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First impressions of Zurich

by Sanne
Zurich Blog

I thought I would be writing this post about Munich, because on paper, Munich and I were just meant to be, but to my great surprise, it was Zurich that managed to sweep me off my feet. Yes Zurich, you sort of ruined it for Munich (sorry Munich), because I couldn’t help comparing, and except for the price level, Zurich took home the victory in all categories. Right now, I’m back in Zurich on my second visit this year, but here are some of the impressions I wrote down during my first trip in June:

Zurich Observations:

Swiss punctuality

Everything and everyone is on time, but what else to expect from a nation of watch makers? At the central station, I looked at the big boards with departures and arrivals, and there was not a single delay in sight. Such a delight for someone like me, who can’t stand waiting for delayed trains, busses or friends.

The food is amazing

We all know Swiss chocolate and Swiss cheese, but everything I had in Zurich was super tasty. Though quality comes at a price, and eating out in Zurich is expensive.

The trams are out to get you

The trams are electric and super silent. On several occasions, they were sneaking up on me, scaring me to death.

Zurich Blog

You think you speak German?

Well I did. I took German classes in university, and even though I’m a bit rusty, I usually get along in Germany. Swiss German is a different case. Sometimes I’m not even sure that they’re talking to me or just making funny noises. Most of the words seem to end with an “i”. No need to worry about the language though, as everybody speaks English very well.

Swiss chivalry

I was bringing a lot of baggage with me, because after Zurich, I was traveling to Munich and then New York. I’m fully capable of carrying my own bags, and I couldn’t dream of asking anybody to help me out. Though even without asking, my bags were taken care of. A quick “let me help you with this” and my bags were transmogriffed up the stairs and on board trains.

On Sunday, the city shuts down

Though I was prepared for that, so I went to see a friend.

Zürich Observations Part 2 >>

10 comments

Chiara August 27, 2017 - 2:50 pm

Interesting! One of the thinks I love about Switzerland is that it seems to be lots of different countries rolled into one. I’ve never been to Zurich but I’ll bear this in mind if I do go, especially when it comes to trams 🙂

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Sanne September 1, 2017 - 12:44 pm

I’ve only been to Zurich and Geneva and they’re both wonderful cities. I’m especially fascinated by the cuisine which seems to be a mix of all the best from what you’ll find in France, Italy and Germany:)

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Kim August 28, 2017 - 11:25 pm

Wow I had no idea trams could be nearly silent! Of course, the Swiss would find a way, since they are so efficient and smart! I would love to visit someday. I would appreciate their punctuality. Hopefully they’d like me back.

Simply Lovebirds

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Sanne September 1, 2017 - 12:53 pm

I’m sure they would:) I’ve mostly been to the German part (Zurich), so I wonder if it’s the same in other parts of the country.

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Vivienne Shui August 29, 2017 - 8:23 am

Great post Sanne! I think the punctuality would really impress me too, and I do like to know the gentleman’s manner, such as carrying a lady’s bag still exists.

Viv X

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Sanne September 1, 2017 - 12:51 pm

On my way back this time, I was taking the train from Copenhagen Airport, and I was the one to help a mom get her kids and luggage on board. No help from the Danish men nearby:)

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Victoria @The British Berliner August 29, 2017 - 8:42 am

‘Love this!

I’ve been to Switzerland, , but I haven’t yet been to Zürich however, it’s true about the way they speak German – “Swiss German is a different case. Sometimes I’m not even sure that they’re talking to me or just making funny noises.”

Ha! Ha! I’m fluent in German (living in Berlin), but even I couldn’t understand what they were saying. At one point, someone came up to me and started talking, and I actually said “I’m so sorry, but could you speak German instead!” Oops!

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Sanne September 1, 2017 - 12:46 pm

Though it sounds rather cute with all the “z’s” and “li’s”..if only I knew what it meant…:)

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Vivian August 31, 2017 - 8:45 am

How funny! I was actually thinking of going to Zurich next year this morning!! Amazing, tasty food right? Hmmmm….. Your post makes me wanna go jump on the plane right now!

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Sanne September 1, 2017 - 12:47 pm

Oh Viv, you should definitely go! It’s such a stylish city, and I’m sure you would love it. Poul and I are going back again end September:)

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