The train journey from Bern to Zurich was direct and only took an hour. I’d heard mixed reviews from people on Zurich so was slightly apprehensive about visiting. However my initial impression was that it wasn’t that bad after all.
My first stop, as always, was the tourist office where I collected as many leaflets and maps as I could! The employees were the friendliest and most helpful I’d encountered so far – good start Zurich! I decided to sit by the river and concoct my own walking route around town.
The weather was glorious for the duration of my stay and my walk took me through the winding streets but somehow I always managed to arrive back at the river. I guess I was just drawn to it’s beauty.
Whilst in Zurich I couldn’t pass up on the opportunity to visit another European country – Liechtenstein. I found a deal on Viator where I could go there and explore the Heidilands for a reasonable £60. Now, normally I wouldn’t call a £60 tour reasonable, but you have to take into account I was in Switzerland and things are way more expensive there!
The coach tour left town at 10am and included a tour of the city before we headed off into the mountains. Although the tour was 8 hours long, we probably only spent an hour in Liechtenstein, but it was long enough to get a photo, a passport stamp (you have to pay for it, but as a European I don’t ever get stamps so this was exciting) and a postcard.
After this we headed off to Heidiland to see the original “Heidi House”. This was the most idyllic setting and honestly the drive here was through some of the most beautiful countryside I’ve ever seen. I fed mountain goats (and used an awful lot of hand soap afterwards – but so what, I still did it!)
This was the perfect end to my first Swiss adventure. I boldly made a claim as I was leaving that this is my favourite European country. What I know for sure is that I’ll definitely be going back to visit again soon.