We arrived at The Hotel Opera by 9:30 and then left to find some kind of dinner after getting settled. It took a while but we finally found a place open called Santa Lucia with once again unusual service but pretty good pizza.
I like this shot Mike got of Grossmunster church while we were walking around looking for dinner.
When we got back to the hotel it was pretty late, but because of the seven hour time difference we were able to FaceTime with the kids.
(photo from internet)
And this photo is similar to the room we stayed in. It was a good size and the bathroom was a decent size as well. I will say it was a smaller hotel than we realized with only four rooms on a floor. And the elevator was tiny! When we brought our luggage in the night before, Mike took the stairs because the elevator only fit one person with a big suitcase.
Once again I had turned to the internet and researched things to do in Zurich. Here are a few of the sites I pinned that we actually used.
Zurich Bucket List: 15 Things to do in Zurich, Switzerland
We only really did four things on this list. Explore Altstadt - Old Town (mainly because our hotel was located in Old Town), Eat at Zueghauskeller (which was good but didn't work out too well for me. More to come on that later), See the Chagall Windows at Fraumunster church (loved!), and while we didn't take a boat ride on the river, we did take one out on Lake Zurich
Walking in the Rain - A Zurich Walking Tour
Because of this post, we went to see Lindenhof Hill and Rennweg Street. We kind of naturally ran into Bahnhofstrasse and the churches while walking on our own.
10 Awesome Things to do in Zurich Switzerland
After awhile these types of posts basically mention all the same places because honestly in my opinion, I don't think there is a whole lot to do in Zurich itself.
5 Best Views in Zurich
The only one we made it to together was Lindenhof Hill. I would have liked to check out the Cloud Bar and Grossmunster Tower, but it just didn't happen. Maybe if we had a little more time.
Anyway, we started off our first full day by going on our own little walking tour like we did in Brussels.
I think the name Altstadt (Old town) is fitting.
Just the two of us - Zurich, Switzerland August 4, 2017
We decided to head towards Lindenhof Hill to see the view.
After that we continued walking heading towards Rennweg street.
I had come across the information about Rennweg street on the "Walking in the Rain - a Zurich Walking Tour" blog post. And as we followed the directions to get to Rennweg street we felt lost even though we knew we were right there. Finally I realized since we had been following her tour backwards and we were facing the wrong way. So we turned around and saw this...
Lol, not quite so picturesque as we had thought it would be. Kind of fits right in with the scaffolding on Big Ben in London and the construction machines and materials from the iconic building shot in Amsterdam.
After that we headed back towards Fraumunster church to see the Chagall windows.
Fraumunster Church was founded in 853 AD! And of course there were no pictures allowed inside which was a little disappointing.
Santa Lucia restaurant in a different location. We are thinking it is a chain over there because we saw more than one with similar menus but different looks.
We ate out on the patio and the food was really good. I had the Ravioli with buffalo cheese ricotta and it was yummy!
We headed back to the hotel after that to rest and decide what we wanted to do that night.
Then we headed to Zeughauskeller for dinner. All of the "what not to miss" in Zurich lists said to make sure you had sausages at Zeughauskeller.
After dinner, we walked around for a bit more.
So we decided to head back to the hotel to FaceTime with the kids and we wanted to get to bed earlier since we had a big day planned for Saturday - a trip to Rigi Mountain.
And surprisingly for all the walking we did, I only had 15,981 steps and 6.87 miles on my Fitbit.