The Utopia Switzerland

Wow how time flies! I have been living in Europe for over 5 years and my steps have covered so many countries already. Most of my trips were about cities and cultures so I don’t really have a deep impression on nature apart from Iceland and Provence. 

Since everybody praises the landscape of Switzerland, By Lyria train from Paris, my first trip in 2020 located in Zurich.

In 4 hours, I arrived in the biggest city of Switzerland. It is a German style city facing the lake of Zurich and sitting against mountains. For me the old city is not big so feet are the best vehicle to explore. Unfortunately because of the rain I didn’t do many tourism activities. 

Particularly I enjoyed a lot in National Museum Landemuseum. The permanent exhibition showed us the history, archeology and ideology of Switzerland. It recalled me of my high school where I learned the Protestant Reformation from Martin Luther and democracy system of Switzerland. A local friend told me that in Switzerland, everyone’s voice would be heard for a government al decision. Each individual have rights to express their opinion by participating in vote and referendum. Suddenly I felt jealous, because I always wish to vote once in my life!

Outside of the city, like Utopia, the landscape is beyond descriptive! Taking a little train, I arrived in Uetliberg hill. It’s said that we could find the best panoramic view of Zurich. Well the saying is not in vain. Luckily it was so sunny that the view looks extraordinarily vivid. Zurich was a like a little grey kitten, holding a glossy lake mirror in a mountain couch. The air was so fresh that my body felt light like feather!

Go further into the mountain, I came to Lucerne. It was a smaller yet elegant city who left me a greater impression. On the street, people were walking slowly with no pressure on face. Ancient architectures was telling me the personality of Switzerland, exquisite, bright and illusional.

Afterwards Zurich Tourism took me to Mount. Titlis. The moment I got off the bus, I couldn’t helping crying. Finally, the Alps was not an image on TV commercial anymore. I was standing on the spine of Europe. Taking a deep breath, a dream came true!

Even in March, Titlis was still covered by heavy snow. It reflected such a strong light that my eyes couldn’t open. Like a little kid seeing snow for the first time, in a snap I jumped into snow and thew it into the sky. That was a CHOICE. A never experienced cold sensation swallowed my legs.  Wow, amazing! Sometimes wind blew snow in the air and I opened my mouth, imaging eating ice shake. Please do not laugh at me. By cable car and flyer, I reached the top of mountain. The view was absolutely breathtaking! Skiers seemed as tiny as sesames in the massive white. The tracks that they left on the snow waived a patterned sweater on Alps. Now that I was travelling alone, I couldn’t try skying by myself. In the end I went to play ski board for kids. That was another CHOICE. On the halfway I fell from the board. However, with snow covering pants, I continued to slide. One round after, I made the third, the fourth until the tenth, the coldness froze me completely. Even like this, a happiness wrapped all over me. 

It was so hard to say goodbye because I loved that unfiltered white, green and blue. Switzerland has been such an expensive country, but I am deeply in love with this Utopia land. 

By here you may ask, what is Utopia? I will say it’s Switzerland, where the civilisation, the landscape and people’s lifestyle are ideal for me. Cant wait to go back again!

Tips:

  1. Switzerland is great to for solo traveler! Infrastructures are so well quipped that we can go to anywhere we want.
  2. Zurich’s gastronomy is more German style. My favourite restaurant is Zeughauskeller. It is even vegetarian friendly.
  3. The weather in spring is very changeable, bring an umbrella and sunscreen always. 

世外桃源,瑞士

转眼间,我在欧洲已步入第五年。这五年里,我的足迹遍布东西南北,了解了一个又一个不同的城市与文明。然而对于自然风光,除了冰岛和普罗旺斯,我却不曾有过过多的体会。既然人们对瑞士的自然风光赞不绝口,今年三月,趁积雪还未消融,我决定开启2020年的第一趟旅行。

乘坐Lyria号国际列车,四个小时我便从巴黎抵达瑞士第一大城市苏黎世。众所周知,瑞士分为法语区,德语区和意大利语区,苏黎世便是德语区的城市,因此建筑风格是灰墙青屋顶的德式建筑。

苏黎世依山傍水,站在苏黎世湖旁边也能隐约看到白雪皑皑的阿尔卑斯山脉。因为古城并不大,步行即可逛完整座城市,但是由于下雨,我并没有参观很多名胜古迹。而令我印象最深刻的是国家博物馆Landemuseum。

国家博物馆在古城堡中,除了瑞士历史、考古和文明史的永久展览,2020年春夏季还有冰岛主题展览(让人摸不着头脑)。永久性展览的内容十分风物,尤其是历史文化展区,详细地介绍了马丁路德的宗教改革,让我一夜之间回到高中历史课文,再次温习人类文明上的里程碑事件。听当地的朋友介绍,的确,每当瑞士政府作出任何决议,都会通过投票来保障每个个体的权益,不同于美国的间接选举,这里是直接投票方式,但也因此,每项措施的决议过程都十分漫长,一项决策从提议到实施的时间单位往往是年而不是日与月,这样的民主我也是不想体验。

抛开文化,瑞士像世外桃源般令人心驰向往的是它不需要滤镜的自然风光。从市区坐小火车不到半小时,便到达郊区Uetliberg的山顶上,苏黎世城市全景在这里尽收眼底。恰逢晴天,公路上的车辆都看得一清二楚,白色的山顶,绿色的森林,蓝天碧湖,仿佛就是调色盘中的色彩。然而,阿尔卑斯的风采不止这些。

跟随者当地旅行社的一日游,首先我来到了卢塞恩小城Lucerne。小城以手表著名,而此处也是通往阿尔卑斯山脉深处的必经之地。与苏黎世不同,卢塞恩小巧玲珑,真的像表盘上的精美装饰,华贵而简约。瑞士的每座城市几乎都依山傍水,而卢塞恩的小河,在阳光下那样透彻,蓝天,绿水,惬意的行人和悠哉的鸭子,真是让人身心愉悦。从这里坐车不久,一路向上,便抵达了铁力士Titlis山脚下。

登山的唯一途径便是乘坐缆车,而这里的缆车是世界上第一个旋转缆车。巨大的缆车能承载30个多个人,在上攀过程中,缆车像个陀螺一样旋转(还好没有跳跃),游客能360度观赏阿尔卑斯雪山的风采。恰逢大晴天,阳光在雪山折射出耀眼的光彩,真的是闪闪惹人爱,那画面太美我不敢看。许多当地人都拿着滑雪工具,乘缆车上山,再滑雪下山,令独自在阿尔卑微出行的我十分羡慕。做了许久的缆车,终于我来到了铁力士3238米的山顶。吃了大半辈子阿尔卑斯奶糖的宝宝忍不住在山上开始大叫,啊,太美了啦。风时不时吹来,积雪漫天飞舞,本霸霸开心的像个宝宝,忍不住往雪堆里钻,没想到雪堆有一米多深,足足吞没了我的双腿。即使这样我也毫不在乎,双手捧着雪想天男散花,直到上手被冻得失去知觉才肯罢休。

旅行总是令人愉悦的,然而这次的行程虽然我没有进行过多的打卡,但是我却深深的爱上了瑞士这个国家。它有着丹麦的高贵和奢侈,又有冰岛的绮丽景色,免去了美国杂乱的政治,又添加了些地中海的缓慢。 这里高昂的物价曾让我望而却步,可始终,我深深爱上了这片纯净的世外桃源。

离开雪山,我的行程也即将结束。希望下次能在一个积雪消融的夏日,再度游览瑞士如痴如醉的风光。

旅行小贴士:

  1. 瑞士还是很适合一个人旅行的,基础建设完整方便,去哪都很容易,火车贼多。
  2. 苏黎世的食物是德国菜系,肉肉很多,我最喜欢的餐厅在市中心,Zueghauskeller,随便点不会踩雷,对食素者也很友好。
  3. 春天天气还是很多变的,带好伞和防晒霜。

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