Cheese Fondue in Zurich

It’s November and temperatures have dropped all around in Switzerland. Winter truly is coming to Europe. And with winter comes the best time to indulge in one of the favorite Swiss dishes: Cheese Fondue.

For a comprehensive list of places to get fondue, you can either consult yelp.ch or the various Zurich tourism websites, but today I’ll take a look at my three favorite Fondue restaurants.

Le Dezaley

The “Le Dezaley” is a restaurant best known for its Cheese Fondue. In close location to the famous Grossmünster, the place is cozy and very inviting for you and your group of friends. It is a a “restaurant vaudois”, which means it does not only serve Fondue, but also specialties from the canton of Vaud. The fondue is based on a old family recipe and is my favorite of the ones I’ve tried in Zurich.

Walliserkanne

From one French-speaking canton to the next: The “Walliserstube”, which lies in close proximity to the main station, serves fondue based on an recipe from the canton of Valais.
This restaurant seemed smaller to me than the Le Dezaley and due to its location, it’s difficult to find seating without a prior reservation. For non-cheese lovers, you’ll again find your fair share of local specialties on the menu.

Swiss Chuchi Hotel Adler

The tourist option on my list is the Swiss Chuchi restaurant of the Hotel Adler, which serves all kinds of Swiss specialties not based on a certain canton. The restaurant, situated in heart of the Old Town in the Niederdörfli, is a very safe option. The fondue is not spectacular, but very solid and a perfect introduction into Swiss cuisine. Their menu is filled with other Swiss classics in case the fondue is not to your liking.

All options cost about 30.- per person and fondue. Sometime bread costs extra, but normally it is included. Fondue is best accompanied by a glass of Swiss white wine and all restaurants offer a fairly diverse wine list for you to choose from.

If you have any other recommendations or had different experiences in the places mentioned, please let me know!

Have a great week!

Sincerely yours,
Albert

Staying Indoors in Switzerland (Part 1)

The coming weekend is filled with fantastic events in Switzerland. In Zurich, music fans can listen to fantastic acts such as the Arctic Monkeys, the XX or Ellie Goulding at the local
open-air festival. Supporters of the traditional Swiss wrestling sports will gather in Burgdorf near Bern to watch a new national champion be crowned. Luckily for them, the weather seems to be looking up just in time after temperatures have dropped in
the last days. On the other hand, getting tickets for the two events will be either difficult or very pricey. But these events also slowly mark the end of summer of coming, so the focus of my blog posts will shift to discussing more indoor in the next months. 

If you’ve followed my other posts on this site, you might know that some of my greatest interests are books, movies and games of all kind, so I try to find a balance between invigorating night outs and introspective quiet evenings at home. So here are some
suggestions for indoor activities in Switzerland in the next few months.

Watch a hockey game

I’m not particularly interested in hockey (though it’s cool my adopted hometown team SC Bern won last years championship), but the atmosphere at hockey stadiums in Switzerland is often better than at football games. The stadiums are mostly packed or even sold out,
with fans of away teams often travelling the short distncess with their respective teams. Even though it takes time to get used to the fast-paced sport, an evening at a stadium is a great way to see some of the enthusiasm of Swiss sports fans and get a taste of local rivalries. Interesting games to watch are the games between the ZSC Lions (Zurich) and Davos, Bern and Fribourg or Ambri and Lugano, which often draw sell-out crowds and are intense contest thanks to their shared history. Hockey season resumes September 12.

Eat a traditional Fondue or Raclette

In the Romandie, having Fondue or Raclette is a pleasure all year around. In the German-speaking part of country, the Suisse Allemands prefer to enjoy their cheese in the
colder months. The two dishes are perfect to be enjoyed in groups in the comfort of a warm restaurant or dining room. Combined with a good white wine or some excellent tea, they’re the perfect introduction to Swiss cuisine and obviously a can’t miss activity
for visitors and new residents alike. In Zurich, great fondues can be found at the restaurants “Le Dezaley” and “Walliserstube”, while I prefer to enjoy raclette at home or at a friend’s place. Just be sure to make sure you don’t lose your bread in the pot, as you’ll
owe the table a bottle of wine or a kiss.

Visit a Castle

One of the great pleasures during my childhood visits to Switzerland was to explore some of the medieval castles scattered all over the country with my parents. Many
castles are well-preserved and cover a wide range of styles. The Kyburg near Winterthur is more of a fort with fascinating medieval weaponry on display, while the Chillon Castle on Lake Geneva is stunning with its unique location right on the lake. Additionally, many smaller cities like Thun, Murten or Lenzburg have castles open for the public focusing on their history or defensive roles. These castles are great places to start a journey to medieval Switzerland. I hope to show you some of the castles in more detail in a future post, as I plan to revisit some of these places in the near future.

So, these are some of my tips for cold days or days you’d just rather stay somewhere with a roof over your head. More tips to follow next Monday with part 2!

Have a great start to the week. Sincerely yours,
Albert