Zurich is expensive. Surprisingly expensive. Not being a part of the EU, Switzerland has its own currency, which is actually a bit lower in value compared to the Canadian dollar. Because of that, for some reason, I was expecting to see prices similar to Canada. I was very wrong. A simple sandwich at a grocery store was in the range of $6. Hostel was 40 bucks. It was comparable to Rome in terms of prices and much more expensive than Munich or northern Italy.
Zurich is often battling Vancouver on the UN livability study that comes out each year. This year Zurich won and was declared the most livable city in the world. I guess if you are a banker and can afford to live in Zurich then, yes..it is gorgeous, clean, great transportation and friendly people. I could see alot of similarities to Vancouver, especially with the waterfront and mountains.
It was just a stopover before my flight though so not much time in Zurich. The old town was very cool to wander around in and the clock museum was fascinating. Unfortunately I could not take pictures of the most interesting display, a temporary exhibit filled with the most famous Swiss brands - some hundreds of years old and worth many tens of thousands of dollars each. A security guard kept watch on me during my time in that room. I guess I look suspicious.
A few days later I read in Time magazine that a similar watch display in Bern, Switzerland was robbed and thieves stole over $100,000 worth of watches. I guess I can understand the armed guard at the clock museum. At the time I thought it was a bit of a joke.