Memories from Zurich

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We travelled to Zurich, Switzerland, from Munich and stayed for a day. And boy, was it well spent!

We took the train from Munich Hauptbahnhof to Zurich Hauptbahnhof and it took a comfortable 4 hours.

Away from schnitzels and on to raclettes!

Alfred Escher monumental fountain, sculpted by Richard Kissling, on Bahnhofplatz situated at Hauptbahnhof in Zürich (Switzerland)  Image from Wikimedia Commons - by Roland Zh.

Alfred Escher monumental fountain, sculpted by Richard Kissling, on Bahnhofplatz situated at Hauptbahnhof in Zürich (Switzerland)
Image from Wikimedia Commons – by Roland Zh.

The hotel that we stayed in (Alexander Guesthouse) had an extremely tiny lift – it only accommodates 2 people at any 1 time. It was very claustrophobic and see how red it was? When we travelled to Rome and Paris after, we realised the hotels also had tiny lifts. We grew used to them after a while – it became quite funny how we would try to squeeze all 4 of us into the lift and see who would scream first.

Overall the hotel was clean, convenient and near the city centre – all that we wanted for a 1 night stay.

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Some facts about Zurich (from www.squido.com)

  • Nestlé, founded by Swiss Henri Nestle, is the biggest food company in the world.
Image from reuters.com. The headquarters of food giant Nestle is pictured in Vevey August 8, 2012.  Credit: Reuters/Denis Balibouse

Image from reuters.com.
The headquarters of food giant Nestle is pictured in Vevey August 8, 2012.
Credit: Reuters/Denis Balibouse

  • Swiss Guards protect the Pope at the Vatican.
  • The famous pharmaceutical companies Roche and Novartis are based in Switzerland.
  • The Swiss are world-wide leaders in private banking or asset management for individuals. UBS and Credit Suisse are among the leading banks.
  • Housing is expensive, only about one-third of Swiss population live in their own house
  • Any Swiss citizen can challenge a law passed by the parliament. If he can gather
    50000 signatures, then a national vote has to be scheduled, where voters decide
    whether to accept or reject the law!
  • The neutrality of Switzerland is legendary. It has not involved in any conflicts
    since 1815, including the two World Wars.
  • The flag of the Red Cross is the flag of Switzerland with the colours inverted.
  • The flag of Vatican, is the only other square flag, apart from Switzerland’s.
  • Switzerland has the second highest life expectancy, after Sweden

We walked around the city centre, along the famous Bahnhofstrasse (shopping street) and stopped for lunch (Johanniter Restaurant) and dinner as well.

Follow us on our journey.

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Out of the hotel, we walked along the back alley.

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Deciding which café to descend upon..

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Front of menu – Restaurant Johanniter

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We always start our meals with coffee – all 4 of us are coffee drinkers!

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Our 1st raclette on the trip!
(½ portion melted Swiss cheese with potatoes, pickled cucumbers
and pickled onions)

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Roesti with bacon gratinated with cheese topped with a fried egg – my sister’s favourite!

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Breaded pork escalope with ham and chees served with french fries

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Pork steak marinated in mustard served with crispy bacon and french fries

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Sprungli – very famous old pastry shop

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Do you notice how everyone faces outward? In Singapore this would be really rare.
Here, we find it very liberating.

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Prices in Zurich are extremely steep – we walked around looking for dinner and finally landed on a restaurant selling Singaporean/ Malaysian cuisine. Perhaps after a week away from Singapore, we felt homesick and we ended up chatting with the owner.  He said he migrated to Zurich many years ago and the quality of life is fabulous. The prices for meals were exorbitant – $20 swiss franc for a plate of fried rice. We tried walking around to look at pasta places but there is no way I am paying $30 swiss franc for an aglio olio pasta.

We also heard that every 1 out of 2 people here is a banker so that is why they can afford to pay this much for meals and housing. I am sure that is an exaggeration but we see where that assumption can come from. In Singapore, our standard of living is very high too. Cars and houses strip us of our savings. Food prices range from the very cheap to Michelin prices.

There were 2 ladies at dinner at another restaurant who had this Chihuahua with them. Even the Chihuahuas here look posh & pristine.. look at how adorable she looks.

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Look at me sitting so pretty!

For more on my travel, see here, here and here.

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2 comments

  1. scasedesign · · Reply

    Very nice review of our hometown, we are glad you enjoyed your stay in Switzerland!

    1. Thank you so much, glad you like the review. I love Switzerland.

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