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So, Zurich. There is no need to walk in Zurich, but you will want to anyway. Start with the train right in the airport, lower floor. We took the rapid option, and we were in the city in about ten minutes.
As usual, we took a taxi to our hotel, but realized later that the trams leave from in front of the train station, and would have dropped us in about 5 minutes directly in front of the Hotel Helmhaus. It's a great little boutique hotel in the most central position possible.

There is a promenade along the river Limmat, which empties into Lake Zurich at the south end of the old city. On a Sunday evening, there congregates the young and energetic, the older ones, the families, the romantics, the violinist playing classical music, the reggae band, the swimmers, the dancers, the pretzel sellers and the bratwurst stands.

On the other side of the river, the old houses are stacked up like doll houses on the bank and up the hill, their windows framed with shutters and hanging boxes of colorful geraniums. Cross the river at your choice of bridges, and follow the path along the front of these dwellings and store fronts. Deviate a little, climbing up and up a narrow street and stairs, and there you will happen upon Lindenhof, a large square surrounded by lime trees, and overlooking this small city reminiscent of Paris.

On the east bank, there is the Niederdorf area, a maven of interesting narrow streets with boutique shops and restaurants, and at night, bars, built again up the hill.

The "skyline", so to speak, is dominated by the two munsters, the Grossmunster and the Fraumunster. Lit up at night, and reflecting off the river, they make a picture perfect cityscape.
In the daytime, go in the morning to see Marc Chagall's remarkable stained glass windows in the Fraumunster. Take with you a description of the various scenes.
As El Greco's paintings seem to rise, Chagall's glass work seems to flow downward to touch the observer. Take time to really contemplate them. Your photos won't do them justice, anyway.
Climb to the top of the Grossmunster for a view of Zurich. It's lovely with all those trees.

Take in one, or more, of Zurich's 50 museums. The Kunsthaus is undergoing a renovation and expansion, but currently offers a very good art collection in a relatively small, easily manageable museum. We loved it (imagine a Picasso self portrait in which I swear he looks like the artist Prince).

Zurich is a classy city with a young vibe. There are many good restaurants. But don't miss the pretzels, or the bratwurst served with a bun. Do finish off with some really fine chocolate.

That's Zurich, the way I saw it.

ps: Thanks to gruezi for her great suggestions.

Globus am Bellevue for a tasty, economical supper, SF 34 inc 2 beer
Santa Lucia in Niederdorf for pizza supper with bottle of wine SF 55
Hotel Opera for a splurge on our last night in Zurich. Good food but....good thing we went straight back to the hotel, because we both got sick. Yuck!

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