Zurich Switzerland Tips on Travel

Switzerland: Zurich Photo Tour

Zurich Switzerland Tips on TravelZurich, Switzerland

This is the second of a series of 5 blog posts dedicated to Switzerland.

Starting off with our first city on the trip, we land in Zurich. I was going to add another city but the next one up is my favorite and I think it deserved it’s own post. We spent two days in Zurich and it was a great spot!

Old Town is where you should spend most of your time – cobblestone streets give you the iconic European feels – also there are lots of restaurants and stores. Thankfully I packed my Hunters, but let me note there was no one else who wore Hunters there. I got a lot of looks and I think Hunters have yet to make their way to Europe as a real shoe (maybe only in UK) but rather the only person I saw wearing anything that resembled my boots was a man gardening in the country, spreading dirt. Haha!

Old Town (Altstadt), Zurich

Swans were in all the lakes in Switzerland, it warmed my heart to see so many in their natural habitat. It was around 50 degrees but I have to tell you that I was incredibly comfortable. There were a few times I thought wow it’s kinda cold, but my coat was so warm and all the walking we did kept me very warm. I prefer the cooler temps instead of heat, unless I’m in a bikini along the beaches of Thailand.

Uetliberg Mountain

The second day in Zurich we jumped on a train to head 30 minutes to Zurich’s local mountain for a view. Well, it snowed which means you can’t see anything. We got out, the only ones left on the train and started laughing. A few workers took our photo on their phone probably posting that we were obviously tourists because we were nuts to be up there!

We got off a few stops closer to town, not too far and decided to walk for a few hours. Cows, private garden plots for rent, a Jewish cemetery and neighborhood exploring is what we did. Sometimes just walking around gives you a nice glimpse of what’s around, aside from the tourist places. We were the only tourists for sure in this park area.

Swiss National Museum

We also explored the Swiss National Museum, but I didn’t take too many photos worth sharing. It was free with our Swiss Pass and a good way to stay indoors while the weather was a bit cold!

We’re off to take the train.

A tip if it’s raining or cold in Switzerland in Zurich, you can take the indoor train station and get pretty far – there are a ton of stores inside and restaurants too.

Next stop – Lucerne! You won’t want to miss it, promise!

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Diana Elizabeth is an author, photographer, and obsessive antique shopper. You can typically find her in her garden wrist deep in dirt, at a local estate sale or planning her next epic party.

3 Comments

  • Anna

    Hey, I just stumbled over your post and need to leave a comment here, such a simple but elegant look! I have to ask a question about your boots because my plan is to do a city trip to London and I don’t want to pack too much shoes. Personally, I own a pair of black Hunter Original Tall boots that I am thinking about to wear on days when it looks like rain. Until now, they were very nice to me on two hour walks but I don’t want to be surprised in a bad way. What has been your experience with your Hunters, did your feet still feel good after a day of walking around and visiting sites? Can you remember any disadvantages? Looking forward to your answer that would facilitate my decision. :-)

    • Diana Elizabeth

      Hi Anna, thanks for being here! Good question and way to prepare for your trip, glad you asked. Truthfully I wish I had the packable Hunters that are more lightweight. And I didn’t see anyone else wear Hunters in Switzerland except on a farm where he was scooping poop. People looked at me weird, LOL. The only other people who wore wellies like mine were fellow Americans I saw at a museum when we all took our jackets off to walk around in the locker room. So what I would say is, you might not need them. A Chelsea boot may work just fine for the rain. Have you heard of FitFlop shoes? They are absolutely WONDERFUL and also trendy in London. They are ergonomic shoes that I can walk FOREVER in and I wear them for travel they are also light weight. Checkout their boots, the Ziggy is cute and I have a few Chelsea style boots (just search on the site) I have the floral ones which are on sale. That is my highest recommendation since Hunters while definitely cute, don’t offer any support. I often wear them in the garden or a quick run to the store. Let me know if you have any more questions I am happy to help! And have fun in London – check out Fortnum & Mason, my favorite store, make sure you see ALL the themed floors!!

    • Anna

      Hi, thanks for your answer and sorry I wasn’t able to reply earlier as I have been very busy. I looked up the FitFlop shoes and thought they looked very nice and soft, so I ordered one pair of them but when they arrived I had to realize that I bought them one size too small – so I had to send them back. At that time it was too late to have the right size delivered before the departure. I haven’t tried them on for a longer time, but I felt that they were comfortable. Perhaps I’ll buy my true size.

      As rain was announced for the trip I did what I had intended before reading your answer, not knowing if this was the right decision: I packed my Hunter boots and the boot socks. At the beginning of the first day and with your advice in mind I was a bit nervous if this would work. And what can I say, it worked pretty fine! Although being on my feet all day I didn’t feel uncomfortable at all. So I repeated this for the rest of the trip without getting sore, blistered or cold feet, instead they were really toasty. The only negative thing was that it took me some time to take them off in the evening, which is I think because the calves get bigger… Did you also experience this problem in Zurich and do you still wear your orange pair? There haven’t been any “surprised” looks either, in fact I could watch a few other women wearing wellies. Maybe they are used to it in the motherland of Hunter. :) And yes, I stopped by at Fortnum & Mason’s again, which is always worth a visit, because this was my second stay in London.

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