Get dressed up as Santa in Zurich. Photo courtesy of istolethetv via Flickr.

Zurich’s Famous Samichlaus (Santa Claus) Parade

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.

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November 4, 2014 by
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8 Things You Can Only Do in Zurich

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.

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October 7, 2014 by
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Zurich’s Best Spots for a Photo

Zurich, Switzerland

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.

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September 16, 2014 by
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Local Tips for Saving Money in Zurich

Zurich, Switzerland

Famously a tax haven for wealthy businessman and the residence of choice for many international celebrities, it’s little surprise that the cost of living in Switzerland is high and Zurich is reputedly the 5th most expensive city in Europe. But don’t be put off if you’re a budget traveler – while you’re unlikely to find a bargain in Zurich and you’ll certainly need a bigger allowance than other European destinations, there are still ways to make visiting the city affordable. To help you get the most from your euros, here are some of the best local tips for saving money in Zurich.

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September 9, 2014 by
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How to Spend the Perfect Weekend in Zurich

Zurich Old Town

Home to the country’s busiest international airport and connected to all of Europe’s major cities by regular flights and high-speed trains, Zurich is the first port-of-call for many visitors to Switzerland and makes a popular choice for a city break. With its notoriously lofty prices and glamorous reputation, this isn’t a city for a budget getaway, but if you’re feeling flush, there are plenty of ways to spend the perfect weekend in Zurich.

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August 19, 2014 by
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Things to Do With Kids in Zurich

Keep the kids busy at an adventure playground

From world-class shopping boutiques to lakeside beaches, Switzerland’s biggest city is well equipped for entertaining all ages and there are plenty of family friendly activities to enjoy in the city. Whether you’ve got under-5s to keep amused or thrill-seeking teenagers to impress, here are a few ideas for things to do with kids in Zurich.

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August 12, 2014 by
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