hiking, skiing or snowboarding. The City itself has many great cafés, restaurants, museums, and shopping streets. Granted, the shopping could get expensive fast, so maybe just wander through the streets looking at all of the wonderful things, but maybe do not buy that much. Coming in with Euros, Switzerland and especially Zurich is damn expensive. Everything from food and drinks to "tram" tickets and clothing is expensive, so keep that in mind. That is probably the main downfall of Zurich. Other than that, there is a lot to do, and the charm of the city is unique in my opinion for such a cultural, political, and especially financial international city. It is almost town-like and feels intimate and cozy, with all of the benefits of a big city.
This time, we did not have any particular destinations or places in mind, we just walked through the streets and took it all in, which was nice. We ended up loving the Henrici Café and had a quick look at the Kunsthalle – a gallery for contemporary art. We also (of course) had a Bratwurst with Bürli at the Sternengrill, which I have already posted about once before. This is a must for us whenever we visit. So simple but good!
Walking along the Limmat river or the big lake is wonderful as well. I adore cities directly at the water, wether lakes, the ocean, or big rivers. And Lake Zurich is exceptionally amazing. If you go in the warmer months, be sure to rent a small boat, paddle into the middle somewhere and then jump into the clear waters. The best!
For now, here are my impressions of my last visit in February.
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– Kunsthalle Zürich | Limmatstraße 270 | www.kunsthallezurich.ch
– Henrici Café | a great and cozy café with supposedly the best hot chocolate in town - it was especially delicious I was confirmed by my friend. The brownie and the apple strudel was great as well | Niederdorfstraße 1 | www.cafe-henrici.ch
– Babu's Bakery and Coffee House | another great café, which was however unfortunately closed when we arrived (late on a sunday), but go check it out, from what we saw, it seemed like great place to hang out have some good coffee.
Up next? > the exceptional THERME VALS from renown architect Peter Zumthor.