Zurich, with a population of pushing 1.5 million, is the economic center of Switzerland. Switzerland is a very rich country, with the average wealth of $375,000. So being the economic center of all of that, is saying something.
You can tell as well, as there were Teslas and other super nice cars everywhere. They take care of their city, and it’s obvious with how clean and squared away everything is. I loved it so much actually, that after this trip, I declared it as my favorite city. Mainly because of how it had a small town feel to it, while still having that big city feel.
Considering Zurich was only four hours from where we lived, a road trip was the most efficient option. That’s fine with me though, because the views you see while road tripping across Europe are amazing. There were four of us total, all piled into one of my friend’s car.
We were on a budget, and weren’t feeling staying overnight, so we decided on making it a day trip. This entailed leaving super early in the morning, around 6am, and heading home pretty late at night. At this point though, we were used to it. The excitement of the trip kept us plenty awake.
Originally I wasn’t going to go on the trip, but decided last minute that I would love to go. I’m glad I made that choice, as it was a good trip and a great way for me to get to know a couple people that I hadn’t had the chance to get to know prior to the trip.
On our way to Zurich, we stopped by Laufen Castle and the Rhine Falls. I didn’t even know we are going here, I was sleeping and woke-up and BAM, we were at these beautiful waterfalls. I wasn’t complaining. Before we actually went and saw the falls, we toured the Laufen Castle, the castle nestled up against the falls.
Laufen Castle is a 1,000 year old castle, first mentioned in the year 858, so there was plenty of history to be seen here. Not only do you get to take in the stories and mystery, but it also supplies a platform so you can look out over the largest waterfall in Europe, Rhine Falls.
They are incredibly powerful, with a flow of over 150,000 gallons of water every second.
After spending a good amount of time being belittled by this waterfall, we finished our journey to Zurich. The falls are very close, so the remaining journey took no time at all.
The first thing we did in Zurich, of course, was getting our bearings by walking around aimlessly. We ended up at the Limmat River. With any body of water I came across, I had to touch it. There were also some geese there that were giving everyone a hard time, but it was really funny. They were very talkative, and ensured everyone knew that they owned that river.
By this point, it was almost lunch time, so we tried finding a restaurant. The thing with Switzerland, being a super-rich country and all, is that it’s very expensive. Even fast-food is $15+ for a meal. So we tried to keep on a budget. We failed, and ate at a restaurant that had many food options for the low, low price of $30 a plate.
Just as a note, the Swiss Franc and United States Dollar are almost one for one, meaning they are worth the same. So 30 Swiss Franc is 30 USD. I ordered the very cheapest thing on the menu, a $17 order of spam.
After a “good” nutrient filled lunch, we made our way to the main event, Lake Zurich. Lake Zurich is a large, almost banana shaped lake that is perfect for relaxing by. They also offer boat tours, but we didn’t have the time or resources to make that happen on such short notice.
We walked along the coast of the lake for a long time, relaxing by the coast on benches, and just enjoying everything the city had to offer.
One of my favorite paths we walked, and what made me love Zurich so much, was the Gen Guisan Quai. It was a peaceful street, nice and quiet, lined with beautiful trees on either side.
This lead us into evening, and about that time to head home.
After a long, good day of exploring the beautiful city of Zurich, we made the four hour trip back home. Given the short amount of time that we were there, we packed a whole lot of action into our trip.
Zurich is a town I’ll always recommend, both for its peaceful atmosphere and cultural significance.
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