Swiss Bliss

Trip Start Aug 16, 2010
Trip End Ongoing

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YouthHostel Zurich

Flag of Switzerland  , Zürich,
Tuesday, August 24, 2010

With overnight bags in tow, we arrived at Milan's Stazione Centrale looking for an adventure.  We had our hearts set on crossing the Swiss border, but left the destination decision up to a mix of factors: train times, prices, length of journey, etc. All four of our eyes lit up when we saw Zurich on the departure board, but simply put, the price was not right.  We settled on Lugano, a small lake-side town in the Alps just across the border. 

Once aboard, we quickly realized that we were on that same train headed to Zurich and we joked about trying to sneak past our stop.  When we approached Lugano and still no one had been by to collect our tickets, we thought "what the heck?" and stayed aboard.  Convinced that we had beaten the system (yes, there was a high-five involved), we were quickly put in our place when the train conductor made his rounds not even a minute later.  He kicked us off at the next stop, visibly relishing in his triumph.  But the cards were still in our favor - we got the boot at beautiful Bellinzona.

Dating back to the Roman Emperor Augustus in the 1st century BC, Bellinzona is surrounded by three amazing castles.  Though we enjoyed the unplanned 'detour,' we ended up purchasing tickets to Zurich after all, and we're so glad we did.  We'll let the pictures and videos speak for themselves, but all-in-all, we now understand what all the hype is about.  Zurich is a beautiful, clean city with old-world charm and people who seem thrilled to live there.


Zurich Theaterspektakel: a pop-up film festival along the lake, with lots of bars and restaurants offering a variety of cuisines and ambiances.  A tapas bar, a biergarten, a sushi bar.. you name it.  We met a slew of interesting people- Zurich locals and fellow vagabonds- and exchanged travel stories over Swiss beers.

Old Town: the historic center and heart of Zurich, these charming, winding streets are filled with specialty shops.  Our favorite was a Swiss chocolate vendor who sold us on their famous truffles.  Mmmmm.  When in Switzerland!

Zurichsee: a large lake just south of the Old Town in central Zurich, its outer rim is lined with sailboats, yachts, and paddle boats alike.  With tons of lakeside dining options, a hungry sailor would have no trouble docking his boat to meet up with mates for a well-earned al fresco meal.  Local businessmen get their fill too, as these restaurants seemed to be very popular for midday work lunches.
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Jessica Trief on

Love the party trick your new friend taught you.

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