August 1st – Swiss National Holiday

What have you got planned for Wednesday 1st August, the Swiss National Holiday? Do you have a secret tip? Lots of restaurants and Gemeindes are laying on festivities and there are plenty of events in Zurich, from entertainment in lakeside restaurants, to BBQ dinner and fireworks at the top of the Uetliberg, to music at the Barfussbar, to music and fireworks in the Park Im Gruene in Ruschlikon. If you want to start celebrating early, why not visit Stein am Rhein, tomorrow evening, 31st July to view impressive fireworks over the water!

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How hot was your Friday?

Today the thermometer scaled the heights in Switzerland with reported temperatures of up to 35.3 degrees in Sitten. In Zurich it wasn’t quite that warm – but it was hot! However, not everywhere was quite so sizzling. In Interlaken there was even a hail storm with large hail stones – see picture
(courtesy of 20 Minuten)

Summer’s Back (Hopefully!)

Today’s 20 Minutes has some suggestions on how to spend this beautiful weather, e.g.,       1) Why not try out the wave pool at Badi Letzigraben ? The waves are up to 1.5m high, every half an hour!
2) Starting tomorrow free live Openair concerts with Zurich musicians at Baeckeranlage
3) Hike up to Albishorn to take in the views 909 meter above sea level and why not visit the Bergrestaurant for lunch? Access only by foot – take the train to Langnau Gattikon. (closed Thursdays)
4) The first Seilpark (high wire park) in the Kanton of Zurich is now open daily in Kloten

Have you met Vanessa?


Vanessa is one of the sculptures making up part of the “Art and the City” exhibition in Zurich runs till 23rd September. The conceptual artist Alex Hanimann from St. Gallen provides one of the most eye-catching works of the exhibition with this monumental sculpture made of chrome steel. Vanessa was originally intended for the inner courtyard of a high school in Heerbrugg, but since the building has not yet been completed, the sculpture is temporarily located at the Steinfelsplatz.

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