the past few years on visits to zurich – we stayed in the city mostly experienced the streets, riverfront and lake area. on a whim – we made our way up to the top of the rigiblick funicular and found this hotel and restaurant high above the city. the hotel has a handful of simple, contemporary and affordable rooms – there is no reception area and no apparent hotel in the structure. it was a perfect stay for our family and the hotel is complemented by wooded paths up to the zoo and a small local theater. additionally, there are two restaurants under the hotel rooms with a lighter cafe type of fare and a more formal dining menu. all the produce, meat and fish are local and subject to availability based on the season. I highly recommend a meal at their restaurant if you are in zurich anytime soon…
Sorell Hotel Rigiblick
+41 43 255 15 70
Restaurant Spice + Quadrino
we stopped her to fill up the car on the way back to zurich. it was the most exceptional gas station I have ever been to. I suppose you would expect nothing less from the swiss but this place was like a museum – the graphic design, displays, and the various seating areas and restaurant were reminiscent of the new tate gallery in london.
from their website:
The Gotthard service station on the A2 is situated amid stunning alpine scenery at the foot of the Gotthard, 20 kilometres from the Gotthard tunnel. Besides its magnificent location in the Alps and its proximity to Lake Lucerne
At the my stop – shop at the Gotthard service station travellers and commuters are presented with an attractive range of my stop products, regional products, fresh produce, newspapers and magazines, CDs and DVDs, car care products and souvenirs.
The my stop – restaurant Gotthard has something for everyone. It offers seasonal, home-style cooking with appetizing dishes and delicacies from the range of my stop regional products, such as Urner Dürrs (a dried sausage specialty). Also on offer are fresh fruit juices, crisp fresh salads, home-made desserts and crispy Swiss chicken.
my stop gotthard
gotthard raststätte a2 uri ag
+41 (0) 41 875 05 05
some favorites from our last trip to zurich and basel. we love the zurich zoo and the best part about european museums, zoos or any cultural place – is great edible food and drinks for lunch. The Confiserie Sprüngli has the best little ‘luxembergerli’ mini-macaroons that I have ever had. I was able to smuggle this chunk of parmigiano reggiano bought at carrefour for about 5 dollars. I put it in the kid’s backback at customs. crepes with a morel cream sauce and vitello tonnato in a basel cafe and a turtle bread from migros market.
Confiserie Sprüngli AG