Author: Larisa

Swiss-based ideas for what to do at home

Swiss-based ideas and resources to make the most of #stayinghome

Hi guys! My blog is usually about exploring outdoors and traveling to new places, but today I want to share some ideas for how we can make the most of staying home, as that’s the best thing we can do for ourselves and for Switzerland right now 🙂 I wanted this list to focus on local/Swiss shops, books, deliveries, etc. because that’s my community <3 Please comment more ideas below!

Watching trains cross the Landwasser viaduct from the viewpoint

Hiking to the Landwasser Viaduct viewpoint to watch the trains travel across

Ever since I crossed the Landwasser Viaduct on the Glacier Express, I’ve wanted to see this beautiful structure again, and this time, for longer than a minute. I’ve come across photos of it from above and thought that maybe they were taken by drones. But it turns out there is an easy and scenic hike that takes you to a perfect viewpoint to observe the viaduct and watch the trains travel across. When you think about it, it’s pretty amazing that the Swiss built this 136m-high limestone bridge, connecting two mountain tunnels, over a hundred years ago. Today it’s a UNESCO World Heritage sight, and well worth a stop if you’re in GraubĂĽndern area. So here are my tips for enjoying this sight.

Three years in Switzerland

THREE YEARS in Switzerland. Technically the anniversary was in late January, but it took me a while to gather my thoughts and wrap my head around this. To be honest, I don’t have an exact date on which I celebrate because moving was a process – should I mark the first day I came here? The day I moved into the apartment? Or when I got my resident permit? Or maybe it’s the day of the flight from Helsinki to Zurich, when I closed the door for the last time on my beloved studio in my Northern home and flew two monster suitcases to Zurich, with a layover in Frankfurt and a flight so bumpy, so terrible, so emotional from FRA to ZRH that I became a scared flyer for the next two years, but Zurich officially became my only home? Since I don’t have an exact date, I go by my feelings and it now FEELS as what I think three years feels like. If you’re curious for what Year One felt like, you …

Zurich Kronenhalle restaurant original Chagall painting

Where to eat in Zurich: the legendary Kronenhalle restaurant

There are many great restaurants in Zurich, but Kronenhalle is one of a kind. Located in the heart of the city – at Bellevue – from its windows, you can see the busy streets of today’s Zurich, but inside is a world that has been preserved since 1924. Its legendary and historic status as a local institution is largely due to the fact that its owners loved food as much as they loved art.

Shopping at the Helvetiaplatz farmers market in Zurich

One of my favorite ways to have quality time in ZĂĽrich is to stroll and shop at the Farmer’s market. I love the colors of the food and flower stalls, the sound of many conversations between shoppers and vendors, the fresh selection and wider choice than you’d find at the supermarket, and the luxury of taking the time to choose something healthy and natural for the table.