Gorgeous! I love Zürich. But, it is the most expensive place to eat – ever.
We took the 3 hour train ride to Zürich for the weekend while the weather is still nice in the low 70’s there. The fashion-forward metropolitan city, mountains and lake together in one place is amazing, we could definitely live there, just not eat.
A few examples: A tall Starbucks coffee is 6.50 Swiss francs which is about $7 USD. It was advertised at cafes that a “good deal” for a Cesare salad (no meat or anything fancy) was only 22 francs… a cheeseburger at a pub was 25 francs, add a side of pomme frites for 11 francs. Needless to say, we didn’t walk away from any meal for lunch or dinner spending less than $75 anywhere we went in Switzerland. Further out from the city center was the same pricing. Germany seems so affordable now even with the Euro.
What To do: Walk the city, shop, get some sun in the grass, dip in the Lake…
Boating Lake Zürich
From the bottom to the top of the observation tower (2,850 feet), over to Felsenegg and back down. It is almost 6 miles hiking up and over to the other side not including the hike to get down. Forget switchbacks, this trail is entirely straight up. Getting back down are 2 options, hike back down (straight down on gravel terrain) or take the cable car. We did see some folks our around our Grandparents age killing it up the mountain with us though, it kept us going. Stay fit to stay young.
Switzerland wouldn’t be complete without visiting the very place the best chocolate comes from; Lindt and Sprungli are made right on Lake Zürich. You can smell the chocolate when you walk by the building. We visited the outlet at the factory and brought back just a few samples to savor when we get back to Germany.
About an hour from Zürich city center on the train is the largest waterfall in Europe.
We absolutely plan to return to Zürich. Next time, we will for sure get a condo/house on the lake and bring all our own food!