The swimming season in Zürich is officially opened. A total of 17 public baths invite for a… more
The swimming season in Zürich is officially opened. A total of 17 public baths invite for a swim in the river, lake or in a public swimmingpool. The swimming areas, called "Badi's" by the locals, open every day from 09.00 am – 08.00 pm. However, the opening times vary depending on the weather. Some of the swimming areas run a bar, have a stage or turn into a cinema after sunset – the perfect setting for a cozy summer evening by the water.
Try a Zurich swim side – here you find all of them:
On Good Friday, March 29, 2013, the boat services on Lake Zürich will start operating their… more
In addition, visitors to the Züri Fäscht 2013 festival can view the spectacular fireworks display on Friday, July 5 and Saturday, July 6 from a prime position on one of the Lake Zürich cruise boats – and at the same time enjoy a sumptuous evening meal on the water.
The Limmat River Cruises also recommence their summer services on March 29. The approximately hour-long round trip on the River Limmat offers a fantastic view of Zürich’s Old Town and the city’s most beautiful sights.
At last you can escape the confines of your own four walls and enjoy the great outdoors – for… more
At last you can escape the confines of your own four walls and enjoy the great outdoors – for spring is well and truly on the way! And where better to watch the spring awakening than at the zoo? Whether in Zürich, Rapperswil-Jona or the Sihl forest – the choice of animal parks is broad.
Zürich Zoo covers an area of around 27 hectares and is divided up into the various regions of the world. This enables visitors to familiarize themselves with animals such as snow leopards, Asian elephants, Amur tigers and Mongolian wolves in a setting resembling their natural habitat. A very special attraction is the Masoala Hall, an indoor Madagascan rainforest, which this year celebrates its 10th anniversary. A treetop walkway is scheduled to open at the end of March, allowing visitors to view the rainforest from the perspective of a flying fox at a height of 60 feet above the ground. The Madagascar Days on April 6 & 7, 2013 also offer a special jubilee program of culinary and cultural events.
Visitors of all ages can also view animals at close quarters at Knie’s Children's Zoo in Rapperswil-Jona. There are countless activities on offer – from exploring the park by horse-drawn tram, to having a ride on an elephant or camel, right through to the animal feeding times and the sea lion show.
The Wildnispark Zürich (Zürich Wildlife Park), comprising the Sihl Forest, the Langenberg animal park and a visitor center, offers a unique combination of forestland, wilderness and animals not far from the city. Here, visitors can experience animals almost as if they were in the wild, observe their behavior, and admire the beautiful natural surroundings. The Wildnispark is also home to a self-service restaurant, a Stübli dining room and guest rooms, enabling animal lovers to spend the night surrounded by nature.
Guild houses enjoy a long tradition in Zürich. The city of Zürich has a total of 26 guilds; 12… more
Guild houses enjoy a long tradition in Zürich. The city of Zürich has a total of 26 guilds; 12 were founded back in the 14th century, while another 14 were formed during the second half of the 19th century. Originally they were tied to specific trades. To this day, the highlight on the guild’s calendar of events is the traditional Sechseläuten event in spring.
Around 3,500 guild members parade through the streets of Zürich to Bellevue, where at 6.00pm precisely the «Böögg» – an effigy of a snowman filled with fire crackers and perched on top of a huge pyre – is set on fire. It is said that the faster the head explodes, the finer the summer will be.
Another traditional Zürich event is Knabenschiessen (lit. «boys’ shooting contest»). Each year, on the second weekend in September, around 5,000 boys and girls aged between 13 and 17 take part in a rifle shooting contest to compete for the title of King or Queen of the Marksmen.
However, Zürich also has more modern traditions. Among the best known is the world-famous Street Parade, where up to one million people party around the lake basin to the rhythms of techno music.
Top sporting events, too, are celebrated in Zürich, including the Zürich Marathon, Ironman Zurich Switzerland and World-Class Zürich. Besides the Zürich Festival, which this year is devoted to Richard Wagner, high on the list of cultural highlights is the Zurich Film Festival. And every three years – including in 2013 – the Zürich Fäscht takes place, lasting three whole days.
- Zürich Marathon: Sunday, April 7, 2013
- Sechseläuten: Monday, April 15, 2013
- Züri Fäscht: Friday, July 5–Sunday, July 7, 2013
- Ironman Zurich Switzerland: Sunday, July 28, 2013
- Street Parade: Saturday, August 10, 2013
- World-Class Zürich: Thursday, August 29, 2013
Fresh fruit and vegetables, prime-quality cheeses, beautiful flowers and crusty breads:… more
Fresh fruit and vegetables, prime-quality cheeses, beautiful flowers and crusty breads: Zürich’s markets are full of temptations. Here shoppers can buy wonderfully fresh produce all year round amidst a lively market ambiance. There are six different grocery and flower markets spread throughout the city, which are held a total of 11 times a week.
The flea market at Bürkliplatz, held between May and October, enjoys cult status. Between 400 and 500 stallholders present their merchandise, which is anything but old and dusty relics; indeed, here many a treasure can be picked up cheaply. Equally popular is the Kanzlei flea market, which operates all year round. Every Saturday, up to 300 market vendors stand behind their counters and ply their wares. The Monday market at the Rimini is particularly hip and trendy – and the relaxed ambiance of the Badi-Bar is the perfect place to enjoy a refreshing beer after a shopping spree.
All Markets on a map:
Markets in Zürich view on a larger map
The weekly markets in Zürich and region:
Altstetten: Wednesday 6.00–11.00am/Saturday 6.00–12.00am (map)
Bürkliplatz: Tuesday & Friday 6.00–11.00am (map)
Helvetiaplatz: Tuesday & Friday 6.00–11.00am (map)
Milchbuck: Tuesday & Friday 6.00–11.00am (map)
Oerlikon: Wednesday, 6.00–11.00am/Saturday 6.00–12.00am (map)
Rathausbrücke: Saturday 6.00–12.00am (map)
Bürkliplatz flee market: May–October, Saturday 6.00am–4.00pm (map)
Kanzlei flee market: Saturday 8.00am–4.00pm (map)
Rosenhof market: March–December, Thursday 10.00am–8.00pm/Saturday 10.00am–5.00pm (map)
Monday market at the Rimini: Monday 7.30–12.00pm (map)
Rapperswil weekly market: March 15–November 29, 2013, Friday 7.30–11.00am (map)
Baden weekly market: Tuesday, 7.00–11.00am, Saturday 7.00–11.30am (map)
Baden annual market: May 1, 9.00am–8.00pm/November 6, 9.00am–8.00pm (map)
Winterthur weekly market: Tuesday & Friday 6.00–11.00am (map)
Zug old town market: Saturday 7.30–12.00am (map)
These days, the Sternen Grill at Bellevue, with its legendary bratwursts and hot, spicy mustard,… more
These days, the Sternen Grill at Bellevue, with its legendary bratwursts and hot, spicy mustard, is almost as much a part of Zürich as the lake or the River Limmat. Since June 2011, guests have been served from a temporary stand while its permanent location, the Vorderer Sternen restaurant, is undergoing renovation. The reopening took place mid-March. That being said, the cult snack bar will not change much in appearance. The bar has remained the same, although there are a few more tables where people can stand or sit. New to the menu are currywurst with home-made sauce, a kebab and Sternen beer.
The main attraction is, however, the new Sternen Restaurant on the first floor. Three long tables, together with a number of individual seats, invite guests to tuck into down-to-earth Swiss fare. The menu features such favorites as meat loaf, Vienna-style schnitzel and seasonal sausages, as well as a large selection of salads and vegetarian dishes – and all at reasonable prices. Another attractive aspect of the new Sternen Grill Restaurant is the opening hours; hot meals are served Monday to Thursday throughout the day until 11.30pm – at weekends even until 1.00am.
Dine at long tables and allow your taste buds to be pampered by top chefs at Zürich’s food… more
Dine at long tables and allow your taste buds to be pampered by top chefs at Zürich’s food festival, «il Tavolo», which this year is held for the second time. From June 27–30, 2013, Swiss elite chefs will be cooking up a storm and creating mouthwatering culinary delights.
New this year is that celebrities will also be demonstrating their skills in the kitchen: Dieter Meier, Carolina Müller-Möhl, Samih Sawiris, Clifford Lilly, Andreas Homoki, Luisa Rossi and Sandra Bauknecht will create their favorite menus, ably assisted by the head chefs of the six five-star hotels that are hosting the Festival.
The Festival will take place at Bärengasse and at various hotels in Zürich, and features numerous special events. Whether at the Opening Night, the Dashing Cook, the Mercato Lunch, the Long Night of the Tavolata followed by an after-party with Yello singer Dieter Meier and his band Out of Chaos, or the Family Brunch, culinary dreams of every kind are guaranteed to come true.
This year, one of the locations is a highlight in itself: the Mercato Lunch, Long Night of the Tavolata and Family Brunch will be held at Zürich's wholesalers’ market. Guests sit at 650-feet long tables and tuck into gastronomic delights prepared at open cooking stations. Tickets for the spectacular Zürich food festival, «il Tavolo» go on sale soon!
Along Zürich's Langstrasse, flair for design and original ideas are flourishing more than in any… more
Along Zürich's Langstrasse, flair for design and original ideas are flourishing more than in any other part of the city. Furniture, home accessories, jewelry, shoes and fashion – here creative minds are hard at work. Over 80 shops and ateliers are joining forces to showcase their innovative products at Kreislauf 4+5 from Friday, May 24 – Sunday, May 26, 2013. Over a period of three days, visitors are given an insight into the creative work that is going on in the trendy quarters of Kreis 4 and 5. This year's event starts on Friday at after-work drinks time. Under the motto, «Now or Never: Object of Desire», each store will single out one particular product that is only on sale between 5.00 and 9.00pm – and at a ridiculously low price.
In addition, well-known celebrities, including Hannes Hug, Play Hunter, Koni Frei and Monika Schärer, will be conducting guided tours through the district and showing participants their favorite stores. On Friday evening, the shops are open until 9.00pm, and on Sunday from 11.00am until 6.00pm.