Zurich Day 1

We arrived in Zurich at around 8am. We got the train with a little less trouble than in Singapore. We ended up on a train and I thought it was the wrong one because they only show the next 2 or 3 stations, and not the ones after that and I thought it was ending there! So we got off and got on another one and again it only showed 3 stations but a lady sitting nearby said that it did in fact go to central station. Whew!

We didn’t actually get to central station until about 10am with all the waiting around… but found our acccommodation quickly and easily once there. We got changed and left our luggage and went into town in search of breakfast/lunch/who cares – just feed us!

We found a place that did Raclette – and no trip to Switzerland is complete without it, so we had that. It was delicious!!!

Raclette Factory, Zurich

With our stomachs taken care of and us not able to go to our rooms for a few hours yet, we did some sight-seeing, wandering along the Limmat River and meandering around town.

Along the Limmat River, Zurich
Along the Limmat River, Zurich
Along the Limmat River, Zurich
Along the Limmat River, Zurich
Along the Limmat River, Zurich

I love looking at churches, of course, but the ones in Zurich are all post-reformation and therefore very, very plain on the inside (and the outside, too, really).

Grossmuenster, Zurich
Grossmuenster, Zurich
Grossmuenster, Zurich

More along the river, when we crossed it back to the other side and made our slow way towards our accommodation:

Along the Limmat River, Zurich
Along the Limmat River, Zurich
Along the Limmat River, Zurich

This fountain with floating rose-buds was just beautiful!

Near Muensterhof, Zurich
Near Muensterhof, Zurich
near St Peter, Zurich

The street with the little oriel windows on the side of houses entranced Eileen. 🙂

Schluesselgasse, Zurich
Schluesselgasse, Zurich
a little alley near Bahnhofstrasse, Zurich
a little alley near Bahnhofstrasse, Zurich
a little alley near Bahnhofstrasse, Zurich
a little alley near Bahnhofstrasse, Zurich

We went to our accommodation near the station and had a bit of a rest and organising session and then went back to town. We went to the Polyterasse on a furnicular. And we were naughty and didn’t pay – because I thought it was free. Silly me! The furnicular comes right out of the side of a building.

The Polybahn – the furnicular that takes you up to the Polyterasse, Zurich
The Polybahn – the furnicular that takes you up to the Polyterasse, Zurich
The Polybahn – the furnicular that takes you up to the Polyterasse, Zurich

Anyway, the views from up there were pretty good!

Views from the Polyterasse, Zurich
Views from the Polyterasse, Zurich
Views from the Polyterasse, Zurich
Views from the Polyterasse, Zurich

We walked back down into the town and crossed the river to go to the Lindenhof for some more views from the other side of town this time. There were quite a few people up there admiring the views along with us.

Views along the Limmat river
Views along the Limmat river
Views at and from Lindenhof, Zurich
Views at and from Lindenhof, Zurich
Views at and from Lindenhof, Zurich
Views at and from Lindenhof, Zurich
Views at and from Lindenhof, Zurich
Views at and from Lindenhof, Zurich
Views at and from Lindenhof, Zurich
Views at and from Lindenhof, Zurich
Views at and from Lindenhof, Zurich
Views at and from Lindenhof, Zurich
Views at and from Lindenhof, Zurich
Views at and from Lindenhof, Zurich
Views at and from Lindenhof, Zurich
Views at and from Lindenhof, Zurich

We walked back down and decided to eat at the Schipfe 16 restaurant which is run by the city and gives unemployed people a chance at a job. It was really quite nice – next to the river and the service was really enthusiastic. They found a seat for us next to some other people, even though they were booked out. The meal was quite cheap by Swiss dining out standards!

dinner at Restaurant Schipfe 16
dinner at Restaurant Schipfe 16

After that, we headed back to our guesthouse and I managed to at least caption my photos before crashing. We did well to still be awake at 9pm after only about 4 hours sleep on the plane, I thought!

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