We had a fantastic 4 days in
We have been on several city breaks in the past to
We flew out on Friday lunchtime with Aer Lingus from Gatwick. It was the first time we have flown with them and will definitely do so again as the leg room seemed better that some other flights we have been on, the plane ran on time and most importantly the flights are cheap. You can get flights to
We travelled out with Shelley, Ian’s wife so that we could all spend the weekend together. As we travelled with hand luggage only, booked in online the day before and printed off our boarding passes we were able to go straight through to security without any queuing. Another thing that made this trip quicker and easier was using Ace Meet & Greet for car parking. It was so simple just pulling up outside the airport and having a driver take our car and park it for us returning it to us at the airport on our return. The cost for the 4 days was £28 which wasn’t much more than a car park but with the added convenience.
On arriving at the very swish Zurich International airport we caught a train into Hauptbahnhof Station (
The best way to explore
Please note that the ticket machines at the tram stops only take coins, whereas the machines at the station also take notes.
There are a unique mixture of attractions with over 50 museums some 14 of which are devoted to art and more than 100 art galleries, Zoo,
Talking of nightlife
District, it is now the centre of nightlife for the youngsters that flock to the all-night clubs set up in former factories. In the summer, nightlife can be found not only in the clubs but also outside in the open air.
On Saturday morning we couldn’t wait to start exploring the city. We caught a tram into the city centre, which stopped outside Springli’s the famous Swiss Chocolate shop – We just had to have a little look inside at all the wonderful chocolate.
Once we could eventually tear ourselves away from Springli’s we walked up and down Bahnhofstrasse, one of the most prestigious shopping streets in
We then crossed the
Walking along the River Limmat we noticed one of the several lido’s along the water, used for swimming and sunbathing by day and transformed into open air bars during the long summer nights.
We then wandered through the cobblestone streets and ancient narrow alley ways of the old town enjoying going down a little street here and there finding something new to discover at each turn. The
Street Vendors sell tasty bratwurst sausages. Here they serve the sausage and the wedge of bread separate with your choice of tomato sauce, mustard or mayonnaise in little containers as dipping sauces. We didn’t get a chance to try one on this trip but Ian assured us that they are delicious and definitely worth trying next time.
It is worth noting that the shops/supermarkets close at 5pm on a Saturday evening and don’t re-open until Monday morning. One exception is the odd small supermarket and the underground concourse at Zurich Central Station which is very popular with Sunday shoppers.
On the Saturday evening we visited Restaurant Zeughauskeller which is a large and very popular Swiss restaurant housed in a former arsenal which was built in 1487. In 1927 it was converted into a beer restaurant. Situated in the heart of the ‘banking’ district this old armoury serves typical Swiss food at surprisingly good value.
The décor is amazing with the wooden ceiling, large wooden chandeliers, interesting pictures and military accessories hung on the walls conveying a bit of the original atmosphere in this old building.
The vast dining room seats 200 on long wooden tables which contributes to creating a sociable atmosphere giving smaller groups of diners the opportunity to get quickly acquainted with other diners on the table.
We found the service quick and efficient, portions generous and the atmosphere fun and lively.
Besides many sorts of Swiss sausages (over 20 types) available on the menu including one which measures 39 inches you can go for different sorts of pork or sliced veal amongst other things. Ian recommended we try the Mayor’s Sword to share between the two of us which is marinated baby-beef steaks, pounded until they are thin then wrapped around a large sword blade and grilled. The steak is then served to the table on the sword which looks really quite impressive.
The meal was served with Potato Rosti (hash brown potatoes “Swiss Style”) and Ian suggested we also try a portion of the famous homemade potato salad. All of which were delicious.
If you decide to visit this restaurant I would recommend you book a table as it is very popular with the locals and tourists. I noticed queues in the entrance halls most of the evening.
On the Sunday we took a boat trip on
Below are photos taken from the boat trip around the Lake...
The Bacherpark is considered by many to be one of the most beautifully designed parks in the city, and the
The cost of the boat trip was only 8 Swiss Francs but because we had a Zurich CARD (24 hour tram/bus pass) the cost was discounted to 4 Swiss Francs.
One of the things we particularly noticed about
With so much to see and do in this beautiful city 4 days was not long enough so we have already booked our next trip to
The sign in the trams caught our attention .. a saw???