Enjoy the last day of 2012! And don’t forget the Zurich fireworks tonight!

New Year Fireworks in Zurich

Wishing you all a great last day of 2012 and do enjoy the Zurich fireworks tonight!

For details of the programme of events and timing of the fireworks read here. There will be food, refreshments and music right in the heart of town tonight to make it a night to remember. Don’t forget that there will be public transport running till 4am to get you home safely. Have a lovely evening and enjoy seeing the skies lit up!

New Year Fireworks in Zurich

Photo credits: Zuerisee Tourism and Coop Switzerland

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Photo13 in Zurich from 4th – 8th January

If you love photography don’t miss Photo13 at the Maag Halle in Zurich organised by photoForum.  The exhibition is on from 4th to 8th January from 11am  – 8pm each day and features some superb Swiss photography.

photo13 Zurich

As well as viewing some amazing photography there are also inspirational lectures available to attend given by world renowned photographers such as Albert Watson, who took the world-famous portrait of Steve Jobs.  Entrance to the exhibition is CHF 15 and the lectures cost extra. For tickets click here and for more information on the event itself go to this page. It’s sure to be a feast for the eyes!

photo13 Zurich

This Weekend In Zurich … heading for the New Year!

Weather Zurich

 

 

 

 

After a dull, rainy day in Zurich on Friday the forecast is for a little sunshine this weekend – so perhaps a chance to go for a hike, stroll round town, get to the shops and check out the sales?  If you want to know the shopping hours do take a look at our NewInZurich Christmas / New Year Shopping Guide to check the dates as there are special opening times around the New Year’s holiday. Or why not head for the ski slopes and get some skiing in? Or perhaps you fancy going to see a circus or a show? There are still a few tickets left for Salto Natale before it ends its run on 2nd January and also for Swiss Christmas in Oerlikon. We have some more details about the shows in a previous post which you might like to read.

Salto Natale Zurich

Maybe though, you fancy relaxing after all the festivities of the past few days and you’re planning on saving yourself for a great party atmosphere in town with the firework display in Zurich on New Year’s Eve.  Click here to read all about Zurich’s New Year celebrations.

New Year's Fireworks in Zurich

 

 

 

 

 

 

And just to prove that we did have some good weather earlier in the week, here is a view taken from just outside Zurich. Have a great week whatever you do! We wish you a “guten Rutsch ins neue Jahr!” Happy 2013!

View over the mountains from Zurich

New Year, New Company Image? Ann Söderblom of Söderblom Design can help…

Have you ever needed someone with graphic design expertise and business consulting experience here in Zurich?  Ann Söderblom is our featured Guest Blog for December and she might be just the person you’ve been looking for.  As well as setting up a new business this year concentrating on graphic design and business consulting, Söderblom Design, this very motivated and focused multi-lingual Swede is full of “can do” attitude and is enthusiastic to help your business. Perhaps the New Year is the time to think about it?

 Click here to go to our Guest Blogs page to learn more about Ann and her business.

Ann Soderblom

New Year Fireworks in Zurich – New Year Magic in Zurich!

New Year's Fireworks in Zurich

 

 

 

 

 

 

Anything planned for New Year’s Eve in Zurich? In case you didn’t know there is an amazing firework display taking place in town on December 31st which started back in 1988 as a small New Year’s Eve party on Zurich’s Gemüsebrücke and which has now evolved into an annual event. Starting at 8pm, the party goes on till 3am (program below) with the highlight being a spectacular 20 minute firework display lighting up the Zurich skies.

Firework Display Zurich

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Visitors from across Switzerland and overseas are expected to visit the country’s biggest New Year’s Eve celebrations and enjoy the party atmosphere and watch the amazing display. The area around the Quaibrücke and the Limmatquai will be pedestrian-only from 8pm on 31st to 6am on 1st January, and the whole area around the lake from Limmatquai through Hechtplatz and up to Utoquai as well as over the Quaibrücke at Bellevue as far as the General-Guisan-Quai will be full of vendors selling food and drinks and there will be music too!

The fireworks, which are sponsored by Zurich Hoteliers Association, will be set off from 00.20am to 00.40am from two specially anchored boats.

Parking will be extremely limited so it’s best to use public transport to go to the New Year’s celebrations. The ZVV trams and buses will be running until 4 o’clock in the morning – so why not go along and see in the New Year with a bang?

New Years Eve Fireworks Zurich

Photo credits: zuerich.com

NewInZurich Guide to Shopping in Zurich After Christmas and over New Year

Happy Boxing Day or St Stephen’s Day or “Stephantag” as they call it here in Zurich! Hope you’re all enjoying the holidays.  In case you were hoping to join the stampedes of shoppers rushing to the shops to buy stuff in the sales as reported in other countries, relax and enjoy the tranquility and the sunshine …. .the shops are still shut in Zurich today.

However, they do open again tomorrow and here is a Quick Guide to the main Shopping Hours for the apres-Christmas and New Year season:

Shopping in Zuerich © Zuerich.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Zurich’s big stores Opening Hours eg Globus, Jelmoli etc (NB some of the smaller shops may have shorter hours):

Wednesday 26/12/12 (Boxing Day / Stephanstag)  – Closed

Monday 31/1/12 (Silveter / New Year’s Eve)  – 9am – 5pm

Tuesday 1/1/13 (Neu Jahr / New Year’s Day) – closed

Wednesday 2/1/13 (Berchtoldstag) – 9am – 8pm

Globus  and Jelmoli and Manor

Glatt Shopping Hours over the Festive Period:

Wednesday 26/12/12 (Boxing Day / Stephanstag)  – Closed

Monday 31/1/12 (Silvester / New Year’s Eve)  – 8am – 4pm

Tuesday 1/1/13 (Neu Jahr / New Year’s Day) – closed

Wednesday 2/1/13 (Berchtoldstag) – 9am (instead of 8am) – 8pm

Volkiland Shopping Hours over the Festive Period:

Wednesday 26/12/12 (Boxing Day / Stephanstag)  – Closed

Monday 31/1/12 (Silvester / New Year’s Eve)  – 8am – 6pm

Tuesday 1/1/13 (Neu Jahr / New Year’s Day) – closed

Wednesday 2/1/13 (Berchtoldstag) – 9am (instead of 8am) – 8pm

Here are some Shopping Locators for Supermarkets across Switzerland:

Shop locator for Coop Stores with address and opening hours

(NB use the  German option as the English option doesn’t appear to be working yet)

Shop locator for Migros Stores with addresses and opening hours

Shop locator for Volg Stores  (search term entry at bottom of map on left hand side)

And for good measure here is Aldi’s store locator:

And Lidl’s store locator:

Most of these store locators are all in German, and in most cases enter you simply type in your postcode to find the nearest store to your address.

Since we’re in a Shopping frame of mind why not also check out these Shopping Guides which we’ve posted about before :

Cool Shopping Guide to Zurich – covers Kreis 1, Kreis 4 and 5 and there is also a guide to Luzern. Lists independant stores and cafes etc too

Hope Hope Boutique Shopping Guide – covers Kreis 1- 5 and Kreis 8 great for clothes shopping and some little known boutiques as well as doing a small section on men and it also has a second-hand section

Because shopping is a topic many of you will wish to return to, we have also listed the Shopping Loctators and Shopping Guides in a special section all of their own under “Practical Info” top of the website.

Happy Shopping! And hope you find some bargains in the sales!

Sales in Zurich © Glatt

Photos:© Zuerich.com and Glatt

Happy Holidays … Happy Christmas … Happy New Year!

Wishing everyone Happy holidays, a Happy Christmas and all the best for a great 2013! Whatever you are celebrating have a great time! It’s extremely unlikely that we will have snow in Zurich tomorrow – but here’s some to remind you of the city a few days ago!

Snowy Christmas scene

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you’re lucky and have been very good, hopefully this man in red will be bringing you and your family lots of presents tonight!

Samichlaus, Father Christmas

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

But whatever you do, we hope that you enjoy these festive days and have fun. Thank you for reading and we look forward to exploring more of Zurich with you in 2013!

 

Sunrise and Sunset around Zurich

There’s always something magical about sunrise and sunset and today both the sunrise and the sunset over the mountains around Zurich were very beautiful. Well, I guess that since we have all survived the 21st December – apparently the next predication is for the world to go under on the 1st January 2017. Until then enjoy the sunrises and the sunsets. This is a phtoto of today’s sunrise:

Sunrise in Zumikon

And this is a picture of today’s sunset:

Sunset over Zumikon and Zurich

This Weekend in Zurich – Christmas is almost here!

Here’s a quick round up of things going on this weekend in Zurich.

Christmas Shopping Sundays Zurich1. This weekend there is Sunday Shopping in Zurich – so if you’re still looking for presents or indeed need to get some food in before all your visitors arrive, you have Sunday as well as Saturday to shop. For the full list click here.

Heiliger Bimbam in Zurich

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2. There is also the “Heiliger Bimbam Market” taking place around the Maag Halle and Kreis 5 on both Saturday and Sunday which we talked about in our most recent post – more information here.

Christmas Market Zurich

3. The Christmas Markets in Zurich and most other locations in Switzerland close down for the season just before Christmas. For full details check the information here.

4. There is still ice skating to be had!  Why not do some ice skating at the Dolderbahn, at Live on Ice in Kusnacht or take the children skating on Saturday (closed Sunday) at the ice skating rink at Glattzentrum 

The Marlitram in Zurich ©NewInZurich

5. If your children haven’t ridden on the Marlitram yet with Father Christmas and his angels it might be worth checking at Jelmoli to see if there are any spaces left – otherwise one to put on the list for next year.

The Singing Christmas Tree

6. Do catch the Singing Christmas Tree if you haven’t already. The Singing Christmas Tree is located just off Bahnhofstrasse in Werdmuhlelplatz. This Saturday and Sunday are the last days to watch until next year. Here are the details of the times etc.

Sa. 22.12.2012 14.30 / 15.3017.30 / 18.30 Wylandmeisli AndelfingenKammerchor der Kantonsschule Stadelhofen KinderchorSchülerchor
So. 23.12.2012 14.30 / 15.3017.30 / 18.30 Offenes Singen mit 4 Händen und 50 Weihnachtsglocken
Offenes Singen mit 4 Händen und 50 Weihnachtsglocken

7. If you’re heading for the mountains to ski check our “Practical Info” page which lists the ski areas and info on the latest snow conditions in various resorts local to Zurich. For the practical info page go here.

Snow scene in Switzerland © NewInZurich.com

Photos: NewInZurich and Singing Christmastree

Heiliger Bimbam Christmas Market Part ll

If like me you’re still yet to buy all your Christmas presents (let alone get them all wrapped!) the Heiliger Bimbam Market (part 2) may be a destination for us both!

This Christmas Market starts Friday 21st December at 5pm and runs on Saturday and Sunday from 1pm too.  It takes place at the Maag Halle and the surrounding area in Kreis 5 – and there’s lot of things going on all around: food, music, Gluhwein and lots more. Click here for more information.

Heiliger Bimbam in Zurich

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Opening times: Friday: 5pm – 10pm  –  Saturday: 1pm – 7pm  –  Sunday: 1pm – 6pm

The following businesses are taking part:

Simone Gugger Schmuckgestaltung & Franziska Gnos / The Gloss /Steinfels La Maison du Vin / Les Halles Shop / Nord-Süd Verlag / Freitag Flagship / Michelles Cupcakes & Pony Hütchen / Senior Design Shop / Waldraud / Walter Vintage Möbel & Accessoires / Silver Disc / Dotti’s Lovely Vintage & Labels und Freulein Frech / LeTom

At Frau Gerold’s Markt:
Herrenglobus Pop-Up-Store Zum jungen Blut / Street Files II / Making Things II / Opia / Edition Populaire & Townhouse / Carhartt / Wooster Shop

At the Viadukt:
Erfolg / Caritas Secondhand / Klangwandel / Komplementair
LOLË / BIG Mode Werk Statt / Sibler / Fashionslave

At the Markthalle In the Viadukt:
BERGundTAL Marktladen – Comestibles, Spezialitäten
Braschler’s Comestibles Imp. – Comestibles, Feinkost
südhang – Wein und Spirituosen
Tritt Käse – Käse, Milchprodukte
British Cheese Centre
The Pie Shop

Acapulco Bar / Hotel Rivington and Sons / Restaurant Viadukt / Hive Club / Geroldchuchi / Senior Design Café / Exil