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    • Day 24

      Lindt Chocolate Factory

      July 8 in Switzerland ⋅ ☀️ 25 °C

      There were no Golden Tickets or boys named Charley but there was plenty of chocolate as we walked through the doors of one of the most prestigious chocolate factories of Europe. Greeted by the largest chocolate fountain in the world, our host guided us through their museum as we enjoyed (to varying degrees) spoonfuls of melted chocolate and handfuls of different flavours.
      While waiting for the ferry to take us to the factory we were entertained by a flock of swans on the lake.
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    • Day 21

      First days in Zürich

      July 5 in Switzerland ⋅ ☁️ 24 °C

      We had a wonderful first few days in Zürich. From the the fresh mountain water of Lake Zürich, to the picturesque alleyways and local delicacies of Restaurant Zeughauskeller. The beautiful and endless forest-gardens of Friedhof cemetery were also a peaceful place to relax.Read more

    • Day 13

      Sunrise over the Swiss Alps

      December 29, 2022 in Switzerland ⋅ ☁️ 4 °C

      I made it to the lake in the early morning hours. The sun had not yet risen, and so I spent some time staring into the cold abyss that is Zurich Lake. When the first rays finally made it over the horizon, the sky was awash in red and yellow colors. Birds began to sing, and a cold wind came down the lake.Read more

    • Day 52

      Chocolate wonderland

      October 25, 2023 in Switzerland ⋅ ⛅ 11 °C

      Today we awoke and enjoyed our hostel's included breakfast of toast. We then headed to the bus stop so we could get to our main attraction of the day - The Lindt museum.

      Walking towards the building you could actually smell the Chocolate aroma outside, it was beautiful. We arrived at the holy land 30 minutes before our tour was to start, so we ventured into the cafe to enjoy a hot chocolate and a pretzel. Once we were deemed appropriate to enter we consumed at minimum a kilo of liquid and block chocolate each, while ignoring the history so we could eat even more.

      After we filled a ziplock bag with Lindt balls in which we were only allowed to take 1 each, we decided to walk the hour and a half back to the city.

      We lucked out and it barely rained at all today, so walking back along Zurich lake was slightly chilly and absolutely beautiful.

      We stopped in at the local Lidl for a snack before doing some more venturing around the town before coming back to the Lidl to buy a salad mix for dinner.

      After sitting in the accommodation and chatting to our bunk mates and relaxing for a while we headed out for a late night walk. Once we got back we ate our budget dinner with stolen salt and pepper packets before retiring for the night.

      Step count: 26.2k
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    • Day 4

      Lindt Home of Chocolate

      October 16, 2023 in Switzerland ⋅ ⛅ 50 °F

      The second half of our tour included a cruise on Lake Zurich and a tour of the Lindt chocolate factory in Kilchberg. The museum featured the history of chocolate production in Switzerland and lots of free samples.Read more

    • Day 3

      Uetliberg - the top of Zurich

      April 29 in Switzerland ⋅ ☁️ 8 °C

      I kicked off this morning with a short trip up to the top of Uetliberg, the mountain overlooking Zurich 🏔️. Fortunately there is a train that takes you to within a 10 minute walk from the peak!

      At the summit (called Uto Kulm) there is a hotel and an observation tower, which gives you 360º views of the city, the lake, the Alps in the distance and the surrounding countryside 🏞️. My first thought as I reached the top of it was just how much Dad would have absolutely hated how high it was!

      Since it was relatively early in the morning, I had the whole place to myself - I felt on top of the world!
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    • Day 34

      Zürich Day 2

      July 22, 2023 in Switzerland ⋅ ☀️ 25 °C

      This has got to be one of my favourite days on the trip so far! It was long, but super rewarding! I had the free breakfast at my hostel, and then Carys and Madi came over to my hostel to meet! We went on this hike that my hostelmate had done yesterday- she gave me an extremely detailed itinerary of what she did, so we followed it to the T! So, she gave me a dropped pin on the map and we just walked in that direction- we stopped by the grocery store to grab food on the way, and this already took an hour 😭 we also got distracted by farm animals and little gardens along the way. And then- the hike begins. It was only about 2 hours upward, very steep, a bit difficult, lots of breaks. But it’s okay! We had a lot of butterfly breaks on this part of the trek. We would sit down and butterflies would come and sit on our hands or our heads and it was the cutest thing ever!! Besides that, this part of the hike was the most difficult part. But, there were lots of viewpoints along the way, which was quite encouraging. We also got a bit lost and confused, but ultimately made our way to the first checkpoint, which was the top of Zürich!! The view was stunnnnnning! You could see the entire city on one side, and heaps of mountains on the other. Then, we had to find the cablecar down. We were a bit confused to start once again, but figured it out, and sort of had to walk across the mountain (with little to no incline) for another 2 ish hours. This part was also very lovely, as there was lots of vast farmland and fields. We did a lot of frolicking, a lot of laying down in the fields, a lot of laughing. We kept saying that we feel like fairies 🧚‍♀️🧚🧚‍♂️!! Soon, we finally made it to the cable car and took it down to the bottom. Afterwards, we bussed over to a park on the lake which was like a little island. Me and Carys did some swimming, and I had a little nap after. Later that evening, I grabbed some microwave dinner 😭😭 because I can’t afford a proper meal in the Swiss economy. After, we met up in hopes of going clubbing or something, but we just ended up walking around and sharing a bottle of wine, and sharing stories- because none of us wanted to pay 20-25 francs for entry 😞😞😞😞.Read more

    • Day 2

      On the Top of Zürich👍

      August 7, 2023 in Switzerland ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

      Heut steht Zürich auf dem Plan. Nach einem langen ausgiebigen Schlaf und einem entspannten Frühstück, fahren wir nach Zürich. Auf Empfehlung von Jan & Medina fahren wir ins Parkhaus „HOHE PROMENADE“. Von dort aus gehts es am LIMAT entlang Richtung Altstadt NIEDERDORF.
      Sehr beeindruckend alles.
      Eigentlich wollten wir ja wegen der Preise in der Schweiz nicht Essen gehen. Aber dann standen wir vor einem Raclette-Haus. Da konnten wir doch nicht widerstehen. Also rein & wir haben uns dann eine „KLARA“ geteilt. Ausgesprochen lecker 😋 . Aber satt für den Preis sind wir nicht geworden. Trotzdem, es musste sein 😎
      Am Nachmittag wollten wir nach auf dem Uetliberg. War gar nicht so einfach ihn zu finden. Die Beschilderungen stimmen nicht immer mit unserem NAVI überein. Dann endlich ein Parkplatz & ein Aufstieg zur UETLIBERGBAHN.
      Oben angekommen ein Wahnsinnsausblick
      über Zürich. Pure Gänsehaut. Einfach Atemberaubend schööön.
      Am Abend waren wir wieder zum Grillen bei Jan & Medina.
      Danke 😘 IHR beiden. Ihr habt uns zwei schöne Abende bereitet.
      Morgen geht’s weiter nach Liechtenstein 🇱🇮
      Gutes Nächtli🥰
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    • Day 3

      Hiking up Uetliberg

      July 10 in Switzerland ⋅ ⛅ 75 °F

      Everyone enjoyed a mega snooze (10hrs 18m according to my watch), which did wonders to fight jet lag and put us on Central European Time. The hotel served an amazing breakfast spread, and we ate our full to prep for the day. There's a good number of Americans around, in for a Taylor Swift concert this evening. They provided our mealtime entertainment, as one of the dads mistook a huge slab of butter for a soft cheese. Laura and I had a hard time keeping it together.

      We took the train up to Uetliberg for some hiking, which only took about 20 minutes. The train system is amazing here, seems like you can get anywhere, everything runs on time, and if you miss a train you won't have to wait long. We took a relatively short path up to Aussichtsturm Uetliberg - Top of Zurich and enjoyed the view of the city from above on the left, and a stunning, cloud laced vista of the countryside on the right. We hiked back down the path, passing the Artilleriebeobachtungsbunker Löwenbräustübli (say that three times fast) and hooking our way back up to the train station to catch the train back to Zurich.

      After a nap, the final step in the fight-off-jetlag plan, we went to the gym and had a light lunch from the Aldi right around the corner from the hotel. We were careful not to overeat before our day's main event, a Zurich city food tour.
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    • Day 3

      Am Zürich See bei Miris Freundin Katrin

      August 19, 2019 in Switzerland ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

      Etwas beengt fahren wir über Nacht von Wien nach Zürich. Dabei streifen wir nochmal Deutschland, haben dort aber keinen Halt.
      Die wir ein Schweizer Uhrwerk laufende SBB bringt uns in den Vorort Thalwil, wo Katrin mit Familie in einem edlen Reihenhaus lebt. Nur wenige Schritte entfernt gibt es Kühe, Alpakas und wunderschöne Natur.
      Katrin ist mit ihren Mann Felix vor ca. 12 Jahren von München ausgewandert. Die beiden Söhne sind hier geboren und werden echte Schweizer, wenn auch noch nicht auf dem Papier. Aber die Familie hat bereits die Schweizer Staatsangehörigkeit beantragt, insbesondere für die Kinder.
      Die Familie gehört zu der wachsenden Anzahl deutscher Auswanderer, die sich in der herrlichen Landschaft und dem überall sichtbaren Wohlstand der Eidgenossen eine Existenz aufgebaut hat.

      Aber die Schweizer und die Zugereisten müssen auch ordentlich ran:
      Mindestens 42 Wochenstunden, 20 Urlaubstage und Unterricht ab 4 Jahren ist die andere Seite der Medaille.

      Für uns Deutsche ist hier alles unglaublich teuer aber auch der einfache Schweizer leistete sich nur selten einen Restaurant Besuch.

      Am 2. Tag war es sehr regnerisch und wir sind klitschnass im zoologischen Museum in Zürich angekommen. Die tolle Ausstellung mit vielen interaktiven Stationen und eigenem Kino hat uns aber mehr als entschädigt.

      In Zürich spürt man nichts von der schweizer Behäbigkeit. Die schnell durch die Gegend hetzenden Menschen unterschiedlichster Herkunft erinnern eher an London oder New York.

      Morgen geht es weiter ins Wallis, wo wir zwei weitere Auswanderer in schönster Landschaft besuchen werden.
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