STROLLING COBBLED LANES AND EXPLORING ZURICH’S ALTSTADT, THE CHARATERISTIC OLD TOWN DISTRICT, BURNS A SIGNIFICANT AMOUNT OF ENERGY.
When we think of Zurich, we first think of rich business life, luxurious shopping districts, fancy art centers and of course fondue. The journey to find the best fondue will draw the right route for you to explore the most interesting places in Zurich.
A word of warning: should you be dining with locals –ensure your bread is properly secured upon your fondue fork before you attempt to swirl up a portion of gloopy cheese. They often set a light-hearted challenge to “punish” anyone dropping bread or pickled vegetables in the communal pot. The fine for doing so may mean paying for the next round or even the entire meal.
So where should you go to for a short break in Zurich or for the best fondue experiences?
One of the best accomodation options in Zurich is Hotel Adler with its wood-panelled interior offering a cosy atmosphere. The reputation of the hotel’s Swiss Chuchi Restaurant glows like a diner who has just raked clean the bottom of a fondue pot. Drop off your stuff to this three-starred hotel lcoated in the car-free old town and take a short walk to the Lake Zurich.
In the Morning
Next morning go up on the Zürichberg Mountain and visit Baracca Zermatt which offers a chalet-style dining experience. Here is another point of view to watch the lake. If you find it hard to choose among the dozens of fondue varieties, I suggest you try De Luxe cheese fondue.
Eight styles of cheese fondue are served at noon in Walliser Keller, which is a vaulted cellar restaurant opened in 1959. If you’ve had your fill of fondue you could consider steak served on a hot stone.
In the Evening
Put an end to your day at the guild house Zunfthaus zur Zimmerleuten situated between Münsterbrücke and Rathausbrücke. As you can understand from the tiled floor and wood-walls, this place used to be a meeting point for carpenters. Now it houses a restaurant with an appetizing menu which offers limitless cheese fondues.
Before You Leave
Next day, take a tour on the Fondue Tram starting at Bellevue Square before saying goodbye to the city. The scenic route takes in the historic houses by the River Limmat. You’ll pass through Paradeplatz, the square with Switzerland’s most expensive real estate, before crossing the Quaibrücke, the bridge between the river and Lake Zurich.