Fine Weekend in Zurich? Burkliplatz Flea Market, International Parenting Fair, Lernfestival…

Photo: NewInZurich

The forecast predicted fine weather this weekend in Zurich.  Though whether it will be as sunny as last week and if the water in the lake is warm enough for swimming is another question. The photo above was taken last Saturday in Zurich and the lake was definitely “refreshing” then – before last week’s rain arrived!

There is an International Community and Parenting Fair taking place on Saturday from 10 – 5pm in Kilchberg at the Kirchegemeindehaus Kilchberg, Stockenstrasse 150, 8802 Kilchberg on Saturday 14th.  This also coincides with the Lernfestival 2012 – a national campaign for lifelong learning which started on Friday. If you like writing there is the English version of an “endless story” to which you can contribute if you click here and which is part of this event.

Or you could pop down to Bürkliplatz and take a look at the flea market there. It’s open from 9am till 4pm on Saturdays from May – October with up to 500 stall holders and an ever changing array of goods for sale. Always worth a peek!

And if you fancy getting out of the city and watching one of the the Alpabzug festivals taking place this weekend, with the cows coming down the mountain, please check out our previous post for more details.

Photo: Surselva Tourist Board

Yesterday’s Seeüberquerung in Zurich

Great photo in today’s NZZ , showing the participants in yesterday’s swim across the Lake.  Over 9,000 swimmers took part and this year there were separate areas for the fast and slow swimmers.  What a great way to cool off in the 30+ temperatures we’ve been having!

Der Sommerhitze entfliehen: Teilnehmer der 25. Stadtzürcher Seeüberquerung schwimmen von der Badi Mythenquai bis zur Badi Tiefenbrunnen.
Bild: Steffen Schmidt/ Keystone
Photo copyright: Steffen Schmidt/ Keystone

Swim Across Lake Zurich – Seeueberquerung Wednesday 22nd August

This Wednesday 22nd why not swim across the lake as part of the annual Zurich “Seeueberquerung” from Mythenquai to Tiefenbrunnen?  No need to pre-register, you simply turn up on the day and the ticket office opens at 2pm with the first swimmers crossing at 3pm and the event ends at 6.15pm. The crossing is recommended for good swimmers only as it is about 1,500 meters in length and is open to 16 year olds and above. Your luggage is transported to the other side by boat. Tickets cost CHF 20 and the price includes a drink, a voucher for risotto and a souvenir glass. There will be space for up to 10,000 swimmers – so if you missed out on Saturday’s Limmat Swim, now is your chance to do some real swimming!

Did you get to swim the Limmat? Limmatschwimmen 2012

Tickets for yesterday’s 49th Limmat Swim sold out within hours of going on sale but if you were lucky enough to be amongst the 4,200 swimmers who took part you were rewarded with a refreshing swim in the 30 degree plus heat in Zurich! Starting at the Frauenbadi near Buerkliplatz the swimmers took to the water on little yellow “butterflies” which enabled you to either float or swim along the Limmat past the Muensterbruecke, the Rathaus-Bruecke, the Rudolf-Brunbruecke, Muehlesteg, Bahnhof-Bruecke, Walche-Bruecke, Landesmuseum, Drahtschmidligsteg to the final destination in Oberer Letten.  A veritable city tour by water!

The 50th anniversary of Zurich’s Limmat swim will take place next year and for those of you who like to plan in advance it will take place on either 17th or 24 August 2013. See you there!