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.
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.
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!
Anything planned for New Year’s Eve in Zurich? In case you didn’t know there is an amazing firework display taking place in town on December 31st which started back in 1988 as a small New Year’s Eve party on Zurich’s Gemüsebrücke and which has now evolved into an annual event. Starting at 8pm, the party goes on till 3am (program below) with the highlight being a spectacular 20 minute firework display lighting up the Zurich skies.
Visitors from across Switzerland and overseas are expected to visit the country’s biggest New Year’s Eve celebrations and enjoy the party atmosphere and watch the amazing display. The area around the Quaibrücke and the Limmatquai will be pedestrian-only from 8pm on 31st to 6am on 1st January, and the whole area around the lake from Limmatquai through Hechtplatz and up to Utoquai as well as over the Quaibrücke at Bellevue as far as the General-Guisan-Quai will be full of vendors selling food and drinks and there will be music too!
The fireworks, which are sponsored by Zurich Hoteliers Association, will be set off from 00.20am to 00.40am from two specially anchored boats.
Parking will be extremely limited so it’s best to use public transport to go to the New Year’s celebrations. The ZVV trams and buses will be running until 4 o’clock in the morning – so why not go along and see in the New Year with a bang?
Wishing everyone Happy holidays, a Happy Christmas and all the best for a great 2013! Whatever you are celebrating have a great time! It’s extremely unlikely that we will have snow in Zurich tomorrow – but here’s some to remind you of the city a few days ago!
If you’re lucky and have been very good, hopefully this man in red will be bringing you and your family lots of presents tonight!
But whatever you do, we hope that you enjoy these festive days and have fun. Thank you for reading and we look forward to exploring more of Zurich with you in 2013!