Recently, I took a trip to Switzerland, and although I don't have a tremendous amount of pictures with me (because I was skiing), I wanted to share the trip with you. I visited Zermatt and Zurich over a 9 day period, and ate culinary delights, skiied, and toured the town.
First off, if you enjoy skiing and/or snowboarding, then this is the place for you. It is a family tradition of mine to spend New Years skiing, so I have visited a lot of ski mountains. Zermatt is one of my favorite mountains of all time. First of all, it is plain gorgeous. The Matterhorn is a famous peak found on a lot of Swiss branded items (Toblerone, for example). The town is cute and old, with very traditional buildings and a river running through it. It is also purely electric, so you can not drive your car up, but are required to either walk or take one of their boxy electric taxis or buses. The mountain is one of the tallest in Europe, and the runs are very long. You can also ski to Italy from the mountain, which is a great experience and a lovely way to visit more countries (plus, there is nothing better than Italian food!). Some of my favorite restaurants I visited while I was there was Chez Vrony , Chalet Etoile, and La Motta. Here are a few photos of Zermatt.
New Years Eve was spent at Schwyzer Stuebli, for traditional Swiss food. Throughout the night, there was a live band playing drinking songs and other Swiss music. The meal consisted of three courses, including fondue. Overall, the atmosphere in the restaurant is unlike no other, with locals singing along to songs and dancing. It is a noisy bunch of fun. Afterwards, we headed downtown where there was a stage set up with a DJ and counted down to the New Year. Fireworks exploded everywhere, as it is legal to buy them in Europe. People were drinking champagne, popping confetti, and shooting off fireworks as we headed back to our room.
Heading home, we decided to make a pit stop in Zurich, and let me tell you, it was worth it. Despite the weather deciding to pour rain the entire day, the city was colorful and charming. We took a walking tour offered by the information center, which took us around the entire city in only 2 hours. After, we peeked in at Cafe Schober for some amazing hot chocolate. Although, we were tempted by their cookies presented in the front bakery and may have grabbed a few. What I loved most about the city was how lights were everywhere. Almost every building in the city had delicate lights lined along their buildings, making the whole town stunning in the night. Certain streets in the city had covering of lights too, and overall it was beautiful. My favorite section was called "Lucy" in the sky, which were meant to look like stars. It was stunning. Below are some photos from the day.
Zermatt and Zurich were a great way to spend New Years, and I enjoyed sharing pieces of my trip with you. Let me know what you did to celebrate the start of 2016, and what posts you would like to see in the future. I hope you have a fabulous week!
A sixteen-year-old fashion obsessed girl, who stands just under 5 feet tall.