Zurich is Switzerland‘s largest city and is home to the largest number of dance clubs per capita in Europe. Many visitors migrate to the city expressly to dance and imbibe. Whether you’re dedicated to nightlife, or are traveling to the area for other reasons, it’s worth picking up a copy of 20 Minuten (this local publication contains the most authoritative and up-to-date arts and culture listings available) and investigating what’s happening on any given evening.
Some of the best clubs include Kaufleuten (easily Zurich’s most famous dance club), Club Indochine, Labor Bar (home to the city’s best gay nights), and Rohstofflager (which also presents live music events). Most of these and many other of the most popular establishments are located in Old Town along the banks of the Limmat River and in the city’s trendy western quarter.
No discussion of dance music, partying, and mass hysteria in Zurich is complete without some mention of Züri Fäscht, the so-called “biggest party in Switzerland.” This massive event has attracted millions of visitors every three years since its founding in 1991.
Festivities at the 2010 event featured live shows, theatre, and musical acts on more than 60 stages throughout the city. They also served authentic regional cuisine from all over the country and hundreds of independent vendors sold regionally-themed gifts and novelty items. On the final two evenings of the festival, more than a million revelers were magnetized to the lake shore for two massive fireworks displays and the ensuing bacchanalia. The next Züri Fäscht is scheduled for July 5-7, 2013. Be sure to mark your calendar.