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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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

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