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

Goodbye Wine Ships, Hello Whisky Ships – Whisky Tasting in Zurich

Well, yesterday was the last day of the wine ships but if you didn’t manage to get down to Burkliplatz for some sampling, make sure you don’t miss out on the Whisky Ships!

Whisky Ship in Burkliplatz, Zurich

You will have to be a little patient as the Whisky Ships don’t open until Thursday 29th November and what’s important to know is that they only stay for 4 days – so you need to be quick or you’ll miss them.  On Thursday and Friday they are open from 4pm till 11pm and on Saturday from 2pm till 11pm and on Sunday 2nd December, their final day, they will be open frrm 2pm – 7pm.  Entrance is CHF 18, a glass costs CHF 2 and you buy a bag of 20 “tasting jetons” for CHF 20.

With whisky from Scotland, Ireland, the USA, Canada, Japan and even Switzerland you’ll be sure to get to know whisky a little better and hopefully find a whisky you like!  Read here (in German) …. for more information.

PS – if you wear a kilt you get in for free!

Glacier Skiing and Ski and Snowboard Testing in Saas Fee

Ski and Snowboard Testing in Saas Fee

Hopefully the ski resorts around Zurich will be full of snow soon.  But if you can’t wait until December when the resorts typically open up, why not try glacier skiing in Saas Fee?

During the months of October and November they run their “Swiss ski tests” where you can test out skis and snowboards for the coming season in the Allalin snow sports area.  In addition to the ski pistes, you can also use the Kingdom Snow Park, equipped with a half-pipe, large and small lines of kickers and various rails.

There are a number of special offers running at the local hotels with hotel accommodation, lift pass and special ski and snowboard testing all included –  for more information click here. The ski or snowboard testing alone costs just CHF 55 for two days, allowing you to test out any new model of your choice from a good selection. A  great idea to try out different models if you’re thinking of changing skis or snowboards too.

Photo: Saas-Fee Tourismus

Switzerland Winter Magic

Switzerland Winter Magic, www.

We all know how beautiful Switzerland can be in the WInter when it’s been snowing, but if you needed a reminder here is a great video from just proving the point! Click here to view:

Photp and Video: MySwitzerland

More Views of the Mercedes Benz Fashion Show – Annabelle Award

Some more views of the Mercedes Benz Fashion Show at Schiffbau this week… The following photos are from the “Homage to Youth” – the Young Designers Collection and from designs by Barabara Bui and Claudia Zuber, Laend Phuengkit and van Bery.  There were five young Swiss designers competing for the Annabelle Award to study fashion in Paris and the award was presented by Paul Mitchell to Julia Winkler.

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Mercedes Benz Fashion Days Zurich: Lauren Hutton, MGSM, Marco de Vincenzo, Mila Schön, Angelos Bratis, Laurel and Pegasus

Mercedes Benz Fashion Shows, Schiffbau, Zurich

Last night’s fashion show for the “Mercedes Benz Fashion Days took place at Schiffbau in Zurich. It  featured designs from MSGM di Massimo Giorgetti, Marco de Vincenzo, Mila Schön, Angelos Bratis as well as Laurel.

Mercedes Benz Fashion Show 2012 Zurich

Mercedes Benz Fashion Show Zurich

Mercedes Benz Fashion Show Zurich

Mercedes Benz Fashion Show Zurich

Lauren Hutton, the American model and actress was present as one of the VIPs in the audience and was interviewed during the show looking fabulous and radiant, telling everyone that her looks were down to the “good men” in her life!

Lauren Hutton, Mercedes Benz Fashion Days, ©

Elisabeth Schwaiger, who has been Head of Design for Laurel since 1995, was also present acknowledging the rapturous applause for the beautiful designs she was showing – simple, elegant and beautifully crafted.

Elisabeth Schwaiger, Head of Design for Laurel, Mercedes benz Fashion Days 2012, Zurich

Dress by Laurel, Laurel, Mercedes benz Fashion Days 2012, Schiffbau

Elizabeth Schwaiger also posed with the 16 year old British soul singer and TV presenter Dionne Bromfield.

Dionne Bromfield and Elisabeth Schwaiger at MB Fashion Days Zurich

MSGM di Massimo Giorgetti was first to show his designs, followed by Marco de Vincenzo and then Angelos Bratis who said that his inspiration amongst other things came from the Indie music he listened to.  Mila Schön siad that her designs emphaised the femininity of women and featured many flowing designs with eye catching pattern and pretty colours.

Musical entertainment was provided by the Swiss band Pegasus from Biel who performed three of their numbers to an enthusiastic audience.  A great band, they sang in English and seemed a very friendly bunch as they mingled with the crowd at the after the show.

Pegasus, Mercedes Benz Fashion Days 2012, Schiffbau, NewInZurich

Here is a slideshow with some of the highlights.

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The Mercedes Benz Fashion Days runs for three more days at Schiffbau in Zurich – for more information click here.

Blickfang Zurich 2012 – 23rd, 24th and 25th November

Blickfang Zurich 2012

Something to put in your diary! Blickfang is the International design exhibition for fashion, interiors and jewellery and the good news is that it is coming to the Kongresshaus in Zurich on the 23rd – 25th November.  If you have never visited it before, then now is your opportunity! There is plenty of innovation, inspiration and plenty of things to look at and buy.  There is even day care provided for children from 12 noon and 6pm – so the kids can come too!

Entrance Fees:

Day ticket             CHF 23.–

Students with ID   CHF 17.–

Opening Hours:

FR I 23. November 12.00 till 10pm
SA I 24. November 11.00 till 9pm
SO I 25. November 11.00 bis 7pm

Blickgang is all about trends and inspiration – an interaction between Art, Fashion and Music. Instead of a traditional fashion show, Blickfang is organising the “ABSOLUT Blickfang Fashion Performance” with Yannick Aellen staging the latest fashion looks on the catwalk three times a day as follows:

FR I 3 I 6 I 8.30pm

SA I 2 I 5 I 8pm

SO I 1 I 3 I 5pm

For more information click here

A Winter Weekend Trip to Pizol, Bergün and Surava

Keeping to the theme of mountains and looking forward to the upcoming Winter snow season in Switzerland, how do you fancy a tobogganing trip to Bergün taking in Pizol and Surava?

One intrepid family with 3 young girls did just that last Season and here they tell us their experiences.  It sounds like a lot of fun and not too distant an excursion from Zurich.  To read more click here or go straight to out “Out and About” travel section

Toboganing in Berguen

Helvetia’s Dream – Time-lapse Video of Swiss Mountains by Alessandro Della Bella

Have you seen this fabulous time-lapse video of the Swiss landscape and mountains by Alessandro Della Bella?  It was featured in the Tages Anzeiger newspaper last week.

Entitled “Helvetia’s Dream” it was taken using time lapse photography and shows Switzerland’s mountains in all their glory from Arosa to Zermatt including the Matternhorn and the Eiger.  In the in the Tages Anzeiger article he explains the difficulties involved in capturing the shots during the night and the problems dealing with using his camera in freezing temperatures.

Click here to watch the video.

Alessandro is a professional photographer originally from Arosa but now living in Zurich and NewInZurich met with him when he was photographing the Zurich Film Festival last month and he explained the variety of photography he covers from sporting events, through to Film Festivals and celebrities and of course nature and the mountains.

Zurich Motor Show 8th – 11th November 2012

Zurich Motor Show, www.newinzurich.comAuto Zürich Car Show is the name of the Zurich Motor Show and it will be at the Messe in Zurich at Wallisellenstrasse 49 from 8th – 11th November. Featuring all the latest on the car scene from concept cars through to luxury classics, there is bound to  be something for everyone.

Zurich Motor Show,

Even if you’re not mad about cars, the allure of the shining, highly polished metal can be very compelling. There will be demonstrations, new innnovations and all the latest trends including the latest on eco -driving as well as raffles, prizes and lots more. The Zurich Motor Show will be showing Swiss Premieres such as:

Aston Martin Vanquish
Audi A3 Sportback
Bentley Continental GT Speed
Cadillac ATS
Chevrolet Trax
Citroën DS3 Cabrio
Dacia Sandero Stepway
Ford Fiesta
Honda CR-V
Hyundai Santa Fe
Jaguar XF Sportbrake
Kia Cee‘d Sporty Wagon
Lancia Thema AWD
Land Rover Range Rover
Lexus GS 350 AWD F-Sport
Maserati Gran Cabrio MC
Mazda 6 Wagon
McLaren MP4-12C Spider
Mini Paceman
Opel Adam
Porsche Cayenne S Diesel
Renault Clio
Rolls-Royce Phantom Serie II
Seat Leon
Toyota Auris
Volvo V40 Cross Country

Opening Hours

Thursday November 8th  – 10am to 9 pm
Friday November 9th  – 10am to 9pm
Saturday November 10th  – 10 am to 7 pm
Sunday November 11th  – 10 am to 7pm


Day ticket adults CHF 19
Day ticket students CHF 10
Family ticket family CHF 39  (2 adults & up to 4 chidren under 17)
Evening tickets on Thursday and Friday from 6 pm for CHF 10

For more information and to buy tickets click here.