Fifth Destination on my Dream Trip Around the World
01.06.2015 - 01.06.2015 19 °C
I have arrived at Zurich's Klosten International Airport after a short 3 hour flight from Lisbon. I paid about $350.00 for the flight. The distance between the two cities is 1724.24 kilometres.
It is still early in the afternoon, so after checking in at my hotel, the Crowne Plaza Zurich, I will begin exploring Switzerland's largest city. The first thing I will do in Zurich is visit Lake Zurich, a banana-shaped lake situated on the south side of the city. Specifically, I will be seeing the lake by boat.
Currently, I am on the boat tour of Lake Zurich I mentioned earlier. The perspective I have of the city and mountains from the lake is a truly amazing one. As the boat travels further away from Zurich, I am now offered views of picturesque lakeside villages, nestled between the water and rolling green hills. My tour guide has mentioned that taxes are very low in this part of the country and, as a result, there are many large mansions and villas perched right on the edge of the lake - a few of which I have already seen. As the boat now returns to the city, the sun is setting over the lake and surrounding mountains, creating one of the most beautiful sunsets I have ever witnessed and, along with the great dinner which I was served earlier in the boat ride, makes for a perfect end to my first day in Zurich.
Today, I will be visiting three of Zurich's major churches - St. Peter's, Grossmunster and Fraumunster . All of these churches are located in Zurich's historic old town district and therefore, can be travelled between on foot. While I visit the Churches, I will be looking out for any local markets and restaurants to visit so I can make my walking tour of Zurich as authentic and enjoyable as possible.
As I admire the beauty of these Churches, I can easily tell that they are all centuries old. The first one I visited, St. Peter Church, was completed around the year 1000 and has the largest tower clock face by diameter in all of Europe. The other two Churches, Grossmunster and Fraumunster, were completed in the 13th and 9th centuries, respectively. The double clock towers of Grossmunster are actually thought to be one of Zurich's most recognizable landmarks. In addition to the churches, I stumbled upon Bahnhofstrasse, Zurich's main downtown street and one of the most expensive shopping districts in the world. Of course, I could not afford to buy anything, but I was able to sit down to a delicious dinner at Deici's Pizza and Pasta, before heading back to my hotel to get a good night's sleep.
On my third day in Zurich, I will actually be travelling one hour outside of the city, through the Swiss mountains and countryside, to the town of Eisiedeln, where I will spend the rest of the day skiing in the Swiss Alps. Before I leave the ski resort, I will eat dinner at an authentic Swiss Chalet. I am really looking forward to skiing in the Alps and believe this will be the perfect end to my visit to Zurich. Tomorrow, I depart for the next destination on my journey, Venice, Italy.