Please help me finding the perfect Christmas gift!
As Zurich offers many opportunity for great shopping, myfriendfromzurich is sure you’ll find the perfect present for all your loved ones! Here are some suggestions:
For your mother in law: Get her a box of Sprünglis delicious Luxemburgerlis and she’ll instantly fall in love with you too.
For the trendy friend: Browse the Freitag store, from wallet to messenger bag and iphone-case, the choice is yours.
For your friend with no orientation skills: Go to Einzigart, a cool design store at Josefstrasse, and get them a wall paper of the Zurich streets. Maybe their orientation skills get better by looking at the map every day.
For your bookworm friend: Sunil Mann writes great crime thrillers that take place in Zurich.
For your parents: The bibers (a kind of gingerbread) of the small Biber Manufactur are tasty and go perfectly well with a good cup of tea.
If you’re looking for a personal and handmade present: Handcraft your own candle at Bürkliplatz. It takes time and patience, brings back childhood memories and it’s also a nice time-out from the rush outside. And if all these tips still aren’t enough, browse the young designers stalls at Heiliger Bimbam.
Yeahhh: RonOrp Photo Contest for photo 14
The photo 14, Switzerlands largest photography exhibition, takes place in less than a month. Every year, (mostly) Swiss photographers show their work at the halls of Maag Areal.
For rookie photographers, RonOrp offers the opportunity to take part in the photo contest: This years topic is “red light”. Read more about the eligibility requirements here and start taking pictures!
December in Zurich: Ice-skating and mulled wine
December in Zurich is not much different than in other Swiss cities. Except that we got the most beautiful x-mas ligthing at Bahnhofstrasse. And Europe’s biggest artificial ice rink for ambitious skaters!
Built in the 1930′s, the open-air Dolder ice rink is very popular. Young and old are gathering there to do a few rounds with their ice skates.
As every year in December, there is a special happening: the Zurich ice-skating disco on the 21st! So, grab your skates and show your pirouettes at the Dolder ice field. A great place for a date, by the way!
At the ice-skating field in Oerlikon (Heuried), a sporty amusement of a special kind awaits you every Wednesday: the Afterwork on Ice. Meet friends or new people, drink mulled wine and show your ice-skating skills! Find out more about Zurich’s other ice-skating places.
Another Swiss thing to do in the cold and x-mas-market season is drinking mulled wine and eating melted cheese. There are many different places to get the warming drink or the nourishing swiss speciality: at Bahnhofstrasse in front of Globus, close to the Singing Christmas Tree, inside the central station or at the Niederdorf.
Event Tip: Heiliger Bimbam, it’s Samichlaus!
Two events are coming up tomorrow: it’s Samichlaus and the x-mas market Heiliger Bimbam opens up this years christmas season of the “Montagsmarkt”.
So, how about mulled wine, cupcakes and x-mas shopping off the beaten track? Heiliger Bimbam offers more then the things you could buy at a normal market: stylish jewellery, clothing, books, cards and many different treasures and surprising finds. Situated at PLAZA, our favourite x-mas market is right in the heart of Kreis 4 and the shops, cafés and bars in the neighbourhood are worth a visit, too.
What else is a typical thing to do on Samichlaus in Zurich? Maybe have a real Swiss fondue with friends? But: you’re lucky if not all the restaurants are fully booked tomorrow, better cook one yourself. The strong ones among you might be brave enough to jump into the Limmat on Sunday, at the Chlausschwimmen.
Read our last year’s blog post for other things to do. Most of the activites listed there are still valid this year.
I am from Chicago and will spend 1 week in Zurich. Where to go for a walk, what things to see and where to eat?
Willkommen in Zürich, Cherie – we wish you a wonderful week. Hope our tips make your stay even better.
Walking in Zurich
Walk up the beautiful Bahnhofstrasse until you arrive at the lake Zurich. Enjoy the terrific view over lake and mountains, then turn right and follow on the lakeside. When you’re starting to feel tired, turn around and walk back.
If you rather stay very close to your hotel, this is a short walk suggestion for you.
Or just head over to the Platzspitz behind the Swiss National Museum and follow the river Limmat downstream. Walk all the way down until you get to a wide bridge. Cross it and take the tram 4, 13 or 17 at Escher Wyss Platz, back to the central station.
If it is too cold for a walk, you could try any of Zurichs gyms. Or how about these indoor activities?
Our favourite local restaurants
Zurich offers a huge variety on good restaurants. Try one of our favourite little, not so touristy places to eat. And enjoy a tasty lunch or dinner without spending a fortune at these or these restaurants.
Following all the walking trails listed above, you already see quite a lot of Zurichs highlights. Another non-touristy must-do definitely is a stroll through our favourite neighbourhoods Kreis 3, 4 or 5: Head over to Idaplatz for a brunch at Kafi Dihei or stroll up the Josefstrasse with its little shops and cafés. Walk over the grass at Josefswiese and visit the Viaduktbögen or the Freitag tower.