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Photo Essay: One Day in Zurich

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Dear Luke and Leia,

Here we are in Switzerland! I decided to share our first day in pictures as we roamed Zurich, a beautiful alpine city. Zurich is located at the tip of Lake Zurich, on the northern border of Switzerland among the peaks of the Swiss Alps.

Lake Zurich and the city of Zurich, Switzerland Lake Zurich and the city of Zurich, Switzerland

Strolling the streets of Zurich

While walking the city streets, the first thing we noticed is how well kept and clean everything was. Also, we quickly noticed the price difference using the Swiss Franc versus the Euro and US Dollar. The Franc has more purchasing power and thus a stronger currency in the region, which in ‘financialese’ means that regular things are more expensive here.

It's a good thing that there are a lot of free things to do in Zurich.

day in Zurich, Switzerland
Strolling the streets of Zurich
Zurich, Switzerland

Cafe on the streets of Zurich, Switzerland serving fondue. This cafe, on one of Zurich's streets, serves fondue.

Colorful square in Zurich, Switzerland
Street in Zurich, Switzerland
Onion domes and Swiss architecture in Zurich

The Geiserbrunnen (or Geiser Fountain), Bürkliplatz, Zurich, Switzerland The Geiserbrunnen (or Geiser Fountain), Bürkliplatz, Zurich, Switzerland

Visiting the lakefront

Our second favorite area was along Lake Zurich and the walkways along the lakefront. The mountain lake just added to the feel of what you would expect Switzerland to be. Beyond the lake, the magnificent Swiss Alps rise into view. By the numerous boats that we saw in several marinas it was easy to see that the locals love their lake as well.

Waterfront in Zurich, Switzerland
Zurich, Switzerland
Zurich, Switzerland
Waterfront in Zurich, Switzerland

View from Lake Zurich with the Swiss Alps in the background. Lake Zurich with the Swiss Alps in the background.

Marina on Lake Zurich. Marina on Lake Zurich.

The famous Swiss chocolates at a candy shop

I did say the lakefront was our second favorite place … our favorite place was the extremely colorful, vibrant candy shops that are dotted around Zurich, all selling delicious Swiss chocolate.

Colorful abundance of Swiss chocolates. Colorful abundance of Swiss chocolates.

Swiss chocolates, Zurich, Switzerland. Swiss chocolates, Zurich, Switzerland.

The many colorful choices and flavor selections would confound anyone. It was a daunting task to select which ones to take with us. This was the hardest part of our trip, not walking out with one of everything.

Evening in Zurich and discovering a music festival

After our day walking around, enjoying the scenes, and a few chocolates along the journey, we learned about a music festival along the lakefront. So after enjoying fondue, one of the national dishes, we headed back to the waterfront to listen to the music and watch the various musicians offering their skills for the crowds. What a wonderful environment! The sun was setting, the full moon was rising and our ears perked up to the beat.

Musicians along lake front during the music festival.

Moon rising over Lake Zurich as the sun sets.

Sun setting on the Swiss Alps, Zurich, Switzerland Sun sets on the Swiss Alps, Zurich, Switzerland

It sure was a full day wandering around Zurich, taking in all the superb offerings of the city. It left us totally exhausted and in severe need of sleep. Heading off to bed now, guys, as we have an early day tomorrow, but you’ll have to wait for the next letter on that. Miss you two.


Nana and Pap

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Written by Dan

Professional photographer specializing in street, food and travel shots at As We Saw It travel blog. Enjoys catching children at play, showing their innocence in every situation … we all can learn that, to be content with what our Father in heaven has provided. Photography is unique in that it captures light in all forms, and since the Bible says YHVH (God) is light, photography captures Him in many forms.

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16 thoughts on “Photo Essay: One Day in Zurich

  1. Zurich was one of my favorite places that I visited in Switzerland. You just can’t beat the backdrop of the Alps in front of the lake. Incredible pictures!

  2. Absolutely beautiful pictures! Zurich looks lovely and I’d love to spend a week or longer there. It looks absolutely peaceful and gorgeous. 🙂

  3. What a perfect day you had in Zurich, Linda. We visited the city some years ago, but only for half a day. It was rainy and gloomy, but I remember being really impressed by how clean Zurich looked. Switzerland is absolutely unique from this stand point. I haven’t seen any other country as beautiful and clean as this one. Great pictures, Linda.

    1. Thank you Anda for your kind compliments. Switzerland is more pricey than most European countries, but the beauty is well worth the price. Our biggest complaint is that we needed more time to explore. With that said, Switzerland remains on our list to see it in all its glory.

      1. It’s my home-town 🙂 I left when I was 21 and haven’t lived there ever since – but it is what I call my home and of course I’m always happy to be back. I love going for long walks along the Rhine. Especially in summer. It’s a beautiful city. 🙂

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