Salon du Chocolat Zurich 22nd – 24th March

Salon du Chocolat Zurich 22nd – 24th March
Salon Du Chocolat Zurich

If you’re a big chocolate fan this is THE chocolate event to go to in Zurich.  Not only will you find all the newest and latest information about chocolate, the latest chocolate creations and innovations, as well as firm choccie favourites, but each day there will be a chocolate fashion show at 5pm – yes, really!  The models will be wearing clothes and designs made up of chocolate.  Quite a high risk strategy you may think, especially under the hot stage lights – and when you see the designs themselves you are sure to be even more impressed.

Salon Du Chocolat Zurich

The Salon du Chocolat takes place in Hall 5 at the Messe in Wallisellenstrasse 49, Oerlikon from the 22nd – 24th March. Open each day from 10am – 7pm


Adults: CHF 18
Children (3 to 12 years): CHF 9
Free for children under 3


– Bus / Lines 63 and 94 from Oerlikon station
– Tramway / Line 11: Messe/Hallenstadion stop
– Tramway / Lines 10 and 14: Sternen stop

To whet your appetite here is a video from last year’s Salon du Chocolat. (Tip – you may want to fast forward to around the 3min mark to skip the intro in German)

Photos: © Salon du Chocolat

Free tickets to see John Thade in Concert & The Visitors Exhibition by Ragnar Kjartansson

Up for grabs! We have 5 x 2 sets of tickets for the concerts by the tenor John Thade to give away. Please show your interest by “liking” our Facebook page or if you are already a Facebook fan simply comment on our Facebook page or send us an email to before the 8th February with your name and email address and you will be entered in the draw.
John Thade Concert

Following his Swiss premiere in November 2012 which was completley sold out, tenor John Thade is now back in Zurich for two concerts. The first takes place on the 9th February and the second on 9th March 2013 at the Jecklin Forum in Rämistrasse 30, 8001 Zurich. Both concerts start at 4pm , with the doors opening at 3.30pm. The musical repertoire of this American born singer who grew up in St.Gallen but now lives in Zurich, ranges from Viennese operettas to classic Broadway songs and he projects a great on stage presence as he intermixes his music with entertaining anecdotes. For more information please go to the John Thade website or the Jecklin website.

If this isn’t your cup of tea and you’re looking for something quirky and different why not pop along to the Migros Museum in Zurich and check out a “VideoInstallation” exhibition by the Icelandic artist Ragnar Kjartansson called “The Visitors”?

Ragnar Kjartansson The Visitors
Set in a mansion in upstate Manhattan it depicts the artist, his friends, and residents performing a “feminine nihilistic gospel song” with various musical instruments being played in different rooms. “The Visitors” is an act of homage to friendship—and also, to the Swedish pop band ABBA. If you’re interested you need to be quick as it finishes on Sunday 27th January. For more information go to the website.
Photos: © John Thade and  © Ragnar Kjartansson

Art and Culture in Zurich – the Kunsthaus, Helmhaus, AB Gallery and more…

The Kunsthaus

Everyone knows that the Kunsthaus in Zurich houses a fabulous art collection. At the moment current exhibitions include Paul Gaugin “The Prints”, which has been extended to 27th January, so you still have an opportunity to view it if you haven’t already. There is also an exhibition of work by Ferdinand Hodler, a Swiss painter from the late19th early 20th Century, which has just opened and will continue till 17th March. “Giacometti, The Donations” exhibition is also on until 17th February. The Kunsthaus is currently undergoing an extension designed by David Chipperfield Architects, which is due to be completed in 2017, allowing it the space to exhibit lots more work.

Giacometti The Donations at the Kunsthaus Zurich

Entry to the Kunsthaus is CHF 18 for adults and CHF 12 for concessions but it’s good to note that under 16s are admitted free of charge and as we’ve mentioned previously, there is free entry for everyone on Wednesdays. The Kunsthaus is open Saturday, Sunday and Tuesday from 10am to 6 pm and Wednesday to Friday 10 am–8 pm. It is closed on Mondays.

The Helmhaus Museum

The Helmhaus Museum in Zurich shows a lot of contemporary art, usually by Swiss artists. The current exhibition is entitled “Nach dem Spiel ist vor dem Spiel” (After the game is before the game) and runs till the 27th January featuring work from the following artists: Anna Maria Bauer, Frank Bischof, Gabi Deutsch, Mark Divo, Cris Faria, Stella Glitter, Florence Jung, Björn Magnusson, Asia Andrzejka Naveen, PARK (Clarissa Herbst, Mario Marchisella, Dominique Rust, Michael Wolf), David Siepert. Entrance is free and the exhibition is open 10am – 6pm Tuesday to Sunday with late Thursdays till 8pm. Closed on Mondays. For more information.

Shahriar Ahmadi at the AB Gallery 6th February – 16th March

A selection of paintings by the Iranian artist Shahriar Ahmadi will be showcased at an exhibition at the AB Gallery in Zurich from the 6th February to 16th March. Ahmadi’s works often feature bold vibrant colours and are inspired by his Persian and historical heritage.  Works from his latest collection Kiss will be on display at the exhibition.

A work by Shahriar Ahmadi

The Kiss Exhibition by Shahriar Ahmadi at the AB Gallery in Klausstrasse 23, 8008 Zurich is open Wednesday to Friday from 12 noon – 6 pm and by appointment. For more information view the website.

You are invited to an Apero on Friday 6th from 5.30 – 8pm to view the collection.

Painting by Shahriar Ahmadi

Joanne Finnegan Mountain Paintings 2nd February – 30th March

Don’t forget, NewInZurich friend, Joanne Finnegan, will be exhibiting her paintings of Swiss Mountains at the American Women’s Club in Schoentalstrasse 8 in Zurich from  February 2nd to March 30th. She will be having a Vernissage on February 2nd from 6:30 to 9pm. For more information.

Joanne Finnegan mountain paintings Photos: Kunsthaus, Shahriar Ahmadi AB Gallery, Joanne Finnegan

2 Special Offers for NewInZurich Readers

Today we have 2 special offers for NewInZurich readers! Just quote the relevant codes to get the discounts:

1)  20% discount off any performance of Tango Fire up till Sunday 27th – just quote code XP2013TF to get this offer.

You can book tickets online at with the promotional code XP2013TF or via the ticketportal hotline +41 (0) 900 101 102 (CHF 1.19/min from a Swiss landline) using the same code XP2013TF. Also available at all booking offices: Migros City Zurich, post offices, Zurich main station (SBB Customer Services) and at 200 more SBB ticket offices and all ticketportal booking offices. This discount cannot be combined with other offers and is available for a maximum of 6 tickets per order

Tango Fire Zurich

«Tango Fire» is probably the most exciting dance company in Argentina. From the heart of Buenos Aires, young dancers bring the unbridled passion of the tango to life in their new show “Flames of Desire”. «Tango Fire» is a group consisting of ten exceptionally talented dancers, five of whom are world tango champions, performing different styles of tango for the audience with breathtaking energy, in harmony with Argentinian music. Accompanying them are four of the best musicians in Argentina. Click here for more information and to book and take advantage of this special offer.

2) 10% off Viewfinder Creative Compostion Course this Saturday 26th January

Creative Composition Course with Justin Hession at the Jalle Learning Studio in the heart of Zurich’s old town quarter (classroom location is 1 tram stop from Zurich HB). Justin is an experienced and talented professional photographer of many years (check out his site) and is an experienced teacher and a fun guy. We’ve got three spaces left in this course with 10% discount to NewInZurich readers. Please quote NewInZurich or enter the promo code: NIZ when you register online.

Viewfinder Photography Courses

Course Description: The easiest way to improve the quality of your photographs is to improve your composition skills. Whether you are using AUTO mode or you are an advanced photographer, understanding and improving composition will greatly improve how your images resonate with others. Composition is something anyone can learn or improve. It just takes a basic understanding of some simple principles and (of course) good, old-fashioned practice. This course will get you started with both by combining theoretical discussions with hands-on shooting exercises.

Course Location: Augustinergasse 21, 8001 Zurich Time: 10:00 – 17:30, lunch at 12:00

Course Fee: Fr. 250. (10% discount for NewInZurich by using promo code: NIZ)    Materials: Bring any digital camera (for the shooting exercises), a course outline will be provided for note taking. For more info please visit the ViewFinder website course page.

Zurich Events – Laura Heselton, Country Music Festival, Leona Lewis Art On Ice

Three very different events coming to Zurich in the coming weeks – but as things often sell out quickly it may be a good time to book.

Laura Heselton, International psychic medium and motivational workshop leader is coming to Zurich from January 24th to February 8th. Sessions, readings and workshop – so why not “harness your intuition and find your destiny”? To arrange a consultation email Laura here.

Laura Heselton International Medium and psychic

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

Don’t forget too that 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 Zurich

Photos: Laura Heselton, International Country Music Festival and Art On Ice

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

Happy New Year! Wishing you all the best for 2013!

Wishing you all the best for a happy and healthy new Year!

Before we turn our back on last year completely, here are some memories from in and around Zurich in 2012.

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Enjoy the last day of 2012! And don’t forget the Zurich fireworks tonight!

New Year Fireworks in Zurich

Wishing you all a great last day of 2012 and do enjoy the Zurich fireworks tonight!

For details of the programme of events and timing of the fireworks read here. There will be food, refreshments and music right in the heart of town tonight to make it a night to remember. Don’t forget that there will be public transport running till 4am to get you home safely. Have a lovely evening and enjoy seeing the skies lit up!

New Year Fireworks in Zurich

Photo credits: Zuerisee Tourism and Coop Switzerland

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.














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!

Frenetic Zurich Video

Frenetic Zurich

If you’ve forgotten what Zurich looks like when it’s not snowing, take a look at this beautiful video of the city by Swiss photographer Alessandro Della Bella, entitled “Frenetic Zurich”. Alessandro has created a number of “time-lapse” videos of Switzerland and this this one of Zurich (see below) certainly conveys its energy and vibrancy.

Photo and video: Alessandro Della Bella