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Published: March 19th 2020
Renata and I left Thursday night on our way to South Africa. We had an 11 hour stopover in Zurich before we had to continue onto our flight to Durban, South Africa. So we thought why not explore Zurich in the meantime.
Getting from the airport to Zurich was easy. We just had to take the train from the Airport station Zurich Flughafen
to the main station Zurich Hauptbahnhof.
After we arrived in downtown Zurich, we walked down the famous Bahnhofstrasse
street. Bahnhofstrasse is Zurich's main downtown streets known for being one of the world's most expensive and exclusive shopping areas. At the end of the street you hit Burliplatz
where there is a weekly market on Friday from 5-11am. It was interesting to check out the European market and see the flowers and food sold in the region. After checking out the market we spent some time walking around the picturesque pier before heading up to check out Grossmunster. Grossmunster
Grossmunster is an iconic twin towered Romanesque-style Protestant church near the banks of the Limmat River. According to legend, the church was founded by Charlemagne,
and built on the graves of the city's patron saints Felix and Regula. We were not allowed to take pictures inside the church but things to note are the stain glass windows and the Romanesque crypt Fraumunster Church
After our time at Grossmunster we headed across the bridge to Fraumunster Church. Unfortunately, visitors have to pay to go inside and because we had limited amount of money we decided not to explore the inside of the church.
Instead we headed over to Lindenhof. Lindenhof is a historical site of a Roman castle located on Lindenhof hill. It is the best place to take a picture of the Limmat river and the Zurich landscape below.
After becoming exhausted walking up to Lindenhoff hill it was time for lunch. We headed to Zeughauskeller to try some Swiss food. Zeughauskeller is an enormous beer hall that was once an arsenal for medieval weaponry. The place was so busy that we had to sit with other locals at the same table. Nevertheless, the food was so good that we even forgot
to take a picture of it. I don't completely remember what I ate at the restaurant but I believe it was Zurcher Geschnetzeltes and Rosti. Zurcher geschnetzeltes
is a national dish of diced veal sauteed in a mushroom, onion, white wine and cream gravy. Rosti
is a delicious fried potato pancake. The meal was expensive but well worth the price and I would definitely go there again if I every get the chance to go back to Zurich.
After our delicious meal it was time to head back to the airport for our flight to Cape Town and then Durban, South Africa. At the airport we tried some delicious Swiss Macaroons and coffee at Sprungli, a Swiss retailer known for its fine Swiss chocolates, truffles and confectionery. It was a great way to end our 11 hours in beautiful and peaceful Zurich. Next stop Durban, South Africa
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