Zurich is one of the most expensive cities we have been to! Even with Euro being lower than it has been in years, Swiss Franc can be pretty steep on the pocket. The first thing we did after landing at the Zurich airport was to get the Zurich card for transportation from information desk. You can buy the 24 hrs card for 24 CHF (Swiss Frank) or 72 hrs card for 48 CHF. This card includes train, bus, tram and lake cruise transportation along with other minor discounts that are given in the Zurich city leaflet along with it. We stayed at The Continental M Gallery which had excellent location, mediocre rooms and customer service that could’ve been a lot better. For its prime location and reasonable price, we put up with the staff! We stayed in Zurich for 2 nights and as a transit point before heading to Italy.
-After taking a red eye flight from Delhi, Sunny and I were too exhausted and jet lagged to explore the city right away. Since our check in time at the hotel was not until 6am, we decided to have breakfast at Confiserie Sprungli in the plaza around Zurich HB train station. Again, due to exhaustion we didn’t do much that day except for catching up on blog, some more trip planning and a nap. We followed that up with an awesome meal at Zeughhauskeller.
Our only full day in Zurich was spent in walking and hiking over 7 miles around the city. The first stop we made was at tourist information desk at Zurich HB station. They were extremely helpful and friendly to map out our day as per our plans. One thing we realized about Swiss people was that giving directions is not their strongest point. Wrong directions through miscommunication happened to us several times within one day, also this was the first time we’ve had so many problems with directions. Lesson learnt, google maps might be a better bet than directions by locals