We moved to Zurich in the end of 2016 because of Jozef’s work. Although I had been in Switzerland few times before, I had never visited Zurich. I really didn’t know what to expect, moving to a city I didn’t know was a bit scary but the same time exciting. The decision had to be made quickly and without hesitation, we took the opportunity and never looked back. I love how life is quieter here compared to London, that is what we needed at that time. Also, I love how easy it is to travel to so many exciting places. We are driving distance to Italy, France, Germany, Austria and there are so many amazing places in Switzerland, all easily reached by train or car. In 30 minutes we can be in Lucern, in 3 hours we are in Munich for the weekend, or in 1:30 hours we can go to Colmar in France for the day.
Zurich did not disappointed us. The city centre can be easily explored by foot and there are so many choices of good restaurants and cafes, which I love to do. We live in a neighbourhood outside the city centre, so when I find time I enjoy going to the city in the morning to walk around and have breakfast in my favourite coffee shop, the Cafe Schober.
The Cafe Schober is one of the most traditional places in Zurich. The cafe is 100-year-old and I love the baroque style building and decor, it feels very stylish and cosy. I enjoy having their scrambled eggs with toast and cappuccino for breakfast but you can also have homemade chocolate cakes, many choices of pies, quiches, sandwiches among others.
Cafe Schober address: Napfgasse 4, 8001 Zurich. Opening hours: Monday to Thursday 8 am – 7 pm, Friday and Saturday 8 am – 8 pm and Sunday 9 am – 7 pm.
The charm of Zurich’s historic centre
For a fantastic view of the city, the Limmat river, Lake Zurich and the Niederdorf, head up to the oldest public park in Zurich, The Lindenhof. The park is situated in the highest point in the old town and it is located above Schipfe, approximately 25 metres above the River Limmat.
After having breakfast, as the Cafe is located in the heart of the historic centre, I enjoy walking around towards the Zurich lake. If the weather is nice, going for the boat trip around the lake is very relaxing. The boat trip lasts about 1 hour and goes around the lake stopping in many small cities by the lake.
The alphorn is a national symbol of Switzerland that was used by Alpine farmers for hundreds of years. Today, the alphorn is used mainly as a musical instrument.
From the lake, I usually walk to the Bahnhofstrasse, which is the main train station street. The Bahnhofstrasse is a shoppers paradise. In there you will find designers shops, high street shops, departments stores as Jemoli and Manor, stylish bars and cafes.
After exploring as many shops as possible (I confess my sin, I love to shop :), I finish my morning with a delicious lunch in one of my favourite restaurants, the Zeughauskeller, a Swiss cuisine restaurant with years of tradition. The options in the menu are huge, delicious and the plates are satisfactory.
Try the famous Salsichon with rösti and onion sauce. Rösti is a traditional Swiss potato pie made with butter – simply delicious!
Zeughauskeller Restaurant Address: Bahnhofstrasse 28A, 8001 Zurich. Opening hours: Monday to Sunday 11:30 am – 23:00 pm.
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