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Twenty reasons to visit Zurich in 2017

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Zurich is a thriving hub of modern art and masterly cuisine, of living traditions and inspirational design. And with the 20 event highlights below, you’ll have even more reason to visit this varied city in 2017.


Spring surprises

The Mercedes-Benz CSI has been opening Zurich’s event calendar in January for almost 20 years now. The meeting offers the highest prize money and attracts the best field of any World Cup showjumping event; and alongside the stars of the equestrian scene, it further features a wide range of shows and parties to delight the whole family. February’s Man’s World may appeal more to the male, with its poker contests, digger shows, gin tasting, barber shops and more. The vast selection of beers from all over the globe at the Zurich Beer Festival, on the other hand, is sure to appeal to female tastes, too. Mid-April, of course, brings Zurich’s traditional Sechseläuten festival with its famous “Böögg”; but in 2017, it will also be offering two spectacular museum exhibitions: “Osiris” at the Museum Rietberg, with some 300 statues, sarcophagi and cult objects from the depths off Egypt’s Mediterranean coast, and “Macht Ferien!” (“Vacation!”) at the Museum für Gestaltung, highlighting 100 years of Swiss tourism promotion. Incidentally, holders of a ZürichCARD enjoy free or discounted entry to many of the city’s attractions and events, along with free use of public transport and further discounts in selected shops!

Summer fun

Zurich’s 2017 summer begins with the opening of the 35 or so lake- and riverside lidos in and around the city. From then on, local life takes a decidedly open-air turn, be it with the Kreislauf 4+5 design festival in the fashionable Zurich-West quarter, the Ironman contests in Rapperswil and Zurich, the Latin American Caliente! festival, the world-famous Street Parade or the Zurich Openair music festival just outside the city. Further 2017 summer highlights: the opening of the new Swiss Finance Museum in the heart of downtown, the colourful Badenfahrt (which is only held every ten years), the Weltklasse athletics meeting with its star-studded field, and the World Youth Music Festival. Plus, of course, thelakeside Zurich Theater Spektakel, with its rich and varied programme of international theatre ensembles, street artists and further lively performers.

Autumn attractions

Next autumn will have a decidedly culinary feel. September will bring the second FOOD ZURICH, a citywide festival devoted to eating and drinking that extends to more than 100 events including workshops, dinners and tastings. Gourmets on Lake Zurich can also use the intriguing drallo app to steer their way through the area’s vineyards and even enjoy some selected local wines. And September’s Zurich Film Festival will offer its now traditional window onto the glittering movie world, including VIP appearances and a wide range of screenings and showcase events.

Winter wonders

As the days grow shorter, Zurich prepares for its finest season of all. The end of November will see the Christmas lights illuminated all over and the various quaint Christmas markets setting up their stands. There’ll be skating rinks right by the lake, up in the woods and outside the Opera House to delight young and old alike; and while St Nicholas drives the youngest through the city in his special Fairy-Tale Tram, sportier residents will be coursing the winter streets in the annual Silvesterlauf run.


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