04/18/2012 08:32 am ET Updated Jun 18, 2012

Zurich On A Dime - Budget Travel Tips For The World's Most Expensive City

On my second day in Zurich, named the world's most expensive city by The Economist, I found myself sitting at an outdoor table, high above the city, savoring a splendid view of the altstadt and a tasty $3 mug of Swiss beer, while my young sons shared an ice cream cone in a moment of rare culinary cooperation.

We'd just returned from visiting James Joyce's grave, which is adjacent to the zoo (his wife thought that he'd want to be buried there because he was fond of hearing the lions roar), and after a day of cataloging Zurich's costly pleasures, we had finally discovered a relative bargain. We got off the #6 tram at the ETH/University Hospital stop and noticed a host of young people filing into the student cafeteria for ETH, the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology. The cafeteria and adjacent pub/café have extensive outdoor seating and million dollar views of the city below.

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