I arrived at the train station in the early afternoon, left my luggage in a locker and started walking into the city center. I had done a little research and found a free walking tour that started at three o’clock, so I had a little bit of time to explore and get lunch before then.
When I was still at the train station and was asked to pay two Swiss Francs (a little more than $2) to use the bathroom, I knew I was in for a bit of a shock. Zurich is the world’s 4th most expensive city (New York is the 5th) according to a study from Expatistan.com. My delicious but relatively simple vegetarian salad cost a whopping 23 Francs!
So I was pretty excited that I had found a free walking tour to even out the cost of lunch, and get an overview of the city before heading to the suburban town of Frauenfeld where I was to stay for the weekend.
One thing that I really loved about Zurich was that there are tons of water fountains with fresh, drinkable water throughout the city. But they aren’t like normal water fountains back home. Instead, they are all creative sculptures that to me look like fountains for show, but are in fact for drinking. I thought it was a bit of a waste of water at first to see the constant flow of water (instead of pushing a button to get a drink), but apparently there is an endless supply of water in Switzerland so this doesn’t pose the slightest bit of a problem.