Zürich: Into the Alps

Trip Start Aug 18, 2011
Trip End Jul 02, 2012

Flag of Switzerland  , Zurich,
Friday, January 27, 2012

My next stop on my tour of Central Europe was Zürich. I got into the city at night and after being a bit overwhelmed by how big the train station was at first, I got my bearings and found my hostel. 

I spent the next day seeing all of the sites in the city. First I took the Polybahn, a funicular, up to see a great view of the city and the two main universities, ETH Zürich and the University of Zürich. 

Next, I walked by the old City Hall and the Grossmünster church. I went inside the church, but it wan't too spectacular. It was very plain inside. What was spectacular, though, was the views over the city I got to see when I climbed up to the top of one of the church towers. What a view!

I walked along Lake Promenade by Lake Zürich to try to go to a store where they had inexpensive Swiss chocolate and then to the Chinagarten. Both were closed, so I didn't have much luck. I got to see a bit of the Chinagarten from the outside and it looked pretty neat. The views of the lake along the Promenade were really nice. The water is crystal clear!

Next up, I went to see the Fraumünster, another church and the Münsterhof square, with it's guild houses. Then I walked up to the top of the Lindenhof, a hill in the center of Zürich for another great view over the city.

After that, I walked along Bahnhofstrasse, a shopping street, and window shopped to see some of the Swiss army knives and the rather expensive Swiss watches. I found one watch that was see-through, so you could see all of the gizmos inside. Some of the watches were more expensive than mid-priced new cars! 

I ended the day by walking along the other side of the lake to the Reitberg Museum, an Asian art museum. There were so many different historical pieces from Buda statues and Chinese scrolls to Indian paintings. Some of the Chinese artifacts dated back to the 13th century B.C. The museum was really big and I would suggest anyone going to Zürich to tour it. It's definitely worth it.

The next morning I went into a chocolate shop very quickly and bought some excellent chocolate before catching my train to Vienna. The ride through the Alps was spectacular! The scenery was unbelievable with the beautiful jagged peaks of the mountains. In some areas in the middle of the Alps, we saw snow that was at least 1.5-2 feet deep and we were only in the valleys! 

I was so happy I took the train to Vienna instead of flying after I saw the scenery. If you ever are in Switzerland, make sure to see the Alps - it's well worth it!
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