My Swiss Travel Part 4: Zürich
Zürich is the largest city in Switzerland and is also ranked as one of the most expensive cities to live in. Upon arrival at Zürich from the main train station (photo 1), in front of you is the main shopping street Bahnhofstrasse (photo 2). The street is around 1.4 kilometer and is the world’s most luxurious shopping street. If you are a macaron fan, then the Luxemburgerli from Confiserie Sprüngli is a must-visit. Luxemburgerli got its name from a Luxembourg confectioner, but it is said the origin recipe resembles that of Ladurée. The original name of Luxemburgerli was “Baiser de Mousse”, according to Wikipedia, which means kiss from mousse, but the name was too embarrassing for customers. Thus, the name Luxemburgerli was given. In addition, for Korean drama fans, Crash Landing on You also featured some scenes in Zürich and other parts of Switzerland such as Jungfraujoch, so don’t miss out.
A perfect picture taking location for Zürich is the view from Lindenhof hill. However, if you don’t want to hike at all, the view is also quite good from Münsterbrücke. The two very famous churches in Zürich are Fraumünster (photo 4–5) and Grossmünster (photo 6–7), both are near Münsterbrücke and Limmat river. During this trip, my friends and I also visited Landesmuseum Zürich which tells us more about Swiss history. What I especially like about this museum is the way they demonstrate history. Basically, as we flip through various pages, information and audio guide will appear without us having to wear earphones. It is as if someone was telling us stories, which I personally quite enjoy. Other than that, I think the museum is well designed from an architectural point of view.
Lastly, as Zürich is an expensive city and it was also my last Swiss city during this trip, I don’t have enough Swiss franc with me that I had to borrow from my friends. I can’t describe how happy I was when I saw this half-chicken cost only 6.15 CHF. Luckily I managed to pay my friends back after a day-trip to Bodensee, but I will share more about our story at Bodensee later.