I've heard many wonderful things about Switzerland, the prices there is definitely not one of those things. If you read my Iceland blog post earlier than you already found me complaining about how expensive it was there. Well Switzerland beats Iceland on that with an average of $25-$30 a meal. I stayed 3 days in Zurich at an Airbnb and kept myself from going out to eat. CoOp is the way to go if you are trying to find a grocery store to make food; it is like the Netto to Denmark. Thanks to Olivia the birthday girl for giving me an excuse, I did have a cheat day and went out for Swiss cheese fondue though. There aren't any food highlights for this trip, but here are some nature highlights.
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Day 1: Old Town Zurich
After settling in at our Airbnb at Zurich, we wanted a chill day just strolling around old town. The first thing that caught my attention was the amount of random water fountains around the city, and what's great is that all of them have drinkable, fresh water flows. You wouldn't need to worry about getting thirsty or paying for Evian-quality water here.
University of Zurich is one of the best spots to watch the sunset of Zurich. Along with the city view, the school itself was pretty to explore as well.
Day 2: Toboggan Slide
We woke up early since we knew the drive was going to be long. After a few karaoke sessions, we finally made it to the Toboggan Slide, the mountain coaster ride that I can check off my before-I-die bucket list.
To go on to the slide, you can either hike for hours or take the cable car up. Of course I took the cable car; it was around $20 roundtrip for adults and $16 roundtrip for 16 and under. The slide itself costs 5 CHF ($5.16) per ride. Its hours are: 9:30am-4:30pm.
On our way back to Zurich, we actually passed by Interlaken and the beautiful lake. Sadly, we did not have time to stop by the next day due to time crunch. But I would definitely recommend to drop by Interlaken and Grindelwald on the way.
For Olivia's birthday dinner, we found a restaurant for cheese fondue. For $30, we got a pot of fancy melted cheese mixed with wine, a bowl of potatoes, and a basket of bread. Yup, that's it. The potatoes and bread were unlimited refill though, so it definitely stuffed all of us. Not going to lie, each dip was pretty satisfying, but would I go for another round? Probably not.
If I could choose again I would want to stay at Luzcern rather than Zurich. Not that Zurich wasnt a nice city, but Luzcern definitely gave me the less industrial and more Swiss vibe that I had imagined. We bumped into a food fair along the waterside but unfortunately, they were all cash only.
This time, we did not want to pay for the cable car since it costs around $70 roundtrip to get to Mt. Pilatis, but I really wished I had paid if it weren't for my budget. So we hiked along the way to spend our day with the nature and some cows along the way. 20-30 minutes into the hike, we could already see a nice view of Luzern from above.