Zurich is a stunning destination that is always worth a trip! In the wintertime, however, the picturesque Swiss city at the Zurich Lake is wearing its most beautiful dress: Christmas magic against the backdrop of snow covered Alps! Embrace Swiss coziness at wooden chalets, singing Christmas trees and enchanting Christmas markets scattered all over the town. 8 reasons to make Zurich your next winter destination!
1. Thousands of lights illuminate the main shopping street “Bahnhofstrasse”
The famous “Bahnhofstrasse” is considered the crown jewel of Zurich. The main artery of the city is not just one of the most expensive & exclusive shopping destinations. Past beautifully decorated warehouses, like Jelmoli and Globus (both worth a visit), luxury shops are leading straight to the panorama of the Zurich Lake. During Christmas time, the unique installation “Lucy” covers the sky above the bustling “Bahnhofstrasse” with lights. Where trams come and go like in a piecework, 12 000 crystals shining in the dark like stars can be marvelled until January 1 st.
2. The Swarovski Christmas Tree
The Swarovski Christmas tree at the main station is one of Zurich`s most exclusive Christmas attractions! The majestic 15 m large tree reminds of the legendary Christmas tree in New York City at the Rockefeller Center. Decorated with 7 000 Swarovski crystals, it is emotionally and financially the most expensive Christmas tree in the country, illuminating the photographs of visitors from around the globe with a glimpse of the luxurious flair of Zurich. (November 22 – December 24th 2018)
3. “Zürcher Wienachtsdorf”
Small Christmas markets with chalet-like cottages are spread all over Zurich. A wonderful location, which I highly recommend is the “Zürcher Wienachtsdorf” located at the “Sechseläutenplatz” in front of the opera square. Tasteful design of Swiss entrepreneurs, trending international winter specialties, cozy wooden fireplaces and thoughtful playgrounds for kids, the small winter village is set up so beautifully that I consider this Christmas Market the most stylish & youthful concept I have seen. – A must for beautiful winter inspiration! (November 22nd – December 23rd)
4. A Singing Christmas Tree
Zurich`s singing Christmas Tree. (Image by Jess Waldner)
It would not be Christmas season, if there was no “Glühwein” to be enjoyed. If you are shopping at Bahnhofstrasse, you will pass the small Christmas market at “Werdmühleplatz”. At the cozy square, you can feed your spirit with one of Zurich`s most joyful winter attractions: “The Singing Christmas Tree”! Swing to live music from different choirs of the region, whilst enjoying a winterly spiced drink. When the tree starts singing, you know that Christmas can`t be far! (November 22nd – December 23rd 2018)
“When the Tree starts singing,
you know that Christmas can`t be far.”
5) The Charm of “Niederdörfli” Old Town
To soak up cozy Christmas atmosphere, take a stroll in the small side streets of the busy “Bahnhofstrasse”. The old town of Zurich, extending to the left and right (“Niederdorf”) of the Limmat river, is not a secret tip. But the atmospheric alleys with beautiful old house facades & neat squares, have preserved an unrefined Swiss idyll with small shops & restaurants that is especially charming during Christmas time!
6) Swiss Fondue on a Winter Tram
The beloved “tram” is an indispensable part of life in Zurich. In the wintertime, it is even more cozy to hop on a ride in a nostalgic streetcar. The oldest warehouse of Zurich, “Jelmoli”, organizes a Märlitram for the Christmas season. Since 60 years, santa and his angels are taking kids for magical Christmas tours around the city. For adults, the Fondue Tram is a sociable & fun way to get to know Swiss culture, while passing the most beautiful squares in the city centre. Tickets for the journey in the vintage tram can be booked here.
Hop on a ride in a nostalgic streetcar!
Images by VBZ Zürich
“Märlitram” for Kids: November 23rd – December 24th 2018, departs every 25 minutes from “Bellevue”
“Fondue Tram”: November 2nd 2018 – March 2nd 2019
7) Alpine Coziness at the Widder Hotel
(Image by Instagram Widder Hotel)
Every winter, when the Chalet-Pavillon of the Widder Hotel open its doors, the flair of Zermatt is brought to Zurich`s old town. Inspired by the legendary mountain restaurant Chez Vrony and its iconic views of the Matterhorn, the Widder Hotel invites you to the magical Alpine world of heartfelt coziness & culinary Swiss delights. Raclette and Ruinart Champagne are waiting for you, more information can be found on their website.
(From November 9th 2018 – Mid February 2019)
(Image by The Dolder Grand)
Even from the shores of the Zurich Lake, the snow-covered silhouette of The Dolder Grand Hotel can be recognized in the distance. Majestically residing above the city at the “Adlisberg” hill like a queen, the pompous destination is a peaceful place of retreat from the hustle. At the Dolder ice rink just around the corner you can turn pirouettes on ice. Embrace the festive atmosphere and skate around the illuminated Christmas tree, wishing that this magical time of the year would never end :)
(Image by Zoë Jivana)