Around 9 in the morning in Zurich.
We reach Zurich at around 9 in the morning in the Mercedes-AMG S 65 Coupé. We park the car. The impressive acoustic backdrop of the AMG twin-turbo V12 engine that has discreetly accompanied us all the way to Zurich gives way to another sound: that of our rumbling tummies. As luck would have it we have arrived just in time for “Znüni”, the Swiss German name for the first snack after breakfast. The smell of freshly-baked “Zöpfli” wafts through the little streets of Zurich old town. We decide to dig in, too, and buy ourselves some of the salty “Hefezopf” (plaited yeast buns) and enjoy this along with a little bit of butter or a “Gipfeli” (croissant) and a “Kafi” (coffee).The best “Zopf” or yeast buns are to be had at the bakery Stocker Bäckerei. On Sundays, the “Caredda” is a favourite meeting point because apart from a good “Zopf” you can also get various Italian pastries here, such as “Sfogliatelle”. After this refreshment we continue our stroll through the narrow streets of the old town. There is not a trace of the cosmopolitan and international financial power city here. Quite the opposite: the clocks really do seem to tick quite a bit slower. Perhaps it is on account of the close proximity to the Alps. Or maybe it’s because of Lake Zurich so close by, which relaxes the city so pleasantly.