Sunday, 26 March 2017

My Mother's Day getaway - Switzerland - part 1 #Zurich #Travelpost #swissadventure

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Last week I made some incredible memories and now I'm back to reality!

My early Mothers days consisted of a card and flowers (actually bought by my husband on behalf of my kids), a couple of years later, I'd be treated to breakfast in bed prepared by the kids. Fast-forward a couple of years and my they would buy me clothes/bath treats. And now that they have got older and understand me more, they gave me the ULTIMATE treat - a weekend getaway. And they couldn't have chosen a better destination.


Switzerland has always wooed me. As a child who grew up with Bollywood, I can speak for myself and many others, that visiting Switzerland was something out of a fairy tale. My dream came true once I got married, and I've been several times since. It's one of those countries that I can not describe to you in words or even pictures - you have to see it to believe it. Even this post is insufficient!

My kids know that I like to visit different places each time so, we went to a new part of Switzerland that we hadn't visited before - Zurich and Chur. For once, I didn't have to worry or make the arrangements on this trip, all was already planned and researched by my daughter.


On the first day we went to Zurich. We flew with British Airways from London Heathrow to Zurich Airport on an early morning flight lasting 1hr 40 minutes. Relaxing in the Business lounge made this early morning a lot more manageable.

Once we landed in Zurich, we bought ZurichCARDs which we could use on any mode of public transport unlimited for 24 hours. We then checked into our hotel and were ready to spend the day exploring the city!


We firstly took a train to Zurich HB (the main station) and then took a connecting train to Uetliberg - Zurich's own mountain. The journey uphill boasted wonderful views of the surrounding area. The final view from the peak was breath taking, offering panoramic views of the city of Zurich, Lake Zurich and the Alps.










We then came back down to the main station and walked along Bahnhofstrasse - a 1.2 km link between Central station and Burkliplatz and is one of the world's most expensive and exclusive shopping avenues (my daughter was in her element). We were charmed by the numerous water fountains where we could fill up our water bottles with crisp, cold water - I've always had a love affair with Swiss water.


Walking the stretch of Bahnhofstrasse led us to Lake Zurich. Sitting by Lake Zurich and soaking in the natural beauty of the water and the beautiful mountains was certainly a highlight. It was also definitely time for some ice cream ;)









My daughter, being a university student herself was keen to check out the Polyterrasse, a building between the ETH and the university. Even from here, there were beautiful views of Zurich all within a 3 minute ride on the red Polybahn Furnincular from Central.


We surprised ourselves with having a bit of spare time before dinner, so we hopped on and off the trams using our ZurichCARDs to check out Grossmunster Church (Zurich's landmark), Fraumunster Church and the historical Old Town.













We finally ended our day in Zurich with a memorable dinner at the Oldest Vegetarian restaurant in the world, the Hiltl. Review coming soon.


Zurich buzzed with life. In the day, the bustle of people hard at work demonstrated determination and discipline. As evening fell, almost all restaurants and bars were spilling over with young professionals catching up over a drink. To put it simply, in Zurich, you work hard and play hard.













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3 comments:

  1. Just seen this post! I love it. So glad you had a great time :)

    P.S. I am genuinely considering travel blogging- so wonderful to have written about your trips and something you can definitely look back on in the future!

    Danielle xx

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  2. Wow beautiful city. I've been to Denmark and it's just heaven there too. So this one is surely on my list.

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  3. My goodness, what a beautiful place. I have never been to Switzerland, but I hope to visit one day.

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