Time flies, especially at the end of the year. I can’t believe it’s already been almost 2 months since my boyfriend and I were in Switzerland! We packed a lot into 10 days…going from Zurich to Lucerne to Interlaken to Montreux to Bern and back to Zurich. We were only able to spend 1-2 days in each city, so each day was jam-packed as well. We landed in Zurich 8am Sunday morning, dropped off our stuff at the wonderful 25Hours Hotel, and set off for a wonderful day in the city!
Alright, so our first stop wasn’t actually in the city. But you get wonderful views OF the city 🙂 We took a train to Uetliberg Mountain (about a 30 min trip from the main HB station in Zurich). From the train stop at Uetliberg, it’s another 15 min walk to get to the top. Fall colors were in full swing when we went, and the weather was decent! It was a little overcast, but hey, at least it wasn’t raining. From up top, you get gorgeous views of both the city and the surrounding hills. There is another lookout point on top of a tower that’s an additional 3 CHF per person to access. And unfortunately, there’s no elevator. We thought it was worth, though! Good exercise (you climb quite a few flights of stairs…), and the views at the top are even more breathtaking. I would recommend budgeting to spend around 2-2.5 hours here. There are also a couple of cafes/restaurants if you want to eat up there as well.
Exploring Old Town:
After Uetliberg, we had about a half-day left to explore Old Town Zurich. I came across this great guide to Old Town (walking tour) while I was planning for this trip. And we used it to explore Old Town! It takes you through all of the main attractions in the city, and offers some historical context as well. Just be prepared to do A LOT of walking. I feel like we walked at least 6+ miles our first day. Of course, not all of it was for this walking tour, but you should definitely be wearing comfortable shoes if you set out to do this 🙂 I would also recommend plotting these places out on Google Maps. Some of them you might prefer to skip (to save yourself some back-and-forth walking). The Sprungli Cafe near Paradeplatz is a must-visit! The lines get long, but they have so many tables and people get in and out of there pretty fast. Perfect rest stop during the walking tour. And their desserts are delicious!
Link to the walking tour guide can be found here.
Hope you guys enjoyed this post! In hindsight, it doesn’t seem like we did that much in Zurich since we only went to two places, but Old Town is a unique world of it’s own. You could spend a couple days in Old Town alone and not get bored. Looking forward to sharing the rest of our trip with you guys 🙂