When traveling, it is great to find a wonderful local place to eat. Sprungli is just such a place. A Zurich institution, it opened in its current form in 1939, but before the restaurant/café opened a chocolatier was there. The Sprungli family started that in 1859. It’s still family owned although the chocolate making is a separate business (Lindt & Sprüngli).
Traditionally a favorite of Zurich’s upper crust ladies who lunch (not usually a recommendation that gets me to my kind of place) these ladies know what they are talking about and it’s now a favorite of this girl. Him too. The café serves the best hot chocolate and deserts in town, but they have more substantial fare as well. Plus, when the dining room has cute details like the copper baking tins on the walls, how can you not?
They have several other satellite shops in other towns and at airports (including Geneva’s). While nothing beats that original location, they are a great place to get a quick Sprungli fix or pickup a stellar present.
Here’s the deal. Charles Emmanuel I the Duke of Savoy wanted Geneva’s wealth. Genevans wanted their independence. Many of them were religious refugees and would have had no where safe to go if Geneva had fallen to Catholic France. They also wanted to keep their money instead of giving it to the Duke.
The cannon was louder than the muskets. Unfortunately, there are not enough occasions where shooting off a cannon is permitted. If you can get away with it, it definitely says celebration (or attack). There’s also a race/run that takes place weekend of or preceding the night of the 11th It usually starts in the Parc des Bastions, where the Savoy troops congregated before attacking the walled city, and goes through Geneva’s old town, before finishing near the start. It’s a big deal here and everyone gets involved; you’ll even see families and running together. There’s even a youth race and a costume run.
P.S. I may or may not have snuck some with breakfast. If I did, please don’t judge me.
|Skanky B, Homie G, MC Roni enjoying hot chocolate|
|Yes. It really was this cool (despite what the lady in pink thought).|
|My personal favorite|
|You can’t see our teeth because our mouths were full.|