A-Z April Challenge (Cities Visited) – Z is for Zurich

Well, the April marathon is drawing to a close and before I write about Switzerland’s largest city, let’s have a little recap of A-Y.

Aleppo – Syria’s most historic city and an absolute jewel before the conflict

Aleppo Citadel, Syria

Bilbao – Spain’s Basque capital and home to the Guggenheim Museum

Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao

Cape Town – The beautiful South African city dominated by Table Mountain

Company's Gardens, Cape Town

Damascus – The capital of Syria where the stunning Umayyad Mosque is located

Umayyad Mosque, Damascus

Edinburgh – Wonderful Scottish city, also home to the fabulous Fringe Festival

View down the Royal Mile to the Firth of Forth, Edinburgh

Frankfurt – Surprisingly pretty German city on the Main River

Frankfurt, Germany

Guangzhou – Industrial Chinese city that I visited in the mid ’90s with its incredible snake restaurant

Snake Restaurant, Guanggzhou, China

Havana – Vibrant capital of Cuba situated on the Caribbean. Classic car ride anybody?

The Malecon, Havana, Cuba,

Istanbul – Amazing city that straddles two continents that are divided by the Bosphorus

View of Istanbul from the Bosphorus Ferry

Jakarta – Indonesia’s current capital that is slowly sinking

Jakarta Slum Area, Indonesia

Kaliningrad – A Russian enclave on the Baltic Sea, home to an interesting maritime museum

Kaliningrad, Russia - Maritime Museum At Sunset

Luang Prabang – Spiritual city in Laos where hundred of monks are based

Marrakech – The most eclectic city in Morocco with its chaotic Djemaa el Fna Square

Marrakech Snake Charmer, Djemaa El Fna

New Orleans – The US city on the Mississippi River where debauchery is encouraged

Bourbon Street, New Orleans

Oslo – Norway’s capital where some of my favourite ever museums are located

Petra – Ancient Nabatean city hewn out of the rock

The Treasury, Petra, Jordan

Qobustan – City and region in Azerbaijan, home to the world’s best preserved mud volcanoes

Mud Volcano, Gobustan, Azerbaijan

Rio de Janeiro – No introduction necessary for Brazil’s party capital

Samarkand – Truly majestic Timurid city in Uzbekistan

Tbilisi – Georgia’s capital is wonderful and a must visit

Tbilisi, Georgia

Urganch – Gateway to the amazing Uzbekistan city of Khiva

The Ark, Khiva, Uzbekistan

Vientiane – Capital of Laos where many fine temples are located

Warsaw – Remarkable capital of Poland rebuilt after the devastation of WWII

Warsaw Old Town

Warsaw Old Town


AiX en Provence – Lovely French city surrounded by the beautiful countryside of Provence

Fontaine de la Rotonde, Aix en Provence

Yerevan – Delightful capital of Armenia where I arrived on their Independence Day

Yerevan Armenia


I have visited Zurich twice – once in 2015 as part of an independent train tour of Italy & Switzerland and again this year as an arrival point for a weekend in Liechtenstein.

The Bernina Express, Switzerland

The city is very pretty with the Limmat River running through it. Just a pity it is so eye-wateringly expensive to visit.

Both of my visits have been brief – once arriving by train from Zermatt for a day and the second time when we caught a train to the border with Liechtenstein, following Zurichsee for much of the route.

Consequently we didn’t visit any museums or go to any events, just strolling by the river and eating in restaurants.

Here are a few pictures of the visits.

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Well, that’s it until next year as far as the challenge is concerned. I hope that you have enjoyed my posts this year.

Who knows when we will be able to travel again. I sincerely wish for it to be before too long. In the meantime, stay safe and please keep reading.



  1. Thank you so much for taking us on such an adventure this month. Some of the photos brought me back to places I loved – others have been added to my list for the future 🙂 Congratulations on your A to Z!

    1. Thanks Lynette. It was great fun doing it. Wilbur.

  2. Those are some really amazing travel pictures!

    1. Thank you very much.

  3. Missed my guess but I was going to say Zagreb.

    1. Think I did that one last time. May do towns next time as I have Zermatt & Zell am See now too!

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