An October 2000 trip
to Zurich by Alyssa
Quote: Zurich, the city of fairy tale charm, is a 4 star destination that is often overlooked by American travelers. With streets that seem right out of a Hans Christian Andersen story, the city is walkable and enchanting, with attractions in every block. This city truly has "something for everyone."
Know a few words of German. Many people do NOT speak English, including restaurant and cafe employees. So bring an English-German phrase book for handy reference. Change your money at the airport or at the train station. Map out your itinerary with the help of a tourist office guide. You'll save time and re-tracing your steps.
Bring plenty of cash if you plan to do much shopping here.
Walk in any direction and there are wonders to see: the famous Chagall windows at the Fraumunster, one of the oldest churches in the country; the National Museum directly behind the train station; and, across the trolley tracks, the famous guildhouses dating from the 13th century, most of which are now upscale restaurants. Behind this riverside boulevard is the way to Zurich's Old Town with its enchanting centuries-old pastel buildings, twisty street lamps and hidden-away shops and cafes. You could spend a day here and not see it all. Also within easy walking distance: The Fine Art Museum with its Dada collection; the Swiss Crafts Museum; and more.