Our Swiss Adventure – Friday 6 January 2012

Day 1  London to Zurich – Cold

We were up, dressed, had breakfast and on our way to London Heathrow Terminal 1 by 3.45am for a 6.00am Swiss Air flight to Zurich.  We arrived in Zurich at 20 to 9 local time and it was 2°.  We were impressed that we went straight through immigration and customs and by the time we got to the baggage pick up area, our bags had arrived.

We caught a taxi to the Hotel Continental to drop off our bags, but were surprised when we arrived to find that our room was ready for us, so we put all our gear into our room and headed off to explore.  We found the railway station, which was only a 5 minute walk and the bus terminal which was the meeting point for our Zurich Tour at 11.00am.  We arrived for the tour at 20 to 11 and waited and waited.  After some confusion and a telephone call to the agent at 11.15am, we discovered that the tour had been cancelled due to lack of numbers.  After some negotiation, it was decided that we would go on a trolley bus tour of the city with them and we would make our own arrangements to visit the other places that were part of the original tour and they also gave us a refund of the difference.

The trolley bus tour, which was aboard a unique Classic Trolley, lasted for 2 hours and took us to various places of interest within the city.  We saw the financial, shopping, museum and university districts, a section of the Old Town, the Fraumünster Church, a classy residential area, and Lake Zurich, where we had a view across the lake to the Alps, which had some snow on them.

After the tour was over, we caught a train to Rapperswill, which took 35 minutes and gave us the first sighting of snow on the ground.   Rapperswill is a charming little lakeside town referred to as the City of Roses.  We had a cuppa at a little café before heading off to explore. With the wind coming off the lake it was freezing, but we ignored our frozen body parts and soldiered on to discover the Old Town and, on top of the hill, a quaint old castle, which had some deer in the garden.  We had a wander along the lakeside and through the cobblestoned streets before heading back to the station to catch a different train back to Zurich.  This one meandered its way alongside Lake Zurich, which is quite large, and gave us some lovely scenery to look at, even although it was overcast and starting to rain. (We know that our photos won’t do it justice.)

Despite originally being disappointed that the tour was cancelled, we were able to see all the things that we would have seen AND were able to do it at OUR pace, taking the time to look and enjoy.

When we arrived back at Zurich HB train station, we went for a walk across one of the many bridges over the River Limmatt, into an area known for its cafés   and restaurants.  We found a charming place to have dinner before leisurely walking back through the streets to our Hotel.

So, all in all, a very pleasant first day in Switzerland.

3 Responses to “Our Swiss Adventure – Friday 6 January 2012”

  1. Janet says:

    Hi Mum & Dad

    Sounds like a good first day, despite the hiccup at the start. Glad you saw some snow Dad, hope it actually snows while you’re there.

    Mum, I laughed at your caption that you were freezing to death, lol.

    Ella and I missed you today, but we’re all packed for our big adventure tomorrow.

    Lots of love
    Janno xoxo

  2. Maria says:

    Great photos – brings back memories of our happy time in Zurich. Shame about the tour but sounds like what you ended up with was better anyway, keep having a wonderful adventure, love all here in Leeton xxx

  3. Paul says:

    Good to see you had a good first day. From the photos, you got a very good taste of the place for a first day largely on your own. Well done and keep up the good work.

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