Chapter Eight: Zurich


When booking the trip, my husband discovered it was cheaper to fly in and out of Zurich than to fly in and out of anywhere in Italy. That immediately meant we would take that romantic train trip through the alps. It also meant that I could add one more new country to my list. Switzerland! Hooray!

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Zürich Hauptbahnhof, the largest train station in Switzerland.

Zurich is not a large city, so even with a brief stop you can get a lot. Perhaps you won’t have time to tour the museums or historic cathedrals, but you can take in the vibe, and of course some amazing cuisine. (More on the food in a later post, I promise.) While I was excited to visit a new locale, I was unprepared for it to be such a charmingly romantic stop.

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Zürich Hauptbahnhof

The train station is exactly what you would expect from a Swiss station: clean and organized with several chocolatiers. The airport is also clean and nice but we found the signage to be lacking at some times and confusing at others. Given some confusion in the airport the HB, as the station is called, was a very welcome change.

The train station is right in downtown Zurich so if you have any time to chill you can just step out and explore. It’s amazing.

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Hello charming flag-lined street.

But as much as I loved walking the streets during the day, it was Zurich after dinner that completely stole my heart.

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My goodness this place is romantic.

I mean, come on. This place is stunning!

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A tree tunnel along the riverwalk in the twighlight? Don’t mind if I do …

We had a devastatingly short time in Zurich. We didn’t see any museums, we didn’t tour the historic cathedrals. Given our limited time we stuck primarily to the city center. Before we knew it we were on our way to the airport.

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Flughafen Zürich

Why does this fascinate me? It just says Zurich airport. With fabulous lines. And mirror spelling. Okay, I get it. This fascinates me because it combines so many things I love.

For the record, this is what the airport sign looks like from the outside:

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Although I don’t speak German, I speak English and French. Although my husband doesn’t speak German, he speaks English and Italian. This Swiss-German city, however, charmed us completely. Learning the local language seems a small price to pay to settle in.

Perhaps I’m Swiss. I really think I belong here. I’m willing to learn German.

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