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With average temperatures falling below 30°F in the city and the surrounding mountains blanketed in snow throughout the winter months, Zurich can get chilly over the holidays. Don’t let the weather put you off sightseeing, though- the city is at its most magical over the festive season and if you need to warm up, there are plenty of ways to escape the cold in Zurich.
Zurich’s famous Samichlaus Parade, Singing Christmas Tree and many Christmas markets are all good reasons to spend the holidays in the city, but there are also plenty of fun things to do outside of the city. From skiing in the Alps to exploring Switzerland’s many Christmas markets, here are some the best winter day trips from Zurich.
With the festive illuminations flickering into action along Bahnhofstrasse and atmospheric Christmas markets springing up all around town, there’s no question that the holidays have arrived in Zurich, but for local children, the Christmas season doesn’t begin until the arrival of Santa Claus, or Samichlaus as he’s known in Switzerland. Unlike Santa Claus, Samichlaus typically visits children on December 6th (St Nicholas’ Day), accompanied by his black-clad sidekick, Schmutzli, whose job is to take care of the ‘naughty’ kids, while Samichlaus presents the ‘nice’ kids with gifts and treats. In Zurich, the duo put in an appearance much earlier, with hundreds of Santas and Schmutzlis taking to the streets for the annual Samichlaus Parade at the end of November.
From swimming in a lakeside badi to tucking into cheese fondue, there are plenty of quintessential Swiss experiences to be enjoyed in Switzerland’s largest city, but to add a twist to your itinerary, here are 8 things you can only do in Zurich.
From its fast-paced, fashion-forward business center to the snaking cobblestone lanes and historic landmarks of its Old Town, Zurich is undeniably photogenic and budding photographers will find a myriad of subjects to light up their lens. Zurich’s best spots for a photo can be found all around the city, from panoramic viewpoints to quirky sculptures that catch the sunlight in all the right places, and discovering them is all part of the adventure.