Winter in Zurich
Sometimes it does snow in the city and than everything is really quite and the city looks like a wonderland. The bad thing is that the snow usually doesn't stay and everything gets fluffy. Be sure to bring good shoes if you plan to be in the city during winter time.
Smaller streets in the Old Town
Look at smaller streets in the Old Town - some are really picturesque. Watch for steps hehe. And don't forget to get lost. Haha, don't worry - Zurich seems to be not so big city as I thoight before I went there!
THE SPRING FESTIVAL
THE SPRING FESTIVAL
The famous spring festival the 'Sechseläuten' (six-o-clock-bells) takes place annually on the third Monday in April. Since World War II there have been four events: 1. the childrens' procession; 2. the procession of the guilds; 3. the burning of the 'Böögg' (a snowman made of cotton-wool) on a bonfire; 4. the visits between the guilds in the evening.
The name of this spring festival is derived from the medieval trade regulation that all tradesmen had to work until the evening bell was rung at six-o-clock during the summer half-year (from the Spring equinox on March 21 to Michaels day on September 29).
In the Middle Ages the guilds celebrated the end of the winter with a dinner in their guild houses. It is not certain but likely that the guilds would visit each other after these dinners.
One area in Zurich, the 'Kratzquartier' (between Bürkliplatz square and the Fraumünster cathedral) had an old custom during Lent. The young men held a procession which ended with the burning of a symbolic strawman. After the demolition of this quarter, this old custom was integrated into the official spring festival 'Sechseläuten' in 1862.
DATE The next spring festival will be held on April 15 2002.
In winter Zürich can reach -15 Celsius degrees easily, therefore warm clothing is advisable. Also in summer, as you may take some trips to the mountains where you can still face cold temperatures. In the picture a frozen fountain.
enjoy the spirit of the fleamarket!
In Zurich there are two fleamarkets almost each Saturday. The one I prefer is called ''Kanzlei Flohmarkt''. At the Kanzlei you can buy a lot of unnecessary things, such as chainsaws, ragged clothes, old military boots, remote controllers, wires, tvs, etc. But if you look through more thoroughly you can find beautiful and useful things (jewellery, clothes, lps,...)
I love to walk around the fleamarket three times a Saturday, sometimes just for pleasure and sometimes because I'm looking for something in particular. The fleamarket is a good place to sit, drink a coffee and watch the people. The people who visit the fleamarket are special, too. There are young scenesters, older yugoslavian men, lots of africans, some algerians,... The Kanzlei is the best example for multicultural Zurich.
To get there: tram nr. 3 or 14 (from the station to Stauffacher, direction Albisrieden, turn ricght,then you have to walk about 4 min)
The other one is Burkliplatz. This is a more expensive less filthy fleamarket, you'll find a lot of old, rich lady sell their stuff there.
To get there: tram nr. 2 (from paradeplatz to burkliplatz)