December 2019
  • Day3

    Day 3 in Zurich, Switzerland

    December 22, 2019 in Switzerland ⋅ 🌧 7 °C

    So today was my last day in Zürich. I got up very early at 6am, because my sleep wasn't as great as the previous night . The hotel provides bread, coffee, and orange juice for breakfast. Anything free is worth it in Switzerland (because it's so expensive).

    I headed out at 7.15am to take some nice photos before the crowds. The first stop was Banhofstrasse where I got photos with the beautiful Christmas lights. Then I headed towards the lake and took some photos.

    I went back to the hotel to pack and relax for a few hours. It rained all day today so I really could not do much. But I also felt as though I have seen/done everything in Zürich. This was my second trip here and probably the last. I definitely enjoyed Zürich and won't forget this trip.
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  • Day2

    Day 2 Basel, Switzerland

    December 21, 2019 in Switzerland ⋅ ⛅ 9 °C

    Today I did a day trip to Basel today. My train left a 9am and I arrived in Basel for 10am. I spent the journey reading a book about Switzerland. Trains are so glamorous in Switzerland. They are double decker and always so clean.

    It was a quick 15 minute walk to the city centre where I found the Christmas market. I have to say that this market was absolutely beautiful...maybe even better than the ones I saw in Austria last year. It literally looks like you are walking through a winter wonderland. They have little decorated huts where you can drink your glühwein, instead of standing outside.

    The local people in Basel are not the greatest in comparison to Zürich. I got a very "arrogant" impression of them. They are not rude...but you can just feel that they think they are like the kings of Switzerland. Every city is different in most countries so you don't really know what to expect. I was also surprised that it is a German speaking city because it is actually on the border with France.

    Anyway, the shopping in Basel was really good. I ended up buying a scarf, a fleece, a dress, and a pretty white blouse. All of these were on sale so I don't regret it. Clothes in England are bad quality so I always buy from other European countries.

    I had a nice day wandering around Basel and soaking up the festive atmosphere. It looks like a cute medieval city. My train back to Zürich was at 6pm and I was so tired by the time I got to the hotel.
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  • Day1

    Day 1 in Zürich, Switzerland

    December 20, 2019 in Switzerland ⋅ ☁️ 5 °C

    I love going to European Christmas markets in December. This year I am in Zürich, Switzerland. My flight landed at 9am and it only takes 15 mimutes to get to the centre. So I pretty much had the whole day to explore.

    My hotel were nice enough to let me check in at 9.30am. I put my luggage down and headed out to the Christkindl Christmas market in time for the opening at 11am. It was nice and peaceful at this time so I had some raclette for brunch (potatoes with melted cheese).

    Then I decided to walk along the rivrer to a different Christmas market (Dörfli in Niederdorf). This is in a cute old town area and there are only a few stores. I bought some rum punsch from an old Italian man, and then wandered around the shops. There are so many 50% off sales so it looks like I came at the right time.

    One thing I don't understand is why food is so expensive in Switzerland. Clothes on sale are actually cheaper than food. A bratwurst is roughly 10 francs here. In a German Christmas market you would pay €4. But overall Zürich does feel cheaper than my first visit in 2015. Maybe it's because I wasn't an experienced traveller back then.

    Anyway...I enjoyed my first day in Zürich. The locals are very friendly here and the city feels so peaceful.
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