Swiss trains are renowned for their punctuality but they are also a comfortable ride. They seem to glide along the tracks quite silently and our 45 minute ride into Zurich passed quickly. We came to see the famed Swarovski Christmas tree and the Zurich Christmas markets held in the main train station.
The Swarovski tree is massive and dripping with glorious crystals. It really was beautiful. Of course there were many stalls dotted around the tree selling Swarovski products….
We enjoyed a warming cup of Gluhwein – a sweet spiced red wine – and a grilled Bratwurst with mustard and bread, and bought some Christmas gifts.
But were definitely not expecting to see these for sale! (and cheaper than you can buy them in Australia!!)
We also ventured out in search of snow to Schwaegalp. There was enough for a quick sled but it was really too soft so we switched to plan B….
This is our first real Christmas tree. Many people here follow tradition and decorate the tree on Christmas Eve which is also the day they celebrate Christmas. (We couldn’t wait….).
Claudia picked the tree and proudly carried it home. We plan on keeping it up for as long as the tree looks good!
On the 6th December is the Festival of Saint Nicholas. On this day, Sami Chlaus and his helper Schmutzli walk through the town handing out small bags of treats to the children – they usually contain a mandarine, some nuts, sweets and gingerbread.
We arrived after this date so my mother-in-law made us some of these. She also made us a beautiful Weihnachten candle.
Tonight we will go to celebrate Christmas with the family. Merry Christmas to everyone from us x