bye bye zurich

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Zürich_bretzels for breakfast on the Bahnofstrasse_district 1

So that’s it for now, but there will be more swiss stuff coming soon :) … This was my second time in Zürich and I hope to visit it again soon as I’d like to explore more of the not-so-touristy and more urban districts.

I’m always more in love with Switzerland and I’m constantly seeking for advice on its cities and other places to see: if you have any please, please post it on the comments below as I’m looking forward to hear from you!

In the meantime here I found a little swiss/german phrasebook that may come useful if you plan to visit the german-speaking part of Switzerland…

//image: Littlelulu

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a stroll along the zurichsee

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Of course we are in Zürich: with 4.- chf you can enter the peaceful oasis of the China Garden and watch from under the pagodas the pollen of the trees floating on the breeze and the koi fish swimming quietly just above the water surface, as in a perfect coreography. Than back to the Zürich lake, for free (drinks not included).

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Zürich_Seefeld_district 8

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5 things to buy in zurich

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If visiting Zürich you could only buy five things what they will be? I made my choice.

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1] vintage and antique books
EOS Buchantiquariat Benz _ Kirchgasse 17 _ +41 44 261 57 50
There are so many nice bookshops in Zürich, but this one looks like a treasure chest.

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2] chocolate pastries (and more yummy delicacies)
Sprüngli _ Bahnhofstrasse 21 _ +41 44 224 46 46
Ok, this definitely isn’t a secret address but at least a little something sweet from this traditional café is a must. If the weather is not so sunny to sit outside, try to find a place on the beautiful dining room on the first floor.

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3] moustaches (and beards)
Perüken Haar M _ Langstrasse 195 _ +41 44 271 51 15
Moustaches are last years absolute hipster trend: if you can’t grow them than fake’em.

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4] edelweiss and other beautiful flowers
Blumen Fitze _ Augustinergasse 20 _ +41 44 221 21 61
Lovely fluffy flowers…. I just wonder once taken home how long they may survive on a city apartment.

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5] lace and embroideries
Spitzenhaus Degiacomi _ Börsenstrasse 14 _ +41 44 211 55 76
This is seriously one of my favourite shops in Zürich: the lady owner is so nice and helpful and I’m totally in love with all the lace and embroidery stuff with a vintage/mountain feel.

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…and then of course there are a lot more things you can buy, but just be careful as shopping in Zürich could be expensive as hell.

Before leaving I was searching through blogs for some tips about the must-see places and I stumbled upon this nice guide by Design Sponge: it dates back to 2009 but I wasn’t able to find anything much more recent online. Anyways once you get there I recommend you a very useful free little guide called “Check Out Zurich: 81 tips by young locals”, which I spotted on the last floor at Hiltl (another place you shouldn’t be missing… I ate there two times in two days and I was longing for more :) )

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zurich in colours

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This trip was focused on relaxing so I lazily moved mostly around the town center (district 1). After checking the meteo to pack my bags I was really worried about the weather, but luckily aside a rainy day we definitely got some sun: the city and its lake were bursting with colours.

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Not far from the center, the area that begins just below the train station, when you follow the tunnel that brings to the Langstrasse, has definitely a more urban and multicultural feel. Langstrasse connects the two districts I’d love to explore more the next time I’ll visit Zürich.

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The sun shone, having no alternative, on the nothing new. S.Beckett’

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Zürich_City_district 1

//images: Littlelulu