We’ve been lucky enough to have celebrated Christmas in many different countries around the globe including some tropical islands in the Caribbean, China and of course India and Switzerland.
Even though it is hard to pick a favorite, I realized this year when strolling through Zurich and enjoying its Christmas markets, Advent concerts, mulled wine, roasted chestnuts and roasted almonds – that yes, my hometown is truly enchanting during this festive season.
If you want to experience the magic of Christmas, it is easiest if you just walk around the city center. You will find something to explore in every corner. Here are a few highlights:
Zurich’s main shopping street, the Bahnhofstrasse, is lit up with thousands of LED lamps, which bath the city in a warm glow.
The most central Christmas market is the one located at the main station. With over 150 stalls it is one of the biggest indoor markets in Europe. The highlight is definitely the 15 metres high Christmas tree decorated with over 7000 sparkling Swarovski crystals.
Zurich’s oldest Christmas market is held every year in the picturesque Niederdorf quarter in the old town. The numerous market stalls line the centrally located Niederdorfstrasse and stretch into Hirschenplatz and Rosenhof. Allow yourself to be captivated by the romantic atmosphere, sample some mulled wine (which is called “Glühwein” in German and is available with red or white wine) and taste some of the traditional or exotic treats. If you still need a gift, there is a good chance you find something in one of the countless stalls.
If you stroll along the Bahnhofstrasse you will come across the Christmas market at Werdmühleplatz. Although it is one of the city’s newest Christmas markets, it has already firmly established itself among visitors and locals alike with its unique attraction – the Singing Christmas Tree. Rowed up on a vertical podium in the shape of an enormous Christmas tree, various choirs from the region spread Christmas cheer with their repertoire of Christmas carols.
Another highlight is definitely the winter wonderland over the rooftops of Zurich. On the Polyterrasse of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH), you can go ice-skating for free (you only pay for renting skates), in a heated tent you can enjoy beverages and small snacks. The view over the city is spectacular!
The list is for sure not complete, but these are our personal favourites.
Lets us know in the comments below where you enjoy the festive season!