This annual event which takes place at the Messe in Oerlikon, next to the Concert hall, is like a cross between the “Ideal Home Show” and an English Country Fair. Not only do they usually have live animals such as sheep and goats and sometimes lamas on display outside, but they also have 1000s of square metres of shopping opportunities of all varieties on the inside, with wine tasting, delicatessen and food tastings as well as a variety of restaurants, cafes and bars.
Züspa is open:
Monday – Friday from 12 till 9pm, Saturday from 10 till 7pm (with the food halls staying open till 9pm) and on Sunday all Halls are open from 10 till 7pm.
Fancy going to watch an Alpabzug or Alpine procession with all the cows coming down the mountains?
It’s around this time of year that the cows make their way down the mountains having spent the Summer months up on the Alpine pastures. The villagers get ready to greet them by dressing in traditional costumes and preparing a celebration in the village. You can hear the cows bells ringing from afar as the herd makes the descent adorned with beautiful flowers.
The Alpabzug in Elm takes place on 7th October at 14.30pm in Elm. Again lots of traditional costumes, decorated cows and plenty of fun. More information can be found on Elm’s website.
These are just two examples but there are Alabzüge going on all over Switzerland this time of the year.
And only about an hour away from Zurich, there is the Alpabfahrt in Flumserberg on 15th September, beginning in Flumserberg AlpTannenboden around 10 am and arriving in Bergheim around 11am.
On Saturday 22. September 2012 there is another Alpabfahrt in Flumserberg from the Panüöl & Fursch Alps followed by a festival in Flums Dorf.
With many thanks to Patricia Wilders for sharing her photos from her visit to the Elm Alpabzug.
Video courtesy of Str4hler, Youtube.
Zurich has just come top in a poll of 53 cities throughout Switzerland for public transport. It has jumped from previously being in third place to joint 1st with St Gallen in the latest findings. Although it is acknowledged that the trams could run faster, the reason for the lack of speed is due to the density of traffic in the city. For full details of the report (in German) click here.
Photo: Keystone for Tages Anzeiger
If you missed the Irish open air concerts last weekend in Toggenburg you might be interested to know that there is an Irish Folk Festival coming to Zurich on 26th and 27th October, playing at the Volkshaus. For tickets and more details click here.
Photo: Irish Folk Festival
Fancy a market with a difference? Why not visit the “Weltmarkt” which is taking place on the Marktplatz in Oerlikon this coming Friday 14th September? It’s open from 11am till 8pm and promises a vast array of exotic food, spices, clothes, craft, pottery, jewellery, music and more from all over the world.
Calling all Jazz Fans! The 14th Zurich “jazznojazz” Festival is starting on the 31st October. The concerts are taking place at Gessnerallee, the ZKB JazzClub and at ewz-Unterwerk Selnau. Tickets have already gone on sale so if you fancy going along book here now. As well as individual concert tickets you can also buy a “festival pass’ for all four days.
This is the programme:
19.30-21.00 Anouar Brahem Quartet (Gessnerallee) **
20.00-21.30 Mike Mainieri & Northern Lights (ewz-Unterwerk Selnau) **
21.30-23.00 Gewinner ZKB Jazzpreis 2012: Kaleidoscope String Quartet (ZKBJazzClub)
19.00-20.30 John McLaughlin & The 4th Dimension (Gessnerallee) **
21.30-23.00 Marcus Miller (Gessnerallee) **
19.30-21.00 Y’akoto (ewz-Unterwerk Selnau) **
22.00-23.30 Nicole Willis & The Soul Investigators (ewz-Unterwerk Selnau) **
21.00-22.30 The New Mastersounds (ZKBJazzClub) **
19.30-21.00 The Earth Wind & Fire Experience feat. Al McKay All Stars (Gessnerallee)
22.00-23.30 Incognito (Gessnerallee) **
20.00-21.30 Larry Carlton (ewz-Unterwerk Selnau) **
22.30-24.00 Niels Petter Molvaer (ewz-Unterwerk Selnau) **
21.30/23.45 Timo Lassy Band (ZKBJazzClub) **
19.30-21.00 Lizz Wright (Gessnerallee) **
22.00-23.30 Esperanza Spalding Radio Music Society (Gessnerallee) **
20.00-21.30 Jazzanova Live feat. Paul Randolph (ewz-Unterwerk Selnau) **
22.30-24.00 James Gruntz (ewz-Unterwerk Selnau)
21.30/23.45 Nicola Conte Combo (ZKBJazzClub) **
Photo courtesy of jazznojazz.ch
Today 11th September there will be a guided tour of the developing and up and coming area around West Zürich. The tour is conducted in German by employees of Stadt Zurich and is free of charge and starts at 5.30pm – 7.30pm.
The former industrial area that surrounds Zürich-West and the Escher-Wyss-Platz and Hardturm neighbourhood is changing faster than any other area of Zürich as new buildings sprout up and fesh new open spaces are created.
Meeting Point: Technopark Zürich, Technoparkstrasse 1, 8005 Zürich
If you are interested in seeing a video (in German) from Stadt Zurich showing an overview of Zurich West please click here.
Photo: courtesy of Stadt Zurich
Also don’t forget the Expat Career Fair in Lausanne is taking place today from 10am – 3pm. Click here for details from our previous post.
The 8th annual Zurich Film Festival is almost upon us! Starting on the 20th September until 30th September the festival is a great chance to see premieres, films you’ve been eagerly anticipating and lots of extra insights from the global film industry.The website is available here in English and one of our recommendations is the ZFF card which for a one-off payment of CHF 29 allows you to see any regular film screening for a maximum price of CHF 14 per film. Holders of a kinokarte.ch, ArenaCard or the “Filmpodium’s GA or Half Card” can buy the ZFF card for CHF 24. There is also a special “Competitions Card” costing CHF 120 which allows you to see 10 of the films in the 4 competitions categories for free.
Click here to see the full programme of films on offer. Tickets can already be purchased online from either
- www.zff.com (browse through the programme and click on ticket-links)
- or from any Starticket point of sale or from the Ticket Booth at Paradeplatz
- From 17th September you can additionally purchase tickets from:
- Ticket Booth at Sihl City (11.00 – beginning of last screening)
- And from 20th September you can purchase from:
- Festival Centre Sechseläutenplatz (11.00 – 21.30)
- Ticket and Info tent next to Café / Bar Odeon
- Arthouse Le Paris (13.00 – beginning of last screening)
- Cinema Corso (12.00 – beginning of the last screening)
Today is an unofficial half day holiday in Zurich to celebrate Knabenschiessen – so if you’re lucky enough be off, do enjoy the sunny weather and have a lovely day. Some of the local shops and businesses will be closing early or have reduced hours – so don’t get caught out. As well as the shooting competition In Albisgüetli (No 13 tram takes you most of the way, then you walk the last 10 minutes) there are plenty of attractions, amusements, rides, food stalls and more. Knabenschiessen in pictures: