With the riverside beach bars closing their doors and the days already getting shorter, it’s time to wave goodbye to summer, but there are plenty of good reasons why you should still visit Zurich in autumn. Cheaper accommodation and cooler weather make the low season the ideal time for sightseeing, but it’s also the city’s main season for cultural events.
Bridging the gap between the summer parties and the upcoming Christmas festivities, Zurich’s autumn schedule shifts the focus onto the arts, with museums and galleries unveiling new exhibitions, and a packed roster of concerts and theatric performances. Events kick off with the annual Long Night of Museums in September, when 47 of Zurich’s best museums, including the Landesmuseum (Swiss National Museum) and the Kunsthaus gallery, staying open until 2am. Tickets for the event include entry to all participating museums, free ferries between locations and access to special shows, performances and exhibitions.
Other key autumn events include the Zurich Film Festival, held at the end of September; the Zurich Art International Fair and Zurich Contemporary Art Fair held from October 11th-13th in 2013; and the Blickfang International Design Fair, Switzerland’s largest design event, held in November. Alternatively, why not let your hair down at the Zürich October Fest, the Swiss version of the Bavarian mega-festival, where dirndl-wearing hostesses will be serving up plenty of beer and pretzels.