Zurich: The alps, supermarket food and bikes =D
Trip Start Dec 22, 2010
16Trip End Feb 25, 2011
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Where I stayed
City Backpacker Hotel Biber Zürich
Read my review - 2/5 stars
Read my review - 2/5 stars
Arrived first day and I got lost a little bit so we walked an extra 20 minutes to get to our hostel...ops XD But it was all good once we arrived =) Walked around Zurich afterwards and was SHOCKED at how expensive EVERYTHING was >.< A Big Mac meal costed 14 AUD!!! No joke!! And Souter and Paul wanted to do their shopping here haha XD. Walked down the Bahnhofstrasse and saw sooo many watches. We found out very quickly that Swatch is the poor man's Swiss watch...Tissot, Omega, Rolex...forget it, unless you have 10/20 GRAND you wanna pawn off XD. Still they were determined to find their Swiss watch and pocket knife so onwards we went
The next day, we took at day trip to another spectacular Swiss city, Lucerne...and man, the place is amazing! It's just like Zurich but MORE alps, MORE clear lake and a whole lotta ducks =D I really wish the weather was better (slightly cloudy on the day) but still was an amazing visit. Walked on a 600 year old bridge (well...more or less, the original mostly burnt down in '93 but they rebuilt) and fed an awesome pair of ducks who kept following us =P. Then we went and wandered around the old streets of the city which weren't quite as quaint as I imagined them to be (I thought it'd be an old historical town) but were still very cool and there were even the remains of the old town wall. Hiked up to see Lion of Lucerne, a poignant memorial to the Swiss guards who were killed or guillotined with the royal family during the French Revolution but I think we were too happy to appreciate it properly haha
Anywho, next day did not feel 100% at all but I soldiered on...it was worth it though cos that was the day of the bicycles!! SOOOO happy that I could ride again and the cold freeze must've frozen my nose cos for the whole time that we were riding, I did not have a runny nose at all =D. Ahh, was crazy at first, no idea where to go and no idea where the bike paths were we did several perhaps illegal things haha. Riding on the tram tracks, cutting off trucks, riding down one way streets the wrong way...it's amazing how tolerant the Swiss (and Europeans in general) are of riders!
After warming up from the most expensive tea to date from Starbucks ($5 AUD), we headed down the lake again for further exploration. After passing some very suspect areas, a VERY bumpy brick path and getting back in touch with our inner child...we stumbled across the LINDT FACTORY/SHOP!!!! We were just riding along, then I noticed...mmmm, that's a delicious chocolate smell and there it was
Well, that's it for Switzerland. It was actually a lot more fun than I expected with some amazing scenery but if you REALLY want to see all that Switzerland has to offer, come with MONEY! And lots of it. I wasn't kidding when the big mac meal was $14, a cheeseburger was 2.50 francs!! A cheese burger!! D=. Still, if you're into amazing alpine scenery, friendly people, expensive shopping or picturesque cities then you can't go past Switzerland. But again...money money MONEY! XD (We NEVER ate out haha)
PS: The night train from Zurich to Vienna was quite fun haha, took over the whole cabin since we 'pushed' out the other 2 people; see it was a cabin for 6, we had 4 but EVERY OTHER CABIN only had 2 people...so it was like, one massively over crowded cabin and 10 empty ones. So we strongly suggested that it would be wiser for them to occupy a less full cabin, by using all the luggage racks (which we had to anyway) and taking off our stinky shoes...though that one we had to pay for XD. Folded down all the chairs too to make a giant bed hahaha...my goodness what the other people would've thought. Was pretty awesome though, until we tried to sleep and realised that we couldn't move without waking up whoever was next to us >.< And with me being still sick, it meant all my mucus went to my ears =S Needless to say we didn't sleep very well that night. But not to worry, cos the next morning was VIENNA!!...lemme just say...amazing