Apr 17, 2017 - 8:46 AM
And now there final installment in my trip report.
We woke up relatively early on Wednesday and spent some time strolling around Bern. This is an exceptionally beautiful time of the year and the flowers were in full bloom. We then checked out of the hotel and made our way to the station and caught a non-stop Intercity train to Zürich. We deposited our bags at the Hotel Montana Zürich where I had made reservations. I had picked this hotel solely based on the closeness to the station as we had to leave very early in the morning on Thursday to catch our flight. The choice of this hotel also turned out to be a bit of a mistake as I will explain later.
We then took a tram to the FIFA museum to pick up some souvenirs for some family members who are football fans. For lunch we went to the restaurant of Hotel Adler which serves Swiss specialities - recommended by the desk clerk at Hotel Montana. We had Raclette and really enjoyed it - I can recommend this restaurant highly - both the food and service were excellent.
With nothing else planned for the afternoon, we caught a tram and went to the Chinese gardens on the shore of the Zürichsee. The whole area along the lake shore is beautiful and we had an enjoyable afternoon eating ice cream and relaxing in the sun. Finally, we went to the national museum near the station and spent a couple of hours looking at the exhibits about Swiss history.
We had a minor adventure trying to mail back the Travelers WiFi device. When opening the box at arrival, I managed to damage the box a little so I needed some sticky tape to close the box for shipping. The hotel did not have any tape so we had to roam around a bit to find a store that sold this! Finally we went to the main post office and were able to buy the tape and finally post it :-)
The location of Hotel Montana is excellent but it is also very noisy. Many young backpackers seemed to congregate near this hotel late into the night and were very rowdy, making a lot of noise so it was hard to sleep. Also, considering the price, we got a very small room with very dated fixtures in the bathroom. Overall, not recommended, even though the staff were friendly.
We left the hotel the next morning at 6am and made our way back to the Airport on a train with no problem. For the return journey, I was unable to get a non-stop at a reasonable price so I was forced to return via Frankfurt on Lufthansa. Be warned that the check-in lines for Lufthansa and Swiss can be quite long but since we had come early, we did not have a problem.
It was a great trip overall and we were glad that we came to Switzerland. Definitely expensive but very good value for the money!