A Few Hours in Zurich

With a 4.5 hour layover in Zurich, I decided to dash into the city and take a look around on an early Monday morning. A round-trip ticket on the train costs 13.20 Swiss Francs and is only about a ten minute ride to the city center.

Upon exiting the station, one can stroll right down the Bahnhofstrasse which is one of the most expensive shopping streets in the world. In fact, Zurich has recently been named the most expensive city in the world. At 9:30 on Monday morning, nothing was open and the streets were empty so I got no sense of the hustle and bustle this place must have later in the day or in the evening.

Side street off Bahnhofstrasse in Zurich.

Side street off Bahnhofstrasse in Zurich.

 

But, it is an easy stroll down to Lake Zurich where one can take a boat tour of the lake if you have enough time – they run about 90 minutes. Like Bahnhofstrasse, the lake area was pretty deserted except from some joggers and bikers getting in their exercise with the Swiss Alps in view in the far distance.

Lake Zurich on an overcast Monday morning

Lake Zurich on an overcast Monday morning

 

Coming back up to the train station a couple of streets over to the East brings you back up through Old Town. All in all, not particularly incredible but glad to get a quick glance at the area and have time to buy some famous Swiss chocolate.

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