Fashion Boutique Shopping Guide to Zurich by Hope Hope

Jelmoli Style Days,

After Mode Suisse and then last week Jelmoli Style Days, next week there will be yet another fashion show in the form of Mercedes Benz Fashion Days. With all the excitement of the runway perhaps you’re looking for some help finding the right shops and boutiques for you in Zurich? Well help is at hand with the new Fashion Shopping Guide to Zurich by Marisa from Hope Hope.

Explaining what is available in Zurich, Kreis by Kreis, Marisa has created a logical and straight forward guide to finding the shops and boutiques that maybe you had been looking for but were not sure where to find in Zurich.

For the guide and further information please click here.

Photo: Gigi Burn & Hope Hope

Halloween Week in Zurich – lots of events, some spooky, some not!

This coming week it’s Halloween!  You can start celebrating early at the Oliver Twist pub in Zurich from 17th – 31st October and on the 31st itself at the Fork and Bottle Restaurant where there will be a special Halloween party for children in the afternoon from 3.30pm and for adults in the evening from 7pm. At the Fork and Bottle in Allmendstrasse, 8002 Zurich.

Halloween Party at Fork and Bottle,

Halloween Party at Baur Au Lac: On Saturday, 3 November 2012, from 8pm there will be a Halloween party taking place in the Rive Gauche at the Baur Au Lac. Price: CHF 150.00 per person – all inclusive except for spirits. A few remaining tickets are available in the Rive Gauche or by phone on 044 220 50 60 or email at

Rive Gauche Halloween Party, Baur Au Lac,

Expovina: On Thursday 1st November Expovina begins for the 59th time for 15 days.  Yes, raise your glasses and get on board!  You won’t be sailing anywhere as the boats are stationary, but there are wines from 4,000 different vineyards to sample and there are 4 restaurants to choose from for lunch or dinner.  For full information click here to view opening hours and ticket prices in English.

Expovina Wine Fair Zurich 2012

Charity Event: On Thursday 1st there is a charity screening at 7pm of a film by photo journalist Mimi Chakarova raising awareness about sex trafficking from Eastern Europe to Western Europe. It will be held at  the Musiksaal at Schule Hirschengraben, Hirschengraben 46, Zurich. The charity invite you to the screening of this documentary in English entitled “The Price of Sex”. Free entry and apero. Donations. RSVP required:

Ski & Sports Sale: If you’re looking to update your ski  or sports gear you should head on down to Sport Shop Time Out in Uster where they are celebrating their 20th birthday and their “Ski Season Opening” by offering a discount on Saturday of 20% off all items excluding ski rentals and service. There will be free raclette and pizza, competitions, free Time Out hoodies for the under 14 year olds and lots more. Click here for address details.

Music: And if Country Music is your bag Rolf Raggenbass and the Country Heart Band are playing at 6pm on Saturday 3rd November at the Hotel Loewen in Meilen. Entry price of CHF 99 includes an apero, 3 course meal and entertainment.

Lange Nacht der Hotelbars,

Lange Nacht der Hotelbars: If you fancy trying out a “pub crawl in style” why not join the “Lange Nacht Der Hotelbars on Saturday 3rd November. To buy tickets and to find out more go to . It starts at 9pm and finishes at 3am

Exhibition: On Sunday 4th November it’s the last day of Night Lights exhibition at the Lumas gallery so click on the link or scroll down and check out our previous post on Lumas.

                           Photo: ©Sandra Rauch,

Swiss Cup Zurich  World Cup Gymnatics: This event begins on 4th November at the Hallenstadion.  For more information and tickets click here.

For Kids: If your children are Mowgli fans you might want to take them to see the Jungle Book or “S’Dschungelbuech” playing live in Zurich on a variety of dates from 31st October onwards.  Please note that the production is in Swiss German! For more information and to buy tickets click here.

S'Dschungelbuech, NewInZurich

October Snow in Zurich and Surrounding areas

Snow in Zurich and around, October 2012, Zurich Snow ©NewInZurich

Well the snow certainly didn’t stop on Sunday so today, Monday, was a veritable Winter Wonderland in and around Zurich.  Not only did it serve as a reminder to get your car booked in for the Winter tyre change (if you haven’t already) but as the sun shone and the children built snowmen it really felt like December – not October!

In Zurich the sun melted the snow but even by early evening it still clung to the rooftops. With no more snow forecast for the immediate future, perhaps this is just a taste of a good Winter ahead?

A little Sunday Afternoon Art – More views of the Art International Festival

It’s snowy out there so if you don’t fancy going out why not curl up with a hot cup of tea and take a look at some art? Here are a few more photos of the modern art from the Art International Festival at Kongresshaus, the other week, featuring work by Elena Bardina, Sylvia Renggli, Joachim Oettli, Rolf Braem and many more artists.

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Don’t forget to change your clocks tonight in Zurich

Don’t forget to change your clocks in Zurich tonight – an extra hour’s sleep and perhaps even more snow in the morning!

Do check our previous posts for things to do in Zurich.  More events coming soon.

6 Things to do in Zurich this Weekend!

Lots going on this weekend in and around Zurich and it looks like it will be a good one whether it snows or not. A few things to keep you busy:

1. Open Day (Tag der Offenen Tur) at Zurich Kunsthaus – the gallery is open to everyone for free and lots of special activities including music, tours, competitions etc will be laid on to entertain you and please scroll down to our previous post on this topic for more information. Don’t miss this great opportunity:


2. Continuing with the “art theme” there is also the exhibition of young Swiss artists in Winterthur which looks like a great occasion to view aspiring Swiss artists in a relaxed atmosphere where you can enjoy, music, shopping and food and drink. Love this picture by Alain Poussot:

3. Jelmoli Style Days continue with a Family Day in the children’s department with special offers, family photo shoots, a special family breakfast in the newly opened Sopra restaurant and 10% discount on many items across the whole store.

4. On Saturday evening there will be an “apocalyptic evening of fun and food” with a reading in English by Justin Cronin, author of “The Twelve” at Orell Fuessli bookstore at 8:00 p.m. Entrance free. For more information click here. This is part of the “Zurich Liest ’12” initiative which you may have seen advertised on billboards around Zurich.  From October 25th to 28th, the international literary festival «Zürich liest 2012» there will be 140 literary events and more than 200 writers from Switzerland, Germany, Europe and overseas in Zurich and Winterthur «Zürich liest» is a well-known literary festival in the German-speaking world and project is run by the Zurich booksellers and editors association ( more info in English click here: Zurich Liest ’12

5. On Sunday there is the Family Halloween Day at the Jucker Pumpkin Farm in Seegraben from 11am till 5pm.  For more information scroll down to our previous post on the pumpkin farm and it’s “Olympic”pumpkin exhibition or click here to go to the website (in German)

Photo: Jucker Farm

6. And if you’re feeling thirsty why not taste some wine at the Coop Weinmesse at the Schuetzenhaus in Albisguetli.  It’s closed on Sunday but it is open on Saturday 27th from 2pm – 10pm. For free entrance (worth CHF 20) click on this link and download the coupon under the Zurich Albisguetli heading. Prost!

Jelmoli Style Days Fashion Show Friday “Männerabend” and Saturday “Family Day”

If you missed the Jelmoli fashion show on Wednesday and Ladies Night on Thursday, there is still “Men’s Night” this Friday evening with food, drinks, music and whisky tasting and “Family Day” on Saturday with lots of offers too. In addition, there is a 10% off many items throughout the store on both days.

Here is a quick overview of what you missed on the runway on Wednesday with clothes from designers including Burberry, Michael Kors, Paule Ka, SLY, Collezioni Armani, Liu-Jo and many more.  There were flowing capes, fabulous handbags and shoes, fur gilets and scares, tight, tailored trousers, beautiful coats and exquisitely cut jackets and skirts.

Jelmoli Style Days 2012 © NewInZurich

It was a great show with plenty of inspiration for Winter and as well as the fabulous fashion there was an apero and musical entertainment. Tonight it’s the turn of the men and on Saturday it’s Family Day.

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The Snow is Coming! Top 5 Tips for Winter in Switzerland

According to the weather forecast they are predicting snow in Zurich this coming Saturday! After last weekend’s sunshine it seems hardly possible that the weather can be changing so dramatically in the space of a week. Are you ready for the snow? Here are five practical tips to help you prepare for the Winter season:

1. Winter Tyres – If you haven’t changed your tyres over from Summer to Winter now is the time to do this. Typically in Switzerland the time to change your tyres is in October and then back again to Summer tyres in March. Swiss Autumn weather can be deceptive, changing quickly from sunshine to snow – so it’s always good to be prepared. Make an appointment with your garage to have your tyres changed – they may be getting booked up by now – so don’t leave it too late. Most garages will also store your tyres for you till the Spring. If you need to order tyres are a cost effective option.

2. Salt & Shovels & Oil – if you live in a house and have pathways or need to clear the drive then it’s a good idea to get some salt in and a shovel. You can get these in any DIY store or even at the supermarket. If you live in a house heated by oil fired central heating it’s a good idea to check the gauge now and pre-order your next delivery if necessary.

3. Ski Gear – now is a good time to check if you or your children have “outgrown” their ski gear or skis.  Most of the new season’s stock will be hitting the stores now – so if your kids have grown taller and their ski jackets and pants don’t fit any longer, or if you’d like to progress to newer or more advanced skis this is the time to check out the new ranges. It’s also wise to go early to choose your rental skis – it will be quieter and there will be more choice.

4. REGA insurance – if you’re not a member of REGA already do think of joining. REGA is a charity dedicated to rescuing people from mountains and slopes.  Not only do they help in ski accident situations but the cover is all year long (their year runs May – May) if you’re hiking or walking too. Family membership of REGA is just CHF 70 per year and individual membership is only CHF 30. For more information and to become a member click here .

5. Book ahead for your Ski holiday– if you’re planning a ski holiday in Switzerland for the February ski week or indeed over Christmas now is the time to book.  In fact many of the Swiss, book their next ski holiday straight after returning from their last one. It is always good to check the local tourist office in the resort you are planning on staying in if you get stuck as they are often able to help with last minute bookings too.

Wherever you go have a great Winter in Switzerland and enjoy the snow!

NewInZurich runs regular “Snowtime” Workshops for individuals, families and groups – covering not just skiing but lots of Winter activities and events for non-skiers in Switzerland too.  For more information please email:

Snow scene in Switzerland ©

Jelmoli Style Days 24th – 27th October – Fashion Show & Fashion for Men, Women and Children

Don’t miss 4 days of fashion at Jelmoli in Zurich. Starting today the “JELMOLI STYLE DAYS” feature late night shopping today Wednesday 24th till 10pm with a 10% discount on many items from 8pm onwards as well as all day Thursday to Saturday.

Wednesday 24th October is “Night of the Brands” with a Fashion Show at 7pm. Thursday 25th is “Ladies Night” with the emphasis on treats and pampering for women, Friday 26th is “Men’s Night” in the men’s department with fashion, food and drinks and Whisky tasting and Saturday is Families Day with a special family breakfast, a photo shoot and competitions etc in the Children’s department. For information (in German) click here. 

Open Day at the Kunsthaus in Zurich – free entrance 27th October 2012 – Tag der Offenen Tur

This coming Saturday 27th October is a special day at the Kunsthaus in Zurich as they are having an open day for which they are laying on a special programme featuring particular exhibits, guided tours throughout the building, previews of the new extension, music, readings and quizzes and lots more! You can even take a peek behind the scenes of the gallery itself. What’s more – entrance is free!   Don’t miss a great day out for the whole family!

For more information (in German only as this does not appear on the English version of the webiste) click here: And for a programme of the day’s events (also in German) click here:programmheft_tag_der_offenen_tuer2012

Photo: Kunsthaus Zurich