6 Things to do in Zurich this Weekend!

Lots going on this weekend in and around Zurich and it looks like it will be a good one whether it snows or not. A few things to keep you busy:

1. Open Day (Tag der Offenen Tur) at Zurich Kunsthaus – the gallery is open to everyone for free and lots of special activities including music, tours, competitions etc will be laid on to entertain you and please scroll down to our previous post on this topic for more information. Don’t miss this great opportunity: kunsthaus.ch

Photo: Kunsthaus.ch

2. Continuing with the “art theme” there is also the exhibition of young Swiss artists in Winterthur jungkunst.ch which looks like a great occasion to view aspiring Swiss artists in a relaxed atmosphere where you can enjoy, music, shopping and food and drink. Love this picture by Alain Poussot:

3. Jelmoli Style Days continue with a Family Day in the children’s department with special offers, family photo shoots, a special family breakfast in the newly opened Sopra restaurant and 10% discount on many items across the whole store.

4. On Saturday evening there will be an “apocalyptic evening of fun and food” with a reading in English by Justin Cronin, author of “The Twelve” at Orell Fuessli bookstore at 8:00 p.m. Entrance free. For more information click here. This is part of the “Zurich Liest ’12” initiative which you may have seen advertised on billboards around Zurich.  From October 25th to 28th, the international literary festival «Zürich liest 2012» there will be 140 literary events and more than 200 writers from Switzerland, Germany, Europe and overseas in Zurich and Winterthur «Zürich liest» is a well-known literary festival in the German-speaking world and project is run by the Zurich booksellers and editors association (www.zbvv.ch).For more info in English click here: Zurich Liest ’12

5. On Sunday there is the Family Halloween Day at the Jucker Pumpkin Farm in Seegraben from 11am till 5pm.  For more information scroll down to our previous post on the pumpkin farm and it’s “Olympic”pumpkin exhibition or click here to go to the website (in German)

Photo: Jucker Farm

6. And if you’re feeling thirsty why not taste some wine at the Coop Weinmesse at the Schuetzenhaus in Albisguetli.  It’s closed on Sunday but it is open on Saturday 27th from 2pm – 10pm. For free entrance (worth CHF 20) click on this link and download the coupon under the Zurich Albisguetli heading. Prost!

Open Day at the Kunsthaus in Zurich – free entrance 27th October 2012 – Tag der Offenen Tur

This coming Saturday 27th October is a special day at the Kunsthaus in Zurich as they are having an open day for which they are laying on a special programme featuring particular exhibits, guided tours throughout the building, previews of the new extension, music, readings and quizzes and lots more! You can even take a peek behind the scenes of the gallery itself. What’s more – entrance is free!   Don’t miss a great day out for the whole family!

For more information (in German only as this does not appear on the English version of the webiste) click here: And for a programme of the day’s events (also in German) click here:programmheft_tag_der_offenen_tuer2012

Photo: Kunsthaus Zurich

Sun, Rain, Riotous Barrock and The Clock at the Kunsthaus

It was only a week or so ago that the Swiss newspapers were proclaiming that the country was experiencing  the hottest temperatures recorded since the heatwave of 2003.  In fact the temperature of 39.6 degrees was recorded at Sitten – not quite breaking the record of 41.5 degrees (Switzerland’s hottest recorded temperature ever) which occurred in Graubuenden on August 11th 2003 – but hot nonetheless!

Well, what a difference a week or so makes!  There is plenty on this weekend but the rain is forecast to continue for a few days – so if you fancy escaping it for a while there are a couple of exhibitions you might want to catch before they end soon.

The Kunsthaus’s “Riotous Baraock – from Catelan to Zurbaran” exhibition closes this Sunday 2nd Septmber, and their exhibition of “Christian Marclay’s first and only showing in Switzerland of  “The Clock”, a 24 hour video work made up of thousands of clips from thousands of films, all featuring  time and clocks, has been extended till 9th September. The film can be viewed for the normal price of admission during general opening hoursIt will also be shown straight through from 10 a.m. today,  Friday 31 August to 6 p.m. on Saturday 1 September. The gallery will remain open overnight while the other parts of the collection are closed. Re-entry on the same day is permitted. Whilst you’re at the Kunsthaus you can also catch Rosa Barba’s “Time as a Perspective” exhibition which also closes on 9th September.

Photos courtesy of the Kunsthaus.