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.
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November 4, 2014
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.
October 7, 2014
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.
September 16, 2014
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.
September 9, 2014
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.
August 19, 2014
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.