Winter in Zurich

In winter, Zurich is transformed into a fairytale city with a host of attractions.

Hot Chestnuts

If you work up an appetite during a stroll through the city, on many corners you can find hot chestnuts roasted on a charcoal grill. Simply follow your nose!

In the Zurich region, sports enthusiasts have a great choice of activities in winter, too. Whether tobogganing, downhill or cross-country skiing, or snowshoe trekking: visitors can reach the snow-covered mountains and winter landscapes around the city in no time at all.

If sufficient snow has fallen in Zurich, a 3.1km (2 mile) long toboggan run is opened on the city’s home “mountain”, the Uetliberg. Then the local buses and trams are suddenly filled with people carrying toboggans and skibobs.

Many ski areas can be quickly and easily reached from Zurich. They lure guests with their beautiful ski slopes, toboggan runs and winter walking paths – not to mention their fresh air and magnificent views.

Ski Areas Near Zurich

In winter, it can be bitterly cold in Zurich. On days like this, there is nothing better than stopping off at one of these cozy cafés and relaxing over coffee and cake.

Cozy Cafés in Zurich

These cozy cafés are the perfect place for warming up both body and soul on freezing winter days.

In winter, it is well worth taking a walk along Zurich’s lakeside promenade. On clear days, you can see as far as the snow-covered Swiss Alps in the distance.
The wooden bridge between Rapperswil-Jona and Hurden is part of the Way of St. James and leads past the Heilig Hüsli pilgrimage chapel. Even without going on a pilgrimage, this path is truly magical.
Get out of the city, switch off and delight in the peace and quiet – on a walk through the forest in the Sihlwald conservation area above Lake Zurich.
The lake promenade in Rapperswil-Jona, too, invites visitors to enjoy a relaxing winter stroll. Afterwards, they can warm up over a hot chocolate in one of the Old Town cafés.

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