For a change we had breakfast at the hotel (included in the price as was covered off-road parking). Hotelier was kind enough to let us leave the car in his garage while we went into the city for a couple of hours. Glad we'd gone into the previous evening, as this morning it's full of delivery trucks and the best views of the landmark buildings are partly obscured. Found a Christmas/Easter shop that was huge and full of lovely things that we would've liked to take home. Settled on a few small pieces. There were literally thousands of hollowed-out eggs painted with Christmas, Easter and other scenes, with hundreds more waiting to be painted.
Went back and collected the car and then drove up to the Bergisel ski-jumping station where the ski jump was held in the 1964 and 1976 winter olympics. Great views over the city and the Alps.
Heading east now through spectacular mountains towering 2000 metres above us. A little snow still visible. Passed though St Anton where we're sure Peter Juno worked once!
Still no border checks as we entered Lichtenstein...and left 3 minutes later, or as we entered Switzerland. Headed into Zurich through a traffic jam and hopeless out-of-sync traffic lights to find no room at the hotels we could afford. Phoned ahead to an Etap in Bern who said to try after 7pm...so we headed towards Bern and got a room. (An unfortunate name for the suburb of Bern that we were in.. w***dorf)!
The nice receptionist at the hotel change some euros for Swiss francs for us so we could get a tram into the city centre and get something to eat. The city was 'rockin' with the shops open till 9pm and every teenager in Bern swaggering around. Walked for ages before we finally found a money machine - and this the money capital! Finally settled on McDonald's for dinner - the most expensive meal ever! CH₣56 for 3 combos (that's about NZ$75)!!!!!!