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Report 1566: We Love Switzerland

By Kathryn J from USA, Summer 2008

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Page 12 of 12: Zurich 9/5 - 9/6/08

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Fraumunster in Zurich

Friday morning we drove back to Luzern, turned in our car and took the train to Zurich. I realized that I would really miss the train system in Switzerland. Every trip we took was just so easy. I had picked a Rick Steves recommended hotel in Zurich because it was not too expensive and very close to the train station. We stayed at the Hotel Arlette. It was definitely nothing special, but it was adequate and the location was superb. A five to seven minute walk to the train station.

Our afternoon in Zurich went very fast. We walked through the Niederdorf, had lunch at the Swiss Chuchi restaurant. I had my last fish for the trip and Dennis had raclette. We had ordered raclette earlier in the trip, but it had not been served like I had read - with the appliance that melts the cheese at your table. Well, this was what I had expected and Dennis really liked it.

We visited the Fraumunster to see the Chagall windows, walked along the river and then up the Bahnhofstrasse. We were not really fond of the Bahnhofstrasse - way too busy. But we did enjoy the Niederdorf area of Zurich. We were continuing to feel really tired, so returned to the hotel for a nap before dinner. We had planned to walk back through the Niederdorf area after our naps, but we were just too exhausted. We ate dinner at the Commihalle Restaurant near our hotel. It was also a Rick Steves recommendation and was very good Italian food. I would definitely recommend it - and it was nice to have something different than the food we had been eating for the last two weeks. We had considered our lunch that day to be our last Swiss/German meal. We visited the grocery store in the train station to buy our last Swiss chocolate and went to bed.

The trip to the airport the next morning was very easy and quick. The airport was crowded and we had little extra time despite getting to the airport two hours early - no time for last minute shopping. Our long anticipated trip was over.

We definitely loved Switzerland. We have visited Italy (twice), Greece and France. We never thought we would like any country as much as we love Italy, but I think Switzerland comes extremely close for me. Dennis said it was the best vacation we have ever had. We didn't go to museums, fancy restaurants or do hardly any shopping - maybe doing different things was part of the appeal. But Switzerland is gorgeous, neat, orderly, and easy to navigate by train or car. The people are friendly, the food and wine - and chocolate - are great. We can definitely recommend that anyone visit Switzerland even if your age (like ours) does not allow extensive hiking, you will definitely love it. We will go back...

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