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!

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

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 – 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

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12th December 2012

 

 

 

Photo: © Simion7d

Today is the the 12th day of the 12th month of two thousand and twelve!

There are lots of superstitions associated with the occurrence of this “perfect number” in triplicate. Apparently the date represents a “window of possibility for an evolutionary leap”. So today is a great day to make a new resolution or to start a new venture! 12 is a special number and its repeating patterns can be seen across all cultures including Swiss: 12 hours of the day, 12 months of the year, 12 in a dozen, 12 zodiac signs, 12 apostles, and the 12 days of Christmas.  It also represents the closing of a chapter, and the beginning of a new era. It doesn’t work for everything though – to make the famous Ricola sweets the Swiss use 13 herbs!

Anyway,  to celebrate 12/12/12 here are 12 photos taken in and around Zurich  over the past 12 days.

snowy photos of zurich

Fancy sleeping in an Igloo over the holidays?

Booked your accommodation for Christmas and New Year yet?  Ever thought of something a little different and close to the slopes? How about staying in an Igloo?  With all the snow falling outside at the moment it might feel that you’re already surrounded by snow – but there are some “igloo villages” in Switzerland located on a number of ski slopes.Igloos in Switzerland

I’m sure many of you are familiar with having a drink at one of the Igloo bars at some of the ski resorts, like the one pictured below in Davos, but did you know that you can sleep in them too?

Inside an Igloo in Switzerland

Certainly, for a unique and memorable experience in the mountains this is second to none. And don’t worry, you can even find some igloos that are heated too! The igloos are rebuilt every season from 3,000 tons of snow – but they are eco-friendly too – CO2 neutral and sustainable! The igloos themselves are beautifully designed, made up of glistening snow crystals and as well as a bar you can have a fondue dinner in some of them too!

Inside an Igloo in Switzerland

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Igloo-Villages open up their snow-doors from 25th December and they are located in four areas in Switzerland – Davos/Klosters, Engelberg, Gstaad and Zermatt. The offer a variety of different type of accommodation and you can book overnights stays and even buy vouchers to give as presents. For more information.

Inside an Igloo in Switzerland

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

Glacier Skiing and Ski and Snowboard Testing in Saas Fee

Ski and Snowboard Testing in Saas Fee

Hopefully the ski resorts around Zurich will be full of snow soon.  But if you can’t wait until December when the resorts typically open up, why not try glacier skiing in Saas Fee?

During the months of October and November they run their “Swiss ski tests” where you can test out skis and snowboards for the coming season in the Allalin snow sports area.  In addition to the ski pistes, you can also use the Kingdom Snow Park, equipped with a half-pipe, large and small lines of kickers and various rails.

There are a number of special offers running at the local hotels with hotel accommodation, lift pass and special ski and snowboard testing all included –  for more information click here. The ski or snowboard testing alone costs just CHF 55 for two days, allowing you to test out any new model of your choice from a good selection. A  great idea to try out different models if you’re thinking of changing skis or snowboards too.

Photo: Saas-Fee Tourismus