It's a well-kept secret that there is a rivalry between Bern (the capital of Switzerland) and Zurich (the largest city in Switzerland). As a result of growing up near Bern, I was always biased towards the city named after bears.
A Day in Zurich
When growing up in Switzerland, I never really spent much time exploring Zurich. However, after spending a day in Zurich exploring the city with family, I might have to give it more credit. But first things first...
Located right on the Limmat and Lake Zurich, the city is surrounded by water and offers beautiful views.
We spent our day in Zurich wandering through the old town, admiring old fountains,...
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... explaining old buildings to my niece (although she might be more fascinated by the birds) ...
... walking past one of the oldest hotels in Switzerland, Hotel Storchen (established in 1357), which even has its own ferry terminal ...
... and found ourselves in front of the Oro De Cacao store. We couldn't resist the idea of some hot chocolate on this cold day and stepped right in.
Oro De Cacao, Zurich
Oro De Cacao is a brand new Swiss chocolate producer. I am a firm believer that Swiss chocolate is the best chocolate in the world (No offense to Belgium, but i'm also slightly biased, being Swiss and all). However, this store takes the chocolate experience to an entirely new level.
Dieter Meier revolutionizes the chocolate production process by using cold extraction to break cocoa beans into cocoa powder, cocoa butter, and the parts that give chocolate its bitter taste. As a result, you're left with a very intense and flavorful piece of chocolate. The great thing is, the chocolate is not bitter and also not overly sweet.
Completely in awe with this new technology, I sampled a piece of every variation they offered!
And of course, we couldn't leave without trying their home-made hot chocolate which was beautifully rich. I also took some chocolate bars home and love to treat myself after a long day at work. Given the intensity of the chocolate flavor, you only really need a small piece to satisfy your cravings.
Thank you Oro De Cacao for having us and providing us with a wonderful chocolate experience!
Zurich at Dusk
We spent the rest of our day in Zurich raving about the chocolate we just tried, and enjoying the beautiful Christmas decorations everywhere.
Although we were only there for a day, Zurich impressed me with its old-town flair and international spirit. Have you been to Zurich? What did you like best about the city? Let us know in the comments below.
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