Deciding to go to Switzerland on my Europe trip wasn’t even a question. As one of the top places I had always dreamed of going, the snow-covered mountain caught my eye.
Once arriving, I was pleasantly surprised by how beautiful it actually was. No, the photos are not photoshopped; it is actually that beautiful.
Switzerland is the land of the rich. It is also one of the cleanest places I have ever been to. Not a single piece of rubbish to be seen, clean water fountains to drink out of; people filling up their water bottles from them.
Surprisingly, hot enough to swim and wear summer attire, even though you can see snow on the mountains in the distance. Paddle Boating, and picnics in the park are popular pastimes in Zurich, activities I was happy to take part in. Cars are not popular here, with bikes, trains and busses being the chosen mode of transportation, a great traite leading to very low pollution levels.
While there are drugs aplenty and there are not rules (that I could find) on buying drugs, hotels actually give you options of drugs to buy.
There is so much to explore in Zurich, whether this be gelato, live music, walks in the park or the circus, this place is a top spot for those looking for a new city to explore.
One of my favourite places in Zurich, was the chinese gardens. There are beautiful in their own right, and are placed within a lovely large park. A park filled with happy people having barbeques and swimming, kids playing, dogs running around. Sounds like a dream right? It really way, I truly felt as though I was in heaven.
The chinese garden is lovely, with a park outside entailing gelato places, happy families playing ball, bbq, birds chirping, people swimming, dogs running around. Zurich is the best for looking around the city, as it has a beautiful one filled with great sites such as churches, restaurants, museums (a great museum is ‘Museum Der Universitat’ for prehistoric animals, chunks of meteorite, and crystals) and beautiful architecture.
If you are after a more scenic view, you can catch a cable car (a popular mode of transportation in Switzerland) up to Uetliberg, for a beautiful walk in lush greenery. There are many location like this, however this was my favourite near Zurich.
Another must see stop on your trip is the Lion Monument. This beautiful statue was designed by Bertel Thorvaldsen and hewn in 1820–21 by Lukas Ahorn. It commemorates the Swiss Guards who were massacred in 1792 during the French Revolution, when revolutionaries stormed the Tuileries Palace in Paris. The Lion Monument resides in Lucerne, another city spot you need to see. Lucerne is beautiful for many reasons, some of which include the historic and well kept city, filled with castles, museums, beautiful architecture, as well as snow covered mountains. One of the best experiences I had here was going up to ‘Rodelbahn Frakigaudi’ to toboggan on my birthday, as well as going to Pilatus. The experience of walking Pilatus was something I could never describe in words, therefore I am leaving you a photo to go with this portion of the article.
At one part of the Pilatus walk, you come to a point where clouds are actually tumbelling off cliffs, as though it was a waterfall, because you are up so high. Again I will insert a photo as words do not do it justice.
If standing in a field of yellow flowers, while being surrounded by blue sky and clouds is a fantasy of yours, you must go to Mt Rigi. This is just one of the Switzerland locations that took my breath away, places like these, make you feel like you are in a dream. From here, you can take a cable car to Birg for some more head in the clouds (literally) moments.
On days when we weren’t hiking in what seems like viking land. We took the train to places like Geniva, to view castles and take city walks. You need to try the Gelato!
Traveling with your partner, being put in primal situations such as being lost, alone together in the middle of vast land, not knowing where you are and having to ‘survive’, just brings you closer together. You will experience many situations like this in Lauterbrunnen. We are very much, do you own thing kind of people, are therefore wondered off a lot. At times we found ourselves somewhere preserving water as we had no idea when we would find more, after a day of walking and no site of a town, we finally found a farm with drinking water and toilets.
Another occasion, we found ourselves stuck in a place with snow as far as the eye could see and we had come to a crossing of ice. My partner put his foot on it after we found a random door in the snow and tried to open it, hoping to find a way somewhere other than lost ,and starting sinking in. Times like this we really had to rely on each other to stay alive. Other times in Lauterbrunnen were less life threatening and more fun, like finding a swimming pool with all the locals, that overlooked beautiful scenery and cooled us down on a hot day (yes it gets hot in the snow).
Just so you know, Lauterbrunnen is not a city, it is an isolated place somewhere between earth and clouds.
Once we reached bern, we just relaxed and walked around the city a bit for our last few days in switzerland. A beautiful country, you should definitely put on your to do list when travelling europe.