Route: Zürich

Area: Switzerland

Date of walk: 14th January 2019

Walkers: Andrew and Gilly

Distance: 2.5 miles

Ascent: 100 feet

Weather: Sunshine and clouds

On the way to our walking holiday in the Engadine Valley we stayed overnight in Zürich at the excellent Hotel Adler

After eating our body weight in Swiss cheese at the hotel’s Chuchi Restaurant the night before we were in need of some exercise. We only had an hour or so to spare before catching our train to the Engadine, but this left us with enough time for a short exploration of the Old Town

Zürich is situated at the northern end of Lake Zürich, with its centre split by the River Limmat. It is the largest city in Switzerland and famous for its banking industry, cleanliness (which we can attest to – we didn’t see a scrap of litter), and its efficient public transport system

After leaving the hotel we wandered along the winding cobbled streets of the Old Town, following a route recommended by our travel company, Inntravel. The area is pedestrianised and is noted for its abundance of fountains, 1,000 or more, all with clean drinking water. We did some window shopping as we went along, peering into the windows of the many tempting (but expensive) shops along the way

Part of our route took us along the banks of the River Limmat, and this was perhaps the scenic highlight of the walk

Unfortunately there was no time to visit any of the historic buildings which we passed, and we only managed to scrape the surface of this beautiful city, but we hope to return one day for a longer visit

After completing our walk we continued to the railway station and caught the train to our final destination, Guarda. We’d come in search of snow, read on to see if we found any…

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