The Beautiful Town of Zurich

City Scape
View of one side of the city

Last weekend I decided to go visit somewhere that I had not been before but knew I should go see: Zurich.  I have often been to Switzerland for work and also for a family holiday, however I had never actually been to the city of Zurich before.  Being one of the main cities in Switzerland it was about time, and so since I had work in the country on Monday I decided to make a weekend trip out of it and go visit some friends who live there. They showed me around the city and it was a fantastic little weekend trip, filled with some really fun times!

Looking over Zurich Lake at the mountains in the distance.
Looking over Zurich Lake at the mountains in the distance.

But wow! What a beautiful city it is (even in the freezing cold!).  It reminded me very much of Paris but just smaller version.  Everything was so picturesque and also very clean, and the architecture of some of the buildings is very similar to the Parisian style.  But one of the things I really noticed when I walked down the around was the luxuriousness that the city gives off., but more than that, there is an atmosphere of sophistication and class wherever you walk which is something you don’t always find in the center of many cities.

Lake at Dusk
River leading to the lake at dusk

What I noticed is that people in Switzerland care; care about their surroundings, their things, their style, and their food.  I think it just comes from respect for themselves and the lives they lead.  It was quite refreshing to see in comparison to other European cities like Amsterdam.

View of Zurich from the rooftop of a building in the heart of town.
View of Zurich from the rooftop of a building in the heart of town.

In part you feel the wealth there since everything is quite expensive, even coffee, however the salaries in Zurich compensate for these high prices.  Nonetheless it makes you feel like you are surrounded by people who are well off and know how to enjoy the good side of life.  Its one of the things I loved about the city and I definitely felt like it could be a great city to live in.

Bahnhofstrasse
The famous Bahnhofstrasse in Zurich

While there I did some window-shopping (since everything, and I mean everything is closed on Sunday’s), which was a lot of fun because of the quality of stores to be found on the Bahnofstrasse.  You just take a look at the shops lining this street and it’s the rival of Bond Street in London. I passed by one of the major jewelry stores there, Bucherer, which had windows full of absolutely gorgeous pieces.   Bucherer has special meaning to me in particular as my Opa and Oma who used to go to Switzerland every year in the summer for their holidays.  While they were there they would always visit the store and my Opa would buy my Oma another piece for her collection.  It was such a lovely tradition and I am sure she felt so special every single time they were taken into the private viewing rooms. However, since both have passed away, this is a place where I can feel connected to them in some way, like a part of their story, and so I love to go see Bucherer whenever I am back in Switzerland.

Bucherer

Anyway, I love looking at the pieces because they are like art, and the windows are kind of like an open-air museum. It was such a lovely way to spend my day just wandering around looking at the stunning gems and jewels.  The pictures below are some of my favorite ones, and maybe even the dream one day!

Stunning Rainbow Stone Necklace by Van Cleef & Arpels
Stunning Rainbow Gemstone Necklace by Van Cleef & Arpels
Massive Turquoise Ring by Rolex
Massive Turquoise Ring by Rolex
Beautiful Purple Gemstone Ring & Necklace
Beautiful Purple Gemstone Ring & Necklace
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