Zurich the largest city of Switzerland is in the north central part of the country. This city is the banking and financial capital of not only of Switzerland but also of the world. Zurich is the wealthiest city of the continent Europe. In the several surveys to determine the city of ‘Best Quality Of Life in Europe it has found that Zurich won the first place of in the list of the surveys. As the natural beauty of the country Switzerland is awesome and unparalleled, the beauty of Zurich is also unparalleled. The beautiful Lake Zurich is the signature of this city and mountains around the city have lifted the beauty of it in a great height.
About the place:
When the travelers planned for a city to visit, they search the information of weather first. The weather of the city Zurich is different in almost every month of the year. The month of January and February are the high winter season. The month of March and April are the early spring. The month of June is the early summer. July and August is the high summer season in Zurich. Most of the tourists visit Zurich in this season. The next popular season in Zurich is no other than the Christmas.
Things to do:
There are many events for Christmas in Zurich are very graceful and memorable to all the people travelling Zurich in Christmas. In the every year the city Centre of Zurich hosts an event for public to switch on the Christmas light in the November on the third Thursday. It is the starting of the pre-charismas season. For this gorgeous inauguration of the festival there are various musical program on the stages at the Braincase which is at Bellevue, at the Lowenplatz and at the Shopville Rail city. After the light on ceremony the whole atmosphere of Zurich changes to a heavenly festive mood. In this time the shops of the Zurich city Centre are kept open up to 10-00 PM and the visitors can make their night shopping in a festive mood. In this late night shopping festival there are many special offer also for the customers. One of the most famous event in the Christmas in Zurich is to visit the Singing Christmas Tree. The tree is not like a normal tree. This tree is being kept on a podium and the branches of it filled by various beautiful singing smiling faces. The festive place is located at the Werdmehleplatz near the Banhofstrasse. It is very easy to find the place because it is very close to the main railway station of Zurich. The have to reach the place early to their seat.Some benches are being kept in front of the Tree directly. If you reach there late then just stand behind the sitting audience and watch the programmer. You can see the singers are taking their places on the branches of the tree with very colorful and beautiful dress. After this they begin to sing the selected songs and carols in chorus or solo. The singers are children but sometimes they are adults. The tree dismantled on the 23rd December and kept packed for the coming year. But the audience still hear the jingle bells with their mind.
The most famous event at Christmas in Zurich is the Swarovski Tree or the Christmas Market Light. The sparkling tree festival named as the Swarovski Tree can be at the Zurich main station. It is also called by HB. In the Christmas the hall is transformed to a temporary market. The whole place is decorated by bright colors and beautiful lights. A lot of stalls are being opened with various beautiful goods for sale. The 50 ft. high Swarovski Tree made by 6000 pieces of Swarovski items dominates the sky. It is covered by numbers of tiny lights. The lights change their colors in every moment. It is visible from every corner of the place. The tree is being lighted just after one hour of the lighting ceremony of Lucy lights in Bahnhofstrsse. Normally this is done at 7-00 PM. After the lights are being on all can feel that the Christmas is coming definitely. The base of the tree is a showcase of Swarovski collections. Here people can see the latest collection of Swarovski along with the collections of last 20 years. For your information, the SWAROVSKI is a famous brand of jewelry in Switzerland who sponsors the entire event.
Further, skating on ice is very popular at Zurich in the Christmas. It can be seen in the city everywhere. Who love the ice skating they cannot ignore it here in this season. But it is very tough to enjoy the ice skating for a long time in the biting cold. So there are some good cafes at almost all of the skating rinks in Zurich. You can take one or two glasses of Gluhwein. This is the special wine which is mulled and spicy. It is sure that you will feel warm after taking it. Now you can enjoy the sports on ice with a lot of people. If you have no skates but want to take part in it then there is no problem at all. You can just hire a pair and enjoy it. This is a very warming and joyful event to enjoy with your family and kids also. In some winter some lakes in Zurich become a natural ice skating rink due to the freezing of the lake water. You can enjoy the skating there also with the prior permission. It will be a magical experience to you.
In Zurich do not forget to take the taste of the famous dish of Switzerland the Swiss Cheese Fondue. It is the national dish of Switzerland and it is perfect in the winter. You can never forget the delicious taste of this dish. But keep in mind that as it is very heavy food it should not be taken before the skating or skiing. You can enjoy the white wine with the Fondue. The people of Switzerland do not like any excuse for not taking the wines. The fondue can enjoy everywhere in Zurich. Whether it is in restaurants, in the cart, on a boat or on a tram also. The special in Switzerland is Chocolate. You must have to take the taste of Hot Chocolate here in the Christmas. SCHOBER is the right place to enjoy the HOT CHOCOLATE – the pride of Switzerland. Always you can see a queue in front of the Schobert. But you must wait and take your seat at the Salon Rouge on the upstairs. Everything here is gold and red. Not only the special hot chocolate, the cakes and different sweets are also very tasty and delicious here.The kids with you love it very much.
If you have kids with you then can visit the Zoo of Zurich in Christmas. If the temperature fall below the 10 degree, the Penguins at the zoo are being very happy. At the lunch hour on 1-30 PM they walk together for a lunch break where you also can have a walk with them another attraction for the kids in Christmas is the Marl tram. It is a tram with old fashion for the children. The wheel is in the hand of Santa. Angels are handling the cookies. Children become very happy with the ride of the tram. The tickets can be available at Jelmoli in advance.
The another thing in Zurich in Christmas is the Herzbaracke. It is an attractive music theatre floating on the water. It is being anchored at Bellevue throughout the winter. In the Christmas it is more beautiful with its special program. It is looks like a fairytale house. Before the shows of Orchestra, Zazz band they serve dinner. The dinner is of 4 courses. Vegetarians and Non vegetarians – all are welcome here. Both have a different menu. If you wish to visit it then the reservation is required. It is sure that you will not forget it quickly.
There are many more things to do in Zurich in this season. The things described here are considering the charismas activities. The other common winter activities are not illustrated.