On New Year’s Eve, it feels like all of Zurich is out and about – especially in the city center, where people gather to hear the annual ringing of the Grossmünster bells and afterwards to marvel at the spectacular fireworks display over Lake Zurich.*
Numerous friends, families, and visitors from near and far – packed in warm shoes, clothes, and gloves and armed with a bottle of champagne and some glasses – flock to the Old Town to see in the New Year together (please dispose of everything correctly afterwards!).
High-lying vantage points and restaurants are particularly popular on this evening, as they also offer an unobstructed view of the fireworks displays in the surrounding region.
Popular Places to Celebrate:
On New Year’s Eve, many hotel restaurants offer festive dinners and galas. It is strongly recommended to reserve a table in advance. If that is too formal, you can head for one of the many bars, where guests party in a more lively and exuberant manner. In Zurich, it is also common for friends to celebrate together at home or wrapped up warmly on a rooftop terrace.
* This year (2021/2022) unfortunately without fireworks, but instead with a spectacular light installation by Gerry Hofstetter.