What’s On In and Around Zurich this coming week

The forecast looks set for a fabulous time to go skiing and snowboarding in the mountains!  The snow is great following the recent snow showers and the sun looks set to shine.

Atzmännig ski resort

So where are you heading?  Klosters the resort with royal connections where you can recline in a deckchair by the palm trees and catch the rays, Davos where you can take a dip in a hot tub perched right in the snow after a hard day’s skiing or hard day’s networking at the World Economic Forum – or perhaps Flims/Laax where you can show off your latest snowboarding tricks at the snow park? Or why not explore one of the closer resorts like Atzmaennig, Hoch Ybrig, Pizol or Flumserberg?  If you want to check the conditions in nearby resorts take a look at our Practical Info page under Skiing.

Another possibility is the St.Moritz Polo World Cup on Snow which is on till this Sunday 27th January. This event is the world’s most prestigious Winter polo tournament – so if you’ve not been to one before, this is a great one to experience. It all takes place on the frozen lake there – lots of fun, excitement and colour! Click here for our previous post.

If you’re staying home in Zurich there are lots of things to do:

1. The Kunsthaus’s exhibition of Paul Gaugin’s “The Prints” has been extended till this Sunday 27th. For more information check here.

Paul Gaugin The Prints

2. The Migros Museum in Zurich is showing a “VideoInstallation” exhibition by the Icelandic artist Ragnar Kjartansson called “The Visitors” which also ends on Sunday 27th January.  Please check the website or read our previous post (complete with rather interesting photo!).

3.“Tango Fire” is an exciting Argentinian dance group from Buenos Aires consisting of 10 talented young dancers bringing the passion of the tango to life in their new show “Flames of Desire”. Click here for more information and to book. Take advantage of our special NewInZurich offer: 20% discount off any performance of Tango Fire up till Sunday 27th – just quote code XP2013TF to get this offer. You can also book tickets online at www.tangofire.ch/angebot with the promotional code XP2013TF             
Tango Fire Zurich
4. Aura Grand Opening Party Saturday 26th If you are in Zurich on Saturday why not visit Aura, the new place to be in Zurich,  as they will be celebrating their grand opening from 11pm – 4am. Tickets CHF 30 .To book please go to this website.
5. The Helmhaus Museum in Zurich shows a lot of contemporary art and their current exhibition is entitled “Nach dem Spiel ist vor dem Spiel” (After the game is before the game) and also runs till the 27th January. Entrance is free and the exhibition is open 10am – 6pm Tuesday to Sunday For more information.
6. The Original Cuban Circus

The Original Cuban Circus

Another exciting event coming up is the Original Cuban Circus performing live at the Volkshaus from the 24th to the 27th January. Featuring unicycles, clowns, acrobats, dancers, fire-eaters and lots more it’s sure to be a treat for the whole family. Tickets available here. 

7. The Mercedes Benz CSI Golden Moments is bound to be of interest to horse lovers and is on this weekend at the Messe in Oerlikon from the 25th to the 27th January. For more information please read our previous post.

Mercedes Benz CSI Golden Moments

8. Pure Beauty Spa Opening Party

Our friends at Pure Beauty Spa are celebrating the opening of their new salon in Zollikerstrasse 82 in Seefeld, Zurich with an opening party on Thursday 31st January at 6pm . Lots of special offers and treats and an opportunity to see what is on offer. For more information. 

pure beauty spa zurich

9. Simply Theatre Auditions in Zurich for “The Jungle Book” production
This weekend could be your chance to audition to be part of the exciting play. If you are aged between 8 – 18 you can come along to audition on Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th for a part in Rudyard Kilping’s Jungle Book. For more information and to book online or phone directly click here.
The Jungle Book by Simply Theatre
10. Orell Fuessli’s English Book Club
Kazuo Ishiguro’s book “Never Let Me Go” bookclub event moderated by Jill Prewett, author of “Beyond Closed Doors” and “Raw Material” will be discussed at Orell Füssli at 8.30pm on 31st January at The Bookshop, Bahnhofstrasse 70, Zurich. This is a free event.
 
11. Joanne Finnegan’s Mountain Paintings at the AWC 
British painter Joanne Finnegan is exhibiting her paintings at the  American Women’s Club Zurich from February 2nd to March 30th. The Vernissage is on February 2nd from 6:30 to 9pm. www.joannefinnegan.com
Joanne Finnegan
12. Laura Heselton, International psychic medium and motivational workshop leader is in Zurich now until February 8th. She is conducting readings and workshops and more so why not  contact her now to arrange a consultation via email here.
Laura Heselton International Medium and psychic13.  Leona Lewis will be performing at Art On Ice at the Hallenstadion on 31st January till 3rd February. There are still a few tickets available for purchase. Check this link for the latest details and for more details on the event itself read our previous post.
Leona Lewis In Zurich14. Beauty and Detox at Palais Kraft on 1st February
There is a Beauty and Detox event taking place at Palais Kraft, Kraftstrasse 29, Zurich on Friday February 1st from 5pm featuring catered food and drinks, lounge music,detox tips, information about Botox and fillers, shoes by Colette Sol and lots more.  For more information and to book this free event email karin.gaida@beautydetox.ch
15. **** FREE TICKETS **** for John Thade
Free prize draw for 5 sets of double tickets to see the American tenor John Thade sing at the Jecklin Forum in Zurich on 9th February and 9th March. For more infromation read here.John Thade Concert16. Grafik 13
Lastly, if you someone in your family with an artistic flair, why not get them to enter their work into the “Grafik 13” showcase for grafic design and young art.  The closing date to register is 4th February and Grafik 13 will be taking place at the Maag Halle.  For more information read here.
17. The 29th International Country Music Festival is coming to town and is being held at the Schutzenhaus in Albisguetli from 1st February – 24th March. Full details of the 38 day line up and the schedule can be viewed here.International Country Music Festival Albisguetli
Whatever you do, have a great weekend and a fabulous week ahead!
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What’s on in Zurich this Weekend and events coming up …

An exciting weekend in and around Zurich! Not only is the city looking so pretty bathed in a blanket of snow, but the mountains have lots of fresh powder and it looks like there may be more on the way. Check this page and scroll down to “Skiing” for some nearby ski-resort suggestions and ski reports and do read our visit to Atzmaennig. We’ve also got a short photo report on Flumserberg. Do check our Winter information sheet which we prepared earlier in the Season with some tips for your ski trip and dealing with the snow.

But if you’re staying in Zurich on Saturday afternoon why not “Say Something Nice”?

Etwas nettes sagen, say something nice

This is an initiative born of some volunteers from the Hub in the Viadukt in Zurich and which started in New York organised by the Guggenheim Museum together with “Improv Everywhere”. In German it’s called “etwas nettes sagen” and it starts at 2pm in the Lindenhof in the centre of Zurich there will be a megaphone set up and you can pop by and say something nice for the whole of Zurich to hear!

Etwas nettes sagen, say something nice

Read more information about Say Something Nice here

And there are some great the events in town this week:

Tango Fire

Tango Fire Zurich

Tango Fire, an exciting Latin dancing group from Buenos Aires in Argentina opened its doors at the Maag Halle this week and the shows continue until the 27th January. A full-on vibrant and colourful show, it features 10 talented dancers, 5 of whom are Tango World Champions. It should be an amazing evening explaining the history of the tango accompanied by live music.  For more information.

The Original Cuban Circus

The Original Cuban Circus

Another exciting event coming up is the Original Cuban Circus performing live at the Volkshaus from the 24th to the 27th January. Featuring unicycles, clowns, acrobats, dancers, fire-eaters and lots more it’s sure to be a treat for the whole family. Tickets available here. 

Zurich Tanzt 2013 online registration closes on 20th January for auditions for the play “The Show Must Go On” by Jérôme Bel at Schiffbau. Auditions take place at Club Plaza on 27th January. The organisers are looking for 26 diverse people from the Zurich Area, who want to dance on stage for the opening piece. If you’re interested, you can register here up until 20th January.

Mercedes Benz CSI Golden Moments

Mercedes Benz CSI Golden Moments

This equestrian event is bound to be of interest to horse lovers and takes place at the Messe in Oerlikon from the 25th to the 27th January. For more information please read our previous post.

Pure Beauty Spa Opening Party

Our friends at Pure Beauty Spa are celebrating the opening of their new salon in Zollikerstrasse 82 in Seefeld, Zurich with an opening party on Thursday 31st January at 6pm . Lots of special offers and treats and an opportunity to see what is on offer. For more information. 

pure beauty spa zurich

Hallenbad City

Fancy a swim? Did you know that after being closed for renovations for two and a half years the Hallenbad City in Sihlstrasse 71 reopens this Saturday 19th January from 6am – 10pm.

Hallenbad City Zurich

T I P E Publishing Event 26th January

The independent publishing event for aspiring writers is taking place at the Volkshaus in Zurich from 9am – 1.30pm on Saturday 26th January. For more information read here.

Book Club at Orell Fuessli 

Book Club Event at Orell Fussli

Kazuo Ishiguro’s book “Never Let Me Go” will be discussed at the book club taking place at Orell Füssli at 8.30pm on 31st January at The Bookshop, Bahnhofstrasse 70, Zurich. This is a free event and will be moderated by Jill Prewett, author of “Beyond Closed Doors” and “Raw Material”.

Joanne Finnegan’s Mountain Paintings at the AWC

Joanne Finnegan is exhibiting her paintings at the  American Women’s Club Zurich on February 2nd to March 30th. Join her at the Vernissage on February 2nd from 6:30 to 9pm. www.joannefinnegan.com

Joanne Finnegan

Whatever you do, have a great weekend and a fabulous week ahead!

Photos: Joanne Finnegan, Stadt Zurich, Orell Fuessli, Mercedes CSI, Improv Everywhere, Tango Fire and The Original Cuban Circus.

Zurich Tanzt 3rd to 5th May – Zurich’s Dancing Festival

Zurich Tanzt 2013 is an amazing dancing extravaganza that will be taking place in Zurich from the 3rd – 5th May. It will feature dance events of every type imaginable and there will be dancing for everyone no matter what your age or interest.
Zurich Tanzt 2013
The auditions or “casting events” for the play “The Show Must Go On” by Jérôme Bel at Schiffbau will take place at Club Plaza on 27th January. The organisers are looking for 26 diverse people from the Zurich Area, who want to dance on stage for the opening piece. If you’re interested, you can register here up until 20th January. So if you’re keen to get involved and show the world that you can dance – sign up now!
Zurich Tanzt 2013
There will be 15 short dance performances by dancers from all over Europe, as well as some crash courses in different styles of dancing and a variety of events throughout the city. There will even be one big event at Zurich Hauptbahnhof on Saturday 4th May to show the world that Zurich “rocks”. They’re keeping it under wraps at the moment but there will be more information to follow.
Zurich Tanzt 2013
So don’t worry if you’ve got two left feet, or no rhythm, you’ve got plenty of time to start practising. After all, there are still a few weeks until the beginning of May, and it looks as if the whole of Zurich will be dancing that weekend!
For more information (in German) read here. Enjoy and have fun!
Photos: © Zurich Tanzt

Atzmännig – Bijou Ski Resort just outside Zurich

Skiing in Atzmännig Ski resort

This weekend we visited Atzmännig ski resort for the first time. Having lived in Zurich some time now, and skied widely across the Graubunden resorts, as well as in Hoch Ybrig, Flumserberg and in the French part of Switzerland, I can’t believe it’s taken so long to discover this bijou little resort right on our doorstep!

 Atzmännig ski resort

And what a pleasant surprise. From the centre of Zurich, Atzmännig takes under an hour to get to and if you’re coming from Kuesnacht way you can be there in little more than 30 minutes. It’s ideal if you find you’re free for just a morning or afternoon, or if you fancy nothing too challenging, or if other slopes feel like just too long a drive. And it’s great for kids! It also offers free parking and over 1,000 car park spaces.

Atzmännig ski resort

This Saturday was a great day to go and the conditions were fantastic – fresh snow glinted in the sunshine against a backdrop of clear blue skies.  If you don’t fancy hurtling down the slopes at Atzmännig, there are some lovely restaurants you can visit or some great walks you can take around the resort either with or without snow shoes. There are two well marked out “snow shoe trails” and if you don’t have any, snow shoes can be rented on site. See the snow shoe trails here.

Atzmaennig Ski resort near Zurich

Atzmännig is a small resort but it is ideal for families and beginners. It clearly doesn’t offer the breadth and divertity of for example, a resort like Flims, but it has a charm all of it’s own. With various tickets available at a variety of prices including an inexpensive “Punkte Card” which would be ideal if you were only going to do a few runs, it is very accessible in more ways than one. It also has a ski school, a slalom course and offers night skiing and fondue parties – lots of Winter fun for the whole family.

Atzmännig ski resort

 To check out the runs take a look at the piste map here. For the website and full information see here.

Atzmännig Ski resort

All photos ©NewInZurich and taken this Saturday in Atzmännig

Skiing in Flumserberg

This time of year it’s often quite misty and foggy in Zurich, but up above the clouds in the mountains it’s lovely and sunny. Though it turned out to be a sunny day in Zurich eventually, it started off grey and cloudy. The phrase “unten grau, oben blau” translates roughly as grey down below and blue on top and is often quite apt for this time of year.

If you fancy escaping the “grau” why not head for the nearby slopes of Flumserberg.  Here are some photos of Flumserberg taken today to whet your appetite!

For more information on Flumserberg go to the website.

For more information on Flumserberg and other ski resorts close to Zurich as well as webcam information,  check out our Practical Info page.

If you don’t want to head to the mountains to enjoy the snow don’t worry, as according to the weather forecasts we should expect some more snow in Zurich this coming weekend – enjoy!

The Event and Wedding Fair or Fest- und Hochzeitsmesse Zürich

Oerlikon is a popular location for concerts, exhibitions and events and just this weekend Zurich’s “Fest- und Hochzeitmesse” or Event and Wedding Fair takes place at the Messe by the Hallenstadion.

Wedding Fair at the Messe in Oerlikon

The Fair is on 12th and 13th January from 10am – 6pm each day.  In fact it’s not just aimed at those who are getting married. Whether you’re planning a wedding or indeed a grand party or event, or just want to go along for some inspiration, there is bound to be lots on offer to whet your appetite.

Wedding Fair at the Messe in Oerlikon

As well as fashion shows featuring the latest trends there are also talks on everything from flowers and accessories to holiday and honeymoon destinations and lots more.  In addition information and advice is on hand from hundreds of retailers who will be willing to help you with your plans. Entrance is CHF 18 but if you go after 4.30pm there is reduced entry of just CHF 10.  For more information please check the website.

Photos: Fest- und Hochzeitmesse

Things to Do in Zurich This Weekend and Dreikönigstag

Dreikönigstag – 6th January

This weekend it is Epiphany on Sunday 6th January, which is celebrated in Switzerland with the baking of the special Dreikönigskuchen, or “Three Kings” bread. The bread is actually made of balls of sweet dough, sometimes with raisins, stuck to a central larger piece of dough to make a kind of “crown shape” and baked in the oven. Tradition has it, that if you are lucky enough to find a small king (usually the small white plastic kind!) in your piece of bread, you get to be crowned “King for the Day”  and can be absolved of washing up and clearing and other household chores for the day  … AND you get to wear a paper crown for the day too! Good luck and enjoy your rule!

Dreikönigskuchen

6th January is also the traditional day for taking down your Christmas decorations and tree. Check with your recycling / rubbish calendar as sometimes you can leave your tree out in the street for collection / recycling.

Photo13 Exhibition at the Maag Haalle

Photo13 takes place at the Maag Halle in Zurich, near Hardbrücke until the 8th January from 11am – 8pm each day. It is a great opportunity to view some fabulous photography and there are also lectures on photography from famous and world-renowned photographers. Entrance cost CHF 15 (lectures extra). For further information read our previous post about the event or check the website.

Photo13 Zurich

Free Ice Skating – “Gratis Auf Glatteis”

Heuried and Oerlikon ice rinks are offering another “Gratis auf Glatteis” ice skating event at their ice rinks this Sunday from 10am – 7pm. So if you’ve never been before and wanted to try it out for free – why not take advantage this Sunday 6th? Not only is the entrance free, but the skate hire too. If the previous event they had in November is anything to go by, this is sure to be a popular event! For more details (in German) check the website.

Paul Gaugin at the Kunsthaus

If you fancy visiting a museum or art gallery why not pop into the Kunsthaus to view “the Prints” exhibition showing work by Paul Gaugin which is on till 20th January? Click here to read our previous post. Or indeed, “Chagall, Modern Master” which runs till 8th February?  For more information check here.

Chavin Exhibition at the Rietberg Museum

The Chavin Exhibition at the Rietberg explores Peru’s mysterious temples in the Andes and runs till the 10th March. For more information.

Skiing

And of course there is skiing to be had!  Check out our Practical Info page for information on various ski resorts near to Zurich and check the webcams before you set off too!

Whatever you do, have a great weekend!

Snow scene in Switzerland © NewInZurich.com

Photo credits: Bruce Gilden at Photo13, NewInZurich

Mercedes CSI Show Jumping “Golden Moments” at Hallenstadion 25th – 27th January

The Mercedes-CSI horse show is celebrating their 25th Jubilee at the Hallenstadion from 25th – 27th January with an event entitled “Golden Moments”.

Mercedes Benz CSI Golden Moments

The show promises a unique blend of elite sport and entertainment with a diverse program and a professional show. It also features the CSI “expo” or exhibition, with lots of attractions for the whole family. If you’re interested in learning more about the type of entertainment on offer check out this video.

Tickets start at CHF 68 – so for the horse lovers amongst you, do take a look here.

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!