Hey Everyone! Part three of my sister trip takes us to Switzerland. We actually came here before Munich and Berlin, so I am doing these recaps in reverse, but oh well… 🙂 Also apologies for being MIA on here. Life you know…. but it’s 2020 and I’m back to hopefully having an exciting year of traveling.
Anyways, before we went to Deutschland (aka Germany) we decided to extend the trip and spend a few days in Zurich visiting our friend Jo who used to live with my sister in Chicago.
We took an overnight flight direct to Zurich from Chicago O’hare Airport. As soon as we landed we went to my friends apartment to drop off our luggage and find things to do to prevent us from sleeping the whole day away due to jet lag. Thankfully Jo’s cousin Josua got home right as we arrived, and was kind enough to give us a little tour of the town before he headed out to Ibiza for the weekend (Jealous!).
When Josua left for the airport my sister and I grabbed some food at a local market, and napped for a few hours while we waited for Jo to get out of work. Sometimes when your body tells you it needs to rest you just have to give in.
Later that night Jo took us with him to meet up with some coworkers at a bar called Frauenbad at Stadthausquai which is at a women’s only swimming pool. During the day this “pool”, which is essentially a section of the lake surrounded by docks, operates as a place for women to go swimming (NO GUYS ALLOWED!). However, at night they turn it into a bar that both men and women can go to. Apparently they also have a similar version of this for men as well…. very interesting concept.
A few delicious drinks, a lot of great conversations with new friends, and a slice of pizza later we were ready to crash.
The next day was a Swiss Holiday so Jo conveniently had the day off. Thanks to our amazing host we woke up to the smell of eggs and bacon and the sound of Jack Johnson softly playing from the kitchen! I don’t know about you, but that’s my ideal way to start the day!
After enjoying a delicious breakfast we headed out to a “boating” adventure down Lake Zurich, and not the kind of boating I was expecting.
I think it’s so much more fun visiting cities when you know people because you get to do things you would never normally do as a tourist. Although I wasn’t expecting a blow up boat for this adventure of ours, we had the perfect weather and such an amazing afternoon.
After a long day floating down the Zurich river we stopped at a really cool bar made out of shipping containers called Fraugeroldsgaten, and then headed back towards his apartment to have a casual dinner at Don Leone.
The next morning my sister and I wandered around town while we waited for Jo to get out of work.
We started with coffee in this adorable little courtyard
Then we walked around and enjoyed all of the shops and colorful buildings
Unfortunately it started raining in the afternoon so we stopped in a cute Vegan cafe called Hiltl Dachterrasse to get out of the rain and enjoy some tea.
We were very indecisive about lunch (pretty classic) and ended up with a simple glass of wine and an Acaí bowl.
Zurich was a blast and such a fun city to visit, but one of my favorite parts of our time in Switzerland was visiting the countryside. Post coming soon on our adventures in Appenzell.
As always, thanks for stopping by!