For every Indian, Switzerland, is a name synonymous with the blockbuster hit DDLJ, a movie produced by Dharma production! A major part of the movie unfurls the enchanted Swiss villages dotting some of the most romantic locations. However, visiting these locations in person unlocks a world beyond the boundaries of imagination. From catching a train at Zurich Station to taking a cable car to Mount Titlis, every corner of this phenomenal Alpine destination shows you why Switzerland is the most beautiful country in Europe. If you are lucky then a taut duet of sunshine and blue skies will make it worth your while.
Zurich is the apex of the wide railway network that sprawls across complexed alpine terrains. Which, is why most tourists visit Zurich at least once during their Switzerland vacation. While you are here, might as well, stay back for a day to immerse in the scenic beauty of the city. Besides the 18th-century Zurich Railway Station (the largest in Switzerland) there’s a lot to explore, including the Lake Zurich with an intense bloom of greenish-blue waters. This remarkable lake is a glacier formation of the 18th-century Linth River. Linth eventually melted down into a tranquil stream which became Lake Zurich.
Located at the northwestern tip of the city, this stunning lake is where you will first notice the concealed cultural contrasts of deep pockets. By which I mean – the harbourside or the German Obersee that serves as the mainstream parking for luxurious yachts and boats. Although the gleaming turquoise water of Lake Zurich is also home to immaculately stunning Swans. A river cruise will introduce you to both the lake, as well as, its pristine neighbourhood. Travel beyond Lake Zurich and you will see how this side of Switzerland dwells on the contemporary art and cultural scene. An incredible variation from the history that dates back to the 15th BC Roman Turicum. A walk around Zurich unravels its 10th-century establishment history and how it has turned into the 21st-century world centre of gold trading.
As you may know, Swiss Banks hold up to 1/3rd of the worldwide cross-border assets. Most of which, are locked behind the secured doors of Zurich’s bank lockers. However, none of that strikes your mind when you are traversing across the cobblestone streets of this 10th-century city. Whether you take a walk at the three-line promenade or pay a visit to a historical landmark, Zurich is bound to surprise you at every corner. Food, being an important part of this cultural surprise. While in Zurich, taste the Swiss raclette, pork burgers, Afghan pasties, okonomiyaki, corn cakes, baked bananas, and home-made ice creams from the hawker-style food trucks. To explore the city like a local, travel in the blue and red city trams. Do take a photo stop at the art and clock museums, church Grossmünster, and the St. Peter clock tower. Interestingly, no matter which part of the city you travel, there are good chances of you spotting phenomenal alpine views on an unclouded day.
Shopaholics may take a trip to Bahnhofstrasse, the world’s most sophisticated shopping avenue. Lastly, Switzerland is a German-speaking country and it will only help if you could learn a few words of German before arriving here.