Back in late July/early August I went to Zurich, Switzerland, to visit my boyfriend Alex for his birthday, along with his family. We had a really lovely time visiting some fantastic places, so I thought I’d share some of my favourite pictures of my trip!
The Rhine river runs through six European countries and forms the border for some of them. Near the Swiss-German border, about a 40 minute train ride from Zürich, the Rhine forms the biggest waterfall in Europe.
There are a number of boat trips you can take on the Rhine. We took a half-hour one which took us a short way up the river, away from the waterfall, to the Swiss-German border, and then back again. We got right up close to the falls!
A short tram ride from the Rheinfall is a pretty little town called Schaffhausen, which has a couple of old churches and, if you walk up the hill to reach it, a castle.
It also has some really nice examples of traditional Swiss architecture!
Pronounced “rappersville”, this is a rather pretty town on the other side of Lake Zurich to the city of Zurich itself. It’s known for its rose garden, but also has a small castle!
Maiendorf is the village which inspired the children’s book Heidi, and is home to the Heidi house. So if you’re a fan of Heidi, this is a must! Even if you’re not, there are some amazing views and also some goats here.
Above: The Heidi House.
Below: the views from the Heidi house and the surrounding area.
On the way back from Maiendorf, our coach stopped off at a really beautiful lake called Walensee for a few minutes. I wish we’d have spent more time here!
Zürich & Zürichsee
Since we were staying in Zürich, we simply had to have a look around and also spend a day on Lake Zürich! Without a doubt, my favourite part of Zürich is the old town.
Zürich is twinned with a town in China called Kunming, which gifted Zürich with this beautiful Chinese garden, on the lakeside in walking distance of the city centre. It’s quite small, and took us about half an hour to explore, but it’s very peaceful and picturesque.
Switzerland is a truly beautiful country, and we barely scratched the surface of what it has to offer. My favourite places to visit were Maiendorf and the Rhine falls, but the whole trip was very enjoyable! I’d definitely recommend visiting Switzerland to anyone who has the chance.