Snow and Sunsets in and Around Zurich

Well we’ve had lots of snow in and around Zurich this past couple of weeks but right now it’s starting to disappear and the forecast for the coming week is a mixture of cloud, rain, sunshine and snow showers – but who knows! The city looked pretty last week covered in a white blanket – though some of the bikes and bike seats have been looking decidedly chilly! Definitely the weather to find a cosy cafe and order a hot chocolate to warm yourself up!

Snowy bike seat in Zurich

Outside the Viadukt there were lots of bikes lined up in rows in the snow but this poor bike looked in rather a sorry state, abandoned in the snow.

Snowy bike in ZurichStadelhofen looked very pristine and white though they’ve turned off the fountain so we’re missing out on the cool ice sculptures we used to get when the water froze artistically over the statues.

Stadelhofen Zurich in the snow

Overlooking the lake around Meilen and Kusnacht there were some beautiful sunsets with gorgeous reflections which made the snow turn pink.

Views around Zurich's Gold Coast in the snow

And as the sun set it almost looked as if this tree was aglow.

Sunset on the Gold Coast in Zurich

And up on the slopes in Davos today it was sunny and clear.

Ski Slopes in Davos

Do you have any photos of Zurich in the snow that you’d like to share?  If so, email them to us and we will post up a selection of your photos and attribute them to you.

Have a great week ahead whatever the weather!

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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!

St Moritz Polo World Cup on Snow and World Economic Forum Davos

This week is a busy one in the mountains outside Zurich. If you fancy heading out of town there are two big international events on this week.

St.Moritz Polo World Cup on Snow 24th – 27th January

Why not make the journey to St Moritz to experience the glamour and excitement of a world class polo tournament? From the 24th – 27th January there will be speed, excitement and colour on the frozen lake in St Moritz for the “St. Moritz Polo World Cup on Snow”. 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.

St Moritz Polo World Class on Snow

Photo Credit: Polo St. Moritz Media
St. Moritz Polo World Cup on Snow

The highlight of the tournament is the final taking place on Sunday 27th January after four teams have battled it out for the coveted World Cup trophy. Since the Snow Polo Tournament in Klosters was cancelled this year you may like to take the scenic journey from Zurich to St Moritz for this spectacular event. Watching polo on a frozen lake, 1,800 metres above sea level, surrounded by snow capped mountains in a fabulous ski resort is a truly unique experience. For more information read here.

The World Econmic Forum Davos 2013 23rd – 27th January

The World Economic Forum is taking place this week in Davos / Klosters. This is a meeting of the foremost global business, political and intellectual communities and other leaders of society who are committed to improving the state of the world. Issues such as HIV/AIDS treatment, water supply and fostering dialoque between Islam and the West will all be on the agenda.

World Economic Forum Davos 2013

There is an impressive line up of speakers from all over the world coming to debate and discuss the most pressing global issues for a full list of speakers and for more information read here.

Photo credits: Polo St. Moritz Media, St.Moritz Polo World Cup on Snow and World Economic Forum

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.

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

Things to Do in Zurich This Weekend and What’s Coming Soon

The Event and Wedding Fair in Oerlikon

The Event and Wedding Fair takes place at the Messe in Oerlikon on 12th and 13th January from 10am – 6pm each day.  It’s not just aimed at those who are getting married. Whether you’re planning a wedding, a party or an event, or simply want to get some inspiration there is plenty of food for thought.  For more information check out our previous post.

Wedding Fair at the Messe in Oerlikon

The Meiyintang Collection of Cinese Ceramics at the Rietberg Museum

After the six-month rebuilding programme, the Museum Rietberg reopens its Chinese collection with the presentation of more than 600 objects from the world-famous Meiyintang Collection of Chinese ceramics in the splendid, freshly refurbished galleries. Among other treasures, the collection includes eggshell-thin cups from the Neolithic period, colour-glazed horses and magnificent vessels from the Tang dynasty, as well as exquisite bowls with transparent glaze from the Song period. The exhibition opened on 11th January.  For more information.

Meiyintang Chinese Ceramics at Museum Rietberg

Chavin Exhibition at the Rietberg Museum

Also at at the Rietberg the Chavin Exhibition  explores Peru’s mysterious temples in the Andes and runs till the 10th March.  Click here for a video sampler and more information on the exhibition.

Chavin Exhibition Zurich

Paul Gaugin at the Kunsthaus

“The Prints” exhibition showing work by Paul Gaugin is on at the Kunsthaus till 20th January. Click here to read our previous post.

Skiing

The forecast looks ok for a good weekend skiing but do check out our Practical Info page to  see the latest on al the nearest ski resorts to Zurich and check the webcams before you set off too!

Skiing in Flumserberg

COMING SOON:

The Mercedes-CSI horse show “Golden Moments” 25th – 27th January

Mercedes Benz CSI Golden Moments

This is an equestrian show with a difference and 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.

British artist Joanne Finnegan’s First Major Solo Exhibition

Joanne Finnegan has her first major solo exhibition at the American Women’s Club Zurich on February 2nd to March 30th. Joanne’s paintings highlight the beauty of the Swiss Alps through vibrant, strong colours and on February 2nd she has the opening Vernissage from 6:30 to 9pm. www.joannefinnegan.com

Joanne Finnegan paintingsOrel Fussli’s Book Club Event in English – Kazuo Ishiguro “Never Let Me Go”

Join a discussion about this highly praised novel. From the acclaimed author of The Remains of the Day and When We Were Orphans, a moving novel that subtly re-imagines our world and time in a haunting story of friendship and love . Moderation by Jill Prewett (of Nuance Words, columnist and author of “Behind Closed Doors” and “Raw Material”). This free event will take place at Orell Füssli at 8.30pm on 31st January at The Bookshop, Bahnhofstrasse 70, 8001 Zürich. There is also a free Greek Olive Oil and delicatessen tasting event in the Cooking Department at another Orell Fuessli shop in Kramhof on Saturday 12th, 19th and 26th from 10am – 6pm. For more information.

Book Club Event at Orell Fussli

Chagall, Modern Masters at the Kunsthaus

Also showing is “Chagall, Modern Master” which runs from 8th February – 12th May at the Kunsthaus Zürich. it features some 90 paintings by Marc Chagall (1887–1985), one of the best known and most popular artists of the 20th century. His images of Russian village life, floating figures, flying cows and roosters are world-famous.The exhibition focuses on the period 1911 to 1922 – a formative era in Chagall’s artistic career. It covers his sojourn in Paris before the First World War, his trip to Berlin and his exhibition there in 1914 at the Galerie Der Sturm, as well as the period spent in his native Russia. In addition to normal opening hours, the Chagall exhibition is also open on Mondays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Marc Chagall Exhibition at the Kunsthaus

For more information check here.

Cinema

And if you just fancy taking it easy and watching a good film at the cinema, check here to see what films are running.

Photo credits: Event and Wedding Fair, Zurich Kunsthaus, Museum Rietberg, CSI Mercedes, Joane Finnegan, NewInZurich

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!

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

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

Great weekend ahead in Zurich! Silvesterlauf, Skating, Singing Christmas tree and more…

This weekend as usual you will be spoilt for choice in Zurich as there is so much to do!

On Saturday you could check out one of the Christmas Markets in Zurich, go and watch the children singing at the Singing Christmas tree and then, if you’re brave enough, why try some do some ice skating at the Dolderbahn, at Live on Ice in Kusnacht or take the children skating at the ice skating rink at Glattzentrum whilst you’re shopping. And of course that way you could also get some Christmas Shopping done!

On Sunday, there is Sunday Christmas Shopping in Glattzentrum and Volkiland too (but NOT in Zurich!) and it is also the day of Zurich’s annual Silvesterlauf! If you haven’t managed to sign up for it, no sweat – simply relax, grab a Gluhwein (for medicinal purposes of course!) and cheer and watch as your friends go by on this annual run through the city of Zurich.
Sylvesterlauf

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The week ahead offers the very pretty and quaint tradition of “Lichterschwimmen” on December 20th from 5pm as hundreds of candles are lit and released onto the river Limmat and then float gently downstream. It all happens just off Weinplatz – so a great place to watch and grab (yet another!) Gluhwein! Do wrap up warmly though as it can get very cold!!!

There is also a Faye Dunaway retrospective at the Xenix Cinema and then then there is the Paul Taylor Orchestra in Zurich and Zumikon. If you fancy a show do check out Swiss Christmas, Conelli Circus and Salto Natale. For Christmas Carols this weekend at 5pm on both Saturday and Sunday visit St Andrews Church in Zurich. And if you’re lucky enough to get to the slopes and do some skiing or snowboarding – enjoy and have fun!