Swiss Fondue, Chocolate and Wine

On Halloween, Jen and I boarded the train from Freiburg, Germany to Lucerne, Switzerland. The land of cheese, chocolate, and The Alps. We checked into the Lion Lodge hostel and then did a walking tour of the city. We walked to the Lion Monument, passing the Old Swiss House along the way, then up to the Collegiate Church of St. Leodegar and along the promenade of Lake Lucerne to Kapellbruke(Chapel Bridge), a covered footbridge dating from the 1300’s. We had a nice lunch at Opus along the River Reuss. The only disappointment was that we couldn’t see the mountains with the fog. That evening we wandered upon a movie theatre and asked if they were playing any English movies and it was our lucky night, or so we thought… It turned out to be an Opera called Juan… The next morning we awoke early only to find out it was a bank holiday so not much was open. We found a cafe to have a coffee then grabbed some Swiss cheese and cured ham for lunch. That afternoon we made our second attempt at a movie and this time had more success with The Guard. After the movie we ventured out for a local pint at the Rathaus Brauerei, where they brew their beer right on site. They only had 2 brewed so we tried the blonde lager. We walked further along the river promenade and stumbled upon a restaurant with over 100 fondues. Seating was outside but they provided blankets, hot water bottles, plus a mug of mulled wine. We ordered the traditional cheese fondue and sat sipping local wine and dipping bread for hours.
On November 2nd, we took the train to Zurich. We dropped off our bags at the hostel and then started another walking tour. We walked down the bank of the river and stopped for a bowl of suppe and a glass of Riesling Sylvaner(from Zurich) along the Limmatquai. We then crossed the river and enjoyed the view of Lake Zurich. We strolled up the bank to Fraumunster Kirche, a church known for it’s 5 stained glass windows. After visiting the church we walked up the bahnhofstrasse famous for it’s expensive shops. Along the way we popped into Sprungli, rumored to have the best chocolate in town! We enjoyed hot chocolate, chocolate cake, truffles and creme brûlée minis. Delicious.
The next day we visited the Grossmunster Church where we walked to the top for some great views of Zurich. The next day, November 4th, we flew to Barcelona where we met Dan at the airport! Stay tuned for our update of Barcelona and Portugal.


About rrettenmier

In September 2010, Dan and I received working visas for the United Kingdom. We sold our condo, quit our jobs and packed our bags to move to London. This blog (though a few months late) is designed to update our friends and family back home about where we are and what we are up to.
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