Zurich

Zurich

Rounding up my series of blogs on Switzerland is Zurich. Most people think that Zurich is the capital of Switzerland, but it is not. The capital city is actually Bern. However, Zurich is the largest city in Switzerland and is the center of finance and industry in the country. It is also the gateway to Switzerland as the international airport is located here and linked to Zurich main train station which forms the central node of the entire rail network in Switzerland. Continue reading “Zurich”

Bern

Bern

Most people may not know it, but Bern is actually the capital city of Switzerland. Like most people, I would associate Zurich as the capital city due to it’s size and financial status, plus the country’s main airport is also near Zurich. When you talk to people about visiting major Swiss cities, Bern doesn’t come up often. Continue reading “Bern”

Neuchâtel

Neuchâtel

Neuchâtel, another out of the way city that I visited in Switzerland in 1997, although for this case, I went to Neuchâtel because I had this crazy idea to check out the manufacturer’s address of a Zodiac brand mechanical Swiss watch that I had bought previously. Neuchâtel is renowned for it’s watch industry (although I didn’t know that back then). Continue reading “Neuchâtel”

Thun

Thun

Thun where? You might be asking. This is one of those out of the way towns that I visited in Switzerland. Until now I can’t recall exactly what brought me to this town. It must have been a stop to change trains and I decided to explore the town instead. I had bought the rail pass which lets me travel free on the Swiss trains on second class seats, so if you staying long term in Switzerland, this rail pass is a pretty handy thing to carry. Continue reading “Thun”

Lucerne

Lucerne

I thought that I should try to finish blogging about the places in Switzerland that I’ve visited since I’ve been here a combined total of more than 2 months during one of my previous jobs.

Lucerne (Luzern in German) is easily one of the most popular cities in Switzerland to visit for any tourist. I too made my way there on my second day when I was based in Switzerland for the first time.  The city is built beside a lake and surrounded by snowcapped mountains. It really fits the perfect fairy tale description of a Swiss town. Continue reading “Lucerne”

Zermatt

Zermatt

What do you see when you look at the end of a Toblerone chocolate wrapper? If you guessed a mountain then you are correct. This is the Matterhorn, a famous mountain in Switzerland which reaches a height of 4,478m. In 1998 I was in Switzerland for technical training and together with a group of colleagues who were there for various other reasons, we decided to spend the weekend in Zermatt, the ski resort for the rich and famous. Well, we weren’t rich and famous but that didn’t stop us from trying. Continue reading “Zermatt”