Roaming the Lands: Zürich, Switzerland

For someone who doesn’t celebrate Christmas, it is one of the best times to go out for a holiday. Most places set up decorations for Christmas and they are very pretty, no matter where you go. We chose to spend our Christmas in Zürich, Switzerland. I don’t remember why, maybe it was to shop, or maybe it was because it wasn’t snowing in Florence and we wanted a white Christmas.

Looking up Zürich now, I found that Zürich:

  • is also known as “Downtown Switzerland”, and
  • used to have regulations limiting the construction of high-rise buildings in certain areas.

Joining Awatif, Raj and I on this trip was Wani and Umi, coming from Germany. Not long after meeting each other, we got another addition to the group: Azlizan, who heard us talking loudly and obnoxiously in Malay language and identified us as Malaysians.

Zürich boasts many museums, art galleries and other interesting sites, but we did not really explore most of it. It was a short trip, and we only looked at several buildings, the decorations all over, several shops and took many, many photos of ourselves. So this post is just photobombed by.. our mugs!

Photobomb #1 (photo credit to Umi)

Photobomb #1 (photo credit to Umi)

In front of the Zürcher Opernhaus (photo credit to Umi)

In front of the Zürcher Opernhaus (photo credit to Umi)

Another shot of us in front of the Zürcher Opernhaus (photo credit to Umi)

Another shot of us in front of the Zürcher Opernhaus (photo credit to Umi)

One of the few places we went to was the Zürich Opera House (Zürcher Opernhaus), which is ornamented with the busts of Wagner, Weber, Mozart and Shakespeare, to name a few. Many of the sites are near Limmat River, and we spent part of the day walking along the clear river. One of the churches we saw was Grossmünster, with the prominent two towers and St. Peter.

Another photobomb in front of an unknown structure (photo credit to Azlizan)

Another photobomb in front of an unknown structure (photo credit to Azlizan)

More photos of us (photo credit to Azlizan)

More photos of us (photo credit to Azlizan)

Near Grossmünster

Near Grossmünster

We were definitely on Santa's 'Nice' list! (photo credit to Azlizan)

We were definitely on Santa’s ‘Nice’ list! (photo credit to Azlizan)

Guess who was about to get hit by a snowball? (photo credit to Azlizan)

Guess who was about to get hit by a snowball? (photo credit to Azlizan)

St. Peter, one of the city's four main churches (photo credit to Azlizan)

St. Peter, one of the city’s four main churches (photo credit to Azlizan)

Just say cheese and we'll jump into the snow without hesitation (photo credit to Umi)

Just say cheese and we’ll jump into the snow without hesitation (photo credit to Umi)

All of us (photo credit to Azlizan)

All of us (photo credit to Azlizan)

Angels got a ride on Santa's sleigh apparently

Angels got a ride on Santa’s sleigh apparently

Pretty Christmas lights!

Pretty Christmas lights!

Some of us spent that night going to the Christmas markets, while some went hunting in the shopping malls to look for certain merchandise (which he eventually didn’t buy because it wasn’t made in Europe). Then we took a leisurely walk back to the hotel, enjoying the Christmas decorations on the way. Hey! How weird is it that I wrote this just before Christmas? I didn’t plan it, honest. Have a merry Christmas, good holidays, and a happy New Year!

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