The train into Switzerland was surprisingly pretty, on our way in we passed Rhine Falls, which is the largest waterfall in Europe! That makes up for our struggle to find decent waterfalls in Tennessee in 2014. The first thing we did once we got to Zurich was go to a chocolate store, which was incredible! We got to see where they made the chocolate there on site and you bought me some chocolate as a gift! Once we had the chocolate it was time to figure out how to get to our hostel and after some research we found out the tram would be the best way to get around. That seemed pretty simple until Andrew put his credit card in the ticket machine the wrong way. We ended up calling their service desk and they said to try to work it out using two pens or have to wait 30 minutes for a service guy to show up which would have sucked cause we were getting really hungry. Luckily your boyfriend (Fiancé?) is amazing and after we had almost given up I saved the day and got the card out with my fingers and in the end that specific machine didn’t work with any of our cards anyway. After going to our hostel and our host telling us multiple times how his key is impossible to copy, which can’t be true or else the key would be impossible to make, we headed out to find something to eat.
We decided on Ziegel oh Lac a restaurant about a half mile away on the shores of Lake Zurich. This was an interesting experience because we paid for our meal before we received it, which wasn’t a huge issue because the food was very good but since Switzerland doesn’t use the euro we had no cash to tip our excellent waitress with at the end of the night. So we just left her some euros anyway because she did a great job. We got some goat cheese to start off our meal and then we all ate some kind of spaghetti, you got a more traditional kind with red sauce while Andrew and I got a more German style with Lima Beans 🙂 After that we went back to the hostel, ate some chocolate and went to sleep.
We woke up early the next morning in order to catch our train to Chur where the Bernina Express begins. According to their site the train negotiates 55 tunnels, 196 bridges, and has a highest point of 2,253 meters. It is considered one of the most scenic train rides in the world and it’s hard to argue with based on what we saw. It felt like we were in a movie the entire time.