Frohe Weihnachten

23.12.2016 – 26.12.2016

Parker’s parents, Jeff and Cyndi Roth, joined us for a Swiss Christmas this year. It was a treat to have visitors from back home. We had to brush up on our tour-guide skills in order to show these two around. It was a very special first Christmas in our new home. We have much to be thankful for during this joyous season of Christmas.

–Weihnachten in Zürich–

Running on little sleep, we took the Roths around the city right away to help keep them awake and fight jet lag! Lake Zürich behind us
Glühwein at the Zürcher Wienachtsdorf (Zürich Christmas Market)
Singing Christmas Tree
Dinner at Zeughauskeller – an old armory [built in 1487!!] turned into a restaurant serving a variety of traditional Swiss dishes
Fondue lunch at Felsenegg – oh so ooey gooey
Felsenegg requires riding a gondola to the top for their delicious food and gorgeous views
Making bierocks for dinner while we watched “White Christmas” and enjoyed Glühwein (are you noticing a theme? They are ALL about Glühwein in this part of the world)
Christmas morning mass at our local German-speaking church. We sang “Silent Night” in German at the end of mass which was really beautiful.
Christmas Brunch = Banana flaxseed pancakes and “Jello shots for Jesus!” (in keeping with the tradition of our San Francisco framily)
Finally, we went for a super traditional Swiss meal for our Christmas dinner: Zürcher Geschnetzeltes with rösti (Sliced veal and mushrooms in a cream sauce served over a special Swiss hashbrowns)

–An Afternoon in Luzern–

Lucerne is a short hour train ride away from Zürich. We spent an afternoon exploring this beautiful city and the Swiss Transportation Museum located here.



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Mt. Pilatus in the background

Verkehrshaus [Swiss Museum of Transportation]

This museum boasts trains, planes, boats, cars, and more! We felt it was well worth a visit.


Scaled representation of the Gotthard Tunnel [the world’s longest and deepest traffic tunnel running through the Alps]


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