Season 1, Episode 18
Switzerland - it's famous for cheese, chocolates, watches, neutrality, and those overseas bank accounts. Samantha flies into Zurich, Switzerland and discovers what's it's like to vacation in one of Europe's most expensive cities. With just over a million people in the Zurich area, a disproportionate number happen to be millionaires - which is likely how the area earned itself the nickname Zu-reich (meaning "too rich"). Samantha discovers that although the streets are not lined with gold, there's plenty of it underground in the vaults of international banks headquartered in Zurich. But for Samantha there's only one thing that could be more valuable - Chocolate! She takes us to a shop called Sprungli, often considered the finest maker of chocolates in the world, to find out the real secret of why the Swiss are so crazy about this delicacy. There's no doubt that things run on time and like clock-work in Zurich, Samantha shops for watches and tries on a truly over-the-top dazzler with nearly 1,300 diamonds in it! And no matter what time of year, the outdoor farmer's markets are the best place to get a sense of the local flavor of a city - Samantha samples some of Switzerland's most famous export - cheese! And she'll uncover whether Swiss cheese really does come from Switzerland? Samantha explores the medieval streets of Zurich's Old Town and shops for the best "take home" gift in the hipper side of the city - the Niederdorf area. And when it comes to dining out - Samantha is introduced to a local custom of sharing your table. Many travelers to Switzerland often land in Zurich only to quickly head out to other parts of the country, but Samantha suggests that time spent exploring this jewel of a city will be well worth your while.
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