Living In Zurich – Courses and Workshops for Newcomers

When you first arrive in Zurich it’s really helpful to find out as much as possible about the city – how the public transport system works, how to dispose of rubbish correctly, where and what to recycle, what’s on and where.  Books such as David Hampshire’s “Living and Working in Switzerland” are always a good start for practical information about Switzerland and NewInZurich runs regular Workshops which last approximately 2.5 hours, giving you all the essential information you need to get settled in Zurich in an afternoon or morning. However, Stadt Zurich also runs a course called “In Zurich Leben” or “Daily Life in Zurich” which runs once a week in Zurich on Wednesday mornings for 3 months.

In Zurich Leben, living in Zurich,  course for newcomers to Zurich

This course is held at Zentrum Karl der Grosse in the Niederdorf and is aimed at women, giving an in-depth look at all aspects of practical life in Zurich from the Swiss political system, Swiss healthcare and insurance, schooling and education and lots more.  It is run in a number of languages including English, Spanish, German and the cost is just CHF 60 if you live in the city of Zurich and CHF 320 if you live outside the city centre.  Childcare is also offered for an additional CHF 30 if you live in Zurich and CHF 90 if you don’t . The next course starts on Wednesday 16th January and there are still a few spaces available.If you are interested please call 044 412 37 37 or email integrationsfoerderung@zuerich.ch

New Speeding Laws in Switzerland from 1st January 2013

Photo ©Ellie Libertine

Photo © Ellie Libertine

From 1st January 2013 strict new laws came into force against drivers who speed excessively. This follows an initiative by a Swiss pressure group called RoadCross who have been campaigning for some time against speeding on Swiss roads.

Speeding Excessively is defined as:

  • driving at 70 km or more in a 30 km zone
  • driving at 100km or more in a 50km zone
  • driving at 140km or more in a 80km zone
  • driving at 200km or more on the motorway

Excessive speeding or “Raserei” as it known is a criminal offence and drivers caught speeding will be sentenced to prison even if nobody has been seriously injured or killed.

  • The speeding driver if found guilty will lose their driving licence for at least two years
  • If the offence is repeated they lose their driving licence for life
  • Convicted drivers will face 1 to 4 years in jail
  • The convicted driver may also have their vehicle confiscated
  • It will be illegal to inform drivers about the presence of radars and speed controls
  • People found using radar detectors will be fined.

For more information (in German) please see this document. World Radio Switzerland conducted an excellent interview with a representative from RoadCross explaining the new law in more detail please click the link to hear it.

Photo ©Ellie Libertine

Social Media Marketing in Zurich – Ashley Ringger of Set Sails Media

Some of you missed the recent article we wrote about Ashley Ringger of Set Sails Media, so as it is the beginning of the New Year and some of you have expressed an interest in wanting to learn more about Social Media for your job or for your business,  why not read what Ashley Ringger of Set Sails Media has to say about her business which focuses on social media, content management and marketing. Why not get in touch with Ashley too for your FREE consultation. This article is also filed on the website under “Guest Blogs”.

Ashley Ringger, Set Sails Media, www.NewInZurich.com

NewInZurich: How new are you and Set Sails Media to Zurich?

Ashley Ringger: I’ve lived in Switzerland for three years and in Zurich for about two of those years. So I am still relatively new to Zurich. Living in Switzerland has been a bit of a transition as I come from California, but I’ve had some really great experiences in that short amount of time. Some of which I would have never had back home. One of them being starting my own business. Set Sails Media is still very new to Zurich – less than a year old in fact.

NiZ: Where did the inspiration for Set Sails Media come from?

Ashley: When I came to Zurich I started networking with other professionals in the area and realized there was a recurring question of “What is social media marketing and how can it help my brand?”. I’ve worked in general and social media marketing for several years and have studied human behavior and felt that I might be able to answer this question and offer my knowledge as a service to others. Social media marketing is often called “the modern day word of mouth” and I felt that business owners should have the chance to utilize all that Facebook, Twitter and the like offer.

NiZ: Why did you choose the name “Set Sails” for your business?

Ashley: There are a few reasons for the name. When a new business is starting out, they need to fill the sails of their metaphorical business ship to move forward. I want to help businesses set their sails in the direction of success. “Sails” is also synonymous with “sales” which is also really important for a business. And I also have a personal connection to the ocean having grown up close to it.

NiZ: Who could benefit the most from your services?

Ashley: I target my services to small businesses and those who are their brand – artists, therapists, tour guides. I would say that anyone who has a service or product they want to market, I could help them lay the groundwork. Even those who has started their marketing and just need a clearer direction, I can help them “reset their sails” so to speak.

NiZ: What are your services?

Ashley: Social media marketing management is my main focus, but I also do brainstorming and strategy development, content writing for blogs and newsletters, public relations and training. If there is something I can’t do, I usually know someone I can refer my clients to.

NiZ: What do businesses struggle with the most in regards to social media?

Ashley: One common barrier to successful social media is time. A business owner has so many things to worry about that finding the time to write content, post it and follow-up with fans can be overwhelming. Many of my clients rely on me to source information, post it in the “personality” of their business and monitor to see how fans react. And it doesn’t stop there. Social media is indeed social! You have to develop relationships with others online just like you would in person. This means being consistent and relevant to what’s going on in your industry

To get in touch with Ashley for your FREE consultation, visit Set Sails Media’s website or email her: ashley@setsailsmedia.com

New Year … New Auto Vignette for motorway driving in Switzerland

Now that we’re into 2013 just a quick reminder that if you haven’t already got one, now is the time to make sure you have a new Auto Vignette for your car if you plan driving on the Swiss motorways.  This is the latest version for 2013:

Auto vignette 2013

You do have until the end of January as “grace” but if you’re caught driving on a motorway without a valid vignette from the 1st February it could result in a CHF 200 fine (this was increased a while ago, as it was previously a CHF 100 fine).

But did you know that where you place your Auto Vignette on the windscreen is also very important ?  Yes, seriously, if you display it incorrectly (i.e if you don’t take the backing off and stick it to the windscreen itself (even if you’re planning on selling the car soon, or it’s a temporary car that is also no excuse!), you would be in danger of getting a fine!  Similarly, if you place the vignette in an “inappropriate spot” on your windscreen (which may for restrict or impede your visibility, for example) you could also get in trouble.

To make sure that no NewInZurich driver gets caught – here is a little diagram from the EZV showing the three “approved” locations for the vignette on your windscreen:

Where to place your vignette on your windscreen in Switzerland

The Autovignette itself costs CHF 40 and the 2013 version is available now to purchase at the Post office, in service stations and at selected shops.

Please note that this diagram can also be found on our “Practical Info” page of NewInZurich for reference. it’s also worth noting that when you are driving over the border in Austria you also need to buy an “Auto Vignette” for their motorways too.  In Austria they are available for purchase for shorter periods of time, even for a few days,  and you can buy them at the border.  For the other countries bordering Switzerland, France, Germany and Italy there are no auto vignettes but you may pay tolls on certain motorways.  Happy driving!

Picture: Courtesy of EZV, Eidgenoessische Zollverwaltung

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

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

What’s new in Zurich this weekend ….and beyond

Snow scene in Switzerland © NewInZurich.com

Hope you’re all enjoying the snow.  Looks like there’s more on the way – so a great weekend for making snowmen, tobogganing or going skiing.  All the nearest ski resorts are now open – Flumserberg, Flims /Laax, Davos, Klosters, Lenzerheide and Hoch Ybrig – but check on their websites (click the resort links in blue above) before you head off to check how many runs are open and the latest conditions. We also always have the Snow Report listed on this website under Practical Info.snow falling

If you’re not hitting the mountains, here’s a round up of things going on in Zurich and a couple of tips too!

1. If you fancy taking part in the annual Sylversterlauf run round Zurich on 16th December you need to be quick.  Online registration closes on Sunday 9th December.

Sylvesterlauf

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2. Why not visit the Heiliger Bimbam Market with late night shopping, which is on this weekend at the Plaza.

Heiliger Bimbam in Zurich

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. And after Samichlaus Day last Thursday if you (or your children) have Santa on your mind you could take them to visit Father Christmas in his cabin in Waldhüsli in Chäferbergwald. Take Tram 11 or 15 or bus 32 or 72 to Bucheggplatz and the cabin is a short stroll in the woods signposted from Restaurant Neue Waid. Open just this Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th December from 10am – 4pm.   Visiting Father Christmas is free of charge but donations are welcome.

4. Or perhaps take the kids to see Santa on the Marlitram?
The Marlitram in Zurich ©NewInZurich
5. Or see the Singing Christmas Tree if you haven’t already. in Werdmühleplatz just off Bahnhofstrasse. Christmas carols are sung by children all lined up in the formation of a Christmas Tree.  Why not go along and watch with a warming glass of Gluhwein! From 24th November to 23rd December
 For more information.

6. Why not visit a Christmas Market in Switzerland?

7. Or visit a Christmas Market over the border?

8. Sunday 9th December is another Shopping Sunday in Zurich with most of the shops open till 6pm.  For the full list of dates and opening times of all the Shopping Sundays leading up to Christmas check here.

9. SBB TICKET PRICE INCREASE

On a practical note, the SBB are putting up the prices of tickets, Halbtax etc on Sunday 9th and tram tickets are going up too – so do check you have the right cash for your ticket!

Have a great weekend!

Photos: Silvesterlauf and NewInZurich

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.