So true!! I think I don’t need to explain further on this one as most of you dear readers are traveloholic like me.
To all my followers, you probably know by now that Switzerland is my favorite destination and it shows how many posts I posted in the past. I also like to go where the locals go so it is something new for some people who wanted to travel there and wanting to avoid crowds but still enjoying Zurich and around. Here below are some of the places and try to visit these when you get there. It is awesome and still full of nature.
In the City.
Stroll around the City. This was taken at the bridge. Discover some alleys and around the lake you will be amazed that in even unsuspecting alley tourists are there but sometimes not too crowded, enjoying a cup of coffee, ice cream or lunches. Awesome old architectural building around. You will know more about the places once you go walking or try to join a walking tour if you like that.
Discover other towns by ferry, you can do short or long journey at Bellevue station/ferry. You can reach here by tram, bus or train depends where you are. Please check my older post about cruising leisurely around Lake Zurich. It’s not that expensive. We hopped off to Kilchberg Station where you can walk to Lindt chocolate factory. But mind you, you cannot enter the factory itself. Just a discount store as low as 50% if you are right on time and they have a sale.
Parks, restaurants & other lakes.
Went for a walk at the Park located at Zurich-Hongg then enjoy their cafe house inside named Jagerhaus Waidberg Restaurant as below picture. They have a beautiful garden and yes you can bring your dog for a walk and a treat too!
Nature is abundant in berries but be careful there is a red berry that is a poison it is only for birds. Locals know so if you are not familiar with it do not put it into your mouth.
Lake Turlersee. As you can see it is very pristine. I say it is a rural located in Affoltern, a canton of Zurich. There is a fee of SF5 only to enter and there is a restaurant inside and a food stands with sausages and ice creams for kids.
Falsenegg Restaurant LINK. Again our families love to walk so we go to the Park again and a wonderful restaurant with a good view of Zurich was ahead of us. Honestly, though perhaps some people come in their car or with a cable car, we went up hiking or sort of just to eat here and have a breather after, besides we are just a few minutes away from this place and also the Turlersee lake.
Triibhuus Restaurant, LINK . It is a huge greenhouse restaurant. As you can see full of plants everywhere. It is for families, friends or couples on a date. At the time we were there, there is a live Mexican/ Spanish duo singers entertaining the guests. They also make you laugh and you can join in the dancing too!
Eglisau. It is located in the district of Bulach, canton of Zurich. It sits on the banks of the Rhine and yes another side of the famous Rhine river. Be careful this river runs fast so not for average swimmers. It can get you to the Swiss-German border and to the Netherlands and it empties into the North Sea. There is a cruise ship that you can buy tickets to. We just had a picnic and swim party here for a birthday celebration and hired boats to go to a safer side for a swim. We have children with us.
It can be foodies haven! You will learn to appreciate salads as it’s so filling & delicious. Swiss people eat healthy foods. Not a lot of fast food around and if you see one the prices can be very expensive than eating in nearby cafes restaurants or food stalls around. HINT: Manor restaurant inside the mall offers good quality food and drink at affordable prices around SF15-20 approx. for 1 adult and 1 child and you can still include a cake or pie but depends on your hunger.
Alright, perhaps these are enough to make you hungry? remember, Switzerland can be very expensive but if you know where to buy or eat out you can still enjoy all their food and please don’t hesitate to ask some locals as they can speak English especially the younger generations. Also more information at the Haupthbanhoff station. You can buy tickets for trains and other tours and services. Museums are nearby and as well as lots of branded shops around. Do not forget to get a “Zurich in your pocket” brochure located at the train stations. They have all the maps and information you will need. Enjoy! Tschuss!!