When one travels to a new city we tend to arrive with lists of museums, shops and restaurants we are eager to explore. Through using the internet, and indeed sites like ours, one curates expectations and itineraries for our upcoming travels. However, sometimes it is beneficial to arrive to a new city or country and simply enjoy yourself.
I found myself in Zurich yesterday with no plans but to enjoy the glorious sunshine. We started from the Arboretum botanical garden around the lake front.
Coming from London, the air is so clean and the mountains so picturesque that strolling along the lake was a joy in itself. Walking among the well-dressed locals with their dogs and prams I felt as though I was enjoying their city with them. Taking in the views of the boats, swans and impressive opera house across from us.
Approaching the city centre I spotted the clear facade of the Kronenhalle Restaurant. Kronenhalle is one of those metaphorical Grand Dames of a European cities social scene. It is where artists, writers, and great thinkers – Coco Chanel and Sigmund Freud to name just two – meet and converse.
Once seated (without a reservation, though lunching at the awkward hour of two o’clock) it is easy to understand why this is. Where else can one dine alongside works by Chagall, Klee, Kandinsky and Matisse?
This is where my battery failed me and I have no photos to boast of the warm, elegant and traditional interiors or the perfectly crisp Wiener Schnitzel I devoured. Not that I would be able to capture the warmth and charm of our hostess.
So whilst I do recommend booking a table at Kronenhalle, I also urge you to enjoy simple lake pleasures next time you’re in Zurich.
P.S. More to come on Switzerland when I go skiing in Lenzerheide next month!
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