We all have some preconceptions about famous cities or tourist destinations. Certain expectations may arise from reading many tourist brochures or perusing pictures on the Internet to the point that it feels like you have seen the real place. I surely had a few set ideas about Zurich. But, I am happy to say that in just a few hours of walking around the city, I noticed 4 things that you can never read in any tourist booklets.
1. Zurich feels like a very short city. Churches still remain the tallest buildings proudly displaying their bell towers. Buildings are located on the slopes of the bay, so the ones on top have bird-like views, but they are still around 5 or 7-floors-tall. I found it to be very charming.
2. Even though Zurich is not a stranger to huge corporate brand name stores, it was great to see that preserving the original architecture is of high importance to the city. Try playing “I-spy-the-store-name” with these pictures.
3. Love for recycling and renewable energy is visible anywhere in Europe. And this city turns it into an easy, fun and simple activity in which to engage. This is a wall near the entrance at a supermarket.
4. Guess what kind of a building this is? A hint – it is public. A hint – it provides essential services for citizens…. Answer: a police station. Yes, I know you saw that coming…