The plan for the day is bike all day, along the beautiful Zürich See.
We started our morning going to Migros Supermarket (located very close to our hotel). Better buying groceries there than at small (and pricey) stores along the way! For instance: 300 ml of water cost around 4Sfr at a bar. If you buy the same stuff at the supermarket it cost 0.80 cents ! There’s a big difference, he?
Don’t think supermarkets in Switzerland are cheap. They aren’t! In fact they are really expensive!
Our first destination for the day was Kilchberg.
The main attraction in Kilchberg is Lindt, the famous chocolate factory. Super! It’s a huge building and you know there’s a chocolate factory there even before reading the giant Lindt name on the top of the building: The delicious smell is the clue for your location! 🙂
Lindt is located at Seestrasse 204 (Seestrasse is the road that goes along the lake) and the factory comprises a small store that is open to the public . I asked if they provide tours to visit the fabric but they don’t. The public access is restricted to the small store. We bought a couple of chocolate bars (dark chocolate with orange), as these are our favorites. Delicious!
My husband is a tennis aficionado. We couldn’t miss an opportunity to take a picture of Roger Federer and my husband together. Ok… not totally “together” and not “so close”… 🙂 This is my husband and Federer’s picture at the entrance of Lindt Store. Anyway, it looks like both of them are getting the applauses, he? 🙂
From Kilchberg we rode south to Thalwil. This is a postcard village and it’s one of my favorite neighborhoods since my first visit to Zurich many years ago.
After spending a lovely time in Thalwil, we continued along Seestrasee going south. We stopped at Oberrieden. There, we went uphill following a sign to a wild animal park. We took the steep road (pushing out bikes). After some minutes walking we saw a posting showing 1 hour by foot to the destination. We asked to someone passing by how long / difficult it would be to get there and we were advised that it was really far and that the road would get much steeper. We gave up and returned to the road along the lake.
We got on our way back to downtown Zurich.
We had already been biking for 15km till we got to Oberrieden. With the return trip it would make 30km but we didn’t feel tired due to the flat terrain along the lake and the astonishingly views of our surroundings.
When we got to downtown Zurich we went pedaling through Bahnhofstrasse. We have been to this street many many times, all of them during winter. Now, during summer we were in shorts and sandals, and I must say it’s away better!
We went to have lunch at Jelmoli (our favorite for good and unpretentious food in Zurich). We ate vegetarian, cooked in a wok. Delicious! After lunch we went walking along the streets of the Old Town. Zürich is packed with tourists, everyone enjoying the weather and the beautiful views!
After lunch we still had some legs to cycle around Zurich’s streets and take some shots of the main buildings.
When we were returning to our hotel we saw many people swimming on the lake.
What did we do?
We took off our shoes and got into the water!!! It was amazing!
The water was pretty cold, but it was a “pleasant cold”, probable;y because we were sweating. Entering into the lake was kind of reinvigorating!!!! The unique issue for us was to walk on pebbles as we didn’t have the appropriate shoes. Besides the pebbles there are some big stones and those can get really slippery. We will get used to them, I bet!
WOW!!! WHAT a great way to end a day! Swimming in the beautiful Zurich See! 🙂
After our swim, we stopped at a bar on the way to the hotel and had large beers.
Time to go straight to bed, give the legs some rest and start planning for tomorrow!
To see more pictures from this lovely day, please click here! You will not be disappointed! 🙂