Swiss peeps seemed to be the serious kind. Not sure if it was just our host and the people we met or the cold weather - you don’t know what you don’t know right.
Read our introductory post about our trip and other cities, that we were lucky to visit. We are sharing our experiences in Switzerland in this post.
♡ drei*3: hallo, danke, prost (Schweiz*Switzerland — Seon, Zürich, Interlaken, Lucerne)
Language: German | Currency: 1 USD = 0.98 CHF, Swiss Franc
Coming from San Francisco, Switzerland was expensive and I really mean expensive. We booked our Airbnb midway in a small town, Seon as we had plans to visit Lucerne and Interlaken. Our EU rail pass was valid for the whole day, so we took a round trip from Seon to Lucerne and then to Bern and Zürich and then back to Seon — tell me about superfast trains — they got it right in Switzerland. And since Seon didn’t have good options for food, we took the S9 train to Zürich primarily to eat — don’t we have our priorities right. And some days, we cooked at home.
Seon has a very laid back living style and shops close around 6 or 7pm. When we arrived the weather was perfect — 70 degrees F and thought this was just the right time to visit in April. Until the next day when it dropped to 55 degrees F and then below 40 degrees F the day after with snow and ice pellets. Now thank god, we were staying only for a few days.
Little did I know how much the wifi and the internet is a core part of our lives. Our Airbnb host had wifi on his phone and we would have to wait till he got home in the evening. That was brutal, trust me — no one should face.
Interlaken was breathtaking with snow covered mountains and crystal clear lakes around us. We took the tram Harderbahn to get to Harder Kulm and walked less than a mile to stand on top of Interlaken — and immerse into the spectacular view.
Since we couldn’t make it to Jungfrau or Grindelwald, we decided to check out Üetliberg in Zürich, which offers a panoramic view of the entire city of Zürich and the Lake of Zurich. RheinFall*Rhine Falls, the largest plain waterfall in Europe is a must visit if you are near Zurich. It’s about an hour train ride from Zürich HB.
We had a delicious swiss hot chocolate with strawberries — just what we needed for the cold weather in Interlaken at the Funky Chocolate Club. They even had chocolate making classes if you have time. Still in search, hoping to find great macarons, we tried Sprüngli, Luxemburgerli, but they were not even close to the macarons from Pierre Herme in Paris. But we found Kambly Butterfly— a tasty butter crunch, wafer thin biscuit, that kinda made up for our macaron loss.
Our new favorite snack was schinkengipfeli, a croissant with meat stuffing from the store Migros. We had a spicy lebanese shawarma wrap, Sujuk near Zürich HB at Der Grüne Libanon. It was so good, that we took the train to eat there a couple of times.
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