Zurich In The Winter

Andrew Parker
Oct 26, 2021

The clocks have changed, the days are getting shorter, and the air is significantly cooler. Winter is almost here, and what a magical time of year it is. If anyone knows how to do winter well, it’s the Europeans, and Zurich is not an exception. With everyone flocking to the Alps to ski, you can expect to find fewer crowds at the attractions in the city.

Throughout December, there is a plethora of Christmas markets to visit. One of the largest markets is held right in front of the Opera house, making this a perfect way to see two attractions in one day. Why not take a tour and visit some of the unique Christmas trees that Zurich has to offer? Like the giant one at Zurich main station; ordained with 7,000 Swarovski crystals. Or maybe something a little more lively, like the singing Christmas tree along the Bahnhofstrasse, where various choirs spread the cheer by singing some festive carols.

Zurich Christmas Market

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Take advantage of it being off-season, and browse the many art galleries and museums that Zurich has to offer. Another thing to take advantage of is the beautiful crisp weather. Don some skates and visit one of the many open-air ice rinks around the city. Be sure to finish off with a nice mug of hot chocolate or mulled wine. Keeping in mind what Switzerland is world-famous for, it’s well worth a visit to one of the many chocolate shops dotted around the city. You can also buy some famous Swiss cheese to take back home with you. Since Zurich is located by the water, you can take a cruise along the lake. There’s a multitude of options, ranging from tourist boats and sightseeing tours, to private boats and romantic dinner cruises. While enjoying your glass of wine, you might notice how close Zurich is to the mountains. Conveniently located just 20 minutes away from Zurich city center, lies Uetliberg, a gorgeous location for easy hikes and breath-taking views. Whatever type of trip to Zurich you choose, if you go during this season, it’s sure to be a magical one!