The final clue was the prices at Starbucks. And this was the cheap one away from Old Town. As I write, 1 Swiss Franc equals $1.05. John, that's an expensive espresso. This is why our fondue server told us that the essence of Switzerland is "cheese, chocolate, and money."
Despite a cold pouring rain one day, a steel-colored sky the next, and fondue for two that cost $130, we loved Zurich, too. The main art museum has a room dedicated to Munch, which I guess is why our hotel's breakfast room displayed this image as we ate.
Zurich's river is so quintessential it's as if Rick Steves designed it. And of course we toured a bunch of old churches I couldn't keep straight for two days, but I know one has a very old statue of Charlemagne in the crypt.
Another church has the largest clock tower in Europe, and all of them delude you into thinking you can take the coffee-table-book-worthy artsy European shot even with a ten-year-old point-and-shoot camera.
The Grossmünster even has an optical illusion stained glass window perfect for teaching perception.
And then we ate at a great little street cafe we discovered in the 1967 edition of Europe on $5 a Day.
We're back in Tübingen (ah, so that's where the castle is) enjoying German prices and plotting our next expedition.