Zurich, Switzerland

Emma and I went to Zurich, Switzerland to meet up with her classmates for her grade 12 year abroad. She’s attending school in a French speaking town in western Switzerland. Hopefully she comes back with just as great a French accent as Hannah did after a three month exchange in France.

We loved this narrow house overlooking the river.

I had a few days to explore Zurich – certainly only enough time to put a small dent in it. It’s a beautiful city and if ever given a chance, I would visit again.

There is quite a large historic section that spans both sides of the Limmat River with the lovely Schanzengraben Canal intersecting part of it. It’s a very walkable area and super clean and pretty. After a full day I ran out of new streets.

What do you know – a bridge filled with love locks.

I’m not sure what these girls were up to.

The side streets were narrow and pristine and pretty much looked just like these ones.

I went back to many places that Emma and I only saw at night. This park on a hill was nice and quiet the evening before.

They’re all here for the view.

Speaking of, the view across either side of the river is filled with beautiful buildings with detailed architecture.

The building third from the left houses H&M. That store has been in every single city we went to on our trip round the world. That and KFC!

The Limmat River empties into Lake Zurich. The waterfront walkways go on and on along either side of the lake. And there are more cool things to see.

I stopped to watch a couple swans along the way and then saw that swans in Zurich may be just like ducks along the Ottawa waterfront. Too many – And they’re messy!

There is also a windy walkway along the canal. It’s a quiet area and I was the only tourist.

How Much Things Cost – Zurich Switzerland

A tram ticket is 4.40 Swiss francs – good for only one hour. Pretty steep for public transit. Or 8.80 francs for a whole 24 hours – much better value but still a whopping $12 Canadian.

The tram system made touring around super easy. By the last day I was hopping on and off for a stop or two just like the locals. The only thing I didn’t do like a local was walk across the tracks right in front of the moving trams.

Forty-nine Swiss francs for a men’s cut! I don’t know, Rob’s been going to the barber for years and it’s twenty bucks with tip in Ottawa.

Prices in Switzerland include all fees and taxes. And in restaurants they also include service. Though I read us North Americans are still expected to tip in cities like Zurich.

Don’t ask me ‘why pickles’. I went into a Co-op grocery store right downtown to check out what’s on offer. I thought a lot of stores were quite chaotic inside which was a contrast to my expectation, Swiss precision and all. I thought that pickles were quite pricey. I started with the fruits and vegetables but couldn’t figure out if they were sold by the kilo or per package/piece.

Okay, seven francs for one slice of cheese pizza. That’s takeout and $9.30!

Wrap it Up

Emma and I ate out a few times together in the historic section of Zurich. It wasn’t too bad (22 – 27 CHF each) but we stayed off the two main streets where entrees were well over 40 CHF. Once I got back to Kyiv and saw how our dining Swiss francs converted to Canadian dollars, I was relieved that we went down the side streets.

Paris is on my list of cities to visit so I’ll just consider this as practice.

Besides, Kyiv is doing quite a good job offsetting any expensive outlays.

I saw this mural from the tram on my way back to the hotel. I didn’t know to watch out for street art in Zurich. I love street art like this.

It’s Monday and I’m back in Kyiv.

Ben’s at school and Rob’s off socializing at work.

Hannah started her uni classes last week and says she didn’t learn much. I’m certain things will pick up for her there. It sounds like her favourite class is … Latin.

Emma is finishing up her orientation trip today. She’s been assigned her pension family and she even has a roommate. I think classroom time starts for her tomorrow.

Anyway, that’s my update. Hopefully there aren’t too many photos slowing things down. The photos are from my cell phone so hopefully the quality isn’t too bad. Reading about basic photography is on my long list of things to do.

I hope everything is well with you all!

xo C

2 Replies to “Zurich, Switzerland”

  1. Switzerland is crazy, I remember back 10 years being in Geneva for mix business/vacation. I always used to collect fridge magnets and I remember it being $10. I had a good salary at the time but I couldn’t get myself to pay that, it was just too much for what it was.
    I don’t understand these kinds of prices.

    I haven’t looked at CAD/CHF rates in a while. For the longest time you could count on them being at par. Our Canadian dollar is pitiful isn’t it?

  2. Hello again Frank!
    Yes, it is pitiful. Our Canadian dollar causes me great pain at times.
    I feel you on the fridge magnet. And that was 10 years ago. No matter our disposable income, I have a hard time overpaying for things I don’t value. Though I do recognize I value some things that others wouldn’t overpay for either. Makes me laugh.

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