The Highest City in Europe
Gruetzi from Davos
We left Belgium yesterday morning for Zurich and planned ourselves a few hours in the financial mecca. The city brings sticker shock to even the most jaded New York residents. It was however lovely and our lunch just may have been the most expensive meal since day one which is impressive considering it consisted of a poke bowl and sides. After exploring the city around the vicinity of the main station we boarded the ever timely Swiss rail for Davos. The ride out was quite pleasant though a bit crowded, but the views are unbelievable. The train runs directly through the alpine valley while gaining around a thousand meters.
We arrived to our extremely Swiss apartment-hotel complete with two side-by-side twin murphy beds, a lot of white paint, and everything made of light wood (or more likely particle board). The room has a small two burner stove which we hope will suffice so we don't need to go out for too many meals.
This morning we embarked on our first hike, or wander as seems more fitting here. We covered some serious ground over seven miles and captured some spectacular views. The elevation is definitely noticeable at around 8,000 feet making the effort that much greater. Thankfully our hotel taxes cover the local transport pass which allows free use of the operating alpine funiculars and cable cars (as well as rail and bus transport which we hope to use also). We have a few more days to enjoy here before moving to Italy so hopefully we can share plenty more vistas.